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Better broadband for train passengers

Better broadband for train passengers

02.10.13: High speed mobile broadband is to be expanded across the rail network, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.  By 2019, 70% of the travelling public will benefit from better signal as Network Rail upgrades its mobile inf...

Direct services to Amsterdam from 2016

Direct services to Amsterdam from 2016

30.09.13: Eurostar will operate direct services between London and Amsterdam from December 2016, the company has announced. Journey times will be around four hours, with Eurostar’s e320 trains interoperable with Dutch high-speed signalling syst...

Network Rail apologises to East Coast passengers for delays

Network Rail apologises to East Coast passengers for delays

23.09.13: Train performance for period 6 was 92.3%, down from 94% in the same period last year – but up a full percentage point on period 5. Network Rail has apologised to the customers of East Coast, which had the period’s worst figures...

Ordsall Chord plans submitted to DfT

Ordsall Chord plans submitted to DfT

18.09.13: Network Rail has now submitted its plans for the Ordsall Chord, allowing more train to travel through central Manchester by unclogging the bottleneck at the throat of Piccadilly. If approved, when completed by early 2017 it will allow two n...

National Rail Enquiries working with academics to improve forecasting

National Rail Enquiries working with academics to improve forecasting

16.09.13: National Rail Enquiries (NRE) is working with University College London and Microsoft to analyse the results of a real time train prediction system. The team will measure the accuracy of NRE train forecasts, review historical performance of...

Rail improvements to boost airport access

Rail improvements to boost airport access

03.09.13: Better rail links could help utilise existing airport capacity, the London Assembly has suggested. In a letter to the chair of the Airports’ Commission, Sir Howard Davies, the committee called for investment in this area to be prioritised....

Wrexham upgrade delays criticised

Wrexham upgrade delays criticised

22.08.13: The Welsh Government must strengthen the country’s infrastructure, the Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister has urged.  In a letter to the First Minister, the committee highlights the lack of progress on the Wrexham t...

‘Extend Borders railway to Hawick’, say campaigners

‘Extend Borders railway to Hawick’, say campaigners

20.08.13: The Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) is calling for an 18-mile extension to the Borders railway upgrade, to Hawick. Transport Scotland said the completion of the Borders project would cut journey times for people living in the town. Bus serv...

Centro launches public transport apps

Centro launches public transport apps

19.08.13: New apps have been launched to help passengers plan their journeys, get live updates and to report anti-social behaviour. The NetNav app allows passengers to plan bus, train and tram journeys via their phone, while the Network West Midlands...

‘Significant improvements’ for SWT capacity

‘Significant improvements’ for SWT capacity

14.08.13: Capacity could be increased by 15% by 2019 on the South West Trains network, the SWT/Network Rail alliance has announced. Plans include 135 extra carriages for suburban routes, as well as infrastructure improvements; platform extensions and...

Shrewsbury-London application relaunched

Shrewsbury-London application relaunched

09.08.13: Virgin Trains has announced it will continue pushing for direct services from Blackpool and Shrewsbury to London. The last application was rejected by Network Rail and the ORR on the grounds that the route is already too busy. Running more...

New ITA announced for West Midlands

New ITA announced for West Midlands

08.08.13: The leaders of seven councils in the West Midlands are to form a new Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) covering the metropolitan area. The joint committee will decide on future transport strategy and seek new investment to drive economic...

First Great Western delay ‘unacceptable’

First Great Western delay ‘unacceptable’

06.08.13: First Great Western has apologised after passengers were stranded for over five hours on Sunday. The service from Penzance to London Paddington broke down near Pewsey in Wiltshire, stranding over 500 passengers on board. The train fina...

‘No space’ for Blackpool or Shrewsbury-London services on WCML

‘No space’ for Blackpool or Shrewsbury-London services on WCML

01.08.13: Virgin Train’s bid to run direct services from Shrewsbury to London has been rejected by the ORR. The track access application sought additional services to Blackpool and Shrewsbury on the West Coast Main Line, but the regulator judge...

Need to ‘pull together’ on overcrowding – Baker

Need to ‘pull together’ on overcrowding – Baker

24.07.13: TOCs must do more to tackle overcrowding, the DfT has urged. The warning comes as the latest train crowding statistics are published, showing extreme congestion. The top ten busiest services saw load factors from 149% to 184%, with most app...

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Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

13/11/2018Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

Travel times to and from work now take an extra five minutes longer, with rail commuters facing the longest journeys, ne... more >
GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

13/11/2018GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

FirstGroup has named Matthew Gregory as its new chief executive as it revealed widening half-year losses and warned abou... more >
Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

13/11/2018Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, has been appointed as transport minister with responsibility for rail ... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >