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Hull Trains return to the track today

Hull Trains return to the track today

21 August 2020After five months of services being suspended due to Covid-19, Hull Trains finally make their anticipated return today. The people of Hull and East Riding will see trains between Beverly and London Kings Cross running for the first time since Sun...

New Acceleration Unit launched by Transport Secretary

New Acceleration Unit launched by Transport Secretary

21 August 2020Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has today (Aug 21) announced the launch of a new Acceleration Unit to help bring essential rail and road upgrades that will create jobs, rise connectivity, and boost the economy coming out of the Covid-19 outbrea...

Transport Focus calls for ‘Head Out to Help Out’ scheme

Transport Focus calls for ‘Head Out to Help Out’ scheme

18 August 2020Independent watchdog Transport Focus is asking the Government and train companies to work collaboratively, in order to reform the rail farers and ticketing system. This is hoped to give passengers better value for money, thereby encouraging them t...

Avanti West Coast announce more services from September

Avanti West Coast announce more services from September

17 August 2020Avanti West Coast will be reinstating numerous destinations from the 7th of September as part of alterations to its timetable. Blackpool, Wrexham, Shrewsbury and Edinburgh will all see the return of direct Avanti West Coast services to and from L...

Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

12 August 2020Rail Delivery Group have submitted proposals to influence the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan in hope of encouraging passengers to make greener choices when travelling in Britain or to international destinations that are reachabl...

Transformative Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan revealed

Transformative Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan revealed

04 August 2020Today (4 Aug) Network Rail, Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh have released their concept designs for renovating the capital’s main station as part of the Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan. The designs illustrate a station that is a vit...

Ep.14 Leaving a lasting legacy, Harriet Glen

Ep.14 Leaving a lasting legacy, Harriet Glen

30 July 2020Harriet Glen, Head of Programme Close Out at Crossrail, joins us on this week’s episode of RTM’s Track Talk to discuss the largest construction project in Europe. Harriet gives us an update on the project that was brought to a standst...

Rehome a SWR Island Line train

Rehome a SWR Island Line train

29 July 2020South Western Railway’s (SWR) 5 Class 483 trains, built in 1938 for the London Underground, have been serving the Isle of Wight since 1989. But, as announced in September 2019, following a £26 investment to secure the future of Island...

RIA publishes four ‘asks’ for UK’s future trade strategy

RIA publishes four ‘asks’ for UK’s future trade strategy

27 July 2020The Railway Industry Association, the voice of the UK rail supply community, has illustrated four important ‘asks’ for Government as the UK looks to create an independent trade policy. The four ‘asks’ are as follows: Ra...

Network Rail Scotland completes £1m of rail works

Network Rail Scotland completes £1m of rail works

27 July 2020Network Rail have delivered more than £1m of work to renew track and refurbish a key junction on Scotland’s Railway in Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire. Between Saturday July 17th and Monday July 20th, engineers worked to renew 1.5km o...

Historic Bookham station to be fully renovated thanks to Network Rail

Historic Bookham station to be fully renovated thanks to Network Rail

24 July 2020The Grade II listed building in Surrey, Bookham station, is already undergoing work to improve passenger journeys and preserve the much-loved architecture. The work is likely to take around 6 months, will take place while the station is still ope...

£200k investment for better mobile connections on our railways

£200k investment for better mobile connections on our railways

24 July 2020The days of losing internet connection whilst travelling on the train are over as Grant Shapps has today (23rd July) announced a £200,000 investment to launch research into developing an innovative prototype to improve mobile connectivity. ...

Mayor of London announces independent review of TfL

Mayor of London announces independent review of TfL

22 July 2020Chair of Transport for London (TfL) Board and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced that an independent panel of experts has begun a review of TfL’s long-term future funding and financing options. The review will be carried out b...

HS2 Ltd releases Annual Report and Accounts document

HS2 Ltd releases Annual Report and Accounts document

21 July 2020HS2 Ltd have published their annual reports and accounts review that looks at the organisation’s activities over the course of the year, giving highlights and key points and the progress that has been made in meeting the organization’s...

HS2 releases video showing their freight plan for fighting carbon emissions

HS2 releases video showing their freight plan for fighting carbon emissions

21 July 2020Today (21st July) HS2 Ltd has released a new video showing how Britain’s new high-speed railway will deliver a greener future by opening new train paths on the existing network which can be used to move more goods by rail. HS2: Greater capa...

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Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

25/09/2020Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates has written to Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, highlighting his... more >
Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

25/09/2020Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

No trains in or out of London King’s Cross, or on Thameslink services to or from St Pancras International via Finsbury Park, on Saturday 17... more >
£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

24/09/2020£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

Passengers are being asked by Network Rail to check before they travel this weekend during essential railway improvement work on a busy route int... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >