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St Neots failures identified

St Neots failures identified

25.02.13: Disruption at Radlett and St Neots has been attributed to failure of specific components, Network Rail has found. Last Tuesday, power cable failed at St Neots, leaving thousands of passengers stranded overnight at King’s Cross. Furthe...

East Coast overhead line failure – disruption continues

East Coast overhead line failure – disruption continues

21.02.13: Passengers on the East Coast main line are facing further disruption, over overhead line failures earlier in the week. On Tuesday night power cable failed in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Around 200 passengers were left stranded at King’s...

Landslip suspends train services in Yorkshire

Landslip suspends train services in Yorkshire

13.02.13: Train services have been suspended in parts of south Yorkshire due to a landslip. A spoil heap at Hatfield Colliery, Stainforth, has moved a section of track and is pushing up the track. Bus replacements will be running between Doncaster an...

Crucial track section to re-open early

Crucial track section to re-open early

12.02.13: The line between Coleraine and Londonderry is to re-open a month early after a £30m upgrade. Passengers travelling between Belfast and Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s two biggest cities, have been using substitute buses fo...

Swanage Railway to be restored

Swanage Railway to be restored

11.02.13: A Dorset rail service is to be restored after 41 years, with a £1.47m Government grant for the Swanage Railway. A regular service between Swanage, Corfe Castle and Wareham is to be restored by spring 2015 and the project could create...

MPs push for Welsh rail connectivity

MPs push for Welsh rail connectivity

08.02.13: A debate on transport links across the England-Wales border was held in Westminster earlier this week, as MPs push for greater connectivity, faster services and electrification of the network. Led by Mark Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP f...

Virgin submits plans for direct Shrewsbury-London services

Virgin submits plans for direct Shrewsbury-London services

08.02.13: Virgin Trains has put forward detailed plans to the DfT for a direct rail link between Shropshire and London. Campaigners from Shrewsbury and elsewhere in the county have been pushing for a reinstatement of a direct link ever since the Wrex...

Birmingham signalling issues fixed

Birmingham signalling issues fixed

25.01.13: Train services around the West Midlands are running on time, following signalling problems over the past two days. Yesterday London Midland reported some local services had been suspended and others were facing delays. Replacement buses wer...

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...

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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 >