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Peak-time overcrowding worsens – DfT

Peak-time overcrowding worsens – DfT

06.07.12: Rail overcrowding in London during rush hour is at its highest point since privatisation, official figures suggest, despite extra investment on the railway. Train providers say they now provide 20% more service than 15 years ago. The l...

£350m cut from Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme

£350m cut from Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme

05.07.12: ‘Changed circumstances’ have forced cuts to the £1bn Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), as the Scottish Government announced this morning that only £650m will now be spent, at least initially. The curren...

Detailed manifesto for improved Eastern England rail services

Detailed manifesto for improved Eastern England rail services

04.07.12: A huge consortium of businesses, politicians, councils and rail users in Eastern England have come up with a ‘manifesto’ to improve rail services in the region over the next 20 years. They are lobbying not only for the cherished...

North East rail repairs complete

North East rail repairs complete

02.07.12: Repairs on the railway in the North East are complete this morning, following damage from storms and flooding last Thursday. Embankments had to be rebuilt as areas of the track bed had been torn away at Haltwhistle on theNewcastletoCarlisle...

Chamber's Northern Hub campaign on track

Chamber's Northern Hub campaign on track

01.07.12: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s transport policy manager Emma Antrobus, who was the former co-ordinator of the North West Rail Campaign, explains why businesses in the region are so committed to backing the Northern Hub. The...

Wi-fi is the way forward

Wi-fi is the way forward

01.07.12: As London Underground launches a summer of free wi-fi, Cor van der Coop, business consultant of IT operations at NS (Dutch Railways), the state-owned railway operator in the Netherlands, speaks to RTM about an ambitious onboard internet project....

£4.25m grant to fund Wiltshire rail improvements

£4.25m grant to fund Wiltshire rail improvements

29.06.12: Wiltshire is set to see improved services and stations along its rail network, with £4.25m Government funding secured. Wiltshire council successfully bid for the money, from part of £40m available. The £4.25m will fund mor...

Stormy weather causes massive rail disruption - UPDATED, Friday 4pm

Stormy weather causes massive rail disruption - UPDATED, Friday 4pm

29.06.12: Flooding and landslides severely disrupted rail travel yesterday, leaving Scotland virtually cut off from the rest of the UK, and the disruption has continued today. Landslips closed both the West Coast Main Line in Cumbria and East Coast M...

Scottish passenger forecasts ‘underestimated’

Scottish passenger forecasts ‘underestimated’

18.06.12: Passenger demand is being consistently underestimated in Scotland, a recent rail conference heard. Railfuture, which organised the event, says the figures have been “woefully inadequate”. Rail re-openings have boosted ridership...

East Lancashire calls for new rail link to Manchester

East Lancashire calls for new rail link to Manchester

15.06.12: A potential rail link between East Lancashire and Manchester has been discussed at a meeting between local politicians and transport minister Theresa Villiers. Cllr Alyson Barnes and MP Jake Berry met Villiers inLondonto consider how the bo...

Centro highlights minor projects for major boost

Centro highlights minor projects for major boost

14.06.12: Investment of £60m could boost the West Midlands economy by over £370m a year and create over 4,400 new jobs, Centro has stated. The organisation is urging the Government to include three projects in the upcoming High Level Outp...

New express service for Wales

New express service for Wales

25.05.12: The Welsh Government is replacing the Geralt Gymro service introduced recently by the previous Labour-Plaid Cymru coalition, and reducing the number of daily express trains between Holyhead and Cardiff from two to one. The new service will...

Olympics boost for Scottish visitors

Olympics boost for Scottish visitors

24.05.12: Virgin Trains is introducing extra capacity between Glasgow Central andLondonthroughout the summer to cope with extra demand during the Olympics. Three extra trains with at least 439 seats each will operate every weekday in each direction i...

Threshold for late trains should be reduced – MSPs

Threshold for late trains should be reduced – MSPs

21.05.12: MSPs are calling for changes in the rules that see late trains classed as ‘on-time’. The Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure Committee has analysed the state of rail services and highlighted several improvements that coul...

727 more services for Blackfriars station

727 more services for Blackfriars station

18.05.12: Blackfriars’ final two platforms are now open for use, meaning passengers will benefit from an extra 727 trains every week. Southeastern services to Sevenoaks will begin using the new platforms on Monday, May 21 and First Capital Conn...

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HS2 progress report released

24/01/2020HS2 progress report released

Today (Jan 24) the latest update on the rail project High Speed Two was released by the National Audit Service. The... more >
Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

23/01/2020Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

Aired on television last night (Jan 22) the lucky winners of the Transform a Pacer competition were announced. The compe... more >
Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

23/01/2020Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association talks us through the ways ... 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 >