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‘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...

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...

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Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

23/05/2019Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

Scrapping HS2 would be a “disaster” and would undermine Britain’s “national prosperity for decad... more >
Network Rail unveils new regional managing directors

23/05/2019Network Rail unveils new regional managing directors

Network Rail has announced five new regional managing directors as part of its “evolution” towards a more pa... more >
£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

22/05/2019£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

Network Rail has awarded contracts for rail haulage and the operations of its engineering trains and seasonal treatment ... 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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Meeting clients, suppliers and stepping forward

23/05/2019Meeting clients, suppliers and stepping forward

The Midlands 30-year plan will deliver many economic benefits and will need a wide and diverse supply chain to deliver some of the key projects. We caught up with long running sponsors of TransCityRail, Bridgeway Consulting Limited, specialists in Site & Ground investigations, Geomatics and Infrastructure, to discuss why networking events ... 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 >