Rail service improvements and disruptions

Grayling speech: inquiry launched, passengers to receive compensation

Grayling speech: inquiry launched, passengers to receive compensation

05.06.18: The transport secretary will launch an official inquiry into the ongoing debacle that is the disruptions caused by new timetable implementations around the country, and announced passengers affected by disruptions will receive compensation. ...

Disruption updates: Burnham calls for compensation, MPs write to Grayling

Disruption updates: Burnham calls for compensation, MPs write to Grayling

04.06.18: The former shadow health secretary has called for Northern Rail users to receive a temporary fare cut and a “substantial offer of compensation” if they were affected by the disrupted implementation of the new timetables last month. ...

Rail chaos: Burnham claims Grayling is ‘asleep at the wheel’, rail operators apologise

Rail chaos: Burnham claims Grayling is ‘asleep at the wheel’, rail operators apologise

01.06.18: The mayor of Greater Manchester has argued that rail passengers are having their lives turned upside down by the major failures of implementing a new timetable in operators across the country. Labour’s Andy Burnham argued that things...

Grayling blasts timetable changes, says industry ‘failed passengers’

Grayling blasts timetable changes, says industry ‘failed passengers’

30.05.18: The rail industry has “collectively failed” passengers due to the chaos caused implementing timetable changes across the country, the transport secretary has said. Writing to MPs, Chris Grayling promised to rectify the “wh...

Over 3km of oldest overhead wire replaced over bank holiday

Over 3km of oldest overhead wire replaced over bank holiday

30.05.18: Over 3km of overhead wire between Ilford and Maryland has been installed over the bank holiday weekend. The upgrades form part of the £250m programme to upgrade the overhead wiring system between Chelmsford and London Liverpool Street. ...

Major progress made on ECML, paving way for new trains this year

Major progress made on ECML, paving way for new trains this year

29.05.18: Network Rail has completed two key milestones in its changes to the East Coast Main Line (ECML) for its introduction of the new InterCity Express Program (IEP) trains later this year. Routes spanning England and Scotland have been checked t...

Hackney Wick station makeover unveiled in £25m regeneration plan

Hackney Wick station makeover unveiled in £25m regeneration plan

24.05.18: Restoration work at Hackney Wick overground station in London was unveiled today as part of a £25m regeneration scheme that will improve passenger accessibility and movement between platforms, improving the economy of the local area. ...

Grayling promises to tackle Northern failures with clear performance plan

Grayling promises to tackle Northern failures with clear performance plan

23.05.18: The government has outlined formal plans to improve the poor-performing Northern Rail, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced today. Improving driver recruitment and ensuring there are enough to cover demand, increasing driver trainin...

Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

18.05.18: Proposals to fund the re-opening of a Somerset rail line have been halted by the government’s refusal to finance the plans. As part of the MetroWest project, the West of England Combined Authority’s bid for £46.9m was reje...

Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

18.05.18: Work begins today on an 18-month programme to modernise fleets of Welsh trains. A £200,000 investment from Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), the Welsh Government, and Transport for Wales will refurbish 120 carriages in the Class 158 and 150...

A year of change for the north

A year of change for the north

18.05.18: Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the coming years, says Barry White (pictured, left), chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN). ...

Industry must act now to keep passengers aware of ‘inaccurate’ timetables

Industry must act now to keep passengers aware of ‘inaccurate’ timetables

16.05.18: Transport Focus has pressed the rail industry to do more to warn passengers when timetable changes and engineering works will affect their journeys. At a special public meeting, called by the board of Transport Focus, senior representatives fro...

Edinburgh to Glasgow rail upgrade cost rises by over £100m

Edinburgh to Glasgow rail upgrade cost rises by over £100m

15.05.18: Plans to upgrade one of Scotland’s most popular rail routes have increased in cost by more than £100m. Reports today say that improvements to the Edinburgh to Glasgow line — a move that would make the journey just 42 minut...

TOCs still not doing enough to keep customers informed of timetable changes

TOCs still not doing enough to keep customers informed of timetable changes

11.05.18: Train companies urgently need to improve how they keep passengers informed about train timetable changes, the ORR has said in a letter sent to TOCs today. Back in February, Network Rail announced it was unable to confirm finalised timetable...

Wolverhampton subway closed as station gears up for £130m makeover

Wolverhampton subway closed as station gears up for £130m makeover

11.05.18: Wolverhampton station’s pedestrian subway will be closed later this month for over a year as part of plans to develop a new station building. Plans to demolish the current station and build a new one adjacent to it will commence in tw...

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported fai... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks betw... more >
Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19/10/2018Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable chang... 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 >

last word

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 >

'the sleepers' daily blog

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 >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

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 >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

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 >