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Derailed train catches fire in Salford

Derailed train catches fire in Salford

24.01.13: An empty charter train derailed and caught fire yesterday, causing delays and cancellations to services across the North West. The West Coast Railways train came off the tracks on Windsor bridge in Manchester City Centre, and no-one was hur...

Wimbledon Loop services to continue after 2018

Wimbledon Loop services to continue after 2018

22.01.13: The Wimbledon Loop rail service will be safeguarded after the Thameslink programme is complete, the DfT has announced. Under previous plans, passengers travelling to central London would have to change at Blackfriars station once the Thames...

Travel disruption continues

Travel disruption continues

21.01.13: Heavy snow is continuing to cause disruption and delays to train services today. Greater Anglia, South West Trains, Southern, Virgin, Southeastern, London Overground, East Coast, First Capital Connect and London Midland have all warned pass...

Heavy snow disrupting rail services

Heavy snow disrupting rail services

18.01.13: Train operators across much of the country are advising passengers to check before travelling, as heavy snow falls across the UK, particularly in Wales.  The TOCs have been working with Network Rail to prepare stations, trains and infr...

Fire leads to evacuation at London Victoria

Fire leads to evacuation at London Victoria

17.01.13: London Victoria station was evacuated this morning due to a fire on a Gatwick Express train. The incident has caused severe delays for commuters travelling into London. Other train companies have been accepting Southern tickets in and out o...

Driver shortage ‘let passengers down’ – London Midland

Driver shortage ‘let passengers down’ – London Midland

16.01.13: London Midland head admitted that operator ‘let down’ passengers over the last four months. Almost 1,000 trains were cancelled or delayed between October and the end of December, due to driver shortages. Managing director Patric...

Punctuality stuck below 90% – new PPM stats

Punctuality stuck below 90% – new PPM stats

11.01.13: Railway punctuality was at 88.2% during Period 10, according to monthly performance data released today by Network Rail. The data covers the period from 9 December 2012 to 5 January 2013. It is up from 85.3% for period 9, but is lower...

Direct London trains for North West proposed

Direct London trains for North West proposed

08.01.13: Plans for services running directly to London from Rochdale, Eccles, Manchester Victoria and Audenshaw are being considered. Alliance Rail Holding has asked the ORR to allow it to run services along the West Coast Main Line. From 2016 passe...

Cardiff ‘Crossrail’ plans proposed

Cardiff ‘Crossrail’ plans proposed

03.01.13: Plans have been proposed for a £200m Cardiff Crossrail, running east-west from St Mellons to the M4 at Creigiau and north-south from the M4 to the bay. The Metro Consortium has produced a report on the plans, which would make use of t...

£7m compensation for London Midland passengers

£7m compensation for London Midland passengers

21.12.12: Passengers on London Midland will be offered free and discounted travel after months of cancellations and delays on the franchise. Rail minister Norman Baker has announced that London Midland will have to provide a £7m compensation pa...

Busiest trains at 180% load

Busiest trains at 180% load

19.12.12: Train operators have been urged to do more to tackle congestion, as the top 10 most over-crowded services is published. The list was compiled from data collected in Autumn 2011. The highest load factor reported was 180%, and many of the mos...

ECML overhead wire disruption

ECML overhead wire disruption

18.12.12: Thousands of passengers were stranded last night as overhead wire damage led to trains being cancelled on the East Coast Main Line. Trains between London and Edinburgh on the ECML were cancelled from yesterday afternoon, and passengers were...

East Midlands Trains offer more services

East Midlands Trains offer more services

10.12.12: Passengers travelling on East Midlands Trains are set to benefit from additional services. The improvements have been announced alongside the launch of the train operator’s new timetable today. 3,600 seats have been added to the Notti...

New services announced for the East Suffolk line

New services announced for the East Suffolk line

10.12.12: A new hourly service between Ipswich and Lowestoft is being introduced by Greater Anglia, following work to install a passing loop at Beccles. The £4m scheme was jointly funded by Network Rail and Suffolk County Council and has brough...

Snow disruption across London and the south

Snow disruption across London and the south

05.12.12: The first snow this winter has caused significant disruption to transport across London today, with long delays and cancellations on journeys in and out of the capital. Services from Kent, Sussex and Surrey were severely affected and there...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the ... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve ... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two compa... 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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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 >
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 >