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Wi-fi is the way forward

Wi-fi is the way forward

01.07.12: As London Underground launches a summer of free wi-fi, Cor van der Coop, business consultant of IT operations at NS (Dutch Railways), the state-owned railway operator in the Netherlands, speaks to RTM about an ambitious onboard internet project....

£4.25m grant to fund Wiltshire rail improvements

£4.25m grant to fund Wiltshire rail improvements

29.06.12: Wiltshire is set to see improved services and stations along its rail network, with £4.25m Government funding secured. Wiltshire council successfully bid for the money, from part of £40m available. The £4.25m will fund mor...

Stormy weather causes massive rail disruption - UPDATED, Friday 4pm

Stormy weather causes massive rail disruption - UPDATED, Friday 4pm

29.06.12: Flooding and landslides severely disrupted rail travel yesterday, leaving Scotland virtually cut off from the rest of the UK, and the disruption has continued today. Landslips closed both the West Coast Main Line in Cumbria and East Coast M...

Scottish passenger forecasts ‘underestimated’

Scottish passenger forecasts ‘underestimated’

18.06.12: Passenger demand is being consistently underestimated in Scotland, a recent rail conference heard. Railfuture, which organised the event, says the figures have been “woefully inadequate”. Rail re-openings have boosted ridership...

East Lancashire calls for new rail link to Manchester

East Lancashire calls for new rail link to Manchester

15.06.12: A potential rail link between East Lancashire and Manchester has been discussed at a meeting between local politicians and transport minister Theresa Villiers. Cllr Alyson Barnes and MP Jake Berry met Villiers inLondonto consider how the bo...

Centro highlights minor projects for major boost

Centro highlights minor projects for major boost

14.06.12: Investment of £60m could boost the West Midlands economy by over £370m a year and create over 4,400 new jobs, Centro has stated. The organisation is urging the Government to include three projects in the upcoming High Level Outp...

New express service for Wales

New express service for Wales

25.05.12: The Welsh Government is replacing the Geralt Gymro service introduced recently by the previous Labour-Plaid Cymru coalition, and reducing the number of daily express trains between Holyhead and Cardiff from two to one. The new service will...

Olympics boost for Scottish visitors

Olympics boost for Scottish visitors

24.05.12: Virgin Trains is introducing extra capacity between Glasgow Central andLondonthroughout the summer to cope with extra demand during the Olympics. Three extra trains with at least 439 seats each will operate every weekday in each direction i...

Threshold for late trains should be reduced – MSPs

Threshold for late trains should be reduced – MSPs

21.05.12: MSPs are calling for changes in the rules that see late trains classed as ‘on-time’. The Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure Committee has analysed the state of rail services and highlighted several improvements that coul...

727 more services for Blackfriars station

727 more services for Blackfriars station

18.05.12: Blackfriars’ final two platforms are now open for use, meaning passengers will benefit from an extra 727 trains every week. Southeastern services to Sevenoaks will begin using the new platforms on Monday, May 21 and First Capital Conn...

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...

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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 >