ORR report shows rail continues recovery with increased fares revenue and reduced government support

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today published its annual Rail Industry Finance (UK) statistical report. The report shows the income, expenditure and government funding of the UK rail industry for the financial year 1 April 2022 to...

Government joins forces with Liverpool to transform city’s rail network

Passengers in Liverpool could soon benefit from a simpler, more affordable, and integrated transport network thanks to an agreement signed by Transport Secretary Mark Harper and Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram today (Thursday 16 November). The Memorandum of Understanding commits to...

Funding boost for new Bradford as part of Network North Plan

The Department for Transport (DfT) is building on its promise of building a brand-new railway station in Bradford by providing £400,000 for the local authority to kickstart master planning on the project. The work will consider how the new station...

Draft Rail Reform Bill receives mixed industry response

The Government has today included a Draft Rail Reform Bill in the King’s Speech which sets out some of the key pillars of industry reform including the creation of Great British Railways. A Parliamentary committee will oversee pre-legislative scrutiny...

Government scraps plans to close ticket stations

Following consultations with passenger bodies, Transport Secretary Mark Harper has this morning rejected plans to close hundreds of ticket stations across the country within the next three years. He said: “The consultation on ticket offices has now ended, with the...

House of Commons Transport Committee criticises proposed rail ticket office closures

The Transport Committee has written to the Rail Minister, Huw Merriman, with concerns about the proposed closures of rail ticket offices and its impact on disabled travellers and travellers with access needs.  The letter voices the Committee's concerns that these...

PM axes HS2 Northern leg, takes Euston site out of management’s hands

Speaking today at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that he is cancelling ‘the rest of the HS2 project’ and that the line run from Birmingham Curzon Street to London Euston. Sunak promised that the...

The benefits of HS2 were undeniable – Government must invest in the future

“The Government has clearly set out its firm focus on rebalancing the economy and creating jobs, skills and talent to raise the level of productivity across the UK. HS2 is essential to delivering these wider ambitions.” “This Government is clear...

Grant Shapps backs review of HS2 stoking anger in the North

Former Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said over the weekend that it would be “crazy” not to review plans for HS2 in light of soaring costs. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Shapps said: “It is the case that all of these...

Avanti West Coast wins long-term contract after improvements

The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (19th September) awarded Avanti West Coast a long-term contract enabling it to deliver improved services for passengers after dramatically reducing cancellations to as low as 1.1% over the past year. A long-term contract...

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CILT(UK) appoints new chief executive

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK – CILT(UK) has announced the appointment of Paul Adams...