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Gold and Silver Status Passes – South West Trains Update
From the Rail Delivery Group – 22nd May 2017

International Privilege Rate Tickets
In St. Pancras station, notices inform international ticket purchasers that a £10 charge applies, since tickets should be bought on-line.
Please be assured that THIS DOES NOT APPLY to rail staff, as on-line application is not available.
Reported by Maurice Holmes, BTPF President – 24th January 2017

Here you’ll find articles that previously appeared on the Industry News page, until they are one year old.

29th May 2017
Crossrail 2 hits buffers as uncertainties over Brexit and election take hold – the Guardian

Manchester attack: Victoria Station services to resume – the BBC

26th May 2017
Heathrow loses Crossrail track access charges claim – Railnews

Passengers advised to check before travelling over the spring bank holiday – Network Rail
Digital route learning at DB Cargo UK – the Railway Gazette
RSSB-funded rolling stock innovations ready for development – RailStaff
Institution of Mechanical Engineers welcomes a rail engineer as its new president – RailStaff

DB Cargo launches digital learning programme for its drivers – RailStaff
Heathrow loses Crossrail access charge case – the BBC

Portsmouth’s Mutiny Festival-goers face rail disruption – the BBC

25th May 2017
Manchester Victoria
station remains closed until further notice following the terrorist incident on Monday evening.
For up to date travel information, please check
From Network Rail
Rail inquiry verdict on Gatwick passenger death – the Guardian
Eurostar plans Easter launch to Amsterdam – Railnews

Great Western Class 802s take shape – the Railway Gazette

Seeking future rail megatrends – the Railway Gazette
Great Western Railway staff to wear orange for one day – RailStaff
‘Measures needed’ after Gatwick Express train window death – the BBC

24th May 2017
Glory days of British Rail’s full English breakfast – the Guardian

BTP steps up armed patrols on railways – Railnews
Swanage to Wareham rail line to reconnect to mainline after four decades – the BBC

23rd May 2017
Manchester Arena explosion: 19 killed in ‘terror attack by suicide bomber’ at Ariana Grande concert – the Telegraph

Manchester Arena: 19 dead after explosion at Ariana Grande concert – latest updates – the Guardian
Iarnród Éireann deploys ticket sales software – the Railway Gazette
Rotherham Central station to close over bank holiday as Tram Train works take place – RailStaff

Network Rail to begin repairs on Cutty Sark bridge near Glasgow – RailStaff
Manchester Arena blast: 19 dead and more than 50 hurt – the BBC

RMT rail strike suspended after Manchester attack – the BBC

22nd May 2017
New ‘green’ station opens in Cambridge – Railnews

First images of proposed ‘post-industrial’ London High Line unveiled – the IET

Tank container designed for train to driverless vehicle transfer – the Railway Gazette

21st May 2017
Disabled man ‘forced to wet himself’ when train toilet was out of order – the Guardian

Bridging the Tories’ infrastructure gap – the Guardian

20th May 2017
The derided railway sandwich, and its role in the privatisation of Britain – the Guardian

19th May 2017
Croydon tram driver filmed ‘asleep at wheel’ on same line as fatal crash – the Guardian

Piling work begins between Preston and Blackpool stations as part of North West electrification – RailStaff

More people than ever are using contactless mobile payment technology on London’s transport network – RailStaff

18th May 2017
Passengers urged to check their travel plans for spring and August bank holidays – Network Rail

Military personnel eased into civilian life through new East Midlands Trains job scheme – RailStaff

17th May 2017
The high price we all pay for the failures of privatisation – the Guardian

Southern rail users face fresh misery as drivers resume overtime ban – the Guardian
ASLEF turns up the heat with new Southern action – Railnews
Complex concrete crossing bearers delivered – the Railway Gazette
Vivarail’s D-Trains ready for sale – RailStaff

16th May 2017
RMT train crews to stage further 24-hour walkout after UK bank holiday – the Guardian

Three new RMT strikes called over DCO – Railnews

New Southern talks fail to reach agreement – Railnews
Alexa ‘Skill’ for train times and fares released – the Railway Gazette
Chiltern Railways to schedule additional services before Class 121 Bubble Cars retire – RailStaff

15th May 2017
Metrolink outage ‘not cyber attack’ – Railnews

Unexploded bomb closes Birmingham to Lichfield line – RailStaff

Newcastle’s Central Metro station twinned with London Tube station – RailStaff

14th May 2017
Eurotunnel’s third-generation freight shuttles enter service – the Railway Gazette

12th May 2017
Time to test the track record of privatisation – the Guardian

Network Rail takes next key step towards devolution – Railnews
Expedia to acquire majority stake in SilverRail – the Railway Gazette
ScotRail to roll out customer information screens at 28 railway stations – RailStaff

Network Rail’s Midland Mainline electrification works to continue in Northamptonshire this weekend – RailStaff

11th May 2017
Corbyn’s leaked draft manifesto: what Labour would do – the Guardian

Labour’s draft manifesto: key policies analysed – the Guardian
Labour manifesto includes slow fade-out for franchises – Railnews
Passengers reminded to check their travel plans for spring and August bank holidays – Network Rail
DB launches integrated consultancy service in ‘important’ UK market – the Railway Gazette
The Prince’s Trust scheme helps disadvantaged youngsters begin a career in the rail industry – RailStaff

Manchester’s rail devolution challenge – RailStaff

Leaked Labour manifesto indicates party would seek to nationalise railways – RailStaff

IRSA and UIC join forces to support Médecins du Monde – RailStaff
Digital developments of the digital railway – RailStaff

10th May 2017
Could maglev trains be a magic bullet for UK inter-city travel? – the Guardian

9th May 2017
Scottish devolution of BTP debated today – Railnews

Work to electrify the Midland Mainline continues – Network Rail
Hitachi unveils AT400 ‘British Bullet Train’ concept – the Railway Gazette
Counting trees – RailStaff

8th May 2017
Underground staff walk out over sacking row – Railnews

Sliding seats could enable passenger trains to carry freight – the Railway Gazette

Hitachi’s UK plant looks to the world market – the Railway Gazette
East Midlands Trains going for RailSport glory – RailStaff

Community rail champion appointed for Poacher Line – RailStaff

7th May 2017
UAV survey company Bridgeway Aerial takes off – the Railway Gazette

6th May 2017
Panasonic pulls in Japanese experts for help on rail links – the Telegraph

5th May 2017
Work starts on building new East Coast IE trains – Railnews

Japanese bullet-train firm starts building East Coast trains – the IET

4th May 2017
Mayor intervenes in Croydon tram crash investigation – Railnews

3rd May 2017
Devon student guilty of planting homemade bomb on London tube – the Guardian

Passengers advised to check before travelling over the spring bank holiday – Network Rail

30th April 2017
Train seats need to be wider to fit obese passengers, HS2 boss says – the Telegraph

GB Railfreight to implement Ideagen safety software – the Railway Gazette

29th April 2017
Theresa May remains ‘absolutely committed’ to HS2 rail link – the Guardian

Subsea cable fault detection demonstrated to rail industry – the Railway Gazette

28th April 2017
What is HS2 and how much will it cost? – the Guardian

HS2 came close to kicking CH2M off controversial contract over cronyism allegations – the Telegraph
Hitachi trainset for Devon and Cornwall sets sail from Japan – the Railway Gazette
RSSB recommendation could save industry £2.5m a year – RailStaff

RSSB appoint new director of standards – RailStaff

Ingatestone railway station re-opens following £2.4m upgrade – RailStaff

Government to spend £5m on improving railway station cycle facilities – RailStaff

Digital Rail Summit 2017: key findings and pictures from the industry conference – RailStaff

27th April 2017
Track worker near miss incident, Ascot – H.M. Government

MRCE sells diesel locomotives – the Railway Gazette

26th April 2017
Virgin, Stagecoach and France’s SNCF link up for HS2 bid – the Guardian

Protest marks one year of Southern Rail’s battle with unions – and commuters – the Telegraph
DB Cargo UK confirms job cuts and reform – the Railway Gazette

25th April 2017
We must leave the EU to renationalise rail – the Guardian

Virgin, Stagecoach and France’s SNCF join forces for HS2 bid – the Guardian
SNCF joins bid for West Coast Partnership – Railnews
Passengers advised to check before travelling this bank holiday weekend – Network Rail
South Eastern franchise public consultation events cancelled – H.M. Government
Stagecoach and SNCF lead Virgin-branded bid for HS2 operations – the Railway Gazette
Cambridge North railway station set to open in May – RailStaff

24th April 2017
Four Croydon tram drivers admit falling asleep at controls – the Guardian

RMT urges ‘no interference’ as Southern DCO talks restart – Railnews

21st April 2017
Government confirms £173.5 million funding to improve transport in Leeds – H.M. Government

Leeds to get new airport parkway station after DfT approves £173.5m funding package – RailStaff

20th April 2017
Services returning to normal after Euston cable fire – Railnews

NAO highlights smart ticketing failings – Railnews
HS2 rolling stock procurement moves forward – the Railway Gazette
East Midlands Trains announces 50 extra parking spaces for Loughborough station – RailStaff

19th April 2017
Fire causes delays for commuters at London’s Euston station – the Guardian

Bechtel wins controversial HS2 contract – Railnews
Railway tree census singles-out “problem trees” helping to reduce costs and improve safety – Network Rail
Network Rail launches new census database to tackle trees on the line – RailStaff

18th April 2017
What is the Midlands engine and what will it do for the region? – the Guardian

Glasgow Subway expansion plans unveiled – Railnews
Railway reopens after successful Easter upgrades – Network Rail
New Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport – H.M. Government

15th April 2017
Trains delayed by cows on the line in Kent – the BBC

14th April 2017
Police hunt youths who tied ladder to railway tracks – the Guardian

13th April 2017
Rail trespassers in near misses with speeding trains – CCTV video – the Guardian

Strikes announced on Virgin Trains East Coast and Arriva Rail North – the Guardian

Railway trespass figures reach new high, with 115 deaths in five years – the Guardian
RMT to strike on Northern in DCO dispute – Railnews

RMT announces two days of strikes on East Coast – Railnews
Tunnel vision goes national – RailStaff

Specialist weed-eliminating rail firm granted investment for European growth – RailStaff

BTP releases video of near misses as trespass figures reach all-time high – RailStaff

12th April 2017
Police shut down underground rave on Bakerloo tube carriage – the Guardian

Great Western Railway’s refund was way overdue – the Guardian
Merger talks boost Bombardier, Siemens – Railnews
Number of people risking their lives on the railway hits 10-year-high – Network Rail
Buffer stop collision, Preston – H.M. Government
Video warns of risks trespassing on Britain’s railways as number of encroachers reaches record high – the Telegraph
Weedfree orders weed killing train – the Railway Gazette
RSSB to roll out trial Rule Book app – RailStaff

Gender, skills and shortages – How much progress is being made? – RailStaff

11th April 2017
Borders Railway could be extended to Carlisle – Railnews

RENFE poised to join Virgin’s HS2 franchise bid – the Railway Gazette

Electrification fabrication facility to support just-in-time delivery – the Railway Gazette
Virgin at 20 – RailStaff
Railway wises up – RailStaff

10th April 2017
Light at the end of the tunnel: sun shines for Brunel’s birthday – the Guardian

Freight train begins 12,000km trip to China – Railnews
Passengers reminded to plan in advance this Easter ahead of £70m upgrade to Britain’s rail network – Network Rail
Train operator sees the light – the Railway Gazette
HS2 seeks station design and development partners – the Railway Gazette

London joins the Silk Road as UK – China rail freight service sets off – the Railway Gazette
Conwy Valley railway line reopens after Storm Doris – the BBC

8th April 2017
RMT claims ‘rock solid’ support as strikes go ahead – Railnews

7th April 2017
Uncertainty continues over DCO dispute – Railnews

6th April 2017
Allegations multiply as DOO strikes loom – Railnews

Rail BIM Summit – Looking into the beyond – RailStaff

5th April 2017
Disability campaigners plan rush-hour protest at London Bridge station – the Guardian

RMT and Mayor hail ending of Night Tube dispute – Railnews

Merseyrail urges RMT to cancel strike – Railnews

Sleeper factory plans will secure manufacturing jobs in the West Midlands – Network Rail

200 Easter projects part of plan to deliver a rail network fit for the future – Network Rail
Rail regulator publishes principles for driver-controlled operation – the Railway Gazette

4th April 2017
HS2 Phase One Community Information Events 2017 – H.M. Government

3rd April 2017
Tyne & Wear Metro ‘renationalised’ – Railnews

ASLEF drivers reject DOO deal again – Railnews

Hundreds celebrate reopening of Ilkeston station – Railnews
Freight train derailment, East Somerset Junction – H.M. Government
HS2 attacked over ‘flawed’ bid process – the Telegraph
Innovative engineering underpins new Ilkeston station – the Railway Gazette

Southern Rail: Ballot result due in Aslef members’ dispute – the BBC

1st April 2017
HS2 contracts set for scrutiny as scale of links with contractor revealed – the Telegraph

31st March 2017
Rail freight industry and Network Rail collaborate to increase railway capacity – Network Rail

30th March 2017
A requiem for the overnight sleeper – and a European way of life – the Guardian

Engineering firm loses £170m HS2 contract after conflict of interest concerns – the IET
Railway supply industry responds to Article 50 notification – the Railway Gazette
Pistol town to build Cornish bullet trains – RailStaff

Expansion at telent heralds digital revolution – RailStaff
Settle-Carlisle line reopens after orange army repairs to major landslip – Network Rail

29th March 2017
Rail suppliers’ warning over Brexit – Railnews

Robust rail performance outweighs weak bus numbers at Stagecoach – the Telegraph

HS2 bidder drops out of £170m design deal over cronyism allegations – the Telegraph
Cardiff to Newport rail line open after train breaks down – the BBC

28th March 2017
Liverpool Mayor intervenes over Merseyrail strike – Railnews

Spotlight on Easter: Bath Spa modernisation – Network Rail
More than £6.5 million spent on ill-fated tunnel-cleaning train scheme – the IET

27th March 2017
Chinese firm MTR to help operate UK’s South West trains franchise – the Guardian

First, MTR beat Stagecoach to win South West Trains – Railnews
Two sides of Christmas shown in final episode of TV documentary – Network Rail
‘Once more unto the beach, dear friends!’ Channel swimmers join Network Rail to celebrate reopening of Shakespeare Beach – Network Rail

200 Easter projects part of plan to deliver a rail network fit for the future – Network Rail
Track worker near miss incidents at Camden Junction South – H.M. Government

First MTR South Western Trains Limited wins South Western franchise – H.M. Government
South West Trains to be run by Chinese firm MTR and First Choice – the IET
First MTR joint venture wins South Western franchise – the Railway Gazette
Over one million eTickets sold in first six months – the Rail Delivery Group

South West Trains: Hong Kong firm MTR to help run rail franchise – the BBC

25th March 2017
New Hitachi express train’s first Welsh test journey – the BBC

24th March 2017
Four trains, four generations – history to be made on Yorkshire’s East Coast Mainline – Network Rail

22nd March 2017
Now you can forget your railcard (once) without being charged a fortune – the Guardian

New DOO strike ‘a barefaced attack’ – Railnews

Spotlight on Easter: Ordsall Chord – Network Rail
Vivarail battery-powered demonstrator on test – the Railway Gazette
Somerset freight derailment delays to last into weekend – the BBC

21st March 2017
Grand National day rail strikes expected to cause severe disruption – the Guardian

Manchester unveils station takeover plan – Railnews
Autonomous trains compromise public safety, major rail union warns – the IET
Stadler awards Merseyrail depot construction contract – the Railway Gazette

20th March 2017
Another thousand trains a day within four years – Railnews

Fast response teams’ vigilance keeps the railway running in tonight’s documentary – Network Rail

200 Easter projects part of plan to deliver a rail network fit for the future – Network Rail
6,400 more train services per week by 2021, according to rail research – the IET
Rail industry promises 6,400 extra services – the BBC

18th March 2017
Grayling hopes Brexit brings new apprenticeships in train
Rail slip hits first Okehampton to London train for 50 years

17th March 2017
Scrapping first-class train carriages leaves us all in third – the Guardian

Dates announced for Night Tube walkouts – Railnews
Spotlight on Easter: Anglia overhead line renewals – Network Rail
Reimagining railways: innovation funding announced – H.M. Government
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16th March 2017
Night tube drivers on London Underground to strike in April – the Guardian

Merseyrail guard on safety charge is acquitted – Railnews

RMT rejects proposed DOO Southern deal – Railnews

ASLEF, GTR agree second DOO deal on Southern – Railnews
In focus – track – Network Rail
DOO – Analysed & Explained – RailStaff

14th March 2017
First class could be axed in next Southeastern rail franchise – the Guardian

Underground drivers vote for Night Tube strikes – Railnews

New Network Rail Alliance for South Eastern – Railnews
South Eastern franchise consultation launched – H.M. Government
Airline-inspired train seat launched – the Railway Gazette

13th March 2017
Rail strikes hit passengers in north of England as Southern dispute spreads – the Guardian

Brewing in the Borders: the businesses thriving along Scotland’s new railway line – the Guardian

Rail strikes begin on Southern, Merseyrail and Northern networks – the Guardian
Three operators hit by DOO strikes – Railnews
More housing and more train passengers – Network Rail sets out 30-year plan to cater for growth in south east London and Kent – Network Rail

Frontline emergency teams star on tonight’s Inside King’s Cross: The Railway – Network Rail
Partial collapse of a wall onto open railway lines, Liverpool – H.M. Government
Rail strike: What does a train guard do? – the BBC

10th March 2017
Merseyrail loses DOO strike challenge – Railnews

National Apprenticeship Week: find out more – Network Rail
Rail industry leaders attend Brexit round table – the Railway Gazette
Train fleet growth fastest for decades – the Rail Delivery Group

9th March 2017
East coast mainline passengers told to delay travel after service disruption – the Guardian

Britain Runs on Rail – Shortly arriving at a screen near you – RailStaff

8th March 2017
Network Rail encourages young women to consider a STEM career this International Women’s Day – Network Rail

LED signs reduce bridge bashes – the Railway Gazette
Success for Jacobite steam service – RailStaff

Iarnród Éireann – 30 years of Irish Rail – RailStaff

7th March 2017
Liverpool Lime Street to reopen earlier than planned – Network Rail

In focus – level crossings – Network Rail
Greater Anglia deploys battery vacuum cleaners – the Railway Gazette

6th March 2017
Network Rail sets ’20 by 20′ target to increase take-up of female employees – Network Rail – 06/03/2017

Inside King’s Cross: The Railway – Network Rail
Liberum cuts earnings outlook for Southern Rail owner Go-Ahead – the Telegraph
ScotRail EMU refurbishment contract awarded – the Railway Gazette
Ten years after – Grayrigg remembered – RailStaff

Safe from start to finish – RailStaff

HS2 – What happens next? – RailStaff

4th March 2017
MP “grateful” to Network Rail’s Liverpool Lime Street repair team – Network Rail

3rd March 2017
Railway stations are the beating heart of urban regeneration – the Guardian

Electrification plans in doubt – Railnews
New figures show Network Rail’s economic contribution to the North West – Network Rail
London Underground scraps plans for tunnel-cleaning train – the IET

Ballooning budget for Great Western electrification jeopardises expansion to other lines – the IET
Open access operators could pay public service obligation levy – the Railway Gazette
‘Strike cancelled’ posters ‘put up in error’, Northern rail claims – the BBC

2nd March 2017
Liverpool Lime Street to reopen on Thursday 9 March – Network Rail

In focus – signalling – Network Rail
Track workers struck by ballast, Chathill – H.M. Government
CIM buys lifting equipment specialist Mechan – the Railway Gazette

1st March 2017
No Liverpool Lime Street trains after wall collapses on to tracks – the Guardian

Three shortlisted for East Midlands franchise – Railnews
No trains to run in or out of Liverpool Lime Street for several days following wall collapse – Network Rail

Damage to railway at Liverpool Lime Street: passengers advised to check before they travel – Network Rail
East Midlands rail franchise: 3 firms make the shortlist – H.M. Government
Three prequalify for next East Midlands franchise – the Railway Gazette
Government ministers attend roundtable to discuss Brexit with rail industry leaders – the Rail Delivery Group

28th February 2017
Rail staff at Merseyside and Northern to strike – the Guardian

Southern rail chief: we aren’t doing anything wrong – the Guardian
Railway industry at ‘crucial turning point’ – Railnews
Full steam ahead for autumn and winter retail sales at stations – Network Rail
Platform-train interface incident at Bank station – H.M. Government
‘#BagelGate’: Fight on train after rowdy mob keeps placing bagels on travellers’ heads – the Telegraph

27th February 2017
New tram line opens in Manchester – Railnews

Celebrating excellence at the 19th Rail Business Awards – the Railway Gazette
Man accused of attacking police officer at Plymouth Railway Station released on bail – the Plymouth Herald

26th February 2017
New £185m Manchester tram line that unearthed burial site opens – the Guardian

Chris Grayling tells Japan: some of our trains are superior to yours – the Guardian
Tensions rising for Go-Ahead as unions set to discuss more Southern action – the Telegraph

24th February 2017
German contracts more attractive than UK franchises, says National Express CEO – the Railway Gazette

Weekly newspapers: Palace to prison and a partying PM – the BBC

23rd February 2017
HS2 Bill receives Royal Assent – Railnews

Track, train and passenger join together for the first time as Network Rail transformation continues apace – Network Rail
Full speed ahead as HS2 gets Royal Assent – H.M. Government
Rail strikes benefit coach provider National Express – the Telegraph
HS2 Phase 1 bill receives Royal Assent – the Railway Gazette
Great Britain records 10 years without train accident fatalities – the Railway Gazette

21st February 2017
RMT prepares strike ballot for Night Tube staff – Railnews

Centrepiece of Great North Rail Project takes its place – Network Rail
Ordsall Chord bridge move brings ‘flowing ribbon’ link closer – the Railway Gazette

20th February 2017
London night tube drivers to vote on strikes – the Guardian

Croydon tram victims ‘ejected through windows’ during crash – the Guardian
Railfreight grants drop could mean ‘thousands of additional lorries’ – Railnews

Last-minute bid to block HS2 – Railnews
Croydon tram crash investigation suggests driver had ‘lost awareness’ before seven killed in derailment – the Telegraph
Siemens forms UK Mobility Digitalisation unit – the Railway Gazette

17th February 2017
Merseyrail and Northern strike ballots open amid Southern deal collapse – the Guardian

DOO discontent spreads across north – Railnews
Change of venue for Crofton information event: Monday 20 Febuary 2017 – H.M. Government

16th February 2017
Southern rail users face more strikes as drivers reject Aslef-backed deal – the Guardian

ASLEF referendum result today – Railnews

Southern drivers reject DOO deal – Railnews
In focus – electrification – Network Rail
Southern Rail drivers reject deal aimed at ending dispute – the Telegraph
Rail punctuality worst in 10 years, figures show – the BBC

15th February 2017
Solar-powered trains are closer to reality than we might think – the Guardian – 15/02/2017

Southern rail workers set new strike date after talks collapse – the Guardian
New Southern walkout next week – Railnews

Network Rail on track to save £14m a year – Railnews

DOO peace talks were ‘a mockery’ says RMT – Railnews
World’s first “formation flying” engineering trains will upgrade the railway faster and cheaper – Network Rail
Production of Devon and Cornwall trainsets begins in Italy – the Railway Gazette

Bluetooth-enabled ticket gates demonstrated – the Railway Gazette

A lesson in virtual reality – RailStaff
Footage reveals car swerving across rail tracks – the BBC

14th February 2017
Full steam ahead as Tornado engine powers Settle-Carlisle train service – the Guardian

Southern DOO talks restart with RMT – Railnews
Love is in the air after romantic Paddington surprise – Network Rail

£50m North Wales railway upgrade project underway – Network Rail
Tube commuters exposed to extreme air pollution levels – the IET
Commuters on public transport ‘exposed to higher pollution levels than car users’ – the Telegraph
Settle-Carlisle line: Tornado powers 12 scheduled services – the BBC

13th February 2017
Italian purchase of c2c franchise confirmed – Railnews
Trenitalia completes c2c acquisition – the Railway Gazette

10th February 2017
Fifth of rail passengers buy wrong ticket from machines, says regulator – the Guardian

New ORR clampdown on ticket machines – Railnews
Millions of rail passengers to get refunds under watchdog plans to end ticket machine rip-off – the Telegraph

9th February 2017
Arriva Rail North staff to consider strike action over role of train guards – the Guardian
Interserve wins Network Rail station facilities management contract – the Railway Gazette
Closures as completion of north-London rail line work delayed – the BBC

8th February 2017
London train evacuated after smoke alert caused by workman’s drill – the Guardian

Famous swing bridge set to go in Greater Anglia wishlist – Railnews

Crisis warnings on Transport for London – Railnews
Infrastructure insight – bridges, tunnels and viaducts on the rail network – Network Rail
Want to tackle sexual assault on public transport? Let’s start with the onlookers – the Telegraph
Technology strategy for the ‘age of the digital train’ – the Railway Gazette

The heroes of Britain’s railways in the Great War – RailStaff

Getting active in 2017 – RailStaff

Crossrail innovation – The future? – RailStaff
Train line reopens after level crossing death – the BBC

7th February 2017
Railways could use eye scans to charge passengers, say industry plans – the Guardian

Freight train derailment, Lewisham – H.M. Government
Iris and fingerprint scans should be used to pay for rail tickets, industry plan suggests – the IET
Fall in sterling sends FirstGroup revenues up a gear as US business expands – the Telegraph
Measure and act on what passengers want – the Railway Gazette

Lineside connectivity company TeleRail launched – the Railway Gazette
Hynes to lead Scottish railways – RailStaff

HS2 fleet: Under starters orders – RailStaff
Rail firms mull iris scan train fares – the BBC

6th February 2017
How to attract the best talent to help improve public transport – the Guardian

A North Channel rail tunnel to raise morale – the Guardian
Franchising ‘fails to deliver for passengers’ say MPs – Railnews

ASLEF DOO settlement ‘a disgrace’ says RMT – Railnews

5th February 2017
Southern rail deal with union fragile as drivers plan to vote against – the Guardian

Britain’s rail franchise model unfit for purpose, say MPs – the Guardian
Southern rail boss says driver-operated doors rollout will continue despite union deal – the Telegraph

4th February 2017
RMT attacks Aslef deal in Southern rail dispute – the Guardian

Labour promises ‘Crossrail for the north’ to create 850,000 jobs – the Guardian

Is Ticketclever the way to put rail fares back on track? We find out – the Guardian

Eurostar pulls out all the stops with luxury Paris lounge – the Guardian

3rd February 2017
Engines ordered for Civity UK DMUs – the Railway Gazette

Trials aim to blow the dust off rail ticketing – the Railway Gazette

2nd February 2017
London tube strikes called off – the Guardian

London tube strike will cause severe travel disruption, warns TfL – the Guardian

Southern rail and union agree deal to end strikes over driver-only trains – the Guardian

Q&A: what does the Southern rail deal over strikes mean? – the Guardian
Our railway safety campaigns – helping to keep people safe – Network Rail
Vivarail releases report into D-Train fire – the Railway Gazette

1st February 2017
Rail firms ordered to improve provision of accessible toilets – the Guardian
Overhaul of UK train ticket pricing to be trialled in May – the Guardian

Southern commuters launch legal claim to force government’s hand – the Guardian
Ticket-splitting comes in from the cold – Railnews
Work to improve disabled access to toilets on trains and at stations is underway – H.M. Government

Serious irregularity at Cardiff East Junction – H.M. Government
Train operators to test ‘radical fare changes’ – the Railway Gazette
Meadow makeover for Gospel Oak and Barking – RailStaff

Desiro debut at Clapham – RailStaff

31st January 2017
The 5 longest railway tunnels in the world – the Telegraph

30th January 2017
Legal challenge to Merseyside new trains deal – Railnews

Our awards – proud to be at the forefront of innovation – Network Rail

27th January 2017
Man who pushed Polish man on to tube tracks jailed for 10 years – the Guardian

London tube strikes planned for February over station staffing – the Guardian

Accessibility and ownership of the UK’s railways – the Guardian
Government plays down Southern ‘nationalisation’ reports – Railnews
Upgrading the railway in the South West – Network Rail

26th January 2017
Government planning possible take-over of Southern rail – report – the Guardian

New talent joins British Transport Police Authority Board – H.M. Government
Channel Tunnel security centre opened – the Railway Gazette

25th January 2017
Bill to limit effects of rail strikes rejected by MPs – Railnews

24th January 2017
Poll confirms Southern’s status as UK’s worst-performing rail firm – the Guardian

Tube strike: Central line drivers stage 24-hour walkout – the Guardian

It’s not just pregnant women. We all need solace on the grisly trains – the Guardian
Timetables a ‘work of fiction’ says Transport Focus – Railnews
Trenitalia joins FirstGroup to bid for UK franchises – the Railway Gazette

Virtual reality railway station used for staff training – the Railway Gazette
Storm Doris continues to delay trains – Railnews

23rd January 2017
Strike laws proposed as Southern conductors walk out again – Railnews

Alex Hynes named as new head of ScotRail Alliance – Railnews

22nd January 2017
Southern train services face further disruption – the Guardian

21st January 2017
Jobs lost and broken relationships: legacy of the Southern rail crisis – the Guardian

20th January 2017
ScotRail boss resigns after pressure over firm’s performance – the Guardian

West Coast/HS2 franchise ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ – Railnews

ScotRail chief Phil Verster in surprise resignation – Railnews

HS2 train procurement launched – Railnews
Search underway for company to build HS2 trains in £2.75 billion government rail investment – H.M. Government
HS2 launches search for train supplier – the IET

Procurement of High Speed 2 trains begins – the Railway Gazette
Train passenger growth not accounted for, says Davies – the BBC

People tired of old and cramped Arriva trains, say MPs – the BBC

19th January 2017
New opportunities offered as details of new rail franchise are released – H.M. Government

£300m to improve Brighton Main Line resilience – the Railway Gazette

18th January 2017
Southern rail to run full train service from Tuesday – the Guardian

Government gives way on HS2 blight claims – Railnews

Chinese railfreight containers arrive in London – Railnews
Social performance – Network Rail

Safety in the community – Network Rail
First China to UK rail freight service arrives in London – the Railway Gazette
All aboard the China-to-London freight train – the BBC

17th January 2017
Southern drivers’ strikes suspended for new talks – Railnews

New gloomy rail survey figures prompt calls for devolution or nationalisation – Railnews

Mitsui to own 40% of Greater Anglia franchise – Railnews
Abellio to sell 40% stake in Greater Anglia to Mitsui – the Railway Gazette
Trains passed over an unsupported rail near Bradford – the BBC

16th January 2017
Unions and tube chiefs to hold talks aimed at averting further strikes – the Guardian

Virgin season ticket means I can reserve a seat, so why am I forced to stand? – the Guardian

14th January 2017
Aslef rail union boss Mick Whelan: ‘I’m not a great fan of glorious defeats’ – the Guardian

13th January 2017
TV presenter Jamelia accuses fellow train passenger of ‘prejudice’ over first class challenge ‘as she is black’ – the Telegraph

Southern rail: Train drivers stage further walkout – the BBC

12th January 2017
How do Southern Rail passengers regain their self-respect? By going on strike – the Guardian

Southern rail conductors’ strike to compound drivers’ walkout – the Guardian

Rail strike: search goes on for a job Failing Grayling can’t do badly – the Guardian
We work hard to predict and plan for any potential problems caused by snow and ice on the rail network, and have a number of ways to address them quickly – Network Rail

PayPal and Apple Wallet speed Stansted Express booking – the Railway Gazette

Network Rail awards Shotts Line electrification contract – the Railway Gazette

11th January 2017
Rail franchise mandarin’s board gave Southern contract to client of his company – the Guardian

Southern: Labour calls for inquiry into ‘murky world’ of rail franchising – the Guardian

Govia withholds compensation from delayed rail customers – the Guardian

Southern rail operator appeals to supreme court to block drivers’ strikes – the Guardian
Fatal collision between a tram and a pedestrian, Sheffield – H.M. Government
Trenitalia buys c2c to enter UK rail market – the Railway Gazette
Southern rail: Train drivers’ strike enters second day – the BBC

9th January 2017
I would join striking Southern staff on picket line, says Corbyn – the Guardian

Solar panel researchers investigate powering trains by bypassing grid – the Guardian

Renewed strike action on Southern rail adds to commuter misery – the Guardian
DOO appeal set to be heard by Supreme Court – Railnews

Unions have ‘overreacted’ claims Southern – Railnews

Funding for D-Train trial withdrawn after engine fire – Railnews

9th January 2017
‘Four out of ten’ Underground stations closed by strike – Railnews

Vegetation management – Network Rail

Boulder falls on tracks between Gloucester and Swindon – the BBC

8th January 2017
Gridlock on London streets as Tube strike hits – timelapse aerial video – the Guardian – 08/01/2017

Tube strike brings manic Monday for commuters in gridlocked London – the Guardian

Tube strike: service to be severely reduced as second union walks out – the Guardian

London Underground strike kicks off week of tube, air and rail walkouts – the Guardian
RMT suggests pausing Southern DOO plan – Railnews

Minister has ‘resilience plan’ as more ScotRail strikes loom – Railnews
Astra wagons delivered to DB Cargo UK – the Railway Gazette

7th January 2017
London Underground makes last-ditch effort to avert tube strike – the Guardian

I work for Southern rail: this is why I am striking – the Guardian

6th January 2017
Southern rail, London Underground and BA staff to go ahead with strikes – the Guardian

Is Britain’s rail network getting worse? – the Guardian

Rail minister pledges no repeat of Paralympian’s train experience – the Guardian
Old, overcrowded and underfunded: it is time to overhaul our railways – the Guardian
Tracking the cost: UK and European rail commuter fares compared – in data – the Guardian

Southern rail crisis: Grayling backs regulator described as ‘shambles’ – the Guardian
Transport secretary offers peace talks in DOO dispute – Railnews
Rail regulator to set out national safety framework for train dispatch – H.M. Government

5th January 2017
Southern rail: RMT agrees to direct talks with government – the Guardian

In Britain, it’s not just the train toilets that disabled people can’t get into – the Guardian

4th January 2017
Virgin gets back on track with rail ticket refunds – the Guardian
Your Opinions: Ivan Rogers’ Brexit successor – and the Southern trains crisis – the Guardian – 04/01/2017

Rail chiefs or unions: can passengers trust either of them? – the Guardian

Southern rail strike next week cut from six days to three – the Guardian

Southern rail drivers split planned six-day strike in two – the Guardian

Southern to deploy buses during strikes – Railnews
Major rail investment needed to cope with booming passenger numbers – the IET
Week-long Southern Rail strike cut to three days as unions warn of further action – the Telegraph

3rd January 2017
Rail campaigners hold station protests against fare increases – the Guardian

‘I feared for my health’: disabled actor tells of nightmare train journey – the Guardian

Rail passengers to stage station protests against fare increases – the Guardian

Rail fares cost commuters up to 14% of their income, says study – the Guardian
What are your experiences of disabled facilities? – the Guardian
It’s a disgrace that a Paralympian had to wet herself on a train – but not a surprise – the Guardian
Protests over ‘kick in the teeth’ fare increases – Railnews
Christmas starts now for 24,000 railway engineers after successful delivery of £100m upgrade work – Network Rail

2nd January 2017
Rail fares: Hike ‘result of success’ – rail boss – the BBC

Paralympian forced to wet herself on train without accessible toilet – the Guardian

Brian Adcock on rail ticket price hike – cartoon – the Guardian
Passengers get ‘kick in the teeth’ as some rail fares go up 43 per cent in seven years while strikes continue – the Telegraph
Wheel slide protection tested in leaf-fall season – Railnews
Southern rail strike: Rail unions urged to stop ‘pointless action’ – the BBC

Protests against train fare rises held at more than 100 stations – the BBC

1st January 2017
London must stand together in 2017 if its golden age is not to end – the Guardian

Scorpion on a train delays London to Edinburgh journey – the Guardian

30th December 2016
Southern rail passengers face new year disruption as strikes bite – the Guardian

Cardiff-Swansea rail disruption due to upgrade works – the BBC

Train fire in Kenilworth causes delays for passengers – the BBC

29th December 2016
Flying Scotsman: a journey in slow television – the Guardian

Virgin Trains looks to take on airlines as London-Edinburgh passengers hit one million – the Telegraph
GBRf orders wagons for biomass contract – the Railway Gazette
Update on Christmas upgrade works – Network Rail

Passengers encouraged to check before they travel as we carry out essential engineering work – Network Rail

28th December 2016
Trains on UK railways more than 20 years old, analysis shows – the Guardian
Problems with Britain’s trains – the Guardian
Average age of British passenger trains is 21, study says – the BBC

27th December 2016
Network Rail plans Bolton station expansion – the Railway Gazette

26th December 2016
Trains halted across UK as 200 engineering projects begin – the BBC

Conservatives attacked over Boxing Day rail ‘standstill’ – the BBC

25th December 2016
Labour accuses Tories of hypocrisy over Boxing Day rail shutdown – the Guardian

23rd December 2016
Rail chief defends line closures for Christmas engineering works – the Guardian

Severe gales due across Scotland as Storm Barbara moves in – the BBC

22nd December 2016
London Underground staff to stage 24-hour strike in new year – the Guardian

Cyclist’s near-miss with train at level crossing caught on CCTV – the Guardian
Collision between train and maintenance equipment, Stowe Hill Tunnel – H.M. Government
Porterbrook and Northern to develop electro-diesel MU – the Railway Gazette

21st December 2016
Level crossing near miss, Waltham Cross – H.M. Government

Train drivers in Southern rail dispute accused of ‘faking’ malfunctions to justify strikes – the Telegraph
Alstom to buy Nomad Digital – the Railway Gazette

20th December 2016
Hitachi orders Rolls-Royce PowerPacks – the Railway Gazette

Southern train strikes: MP calls for rail ombudsman – the BBC