Quieter train journeys are set to become the norm after the UK government has announced it will identify and remove repetitive and unnecessary on-board announcements on trains in England.
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Chiltern Railways will continue operating its existing services for another six years, and will give them opportunity to continue plans for decarbonisation, fleet modernisation and improving customer experience.
Leaders in the North of England have written to the Secretary of State for Transport, to propose a way forward to support residents and businesses of the North, following the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan.
The Rail Safety and Standards Board aims to help Britain’s rail industry to maintain a healthier mode of transport through its Stations Air Quality Monitoring Network programme.
As a first for the UK rail industry, Network Rail has launched a new innovative pilot project that integrates its traffic management system with Great Western Railway’s crew and stock software.
The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has welcomed the announcement that the North Transpennine route is due to be upgraded to allow shipping containers to be moved by rail.
The government has shared its proposals to transform the rail network in the North and Midlands, but leaders in the rail the industry are voicing their concerns about the abandonment of the HS2 Eastern Leg and the scaling back of Northern Powerhouse Rail.
In 2022, intercity battery hybrid trains will be trialled on the TransPennine route by both Hitachi Rail and Angel Trains, to further develop railway’s use of this clean technology.
UK rail industry experts have reacted to the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget 2021 and Spending Review which includes £46 billion investment for railways.
As the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline passes its two year milestone, the Railway Industry Association urges the UK government for an updated plan.
For rail services in and around Manchester, a new timetable has been approved to start in December 2022, mainly focusing on improving rail service performance to provide a reliable passenger journey.
Here, Patrick McDougall, CEO of Nexus Alpha, provides thoughts on a number of topics, from how to improve customer information, how the industry reacted to COVID-19, through to sustainability and how solar powered passenger information signs can help train operators move towards net zero.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced that the UK government will take over running Southeastern rail services due to £25 million of undeclared historic taxpayer funding.
South Western Railway has announced the reopening of the transformed Island Line, which aims to launch on 1 November 2021, subject to train safety tests to be successfully completed.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched findings produced by the RSSB, identifying that the air quality levels on some diesel-powered trains is 'poorer than desired'.