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Birmingham signalling issues fixed

Birmingham signalling issues fixed

25.01.13: Train services around the West Midlands are running on time, following signalling problems over the past two days. Yesterday London Midland reported some local services had been suspended and others were facing delays. Replacement buses wer...

Derailed train catches fire in Salford

Derailed train catches fire in Salford

24.01.13: An empty charter train derailed and caught fire yesterday, causing delays and cancellations to services across the North West. The West Coast Railways train came off the tracks on Windsor bridge in Manchester City Centre, and no-one was hur...

Wimbledon Loop services to continue after 2018

Wimbledon Loop services to continue after 2018

22.01.13: The Wimbledon Loop rail service will be safeguarded after the Thameslink programme is complete, the DfT has announced. Under previous plans, passengers travelling to central London would have to change at Blackfriars station once the Thames...

Travel disruption continues

Travel disruption continues

21.01.13: Heavy snow is continuing to cause disruption and delays to train services today. Greater Anglia, South West Trains, Southern, Virgin, Southeastern, London Overground, East Coast, First Capital Connect and London Midland have all warned pass...

Heavy snow disrupting rail services

Heavy snow disrupting rail services

18.01.13: Train operators across much of the country are advising passengers to check before travelling, as heavy snow falls across the UK, particularly in Wales.  The TOCs have been working with Network Rail to prepare stations, trains and infr...

Fire leads to evacuation at London Victoria

Fire leads to evacuation at London Victoria

17.01.13: London Victoria station was evacuated this morning due to a fire on a Gatwick Express train. The incident has caused severe delays for commuters travelling into London. Other train companies have been accepting Southern tickets in and out o...

Driver shortage ‘let passengers down’ – London Midland

Driver shortage ‘let passengers down’ – London Midland

16.01.13: London Midland head admitted that operator ‘let down’ passengers over the last four months. Almost 1,000 trains were cancelled or delayed between October and the end of December, due to driver shortages. Managing director Patric...

Punctuality stuck below 90% – new PPM stats

Punctuality stuck below 90% – new PPM stats

11.01.13: Railway punctuality was at 88.2% during Period 10, according to monthly performance data released today by Network Rail. The data covers the period from 9 December 2012 to 5 January 2013. It is up from 85.3% for period 9, but is lower...

Direct London trains for North West proposed

Direct London trains for North West proposed

08.01.13: Plans for services running directly to London from Rochdale, Eccles, Manchester Victoria and Audenshaw are being considered. Alliance Rail Holding has asked the ORR to allow it to run services along the West Coast Main Line. From 2016 passe...

Cardiff ‘Crossrail’ plans proposed

Cardiff ‘Crossrail’ plans proposed

03.01.13: Plans have been proposed for a £200m Cardiff Crossrail, running east-west from St Mellons to the M4 at Creigiau and north-south from the M4 to the bay. The Metro Consortium has produced a report on the plans, which would make use of t...

£7m compensation for London Midland passengers

£7m compensation for London Midland passengers

21.12.12: Passengers on London Midland will be offered free and discounted travel after months of cancellations and delays on the franchise. Rail minister Norman Baker has announced that London Midland will have to provide a £7m compensation pa...

Busiest trains at 180% load

Busiest trains at 180% load

19.12.12: Train operators have been urged to do more to tackle congestion, as the top 10 most over-crowded services is published. The list was compiled from data collected in Autumn 2011. The highest load factor reported was 180%, and many of the mos...

ECML overhead wire disruption

ECML overhead wire disruption

18.12.12: Thousands of passengers were stranded last night as overhead wire damage led to trains being cancelled on the East Coast Main Line. Trains between London and Edinburgh on the ECML were cancelled from yesterday afternoon, and passengers were...

East Midlands Trains offer more services

East Midlands Trains offer more services

10.12.12: Passengers travelling on East Midlands Trains are set to benefit from additional services. The improvements have been announced alongside the launch of the train operator’s new timetable today. 3,600 seats have been added to the Notti...

New services announced for the East Suffolk line

New services announced for the East Suffolk line

10.12.12: A new hourly service between Ipswich and Lowestoft is being introduced by Greater Anglia, following work to install a passing loop at Beccles. The £4m scheme was jointly funded by Network Rail and Suffolk County Council and has brough...

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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 >