Rail service improvements and disruptions

Work to begin on £8.6m project at ‘critical’ Newcastle station

Work to begin on £8.6m project at ‘critical’ Newcastle station

03.01.18: An £8.6m project to upgrade points at Newcastle station is set to begin this Saturday. Network Rail said the station was a “critical part” of the network and that the work was “absolutely essential,” despite an...

Services return between London and Carlisle following upgrade

Services return between London and Carlisle following upgrade

03.01.18: A series of track and signalling upgrades has been completed between London Euston and Carlisle, allowing the line to fully reopen. Network Rail (NR) closed sections of track between the two stations as engineers completed track renewals, s...

London Bridge opens ‘huge’ new concourse following Christmas works

London Bridge opens ‘huge’ new concourse following Christmas works

02.01.18: London Bridge station has reopened today following 10 days of major engineering work. The final section of the station’s large new concourse and its final five platforms have opened for the first time, allowing Cannon Street trains to res...

Government pledges to ‘futureproof’ Britain’s railways as it prepares for 5G

Government pledges to ‘futureproof’ Britain’s railways as it prepares for 5G

02.01.18: Rail passengers could see a dramatic improvement to onboard mobile and Wi-Fi connections, according to the government’s ambitious 5G Strategy. The rapid growth of mobile data requirements means that passengers expect high quality, reliabl...

Most machines still not offering cheapest option a year after DfT action plan

Most machines still not offering cheapest option a year after DfT action plan

21.12.17: A huge majority of ticket machines in Britain still do not inform passengers about cheaper off-peak tickets even though the government set out to target the issue specifically more than a year ago. After producing the rail fares and ticketi...

Timely information essential if passengers are to tolerate disruptions

Timely information essential if passengers are to tolerate disruptions

18.12.17: Passengers are understanding about disruptions caused by railway maintenance so long as they are given the right help and information, a report has said today. Transport Focus’s report, ‘Routine railway maintenance: passenger perspe...

TfL launches 24-7 London Overground services

TfL launches 24-7 London Overground services

15.12.17: TfL has officially launched night services for the London Overground, meaning trains will travel 24/7 from today. London mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed the announcement, which signals the beginning of services between Dalston Junction and New Cr...

Burnham announces major Greater Manchester transport overhaul

Burnham announces major Greater Manchester transport overhaul

14.12.17: The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has announced a major overhaul of the region’s transport network. Burnham said problems with transport in the north could “no longer be ignored” and announced the creation of...

ScotRail Class 380s run as first electric trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow

ScotRail Class 380s run as first electric trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow

12.12.17: Class 380s have made history as the first electric trains to run between Edinburgh and Glasgow in preparation for the Class 385s next year – which, as ScotRail Alliance boss Alex Hynes told RTM, were slightly pushed back as part of a neces...

Solar panels could provide ‘significant amount’ of UK’s future rail power

Solar panels could provide ‘significant amount’ of UK’s future rail power

11.12.17: Solar panels could meet a significant amount of the energy needs for future electric trains, according to a new report. Research from Imperial College London’s Energy Futures Lab and climate change charity 10:10 found that connecting...

First passenger train runs across historic Ordsall Chord

First passenger train runs across historic Ordsall Chord

11.12.17: The first passenger train has travelled across the iconic Ordsall Chord. The 08:40 Northern service departed from Victoria station to Oxford Road, then back to Victoria before going on to Leeds on Sunday morning. The historic centre piece of...

Network Rail close to completing £9.5m Shoreham Viaduct upgrade

Network Rail close to completing £9.5m Shoreham Viaduct upgrade

06.12.17: Major upgrade work on the Shoreham Viaduct in Sussex is set to be completed at Christmas. The viaduct, which crosses the River Adur, has undergone strengthening work, and has also been painted and repaired in places as part of a £9.5m...

Thameslink certain that infrastructure will finish on time despite project delays

Thameslink certain that infrastructure will finish on time despite project delays

05.12.17: The director behind the Thameslink Programme has today defended the project and reassured passengers that the infrastructure will be completed to schedule, despite the roll-out of other parts of the project being delayed. In an exclusive in...

Grayling shakes up franchising and plans to overturn Beeching cuts

Grayling shakes up franchising and plans to overturn Beeching cuts

29.11.17: A new franchising model will be brought in, some old routes may be reopened, and more details have been revealed on the break-up of GTR and Great Western as part of the government’s ‘Strategic Vision for Rail,’ released today. ...

The change journey of Edinburgh Waverley

The change journey of Edinburgh Waverley

24.11.17: As part of crucial plans to run longer, faster and greener trains in Scotland, Edinburgh Waverley has entered the latest phase of its station transformation journey, says Nick King from Network Rail. As part of Network Rail’s Railway...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 tr... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >