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International SPARK partnership to boost rail research

International SPARK partnership to boost rail research

09.07.12: A new partnership to share rail knowledge more efficiently has been agreed between the RSSB and the International Union of Railways (UIC). The RSSB portal SPARK has been chosen as a web platform to create international sharing capability fo...

Peak-time overcrowding worsens – DfT

Peak-time overcrowding worsens – DfT

06.07.12: Rail overcrowding in London during rush hour is at its highest point since privatisation, official figures suggest, despite extra investment on the railway. Train providers say they now provide 20% more service than 15 years ago. The l...

£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...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotiv... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-spe... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to ma... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >