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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...

Eurostar trials new French services

Eurostar trials new French services

04.12.12: A new direct spring service to Lyon and Provence is being trialled by Eurostar for the spring. From 11 December, a weekly service will run from London to Lyon and Provence between May and June 2013. This is in addition to the existing servi...

Flooding causes widespread rail disruption

Flooding causes widespread rail disruption

27.11.12: Widespread flooding has caused significant disruption to the rail network over the past few days, with severe problems in Wales, as well as travel chaos for the north east and western England. Yesterday First Great Western advised passenger...

London-Frankfurt launch postponed due to Siemens delays

London-Frankfurt launch postponed due to Siemens delays

23.11.12: The launch of London-Frankfurt high-speed services has been pushed back due to Siemens’ delay in supplying 16 ICE 3 trains to Deutsche Bahn. Berthold Huber, chief executive of DB Fernverkehr, Deutsche Bahn’s long-distance passen...

Disabled access to rail increases by 165%

Disabled access to rail increases by 165%

09.11.12: More disabled people are travelling by train than ever before, new data suggests. The number of journeys made using a Disabled Person’s Railcard has increased by 165% since 2001-02 to nearly 4,000,000. ATOC set up the first National R...

Ufton Nervet level crossing bridge plans

Ufton Nervet level crossing bridge plans

07.11.12: Network Rail has announced plans to replace Ufton Nervet level crossing with a road bridge, to eliminate risk. A total of eight people have been killed at the level crossing. A feasibility study was conducted into options including a road b...

Main line derailment causes widespread disruption

Main line derailment causes widespread disruption

05.11.12: A derailment in eastern Scotland yesterday morning is causing serious disruption to travel between Aberdeen and the central belt today. The 8.04am CrossCountry service from Edinburgh to Aberdeen came off the tracks at Inverkeilor, a village...

‘Vast majority’ unaffected by Christmas engineering works – ATOC

‘Vast majority’ unaffected by Christmas engineering works – ATOC

01.11.12: ATOC says fewer passengers than last year will be disrupted by Christmas and New Year engineering works.  The “vast majority” of train passengers should experience no disruption due to planned works, it said, noting that th...

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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 >