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Council voices several ‘critical’ objections to East West Rail Phase 2 plans

Council voices several ‘critical’ objections to East West Rail Phase 2 plans

22.11.18: A county council has expressed a number of issues deemed “unacceptable” and “critical” relating to Network Rail’s application for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to build East West Rail (EWR) Phase 2 –...

Transport spending in London double that of the north since launch of Northern Powerhouse

Transport spending in London double that of the north since launch of Northern Powerhouse

21.11.18: Government spending on transport in London has risen to twice as much per person compared to the north since the launch of the Northern Powerhouse, new analysis has found. Statistics analysed by influential think tank IPPR North found that...

Clapham Junction disaster lessons are ‘fading’ from rail sector following London Waterloo collision last year

Clapham Junction disaster lessons are ‘fading’ from rail sector following London Waterloo collision last year

19.11.18: Errors made during the derailment of a London Waterloo train last year showed lessons learned from the 1988 Clapham Junction disaster were “fading” from the rail industry, the rail accident investigator has found. The collision...

Wales and Borders rail to receive £2bn government funding

Wales and Borders rail to receive £2bn government funding

19.11.18: Network Rail Wales and Borders has announced £2bn in government funding to be spent on a project to maintain and renew the Wales and Border railway routes. The funding represents a 28% funding increase compared to the last five-year f...

HS2 kicks off bid race to build Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

HS2 kicks off bid race to build Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

19.11.18: HS2 has announced the start of its search for contractors to build its new £435m Curzon Street station. Around four contractors will be shortlisted for the design and build deal ahead of the arrival of HS2 in Birmingham in 2026. ...

A transport network ‘on its knees’ is slowly catching up in the north, says Grayling

A transport network ‘on its knees’ is slowly catching up in the north, says Grayling

16.11.18: Chris Grayling has said that rail in the north is playing catch-up from “decades of economic neglect” and that whilst improvements in May did not work the way it should have, he will deliver “the transport system the north dese...

Rail minister launches strategy for grassroots community rail projects

Rail minister launches strategy for grassroots community rail projects

16.11.18: Rail minister Andrew Jones has urged train operators to commit resources into new and existing community rail projects as he launched the 2018 Community Rail Strategy. Jones, who returned to the role of transport minister on Tuesday followi...

Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

13.11.18: Travel times to and from work now take an extra five minutes longer, with rail commuters facing the longest journeys, new analysis shows. In a report by the TUC today, rail commuters face the longest journeys, taking an average of two hours...

GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

13.11.18: FirstGroup has named Matthew Gregory as its new chief executive as it revealed widening half-year losses and warned about the profitability of its rail franchises. Gregory has been the interim chief operating officer at the bus and rail pro...

Data-driven rail

Data-driven rail

13.11.18: Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration with Porterbrook to deliver data-driven railways. The march of progress has an unequal tempo acros...

Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13.11.18: Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail sector. The secretary of state announced in September his intention to launch a review of the ra...

Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09.11.18: Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is why the introduction of Negative Short-Circuiting Devices (NSCDs) to make isolations safer and faster...

Khan denies ‘deliberately misleading’ London Assembly over Crossrail delay

Khan denies ‘deliberately misleading’ London Assembly over Crossrail delay

09.11.18: The London mayor has responded defending himself from claims that he and London transport bosses “misled” the London Assembly Transport Committee who “identified grave discrepancies” in evidence given to its investigation...

Coventry Station’s £82m masterplan up for approval

Coventry Station’s £82m masterplan up for approval

08.11.18: An £82m masterplan for Coventry’s train station has been recommended for approval by the city council. The proposals include the construction of a new station building, providing a second entrance at the western end of the stati...

Worried council prepares official response to ‘crackpot’ HS2 plans

Worried council prepares official response to ‘crackpot’ HS2 plans

07.11.18: HS2 has been slammed as a “crackpot idea” which won’t benefit local residents by councillors in Northwich as they prepare to submit an official response to the project’s consultation. Members of Northwich Town Counci...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transpor... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the even... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >