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Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

02.08.18: A cross-party group of MPs have written to the chancellor calling for £100bn of investment to transform the north of England’s transport by 2050. The letter welcomed the Treasury’s “ongoing commitment to deal with th...

TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

02.08.18: As part of its ambition to team up with as many operators as possible in order to “revolutionise” the rail network, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has signed a brand-new partnership deal with Virgin Trains and West Midlands Rail...

Liverpool Lime Street opens its doors after eight-week revamp

Liverpool Lime Street opens its doors after eight-week revamp

01.08.18: Liverpool Lime Street station has resumed services following its successful upgrade over the past eight weeks. As part of the Great North Rail Project, which focussed on creating track and train improvements, around 3km of track has been up...

Grayling backed by May as Northern’s reinstalled timetables falter

Grayling backed by May as Northern’s reinstalled timetables falter

31.07.18: Passengers using Northern Rail services were once again left frustrated this morning when Northern’s planned reintroduction of timetables was marred with delays and cancellations. Northern announced the reintroduction of three quarter...

Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31.07.18: As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the watchdog’s crucial involvement in helping to shape the programme since its early days. The...

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

27.07.18: Passengers could connect from Heathrow to Gatwick in just 15 minutes with new £10bn plans to create a high-speed HS4 line. Proposals developed by engineering consultants Expedition say that “HS4Air” (High Speed for Air) wi...

Support for Portishead Line reopening remains high after survey

Support for Portishead Line reopening remains high after survey

26.07.18: A consultation on support for reopening the Portishead Line has highlighted support for the move. The survey, which received over 1,000 responses, found that 95% of respondents supported the scheme known as MetroWest Phase One. As the...

£300m inclusion scheme in the works to make transport accessible by 2030

£300m inclusion scheme in the works to make transport accessible by 2030

25.07.18: All disabled passengers can travel confidently and easily following a £300m investment from the DfT. The department’s ‘Inclusive Transport Strategy’ will introduce the multi-million-pound plans which includes investm...

TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20.07.18: A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the areas. In an unprecedented deal between TfL and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), London and Birm...

DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19.07.18: GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into whether the TOC breached its contracts. During an urgent question about the May timetable fiasco at...

Free and binding rail ombudsman service set for November launch

Free and binding rail ombudsman service set for November launch

19.07.18: Users of the rail industry will benefit from the independent rulings of a dedicated ombudsman from November this year, allowing passengers who are unhappy with how TOCs handled their complaints to refer them to experts in consumer rights. A...

Grayling confirms electrification will form part of TransPennine upgrade

Grayling confirms electrification will form part of TransPennine upgrade

17.07.18: The transport secretary has confirmed to the UK rail supply sector that the TransPennine route upgrade will include both major civil engineering projects and electrification as part of its future plans. The future of TransPennine infrastruc...

Metro control room to get £12m investment in new technology

Metro control room to get £12m investment in new technology

16.07.18: The Tyne and Wear Metro control room is to undergo a £12m programme of modernisation as part of its biggest upgrade in its 38 year history. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is installing a new computerised signalli...

Network Rail has yet to give an end date for Cardiff electrification

Network Rail has yet to give an end date for Cardiff electrification

13.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Network Rail cannot give a precise date for when work on the electrification of the south Wales mainline will be completed The £2.8bn  project was announced by Prime Minster...

Creating a single independent role for timetable sign-offs would not be achievable, says Gibb

Creating a single independent role for timetable sign-offs would not be achievable, says Gibb

13.07.18: Appointing someone responsible for ultimately signing off timetable changes across the network – and for being vocal when planned reforms are too heroic and should be reconsidered or delayed – would not be achievable, Chris Gibb has...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Pr... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. ... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >