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Cardiff station struggles to cope with record passenger numbers

Cardiff station struggles to cope with record passenger numbers

03.08.12: Extra seats and better information has been promised for passengers attending the next Team GB football match, following massive disruption on Wednesday night at Cardiff station.  A record number of passengers used the station after th...

EMT offers extra seats for Games weekends

EMT offers extra seats for Games weekends

03.08.12: More seats and services will be provided for the following two Olympic Games weekends, East Midland Trains (EMT) has announced. An additional 1,000 seats will be available on August 4-5, and on August 11-12, to meet extra demand for passeng...

Hot weather leads to further speed restrictions

Hot weather leads to further speed restrictions

27.07.12: Further speed restrictions were in place on the rail network yesterday due to the hot weather, it emerged. Services running to and from Paddington and Liverpool Street stations were affected. High temperatures caused speed restrictions to b...

Greater Anglia cancels services due to heat

Greater Anglia cancels services due to heat

24.07.12: Some trains will not stop at Stratford today, as Greater Anglia had cancelled services due to the heat. The temperature is expected to exceed 30 degrees in London today. Some services will be suspended from midday due to the heat and s...

London-Cornwall services ‘could be cut by a third’

London-Cornwall services ‘could be cut by a third’

17.07.12: Cornwall could lose a third of its direct trains to London under the new Great Western franchise, with the DfT proposing six Paddington to Penzance services a day instead of nine. When questioned in the Commons, transport secretary Justine...

£3.8m European investment for Peterborough rail

£3.8m European investment for Peterborough rail

11.07.12: The European Parliament has agreed to invest nearly £4m to upgrade Ely North Junction. The funding to eliminate a key rail bottleneck was announced yesterday in Brussels and will help boost reliability and punctuality of services acro...

International SPARK partnership to boost rail research

International SPARK partnership to boost rail research

09.07.12: A new partnership to share rail knowledge more efficiently has been agreed between the RSSB and the International Union of Railways (UIC). The RSSB portal SPARK has been chosen as a web platform to create international sharing capability fo...

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...

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Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

03/04/2020Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the ... more >
Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

03/04/2020Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

The viaduct, which you can see in the Harry Potter series of films, joined other famous attractions and venues like Glas... more >
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 >

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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 >