News Archive

Welcome to the news archive section of the British Transport Pensioners’ Federation.

Archived items remain on this page generally until one year old.
HERE is the current News page.

Privilege Oyster Application Form
The Privilege Oyster Application form is now an online form. This is only available to Safeguarded Employees and their eligible family members.
From the Rail Delivery Group – 31st August 2017.

Changes affecting safeguarded staff only
It is no longer possible to buy privilege rate paper single and return tickets to TfL destinations (London Underground, DLR and most London Overground stations) at London Underground ticket offices.
Read more

Registering new Staff Travel Cards to Privilege Oyster Cards
You will need both your Registered Oyster Card and Staff Travel Card (box card) with you, and get help from LUL ticket barrier staff.
A question was raised at the recent Western Association A.G.M. about how to register each year’s staff travel card to one’s Oyster card, since the closure of London Underground ticket offices. It was suggested that we can do this ourselves using a ticket machine.
A trial run after the A.G.M., with the help of the underground staff, showed that the staff must use their own card to access the machine’s registration process with a PIN. None of the staff approached knew of a way for Oyster Card holders to do the registration themselves.
The staff were easily found, forthcoming and helpful – this at Paddington, lawn end.

Cross-Channel Travel Advice
With the current security situation in Belgium and France, the Government has released advice to passengers wishing to travel to and from continental Europe.
Click here for their information.

Enhanced privilege rate travel
The Privilege Oyster Application form is now an online form. This is only available to Safeguarded Employees and their eligible family members.
See the Rail Delivery Group website here.
From the Rail Delivery Group – 31st August 2017.

Privilege Oyster Application Form
The Privilege Oyster Application form is now an online form.
This is only available to Safeguarded Employees and their eligible family members.
From the Rail Delivery Group – 23rd June 2017

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