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Timetable chaos: Rail industry ‘lacks courage’ to say no to impossible demands

Timetable chaos: Rail industry ‘lacks courage’ to say no to impossible demands

13.07.18: The rail industry needs to pluck up the courage to say no to others instead of trying to accommodate every single stakeholder demand – and then failing to deliver on these expectations, rail veteran Chris Gibb has said. Gibb, who chai...

Trains on the Manchester-Preston line will not be electrified until 2019

Trains on the Manchester-Preston line will not be electrified until 2019

11.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Northern has announced it will not be electrifying the Manchester - Preston line until 2019. Its decision was finalised after the announcement of the timetable changes in December. ...

Progress for passengers but more improvement needed, ORR say

Progress for passengers but more improvement needed, ORR say

09.07.18: Good progress has been made in customer service along the railways, but more improvement is needed with harder work form the industry, a consumer group of the ORR has said. In a report from Consumers, Stephanie Tobyn, deputy director, said...

Major TOCs including Northern and GTR scrap plans for winter timetables

Major TOCs including Northern and GTR scrap plans for winter timetables

09.07.18: Winter timetable changes for some major TOCs have been cancelled to prevent disruption similar to the May chaos marred by delays and cancellations. Every year, the national timetable is routinely changed in order to adapt to seasonal change...

State-of-the-art Dundee station opened after 20 years of planning

State-of-the-art Dundee station opened after 20 years of planning

09.07.18: Article written by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Dundee station opens its doors to the public after 20 years of planning and development. Located on the western edge of Dundee’s central waterfront, the £38m develo...

Timetable chaos: Strong and stable?

Timetable chaos: Strong and stable?

03.07.18: David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, paints a stark picture of the considerable human impact of delays across London and the north – even before the full extent of the crisis becomes known. The current timetable chaos on Tha...

Trains still running late despite emergency timetables in operation

Trains still running late despite emergency timetables in operation

03.07.18: Trains are continuing to run late despite TOCs running timetables on ‘emergency’ fixtures, new figures show. Data released by Network Rail’s public performance measure (PPM) shows the percentage of trains which arrive...

GTR could lose its franchise if services don’t improve after new timetable

GTR could lose its franchise if services don’t improve after new timetable

02.07.18: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is at risk of losing its franchise if it fails to improve the slumping performance across its services since late May’s timetable shake-up, which led to a string of cancellations and delays. The BBC rece...

Balfour Beatty launches new Rail Innovation Centre to advance digital railway

Balfour Beatty launches new Rail Innovation Centre to advance digital railway

29.06.18: Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has opened a new rail innovation centre in Derby today. The Raynesway facility in Derbyshire, in combination with offices at York and Matlock, will employ over 150 staff members with expertise and knowled...

Electrification schemes must be put back in the pipeline after ‘less than candid’ DfT approach

Electrification schemes must be put back in the pipeline after ‘less than candid’ DfT approach

29.06.18: The electrification schemes cancelled by transport secretary Chris Grayling last year should be recategorised as pending and placed in the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) for further development and design work in order to find ways to...

MPs: Efforts to rebalance rail investment must be mandatory, not an afterthought

MPs: Efforts to rebalance rail investment must be mandatory, not an afterthought

29.06.18: The Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine will “struggle to live up to their names” if the government continues to prioritise rail investment in London despite decades of underinvestment elsewhere, MPs have said in a new report...

Manchester electrification ‘accelerating’ after Amey takeover, with 9 days of closures ahead

Manchester electrification ‘accelerating’ after Amey takeover, with 9 days of closures ahead

27.06.18: Network Rail will be closing the railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton for nine days later this year as it seeks to polish off the much-delayed electrification of the line, which has been blamed for the widespread disruptions across...

Seven innovative schemes chosen in £600k DfT rail accessibility competition

Seven innovative schemes chosen in £600k DfT rail accessibility competition

27.06.18: Seven schemes that plan make use of innovative technology have finally been selected to receive funding in order to support those travelling with disabilities across the rail network. Amongst the government-sponsored programme, originally l...

Four chosen to advise on ORR timetable shake-up investigation ahead of autumn report

Four chosen to advise on ORR timetable shake-up investigation ahead of autumn report

27.06.18: Four transport industry heavyweights have been drafted in as the expert panel of independent advisers for the ORR inquiry into the widespread levels of disruption experienced across the network since May’s controversial timetable shake-up....

TfGM lays bare Northern slump since 2016 franchise refresh, including many broken promises

TfGM lays bare Northern slump since 2016 franchise refresh, including many broken promises

27.06.18: A report set to be presented at a Greater Manchester Combined Authority board meeting this Friday has laid bare the staggering decline in performance across Northern since the franchise changed hands in 2016, including the many promises that wer...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Pr... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. ... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >