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New ITA announced for West Midlands

New ITA announced for West Midlands

08.08.13: The leaders of seven councils in the West Midlands are to form a new Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) covering the metropolitan area. The joint committee will decide on future transport strategy and seek new investment to drive economic...

First Great Western delay ‘unacceptable’

First Great Western delay ‘unacceptable’

06.08.13: First Great Western has apologised after passengers were stranded for over five hours on Sunday. The service from Penzance to London Paddington broke down near Pewsey in Wiltshire, stranding over 500 passengers on board. The train fina...

‘No space’ for Blackpool or Shrewsbury-London services on WCML

‘No space’ for Blackpool or Shrewsbury-London services on WCML

01.08.13: Virgin Train’s bid to run direct services from Shrewsbury to London has been rejected by the ORR. The track access application sought additional services to Blackpool and Shrewsbury on the West Coast Main Line, but the regulator judge...

Need to ‘pull together’ on overcrowding – Baker

Need to ‘pull together’ on overcrowding – Baker

24.07.13: TOCs must do more to tackle overcrowding, the DfT has urged. The warning comes as the latest train crowding statistics are published, showing extreme congestion. The top ten busiest services saw load factors from 149% to 184%, with most app...

Piccadilly signalling knocked out by lightning

Piccadilly signalling knocked out by lightning

23.07.13: A lightning strike in Manchester has led to huge disruptions at Piccadilly station this morning. Trains are beginning to move again, but severe delays are still affecting a large number of services. The stormy weather has also led to floodi...

Railfuture makes the case for Uckfield – Lewes reopening

Railfuture makes the case for Uckfield – Lewes reopening

19.07.13: New research shows that reopening the Uckfield – Lewes line will generate economic growth in East Sussex, Railfuture has stated. The campaign group found that investment in the rail link would speed up journey times and provide extra...

Heatwave prompts speed restrictions as tracks hit 50C

Heatwave prompts speed restrictions as tracks hit 50C

09.07.13: Speed restrictions had to be imposed on routes into and out of London Waterloo yesterday, with Network Rail blaming antiquated wooden bearers. The 20mph limit was imposed as a precaution on the stretch of track between Clapham Junction and...

Hatfield train services to be restarted

Hatfield train services to be restarted

05.07.13: Services are set to resume on the Hatfield & Stainforth line from Monday, Network Rail has confirmed. A landslip of a colliery spoil heap next to the tracks rendered the railway unusable for nearly six months. Engineers had to wait for...

Baker to end bustitution

Baker to end bustitution

05.07.13: The Government is to put an end to the practice of rail companies profiting from ‘bustitution’, rail minister Norman Baker is to announce. When bus replacement services are put on, the rail companies who own those bus companies...

Whatever the weather

Whatever the weather

01.07.13: Weather is going to have an increasing effect on the railways so is going to play a bigger and bigger role in infrastructure and operations planning, due to changes in the climate and the UK’s meteorological conditions. RTM spoke to Met Of...

CSR is no longer optional

CSR is no longer optional

01.07.13: Chaired by Chris Williams-Lilley, managing director of Rail Champions, the Platform at Railtex 2013 offered delegates the chance to hear best practice on a range of key topics. RTM’s Kate Ashley reports from the session on sustainability. ...

Rail improvements to ‘transform’ airport demand

Rail improvements to ‘transform’ airport demand

28.06.13: Improved rail connections will vastly improve access to Birmingham Airport, new research has shown. Birmingham Airport commissioned Steer Davies Gleave to examine air-rail connectivity and how new service and infrastructure improvements wil...

Stainforth services reinstated from July

Stainforth services reinstated from July

13.06.13: Rail services to Hatfield and Stainforth will resume from July 8, Network Rail has announced. The news follows a programme of work to remove a spoil heap that slid onto the line and to stabilise the railway. A passenger timetable will be fu...

Virgin proposes 135mph running on WCML in Scotland

Virgin proposes 135mph running on WCML in Scotland

29.05.13: Virgin Trains is proposing an upgrade of the WCML near Lockerbie for 135mph running, which would make it the fastest stretch of conventional railway in the UK. The operator says it is considering introducing the first non-stop train between...

Spoil removal begins at Hatfield collapse site

Spoil removal begins at Hatfield collapse site

20.05.13: Engineers have started to remove spoil from the rail line damaged by a landslip at Hatfield colliery. The incident has led to a series of engineering projects planned between May and November being replanned by Network Rail. The line is now...

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ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

25/03/2019ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

Under-fire train operator ScotRail has unveiled an £18m remedial plan to recruit more staff and bring in additiona... more >
Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

25/03/2019Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

Network Rail has launched a consultation on a multi-million long-term redevelopment plan for Edinburgh’s Waverley ... more >
Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

25/03/2019Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

Dozens of passengers left “increasingly uncomfortable” on a stranded train at Lewisham left their train and ... 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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >