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UK ranked second in European passenger survey

UK ranked second in European passenger survey

20.12.13: A European survey of over 26,000 people across 26 member countries ranked the UK as second for passenger satisfaction. The European Commission survey sought views on punctuality, provision of information and accessibility for people with re...

Smart technology has ‘huge potential’ for transport – Smarter Travel Forum

Smart technology has ‘huge potential’ for transport – Smarter Travel Forum

18.12.13: Public transport must make better use of smart technology, a new group of companies has urged. The Smarter Travel Forum is formed of the Campaign for Better Transport, Cubic Transportation Systems, Telefónica and Thales. The forum wi...

Better rail links needed to meet aviation demand – Airports Commission

Better rail links needed to meet aviation demand – Airports Commission

17.12.13: The Airports Commission’s interim report includes recommendations to improve rail links to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. The government should work on developing proposals to improve the rail link between London and Stansted, provid...

Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Line reopening proposals gather steam

Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Line reopening proposals gather steam

12.12.13: The Varsity Line between Oxford and Cambridge could be reopened after nearly 50 years, as the government looks to extend the East West Rail link, the western section of which is already funded and approved. The line was closed due to a lack...

EMT cuts London journey times

EMT cuts London journey times

09.12.13: Faster journeys to London have been launched today by East Midlands Trains (EMT), with the average service now taking 2 hours and 10 minutes. The fastest train to London has been cut by six minutes. The new timetable has been facilitated by...

Lines reopen after storm batters rail network

Lines reopen after storm batters rail network

06.12.13: Trains across Scotland stopped completely yesterday and much of the network across the north was severely disrupted as a storm hit the UK. Trees and debris on the West Coast Main Line led to cancellations and delays across the country, with...

Storm forces closure of Scotland’s entire rail network

Storm forces closure of Scotland’s entire rail network

05.12.13: There is serious disruption to train services due to stormy weather today, especially in Scotland where Network Rail has closed the entire network. It blamed “the huge amount of debris – trampolines, hay bales, trees – on...

Overhead line object causes major damage to London Midland trains

Overhead line object causes major damage to London Midland trains

28.11.13: An object on a train line caused over £225,000 worth of damage to two London Midlands trains, the operator has announced. The example shows how a simple object can lead to huge costs and significant delays. The object was on the...

Airport makes the case for Crossrail 2

Airport makes the case for Crossrail 2

22.11.13: Crossrail 2 could bring significant connectivity benefits to passengers travelling to and from Stansted Airport, London First has stated. Speaking at Stansted Airport’s 13th Transport Forum, director of infrastructure David Leam (pict...

Direct Shrewsbury-London services confirmed

Direct Shrewsbury-London services confirmed

14.11.13: Direct services from Shrewsbury to London will be restored from May, the ORR has said, despite earlier rejections of Virgin’s applications. Shrewsbury lost its direct services to the capital when the Wrexham & Shropshire open acce...

Faster journey times for East Midlands Trains after 125mph upgrade

Faster journey times for East Midlands Trains after 125mph upgrade

12.11.13: A £70m line speed improvement scheme will soon cut journey times for passengers travelling from the east Midlands to London. East Midlands Trains (EMT) will launch a new timetable on 9 December as trains will be able to run at 125mph...

‘Norwich in Ninety’ taskforce launched

‘Norwich in Ninety’ taskforce launched

08.11.13: A new taskforce has been launched to speed up journey times to East Anglia, the government has announced. Network Rail professionals, DfT officials and local MPs will make up the taskforce. ‘Norwich in Ninety’ will look to cut s...

RSSB launches traffic management innovation challenges

RSSB launches traffic management innovation challenges

06.11.13: A new open innovation programme has been launched by the RSSB and 100%Open. The Future Traffic Regulation Optimisation (FuTRO) programme aims to develop traffic management to deliver capacity and reliability on the network. The programme in...

Major rail disruption across the south due to storm

Major rail disruption across the south due to storm

28.10.13: The stormy weather across southern England and Wales has been causing havoc with rail services. Many services across the country are cancelled and there have been more than 100 fallen trees on lines. Network Rail said the damage was “...

‘Compelling’ business case for Leeds-York electrification

‘Compelling’ business case for Leeds-York electrification

22.10.13: The £100m electrification of the Harrogate line would provide £400m of benefits for the economy, new analysis shows.  A business case for the route was commissioned by Metro, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Cou...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Pr... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. ... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >