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Aberystwyth hourly service delays criticised

Aberystwyth hourly service delays criticised

19.10.12: The delays to a planned hourly service for Aberystwyth have been described as “frustrating” by a local MP. The proposals were due to start last year, but are now due to begin from 2014-15, as the single track Cambrian Line was not re...

Highest punctuality for Greater Anglia

Highest punctuality for Greater Anglia

19.10.12: Greater Anglia has recorded its best ever train punctuality figures, with a PPM of 95.03%. The results are for the four-week period ended October 13, and are the highest since the current franchise was introduced. MAA has also improved to 9...

Flooding keeps West Cumbria line closed

Flooding keeps West Cumbria line closed

18.10.12: The West Cumbria rail line is still closed following a landslide caused by flooding on Wednesday. Services were stopped after an embankment collapsed on the Sellafield to Whitehaven line near St Bees. A train derailed on the same stretch of...

Alternative solutions considered by Network Rail

Alternative solutions considered by Network Rail

02.10.12: A new document looking at development in tram train, electrification and community rail has been published by Network Rail. The ‘alternative solutions’ draft network RUS, which is going out for consultation, sets out the industr...

Minimal disruption planned for Anglia in 2013

Minimal disruption planned for Anglia in 2013

25.09.12: Engineering work is to be reduced on the Great Eastern Main Line, minimising the need for replacement bus services throughout 2013. An alliance between Greater Anglia and Network Rail has resulted in fewer bus replacement services this Chri...

Replacement buses should be last resort – Passenger Focus

Replacement buses should be last resort – Passenger Focus

25.09.12: Passengers prefer to stay longer on a train than take a replacement bus, new research shows. Passenger Focus is calling for the rail industry to use buses only as a last resort when engineering works cause detours or delays. A new surv...

Wet weather disrupts rail services across England and Wales

Wet weather disrupts rail services across England and Wales

25.09.12: Severe weather over the last few days has led to significant disruption across the rail network, with many areas and services affected by flooding. Trains between Great Malvern and Hereford are cancelled after a collapsed pipe caused a deep...

Free wi-fi introduced by Translink

Free wi-fi introduced by Translink

20.09.12: Northern Ireland rail passengers will be able to access free wi-fi, following a £900,000 investment from Translink. The service will be available on all local train services and from the end of October on cross-border Enterprise servi...

New faster services for Uckfield commuters

New faster services for Uckfield commuters

17.09.12: An additional early morning service is to be introduced from Uckfield to London Bridge, the DfT has announced. Early morning commuters will now be able to catch the 5.18am train from Uckfield to arrive at London Bridge for 6.:23am. Previous...

Scottish winter timetable for rail announced

Scottish winter timetable for rail announced

13.09.12: New services have been added to the winter timetable in Scotland, with faster and more frequent trains running across the country, Transport Scotland and ScotRail have announced. Services are due to begin on December 9, and include earlier...

Passenger feedback to improve Walsall public transport

Passenger feedback to improve Walsall public transport

31.08.12: Centro is set to offer passengers in Walsall the opportunity to give their views on the area’s public transport network. The ‘Your Public Transport Matters’ event will allow local people to speak directly with representati...

Worn points led to Waverley derailment – RAIB

Worn points led to Waverley derailment – RAIB

30.08.12: Network Rail must review its repairs process following the derailment of a train near Waverley station, the RAIB has recommended. The derailment took place on July 27, 2011 near Princes Street Gardens. No-one was injured and there were no p...

A million people use rail enquiries app

A million people use rail enquiries app

20.08.12: The National Rail Enquiries (NRE) smartphone app has been downloaded by over a million people since its launch in May. Developed for use with iPhone and Android operating systems, the app provides the latest real time travel information on...

Direct links to London welcomed after FirstGroup WCML win

Direct links to London welcomed after FirstGroup WCML win

16.08.12: Some of the key areas to benefit from FirstGroup’s West Coast win are Shrewsbury, Bolton, Telford and Blackpool, which are to see direct services to London reinstated.  The Government announced yesterday that FirstGroup would run...

‘Outstanding’ Olympics for rail – ATOC

‘Outstanding’ Olympics for rail – ATOC

13.08.12: The national rail network delivered an “outstanding” service during the Olympics, says the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).  Around 55% of spectators – up to five million people – used rail for p...

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Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02/04/2020Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by... more >
Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

01/04/2020Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

Staff on nationally critical routes, such as the West Coast and Chiltern main lines, are keeping essential supplies and ... more >
LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

31/03/2020LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is continuing to support its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak ... 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 >