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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...

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...

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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded inste... more >
DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RM... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping t... 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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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >