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Campaign for East Anglia rail picks up pace

Campaign for East Anglia rail picks up pace

18.05.12: MPs in East Angliaare campaigning for infrastructure improvements to increase speed and capacity on the region’s railways. Ahead of the 15-year franchise that will start in July 2014, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) aims...

Cow crash caused by stampede – Network Rail

Cow crash caused by stampede – Network Rail

11.05.12: Cows that caused a train crash outside of Oxfordon Wednesday stampeded through a fence maintained by Network Rail, it has emerged. However, the company has no plans to compensate the farmer and insists the fence is regularly inspected. A sp...

Joint apology from ScotRail and Network Rail for poor performance

Joint apology from ScotRail and Network Rail for poor performance

09.05.12: ScotRail and Network Rail have issued an “unprecedented” joint apology for poor services over the past year. In the open letter, published on the ScotRail website, Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, and David...

Track re-opens after landslide

Track re-opens after landslide

02.05.12: A section of track that has been closed since the end of last week due to a landslide caused by heavy rain has now re-opened. The railway between Inverness and Aviemore had to be closed on April 27 when an 18 metre (60 foot) section of the...

‘Stansted in 30’ campaign gets Eagle’s backing

‘Stansted in 30’ campaign gets Eagle’s backing

27.04.12: Shadow transport secretary, Maria Eagle MP, is supporting the ‘Stansted in 30’ campaign, and has urged the Government to consider work to cut journey times between Stansted and London from 45 minutes to 30. Improvements on the W...

Kent sees extended high speed services

Kent sees extended high speed services

26.04.12: Improvements for rail services have been announced at the 4th Kent Rail summit, held yesterday. These include faster services and an extended high speed service to the capital. A £10m investment programme by Network Rail in partnershi...

FA refuses to engage over kick-off timing

FA refuses to engage over kick-off timing

20.04.12: Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has waded into the controversy over the timing of the FA Cup, whose late kick-off will prevent thousands of fans travelling home to Liverpool by train due to long-planned engineering works. Network Rail says...

£1m Hereford depot opens

£1m Hereford depot opens

16.03.12: A new maintenance depot opens today inHereford, as part of a wider Network Rail plan for improvements in the area. The £1m facility will form a maintenance hub for the railway between Cwmbran and Ludlow. The depot will include modern...

Eurostar hit by severe delays

Eurostar hit by severe delays

06.03.12: Passengers on Eurostar services have faced severe delays due to sagging power cables near the high-speed line in France yesterday, which forced trains onto alternate slower lines. Four trains were cancelled this morning due to the fault, bu...

Full speed ahead

01.03.12: Drought conditions have disrupted services on parts of the Fen Line in Norfolk. Network Rail’s Sam Kelly tells RTM how this issue is being tackled to bring train services back up to speed. Speed restrictions are gradually being lifted...

Welcoming passenger trains back to Waterside

Welcoming passenger trains back to Waterside

01.03.12: Adam Hewitt reports on plans to reintroduce passenger services on a branch line in Hampshire. Proposals to reintroduce passenger services on the branch line in Hampshire between Totton and Hythe have taken another step forward, with Hampshi...

Network Rail bonus ‘unacceptable’

Network Rail bonus ‘unacceptable’

03.02.12: The proposed bonus for the chief of Network Rail has been deemed ‘unacceptable’, by the Transport Secretary. Chief executive Sir David Higgins could receive a £336,000 bonus – 60% of his annual salary. The focus on S...

HS2 approved – with minor route alterations

13.01.12: The high-speed rail link between Birmingham and London has been officially approved by Government, Transport Secretary Justine Greening announced today, and will proceed to the next legislative stages. The first phase of HS2 should be compl...

Mapping the future

Mapping the future

01.01.12: Shirley Clark of Ordnance Survey discusses the organisation’s closer relationship with Network Rail, and the many ways in which smart use of geographic data helps the rail industry. Accurate topographical information is obviously vita...

Staying informed

Staying informed

01.01.12: National Rail Enquiries’ chief executive Chris Scoggins and head of online services Jason Webb talk to RTM about delivering information faster and in more accessible formats to keep up with passenger expectations. Providing informatio...

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Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

21/03/2019Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

The man leading the Williams Rail Review has warned that the government’s role in the UK railways “will have... more >
Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

21/03/2019Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

The government will look “very carefully” at a £218m funding bid for a new railway station in Chelmsfo... more >
Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

20/03/2019Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

Kier has appointed Andrew Davies as its new chief executive, two months after the building contractor ousted Hayden Murs... 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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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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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 >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... 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 >