Rail service improvements and disruptions

Majority of passengers prefer to wait on train than take replacement buses

Majority of passengers prefer to wait on train than take replacement buses

27.10.17: Passengers would rather wait on a train for 40 minutes than be forced to take a replacement bus service, research has found - even if this means a longer journey. Independent watchdog, Transport Focus has updated its 2012 research, ‘P...

Hynes: ‘Untapped opportunity’ for ScotRail Alliance collaboration levels

Hynes: ‘Untapped opportunity’ for ScotRail Alliance collaboration levels

24.10.17: The new boss of ScotRail Alliance is keen to exploit the leftover “untapped opportunity” in the organisation, arguing that there is still “more gas in the tank” in terms of what it can achieve. Speaking to RTM, Alex...

Stirling road bridge closes for Scottish electrification plans

Stirling road bridge closes for Scottish electrification plans

24.10.17: Network Rail have confirmed that the Kerse Road bridge in Stirling will close ahead of wider plans for Scottish electrification. The A905 will close for six months from April until the end of October 2018 while work is implemented to widen...

CP6 cash settlement leaves Scotland £600m short

CP6 cash settlement leaves Scotland £600m short

13.10.17: The Scottish transport minister has accused the UK Treasury of falling £600m short in rail improvement funding after yesterday’s CP6 cash announcement. Scotland is to receive more than £3.6bn for the control period between...

Specialist trains keep Wales moving through autumn

Specialist trains keep Wales moving through autumn

12.10.17: Specialist ‘railhead treatment’ trains are in use across the railway in Wales and the Borders as Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales step-up their plans for autumn. The railhead treatment trains are designed to use high pressured w...

DfT allots £48bn for CP6 alongside new major upgrade funding process

DfT allots £48bn for CP6 alongside new major upgrade funding process

12.10.17: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced £48bn spending on railways from 2019 to 2024, including more maintenance and a promised increase in renewals. The figure, quoted in the Statement of Funds Available (SoFA), is &pou...

Trains, tuxedos, TransCityRail: A day (and night) of celebrations

Trains, tuxedos, TransCityRail: A day (and night) of celebrations

06.10.17: Last night, TransCityRail (TCR) North hosted its fourth instalment at Manchester’s Principal Hotel, bringing together over a thousand key members of the industry – from the high-profile chief executives and managing directors to the...

Bring in the disruptors to drive rail innovation, NR tells suppliers

Bring in the disruptors to drive rail innovation, NR tells suppliers

06.10.17: A key decision-maker in Network Rail has called for a seismic shift in the way the rail industry approaches its supply chain and asked for “disruptors” in SMEs to be put at the forefront of projects in order to drive change and innov...

DfT approves £60m upgrade to Felixstowe branch line

DfT approves £60m upgrade to Felixstowe branch line

02.10.17: A scheme worth £60.4m to increase freight services and create a more reliable railway for passengers travelling between Ipswich and Felixstowe has been approved by the transport secretary. The work on the Felixstowe branch line will s...

Hammond announces £300m for improved northern HS2 connections

Hammond announces £300m for improved northern HS2 connections

02.10.17: Chancellor Philip Hammond is to announce £400m for northern transport links, including £300m to improve connections to the HS2 route. Talking to delegates today at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Hammond will ou...

Competition to award £600,000 in grants to improve rail access

Competition to award £600,000 in grants to improve rail access

29.09.17: The DfT and the RSSB have launched a competition to improve the lives of those with disabilities who travel on the rail network. The Rail Accessibility Competition offers grants of £25,000 to £150,000 to small- and medium-sized...

Digital rail and new lines ‘must not be mutually exclusive’ in TransPennine route

Digital rail and new lines ‘must not be mutually exclusive’ in TransPennine route

29.09.17: The TransPennine route cannot solely rely on existing infrastructure and digital signalling to accommodate growing demand, but rather must be served by new capabilities, such as Northern Powerhouse Rail, in order to thrive, it has been argued. ...

NR moves forward on £46m Southend Victoria Line wire replacement scheme

NR moves forward on £46m Southend Victoria Line wire replacement scheme

28.09.17: Significant steps forward have been taken to install new overhead wires on the Southend Victoria branch line this weekend as part of a £46m programme of works. Network Rail has installed over 1km of new wire between Shenfield and Bill...

Alliancing: a step change in performance

Alliancing: a step change in performance

26.09.17: Alan Cox, director of pre-construction at BAM Nuttall, talks to RTM about a joined-up industry approach to create the right platform for efficiency and innovation. Britain’s railways continue to flourish. Rail passenger journeys have...

NR starts £4.2m refurb of 134-year-old South Esk viaduct

NR starts £4.2m refurb of 134-year-old South Esk viaduct

21.09.17: Work has started this week on the £4.2m refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose, it has been revealed. The impressive structure is 16 span, 440 metres and Grade B listed, and stands on 15 pairs of wrought iron piers above t...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and US... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region&... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key r... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

rail industry focus

  • 22/05/2018How two-way radio can boost worker safety

    ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Brentwood Communications explains why two-way radio technology remains the first-choice workplace tool across all industries, especially in one as...
  • 05/04/2018UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

    Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general manager at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), regarding the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.   I am writing to...
  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro network. The expansion of...
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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >