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A million people use rail enquiries app

A million people use rail enquiries app

20.08.12: The National Rail Enquiries (NRE) smartphone app has been downloaded by over a million people since its launch in May. Developed for use with iPhone and Android operating systems, the app provides the latest real time travel information on...

Direct links to London welcomed after FirstGroup WCML win

Direct links to London welcomed after FirstGroup WCML win

16.08.12: Some of the key areas to benefit from FirstGroup’s West Coast win are Shrewsbury, Bolton, Telford and Blackpool, which are to see direct services to London reinstated.  The Government announced yesterday that FirstGroup would run...

‘Outstanding’ Olympics for rail – ATOC

‘Outstanding’ Olympics for rail – ATOC

13.08.12: The national rail network delivered an “outstanding” service during the Olympics, says the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).  Around 55% of spectators – up to five million people – used rail for p...

Cardiff station struggles to cope with record passenger numbers

Cardiff station struggles to cope with record passenger numbers

03.08.12: Extra seats and better information has been promised for passengers attending the next Team GB football match, following massive disruption on Wednesday night at Cardiff station.  A record number of passengers used the station after th...

EMT offers extra seats for Games weekends

EMT offers extra seats for Games weekends

03.08.12: More seats and services will be provided for the following two Olympic Games weekends, East Midland Trains (EMT) has announced. An additional 1,000 seats will be available on August 4-5, and on August 11-12, to meet extra demand for passeng...

Hot weather leads to further speed restrictions

Hot weather leads to further speed restrictions

27.07.12: Further speed restrictions were in place on the rail network yesterday due to the hot weather, it emerged. Services running to and from Paddington and Liverpool Street stations were affected. High temperatures caused speed restrictions to b...

Greater Anglia cancels services due to heat

Greater Anglia cancels services due to heat

24.07.12: Some trains will not stop at Stratford today, as Greater Anglia had cancelled services due to the heat. The temperature is expected to exceed 30 degrees in London today. Some services will be suspended from midday due to the heat and s...

London-Cornwall services ‘could be cut by a third’

London-Cornwall services ‘could be cut by a third’

17.07.12: Cornwall could lose a third of its direct trains to London under the new Great Western franchise, with the DfT proposing six Paddington to Penzance services a day instead of nine. When questioned in the Commons, transport secretary Justine...

£3.8m European investment for Peterborough rail

£3.8m European investment for Peterborough rail

11.07.12: The European Parliament has agreed to invest nearly £4m to upgrade Ely North Junction. The funding to eliminate a key rail bottleneck was announced yesterday in Brussels and will help boost reliability and punctuality of services acro...

International SPARK partnership to boost rail research

International SPARK partnership to boost rail research

09.07.12: A new partnership to share rail knowledge more efficiently has been agreed between the RSSB and the International Union of Railways (UIC). The RSSB portal SPARK has been chosen as a web platform to create international sharing capability fo...

Peak-time overcrowding worsens – DfT

Peak-time overcrowding worsens – DfT

06.07.12: Rail overcrowding in London during rush hour is at its highest point since privatisation, official figures suggest, despite extra investment on the railway. Train providers say they now provide 20% more service than 15 years ago. The l...

£350m cut from Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme

£350m cut from Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme

05.07.12: ‘Changed circumstances’ have forced cuts to the £1bn Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), as the Scottish Government announced this morning that only £650m will now be spent, at least initially. The curren...

Detailed manifesto for improved Eastern England rail services

Detailed manifesto for improved Eastern England rail services

04.07.12: A huge consortium of businesses, politicians, councils and rail users in Eastern England have come up with a ‘manifesto’ to improve rail services in the region over the next 20 years. They are lobbying not only for the cherished...

North East rail repairs complete

North East rail repairs complete

02.07.12: Repairs on the railway in the North East are complete this morning, following damage from storms and flooding last Thursday. Embankments had to be rebuilt as areas of the track bed had been torn away at Haltwhistle on theNewcastletoCarlisle...

Chamber's Northern Hub campaign on track

Chamber's Northern Hub campaign on track

01.07.12: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s transport policy manager Emma Antrobus, who was the former co-ordinator of the North West Rail Campaign, explains why businesses in the region are so committed to backing the Northern Hub. The...

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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 >