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Hatfield damage could keep line closed until September

Hatfield damage could keep line closed until September

30.04.13: Engineering works at Selby swing-bridge will be deferred as repair work continues at Hatfield, following a colliery landslip in February. Although the aim is to restart services in July, the railway could remain closed until September, Network R...

Huddersfield rail research institute launched

Huddersfield rail research institute launched

17.04.13: Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has launched Huddersfield University’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR), highlighting the “great opportunities” for its work. The unit includes 16 researchers working in partnershi...

Timetable changes bring extra services for west Wales

Timetable changes bring extra services for west Wales

10.04.13: West Wales is set to benefit from extra services and carriages, Arriva Trains Wales has announced. The changes to the timetable have been made possible through the completion of works to replace Loughor Viaduct and redouble the Gowerton line bet...

Translink NI reopens Derry-Coleraine line

Translink NI reopens Derry-Coleraine line

22.03.13: The line between Derry-Londonderry and Coleraine is officially open today. Translink has reopened the line ahead of schedule following almost eight months of closure for track safety and engineering works. It marks the completion of the fir...

EIT innovation competition launches for rail

EIT innovation competition launches for rail

21.03.13: £1m funding is available to boost innovation in customer experience in the rail industry, the Enabling Innovation Team (EIT) has announced. The competition opens to applicants in May and is developed by InnoCentive and IXC UK Limited....

Stainforth track repairs to begin

Stainforth track repairs to begin

15.03.13: Work is continuing on the Stainforth line, which was critically damaged by the landslip of a nearby spoil heap in mid-February. Hatfield Colliery is moving around 1 million cubic metres of spoil before rail repairs can begin. Network Rail i...

Railway could be closed until June after spoilheap disaster

Railway could be closed until June after spoilheap disaster

01.03.13: The damage to the railway from the landslide at Hatfield colliery in South Yorkshire is “a lot worse” than Network Rail first thought, and could now take until June to repair. Network Rail engineers are beginning to remove the s...

Project 110 speeds up London Midland journeys

Project 110 speeds up London Midland journeys

28.02.13: London Midland is running faster passenger services after a year-long rolling stock enhancement project. Project 110 has allowed the fleet of 30 Class 350/1 trains to operate at 110mph, cutting up to 35 minutes on off-peak Crewe to Euston j...

St Neots failures identified

St Neots failures identified

25.02.13: Disruption at Radlett and St Neots has been attributed to failure of specific components, Network Rail has found. Last Tuesday, power cable failed at St Neots, leaving thousands of passengers stranded overnight at King’s Cross. Furthe...

East Coast overhead line failure – disruption continues

East Coast overhead line failure – disruption continues

21.02.13: Passengers on the East Coast main line are facing further disruption, over overhead line failures earlier in the week. On Tuesday night power cable failed in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Around 200 passengers were left stranded at King’s...

Landslip suspends train services in Yorkshire

Landslip suspends train services in Yorkshire

13.02.13: Train services have been suspended in parts of south Yorkshire due to a landslip. A spoil heap at Hatfield Colliery, Stainforth, has moved a section of track and is pushing up the track. Bus replacements will be running between Doncaster an...

Crucial track section to re-open early

Crucial track section to re-open early

12.02.13: The line between Coleraine and Londonderry is to re-open a month early after a £30m upgrade. Passengers travelling between Belfast and Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s two biggest cities, have been using substitute buses fo...

Swanage Railway to be restored

Swanage Railway to be restored

11.02.13: A Dorset rail service is to be restored after 41 years, with a £1.47m Government grant for the Swanage Railway. A regular service between Swanage, Corfe Castle and Wareham is to be restored by spring 2015 and the project could create...

MPs push for Welsh rail connectivity

MPs push for Welsh rail connectivity

08.02.13: A debate on transport links across the England-Wales border was held in Westminster earlier this week, as MPs push for greater connectivity, faster services and electrification of the network. Led by Mark Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP f...

Virgin submits plans for direct Shrewsbury-London services

Virgin submits plans for direct Shrewsbury-London services

08.02.13: Virgin Trains has put forward detailed plans to the DfT for a direct rail link between Shropshire and London. Campaigners from Shrewsbury and elsewhere in the county have been pushing for a reinstatement of a direct link ever since the Wrex...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery boar... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun ... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete ro... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >