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£350m cut from Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme

£350m cut from Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme

05.07.12: ‘Changed circumstances’ have forced cuts to the £1bn Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), as the Scottish Government announced this morning that only £650m will now be spent, at least initially. The curren...

Detailed manifesto for improved Eastern England rail services

Detailed manifesto for improved Eastern England rail services

04.07.12: A huge consortium of businesses, politicians, councils and rail users in Eastern England have come up with a ‘manifesto’ to improve rail services in the region over the next 20 years. They are lobbying not only for the cherished...

North East rail repairs complete

North East rail repairs complete

02.07.12: Repairs on the railway in the North East are complete this morning, following damage from storms and flooding last Thursday. Embankments had to be rebuilt as areas of the track bed had been torn away at Haltwhistle on theNewcastletoCarlisle...

Chamber's Northern Hub campaign on track

Chamber's Northern Hub campaign on track

01.07.12: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s transport policy manager Emma Antrobus, who was the former co-ordinator of the North West Rail Campaign, explains why businesses in the region are so committed to backing the Northern Hub. The...

Wi-fi is the way forward

Wi-fi is the way forward

01.07.12: As London Underground launches a summer of free wi-fi, Cor van der Coop, business consultant of IT operations at NS (Dutch Railways), the state-owned railway operator in the Netherlands, speaks to RTM about an ambitious onboard internet project....

£4.25m grant to fund Wiltshire rail improvements

£4.25m grant to fund Wiltshire rail improvements

29.06.12: Wiltshire is set to see improved services and stations along its rail network, with £4.25m Government funding secured. Wiltshire council successfully bid for the money, from part of £40m available. The £4.25m will fund mor...

Stormy weather causes massive rail disruption - UPDATED, Friday 4pm

Stormy weather causes massive rail disruption - UPDATED, Friday 4pm

29.06.12: Flooding and landslides severely disrupted rail travel yesterday, leaving Scotland virtually cut off from the rest of the UK, and the disruption has continued today. Landslips closed both the West Coast Main Line in Cumbria and East Coast M...

Scottish passenger forecasts ‘underestimated’

Scottish passenger forecasts ‘underestimated’

18.06.12: Passenger demand is being consistently underestimated in Scotland, a recent rail conference heard. Railfuture, which organised the event, says the figures have been “woefully inadequate”. Rail re-openings have boosted ridership...

East Lancashire calls for new rail link to Manchester

East Lancashire calls for new rail link to Manchester

15.06.12: A potential rail link between East Lancashire and Manchester has been discussed at a meeting between local politicians and transport minister Theresa Villiers. Cllr Alyson Barnes and MP Jake Berry met Villiers inLondonto consider how the bo...

Centro highlights minor projects for major boost

Centro highlights minor projects for major boost

14.06.12: Investment of £60m could boost the West Midlands economy by over £370m a year and create over 4,400 new jobs, Centro has stated. The organisation is urging the Government to include three projects in the upcoming High Level Outp...

New express service for Wales

New express service for Wales

25.05.12: The Welsh Government is replacing the Geralt Gymro service introduced recently by the previous Labour-Plaid Cymru coalition, and reducing the number of daily express trains between Holyhead and Cardiff from two to one. The new service will...

Olympics boost for Scottish visitors

Olympics boost for Scottish visitors

24.05.12: Virgin Trains is introducing extra capacity between Glasgow Central andLondonthroughout the summer to cope with extra demand during the Olympics. Three extra trains with at least 439 seats each will operate every weekday in each direction i...

Threshold for late trains should be reduced – MSPs

Threshold for late trains should be reduced – MSPs

21.05.12: MSPs are calling for changes in the rules that see late trains classed as ‘on-time’. The Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure Committee has analysed the state of rail services and highlighted several improvements that coul...

727 more services for Blackfriars station

727 more services for Blackfriars station

18.05.12: Blackfriars’ final two platforms are now open for use, meaning passengers will benefit from an extra 727 trains every week. Southeastern services to Sevenoaks will begin using the new platforms on Monday, May 21 and First Capital Conn...

Campaign for East Anglia rail picks up pace

Campaign for East Anglia rail picks up pace

18.05.12: MPs in East Angliaare campaigning for infrastructure improvements to increase speed and capacity on the region’s railways. Ahead of the 15-year franchise that will start in July 2014, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) aims...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, fo... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “... 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 >