Rail service improvements and disruptions

New tunnel suggested for HS2 route

09.12.11: The Government is considering a £500m revision to its proposed route for HS2, by taking the line through a new tunnel under the Chiltern hills to try to appease opponents of the scheme. The extra cash would be found by making savings...

High speed services reduced during Olympics

25.11.11: High speed rail services will be severely reduced between Kent and London during the Olympic Games, and the trains will be used instead as a shuttle service between St.Pancras, Stratford and Ebbsfleet International stations. This was part o...

Changes to capital project delivery announced

18.11.11: Network Rail has announced changes to the way it delivers capital projects, with the implementation of ‘Project Dime’, which aims to deliver better value for money. The McNulty report published earlier this year suggests that 10...

Improvement works for London trains

18.11.11: Central line trains will be revamped in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games, TfL has announced. The 85 train fleet will benefit from £27m improvements, completed in time for the Games. TfL have also issued notice of improvem...

Thameslink platform extensions complete

18.11.11: Thameslink platform extensions are now complete at Flitwick and Harlington stations, which will allow 50% longer 12-car trains to operate on the Bedford to Brighton route from next month. First Capital Connect will lengthen its first services fr...

Tender process for Borders project scrapped

Tender process for Borders project scrapped

30.09.11: Network Rail is to take over the project to build the new Borders railway in Scotland, after the tender process was cancelled. The Scottish Government attempted to get private company interest for the contract, but several consortia have dropped...

Expanded £24m rail depot opened

18.03.11: ScotRail’s Glasgow maintenance depot has been officially opened by transport minister Keith Brown. Transport Scotland invested £24m in the project, which will provide a train maintenance and overhaul facility for the operator&rs...

Swansea calls for Euro funds for electrification

Swansea calls for Euro funds for electrification

11.03.11: Civic leaders in Swansea want European funds to be used to extend electrification into the city. In its St David’s Day statement on electrification earlier this month, the Government said there was no business case to extend the proje...

Rail to benefit from £200m network of technology hubs

07.01.11: High-value manufacturing in the UK has received a boost thanks to a Government pledge to establish an elite network of Technology and Innovation Centres. At least one of the centres will focus on transport, the Government has said. The...

RMT wins maintenance pay deal

15.10.10: Union leader Bob Crow has been celebrating the fact that his union has managed to agree a 7 per cent pay increase for maintenance workers. The issue had threatened to turn into an industrial dispute but both sides have welcomed the agreemen...

Reading rail works coming on nicely

24.09.10: Network Rail engineers have been making great progress in Reading, completing another chunk of their preparation works ahead some major works over the Christmas period. The work included removing two spans from underneath a rail bridge near...

Scotrail staff speak about derailment, whilst RMT jump on the bandwagon

11.06.10: Staff involved in the recent derailment in Scotland have told of their experiences for the first time. Train driver Willie Dickson said: “It was a real team effort after the train came to a halt. “I stayed at the controls u...

Derby depot opens with great fanfare

21.05.10: Yesterday was a special day in the history of Derby as a rail town, with the official opening of the Etches Park depot. The depot, which is located adjacent to the old railway technical centre and Derby station will serve East Midlands Trai...

Rail job hopefuls talk engineering with Network Rail

30.04.10: Over 500 people have found out what opportunities a job in rail engineering can bring for them at the National Engineering and Construction Exhibition. Both men and woman visited the Network Rail stand, keen to find out what a career in rai...

A roof over their heads

19.02.10: Train maintenance staff at Merseyrail’s Birkenhead depot are working in much brighter conditions now that they have a new £2.5m roof over their heads, reports Richard Mackillican The old depot roof was constructed in four steppe...

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Five injured in Tube explosion

20/06/2018Five injured in Tube explosion

Five people have been injured in an explosion at a north London Underground station. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson... more >
Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Norther... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in ti... more >

editor's comment

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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >