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Airport makes the case for Crossrail 2

Airport makes the case for Crossrail 2

22.11.13: Crossrail 2 could bring significant connectivity benefits to passengers travelling to and from Stansted Airport, London First has stated. Speaking at Stansted Airport’s 13th Transport Forum, director of infrastructure David Leam (pict...

Direct Shrewsbury-London services confirmed

Direct Shrewsbury-London services confirmed

14.11.13: Direct services from Shrewsbury to London will be restored from May, the ORR has said, despite earlier rejections of Virgin’s applications. Shrewsbury lost its direct services to the capital when the Wrexham & Shropshire open acce...

Faster journey times for East Midlands Trains after 125mph upgrade

Faster journey times for East Midlands Trains after 125mph upgrade

12.11.13: A £70m line speed improvement scheme will soon cut journey times for passengers travelling from the east Midlands to London. East Midlands Trains (EMT) will launch a new timetable on 9 December as trains will be able to run at 125mph...

‘Norwich in Ninety’ taskforce launched

‘Norwich in Ninety’ taskforce launched

08.11.13: A new taskforce has been launched to speed up journey times to East Anglia, the government has announced. Network Rail professionals, DfT officials and local MPs will make up the taskforce. ‘Norwich in Ninety’ will look to cut s...

RSSB launches traffic management innovation challenges

RSSB launches traffic management innovation challenges

06.11.13: A new open innovation programme has been launched by the RSSB and 100%Open. The Future Traffic Regulation Optimisation (FuTRO) programme aims to develop traffic management to deliver capacity and reliability on the network. The programme in...

Major rail disruption across the south due to storm

Major rail disruption across the south due to storm

28.10.13: The stormy weather across southern England and Wales has been causing havoc with rail services. Many services across the country are cancelled and there have been more than 100 fallen trees on lines. Network Rail said the damage was “...

‘Compelling’ business case for Leeds-York electrification

‘Compelling’ business case for Leeds-York electrification

22.10.13: The £100m electrification of the Harrogate line would provide £400m of benefits for the economy, new analysis shows.  A business case for the route was commissioned by Metro, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Cou...

CEEF to test rail innovations

CEEF to test rail innovations

14.10.13: A new European centre will concentrate research and testing for innovations in railway infrastructure and training, the Reseau Ferre de France (RFF) has announced. Plans for the European Railway Test Centre (CEEF) are currently out to consu...

McLoughlin ‘looking into’ ratio of first class seats

McLoughlin ‘looking into’ ratio of first class seats

14.10.13: Looking into the mix of first class and standard tickets available would be “sensible”, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said. It comes as new research indicates that on average only 50% of first-class seats are occupi...

Better broadband for train passengers

Better broadband for train passengers

02.10.13: High speed mobile broadband is to be expanded across the rail network, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.  By 2019, 70% of the travelling public will benefit from better signal as Network Rail upgrades its mobile inf...

Direct services to Amsterdam from 2016

Direct services to Amsterdam from 2016

30.09.13: Eurostar will operate direct services between London and Amsterdam from December 2016, the company has announced. Journey times will be around four hours, with Eurostar’s e320 trains interoperable with Dutch high-speed signalling syst...

Network Rail apologises to East Coast passengers for delays

Network Rail apologises to East Coast passengers for delays

23.09.13: Train performance for period 6 was 92.3%, down from 94% in the same period last year – but up a full percentage point on period 5. Network Rail has apologised to the customers of East Coast, which had the period’s worst figures...

Ordsall Chord plans submitted to DfT

Ordsall Chord plans submitted to DfT

18.09.13: Network Rail has now submitted its plans for the Ordsall Chord, allowing more train to travel through central Manchester by unclogging the bottleneck at the throat of Piccadilly. If approved, when completed by early 2017 it will allow two n...

National Rail Enquiries working with academics to improve forecasting

National Rail Enquiries working with academics to improve forecasting

16.09.13: National Rail Enquiries (NRE) is working with University College London and Microsoft to analyse the results of a real time train prediction system. The team will measure the accuracy of NRE train forecasts, review historical performance of...

Rail improvements to boost airport access

Rail improvements to boost airport access

03.09.13: Better rail links could help utilise existing airport capacity, the London Assembly has suggested. In a letter to the chair of the Airports’ Commission, Sir Howard Davies, the committee called for investment in this area to be prioritised....

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Deliv... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by ... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... 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 >
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 >

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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 >