Rail service improvements and disruptions

Work begins to tackle drainage of one of country’s longest rail tunnels 

Work begins to tackle drainage of one of country’s longest rail tunnels 

19.03.18: Network Rail has confirmed a major programme of work to upgrade the Sevenoaks tunnel and the railway running through it. Leaks and poor drainage have been a major issue for the Victorian tunnel since its construction, and as a result, wate...

Lime Street services to make temporary comeback this summer

Lime Street services to make temporary comeback this summer

15.03.18: Network Rail has confirmed that it will continue to run a number of train services in and out of Liverpool Lime Street station during this summer’s upgrade works. The majority of services will start and end at Liverpool South Parkway so t...

Rail must do more to support local communities, economies and environment, experts warn

Rail must do more to support local communities, economies and environment, experts warn

09.03.18: The rail industry could do more to support communities, local economies and the environment, a new report has found. The report, ‘Ensuring a sustainable rail industry,’ produced by think tank Tracks, says that the rail industry coul...

Operators hit by clampdown on ‘misleading’ compensation rules

Operators hit by clampdown on ‘misleading’ compensation rules

08.03.18: Train operators are set to rewrite the rules around compensation after a flurry of complaints about “misleading” terms and conditions. The changes surround the issue of ‘consequential loss,’ a term which refers to ad...

Government announces £3bn upgrades to TransPennine route

Government announces £3bn upgrades to TransPennine route

05.03.18: A £3bn programme of upgrades to the TransPennine route is expected to begin in spring 2019, Chris Grayling has announced. Speaking at the Transport for the Northern Powerhouse conference in Leeds last Friday, the transport secretary said...

Concerns over TOC compensation payments as ‘beast from the east’ causes transport chaos

Concerns over TOC compensation payments as ‘beast from the east’ causes transport chaos

28.02.18: Train operators have been criticised for benefitting from cancellations and delays as the “beast from the east” wreaks havoc across the UK. Network Rail has paid over £2bn in compensation to rail operators following delays and...

One railway: Connecting the nation

One railway: Connecting the nation

27.02.18: Gordon Wakeford, industry chair of the Rail Supply Group (RSG), outlines the organisation’s work over the past few months as part of its ambition to deliver a world-leading transport network. Back in July, the RSG and the Rail Deliver...

The future of rail surveying

The future of rail surveying

27.02.18: Experts from The Survey Association (TSA) report on the main debates to take away from the organisation’s annual conference, all of which revolved around the future of surveying in the context of a changing industry. Geospatial techno...

Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

23.02.18: Despite its progress, the Thameslink Programme still faces substantial challenges that must be addressed to ensure successful delivery – and its many issues so far, including higher costs and delayed targets, have served to illustrate how...

‘Groundbreaking’ UKRRIN partnership officially launched

‘Groundbreaking’ UKRRIN partnership officially launched

21.02.18: A “groundbreaking” partnership between the rail industry and universities has officially been launched this week. The partnership, the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), will see the rail industry and eight universit...

First direct London-Amsterdam service marks ‘exciting new chapter’ for Eurostar

First direct London-Amsterdam service marks ‘exciting new chapter’ for Eurostar

20.02.18: The first ever direct Eurostar service from London to Amsterdam left London St Pancras International today, marking a landmark moment for rail travel between the UK and mainland Europe. A service left at 08.31 this morning, and will take ju...

Long-awaited Hope Valley Line plans given the green light

Long-awaited Hope Valley Line plans given the green light

14.02.18: Plans for a scheme aiming to reduce delays and improve reliability for trains on the congested Sheffield to Manchester route have been given the green light. Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved the granting of the Transport and...

Eurostar commits to green power by 2030

Eurostar commits to green power by 2030

09.02.18: Eurostar has this week confirmed its commitment to have complete replacements for fossil fuels within the next 12 years. In the company’s ‘Tread Lightly 10-point plan,’ it set out a range of promises which it would be work...

‘Certainty, consistency and clarity’: ORR sets out plans for new ombudsman

‘Certainty, consistency and clarity’: ORR sets out plans for new ombudsman

08.02.18: The Office of Road and Rail (ORR) has tabled plans dictating that all rail companies will have to sign-up to a new ombudsman developed by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). Currently in the consultation period of development, the new body would...

UK Gov should take tips from French when it comes to picking rail projects

UK Gov should take tips from French when it comes to picking rail projects

07.02.18: Britain should learn from France when it comes to choosing important rail projects, a think tank has claimed. A report published by the Institute for Government (IfG), has suggested that whilst some projects, such as Crossrail, are hugely impre...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to... more >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this ... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >