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First Great Western delay ‘unacceptable’

First Great Western delay ‘unacceptable’

06.08.13: First Great Western has apologised after passengers were stranded for over five hours on Sunday. The service from Penzance to London Paddington broke down near Pewsey in Wiltshire, stranding over 500 passengers on board. The train fina...

‘No space’ for Blackpool or Shrewsbury-London services on WCML

‘No space’ for Blackpool or Shrewsbury-London services on WCML

01.08.13: Virgin Train’s bid to run direct services from Shrewsbury to London has been rejected by the ORR. The track access application sought additional services to Blackpool and Shrewsbury on the West Coast Main Line, but the regulator judge...

Need to ‘pull together’ on overcrowding – Baker

Need to ‘pull together’ on overcrowding – Baker

24.07.13: TOCs must do more to tackle overcrowding, the DfT has urged. The warning comes as the latest train crowding statistics are published, showing extreme congestion. The top ten busiest services saw load factors from 149% to 184%, with most app...

Piccadilly signalling knocked out by lightning

Piccadilly signalling knocked out by lightning

23.07.13: A lightning strike in Manchester has led to huge disruptions at Piccadilly station this morning. Trains are beginning to move again, but severe delays are still affecting a large number of services. The stormy weather has also led to floodi...

Railfuture makes the case for Uckfield – Lewes reopening

Railfuture makes the case for Uckfield – Lewes reopening

19.07.13: New research shows that reopening the Uckfield – Lewes line will generate economic growth in East Sussex, Railfuture has stated. The campaign group found that investment in the rail link would speed up journey times and provide extra...

Heatwave prompts speed restrictions as tracks hit 50C

Heatwave prompts speed restrictions as tracks hit 50C

09.07.13: Speed restrictions had to be imposed on routes into and out of London Waterloo yesterday, with Network Rail blaming antiquated wooden bearers. The 20mph limit was imposed as a precaution on the stretch of track between Clapham Junction and...

Hatfield train services to be restarted

Hatfield train services to be restarted

05.07.13: Services are set to resume on the Hatfield & Stainforth line from Monday, Network Rail has confirmed. A landslip of a colliery spoil heap next to the tracks rendered the railway unusable for nearly six months. Engineers had to wait for...

Baker to end bustitution

Baker to end bustitution

05.07.13: The Government is to put an end to the practice of rail companies profiting from ‘bustitution’, rail minister Norman Baker is to announce. When bus replacement services are put on, the rail companies who own those bus companies...

Whatever the weather

Whatever the weather

01.07.13: Weather is going to have an increasing effect on the railways so is going to play a bigger and bigger role in infrastructure and operations planning, due to changes in the climate and the UK’s meteorological conditions. RTM spoke to Met Of...

CSR is no longer optional

CSR is no longer optional

01.07.13: Chaired by Chris Williams-Lilley, managing director of Rail Champions, the Platform at Railtex 2013 offered delegates the chance to hear best practice on a range of key topics. RTM’s Kate Ashley reports from the session on sustainability. ...

Rail improvements to ‘transform’ airport demand

Rail improvements to ‘transform’ airport demand

28.06.13: Improved rail connections will vastly improve access to Birmingham Airport, new research has shown. Birmingham Airport commissioned Steer Davies Gleave to examine air-rail connectivity and how new service and infrastructure improvements wil...

Stainforth services reinstated from July

Stainforth services reinstated from July

13.06.13: Rail services to Hatfield and Stainforth will resume from July 8, Network Rail has announced. The news follows a programme of work to remove a spoil heap that slid onto the line and to stabilise the railway. A passenger timetable will be fu...

Virgin proposes 135mph running on WCML in Scotland

Virgin proposes 135mph running on WCML in Scotland

29.05.13: Virgin Trains is proposing an upgrade of the WCML near Lockerbie for 135mph running, which would make it the fastest stretch of conventional railway in the UK. The operator says it is considering introducing the first non-stop train between...

Spoil removal begins at Hatfield collapse site

Spoil removal begins at Hatfield collapse site

20.05.13: Engineers have started to remove spoil from the rail line damaged by a landslip at Hatfield colliery. The incident has led to a series of engineering projects planned between May and November being replanned by Network Rail. The line is now...

Potential reopening for Lewes – Uckfield

Potential reopening for Lewes – Uckfield

10.05.13: Network Rail has been asked to reexamine opening the Lewes – Uckfield railway line, which closed in 1969. The Government’s Rail Investment Strategy requires additional capacity on the route by 2019, which is likely to be achieve...

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Chiltern main line sees multi-million-pound investment to prevent landslips

29/05/2020Chiltern main line sees multi-million-pound investment to prevent landslips

Passengers who use the Chiltern main line will be able to make more reliable journeys following major work to secure a r... more >
Ep 11. With Invisi Smart shield you can confidently touch a ticket machine, Saba Yussouf

28/05/2020Ep 11. With Invisi Smart shield you can confidently touch a ticket machine, Saba Yussouf

Saba Yussouf, CEO of Invisi Smart Technologies UK, joins host Ailsa Cowen for episode 11 of Rail Technology Magazine's p... more >
Revolutionary £2.7bn plan for Derbyshire’s links to HS2 hub station at Toton

28/05/2020Revolutionary £2.7bn plan for Derbyshire’s links to HS2 hub station at Toton

A £2.7bn transport plan to deliver fast and frequent connections to the HS2 East Midlands Hub station at Toton and... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >