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Services disrupted after landslip throws up 100 tonnes of debris on Surrey track

Services disrupted after landslip throws up 100 tonnes of debris on Surrey track

13.04.18: Southern Rail services have been disrupted following a major landslip last night. The landslip, between Horsham and Dorking, has resulted in all lines between these statins being blocked, and so trains have been cancelled in all directions, wit...

Suppliers invited to challenge ‘rigorous’ NR standards for incentives

Suppliers invited to challenge ‘rigorous’ NR standards for incentives

13.04.18: Network Rail is encouraging contractors, suppliers and stakeholders to propose changes to its standards, or the detailed requirements that underpin how the railway and improvement projects are run and delivered – all in exchange for incent...

RSSB grants deal for research into knock-on train delays

RSSB grants deal for research into knock-on train delays

10.04.18: City, University of London’s Geographical Information Centre (giCentre) has been awarded a 12-month contract by the RSSB to look at knock-on train delays with Great Western Railway (GWR). Dr Aidan Slingsby and Dr Cagatay Turkey, data visu...

Funding given to suspension system to reduce track and wheel wear

Funding given to suspension system to reduce track and wheel wear

06.04.18: Funding has been granted to Liebherr-Transportation Systems, Grand Central Rail and NewRail to develop a new suspension system for reducing wheel and track wear. RSSB has provided funding for the Active Radial Suspension System (ARSS), which us...

Repairs needed after landslip causes extensive damage to Yorkshire tunnel

Repairs needed after landslip causes extensive damage to Yorkshire tunnel

06.04.18: Work is underway to repair Springs Tunnel after a landslip caused extensive damage to the structure. On 3 April, the driver of a Northern train reported seeing a tree perched “precariously” over the southern portal to the tunnel, so...

Grayling ‘knew vital bi-mode tech didn’t exist’ when he scrapped electrification schemes

Grayling ‘knew vital bi-mode tech didn’t exist’ when he scrapped electrification schemes

04.04.18: A damning report into the cancellation of three rail electrification projects has been labelled “deeply frustrating” by the Commons Transport Committee. The report, by the National Audit Office (NAO), details an investigation into w...

NR set to reach major Shotts electrification milestone over Easter

NR set to reach major Shotts electrification milestone over Easter

26.03.18: Network Rail will reach a major milestone on the Shotts electrification programme this Easter as it looks to deliver a £2m programme of upgrades. The closure of the West Coast Main Line will give engineers time to ‘tie-in’...

West of England to get £9.45bn economic boost from new rail partnership plan

West of England to get £9.45bn economic boost from new rail partnership plan

21.03.18: Rail companies across the west of England have set out a long-term plan for the region’s railway, which will boost the economy by £9.45bn. The plan, called ‘In partnership for Britain’s prosperity - the west of England,&...

Work begins to tackle drainage of one of country’s longest rail tunnels 

Work begins to tackle drainage of one of country’s longest rail tunnels 

19.03.18: Network Rail has confirmed a major programme of work to upgrade the Sevenoaks tunnel and the railway running through it. Leaks and poor drainage have been a major issue for the Victorian tunnel since its construction, and as a result, wate...

Lime Street services to make temporary comeback this summer

Lime Street services to make temporary comeback this summer

15.03.18: Network Rail has confirmed that it will continue to run a number of train services in and out of Liverpool Lime Street station during this summer’s upgrade works. The majority of services will start and end at Liverpool South Parkway so t...

Rail must do more to support local communities, economies and environment, experts warn

Rail must do more to support local communities, economies and environment, experts warn

09.03.18: The rail industry could do more to support communities, local economies and the environment, a new report has found. The report, ‘Ensuring a sustainable rail industry,’ produced by think tank Tracks, says that the rail industry coul...

Operators hit by clampdown on ‘misleading’ compensation rules

Operators hit by clampdown on ‘misleading’ compensation rules

08.03.18: Train operators are set to rewrite the rules around compensation after a flurry of complaints about “misleading” terms and conditions. The changes surround the issue of ‘consequential loss,’ a term which refers to ad...

Government announces £3bn upgrades to TransPennine route

Government announces £3bn upgrades to TransPennine route

05.03.18: A £3bn programme of upgrades to the TransPennine route is expected to begin in spring 2019, Chris Grayling has announced. Speaking at the Transport for the Northern Powerhouse conference in Leeds last Friday, the transport secretary said...

Concerns over TOC compensation payments as ‘beast from the east’ causes transport chaos

Concerns over TOC compensation payments as ‘beast from the east’ causes transport chaos

28.02.18: Train operators have been criticised for benefitting from cancellations and delays as the “beast from the east” wreaks havoc across the UK. Network Rail has paid over £2bn in compensation to rail operators following delays and...

One railway: Connecting the nation

One railway: Connecting the nation

27.02.18: Gordon Wakeford, industry chair of the Rail Supply Group (RSG), outlines the organisation’s work over the past few months as part of its ambition to deliver a world-leading transport network. Back in July, the RSG and the Rail Deliver...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ li... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported fai... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks betw... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >