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Snow disruption across London and the south

Snow disruption across London and the south

05.12.12: The first snow this winter has caused significant disruption to transport across London today, with long delays and cancellations on journeys in and out of the capital. Services from Kent, Sussex and Surrey were severely affected and there...

Eurostar trials new French services

Eurostar trials new French services

04.12.12: A new direct spring service to Lyon and Provence is being trialled by Eurostar for the spring. From 11 December, a weekly service will run from London to Lyon and Provence between May and June 2013. This is in addition to the existing servi...

Flooding causes widespread rail disruption

Flooding causes widespread rail disruption

27.11.12: Widespread flooding has caused significant disruption to the rail network over the past few days, with severe problems in Wales, as well as travel chaos for the north east and western England. Yesterday First Great Western advised passenger...

London-Frankfurt launch postponed due to Siemens delays

London-Frankfurt launch postponed due to Siemens delays

23.11.12: The launch of London-Frankfurt high-speed services has been pushed back due to Siemens’ delay in supplying 16 ICE 3 trains to Deutsche Bahn. Berthold Huber, chief executive of DB Fernverkehr, Deutsche Bahn’s long-distance passen...

Disabled access to rail increases by 165%

Disabled access to rail increases by 165%

09.11.12: More disabled people are travelling by train than ever before, new data suggests. The number of journeys made using a Disabled Person’s Railcard has increased by 165% since 2001-02 to nearly 4,000,000. ATOC set up the first National R...

Ufton Nervet level crossing bridge plans

Ufton Nervet level crossing bridge plans

07.11.12: Network Rail has announced plans to replace Ufton Nervet level crossing with a road bridge, to eliminate risk. A total of eight people have been killed at the level crossing. A feasibility study was conducted into options including a road b...

Main line derailment causes widespread disruption

Main line derailment causes widespread disruption

05.11.12: A derailment in eastern Scotland yesterday morning is causing serious disruption to travel between Aberdeen and the central belt today. The 8.04am CrossCountry service from Edinburgh to Aberdeen came off the tracks at Inverkeilor, a village...

‘Vast majority’ unaffected by Christmas engineering works – ATOC

‘Vast majority’ unaffected by Christmas engineering works – ATOC

01.11.12: ATOC says fewer passengers than last year will be disrupted by Christmas and New Year engineering works.  The “vast majority” of train passengers should experience no disruption due to planned works, it said, noting that th...

EGIP: ‘A shadow of its former self’?

EGIP: ‘A shadow of its former self’?

01.11.12: Amy Hirst reports on the recent Holyrood debate on EGIP – and whether the lost £350m constitutes cuts or savings. In July, the revised Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) was announced – with £350m funding...

Traffic management

Traffic management

01.11.12: RTM speaks to Hitachi Rail Europe about the concept behind its prototype traffic management system being developed for Network Rail, and its bid leader Emilio Diez tells us how it could integrate with both modern and legacy signalling systems. ...

Baker monitoring London Midland cancellations

Baker monitoring London Midland cancellations

24.10.12: Rail minister Norman Baker has held talks with London Midland, following over 60 service cancellations yesterday. The operator has blamed a lack of qualified drivers, and said the issue will be resolved in mid-December. London Midland has p...

Aberystwyth hourly service delays criticised

Aberystwyth hourly service delays criticised

19.10.12: The delays to a planned hourly service for Aberystwyth have been described as “frustrating” by a local MP. The proposals were due to start last year, but are now due to begin from 2014-15, as the single track Cambrian Line was not re...

Highest punctuality for Greater Anglia

Highest punctuality for Greater Anglia

19.10.12: Greater Anglia has recorded its best ever train punctuality figures, with a PPM of 95.03%. The results are for the four-week period ended October 13, and are the highest since the current franchise was introduced. MAA has also improved to 9...

Flooding keeps West Cumbria line closed

Flooding keeps West Cumbria line closed

18.10.12: The West Cumbria rail line is still closed following a landslide caused by flooding on Wednesday. Services were stopped after an embankment collapsed on the Sellafield to Whitehaven line near St Bees. A train derailed on the same stretch of...

Alternative solutions considered by Network Rail

Alternative solutions considered by Network Rail

02.10.12: A new document looking at development in tram train, electrification and community rail has been published by Network Rail. The ‘alternative solutions’ draft network RUS, which is going out for consultation, sets out the industr...

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ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

20/09/2018ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

A scathing report into the May timetable chaos has blasted transport secretary Chris Grayling, Network Rail, and the DfT... more >
Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

20/09/2018Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it... more >
DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

20/09/2018DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

The government has decided to pull the plug on the CrossCountry franchise competition as a result of its rail review ann... 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 >