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Wales ‘ready’ for rail reform and UK Government must be more ambitious

In his first appearance at the UK Parliament Transport Committee as Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport, Ken Skates set out his three asks of the UK Government as well as his ambition for a fully integrated, efficient...

New proposal aims to attract more young train drivers

Efforts to open up more careers in the rail sector to young people could improve the reliability of rail services under a new proposal being put forward today (Thursday 16 May). If agreed, new regulations lowering the minimum age for...

High Speed Rail Group publishes recommendations for Government post HS2 decisions

A comprehensive long-term strategy to develop the UK’s inter urban rail network is essential for future economic growth and achieving net zero, according to a new report from the High Speed Rail Group. Political figures on all sides are...

Cornwall public transport gets £50 million boost

Public transport links in Cornwall will be transformed thanks to £50 million of government investment to deliver the Mid-Cornwall Metro Scheme. In a visit to Newquay Station on Wednesday 27 March, Transport Secretary Mark Harper met with local leaders including...

Northern leaders vote to have Avanti West Coast’s contract terminated

The Board of Transport for the North (TfN) has officially passed a motion to write to the Secretary of State asking for the firm to be taken off the key West Coast Main Line route “at the earliest possible...

Work to deliver Midlands Rail Hub set to begin with £123 million

Work on the Midlands Rail Hub is set to begin after ministers provided an initial £123 million funding injection. The transformational upgrade project is part of the Government’s plan to improve transport across the region and beyond, boosting the capacity...

Rail Reform Bill – too little too late

On 20 February, the Government published its Draft Rail Reform Bill. This proposes the creation a new Integrated Rail Body (IRB) that brings together decisions on infrastructure and train operations. The IRB would become Great British Railways (GBR) as...

Industry reacts to draft Rail Reform Bill

Ministers yesterday (Tuesday 20 February) put forward their plan for the future of the railways, publishing a draft Rail Reform Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny. The draft Bill sets in motion a plan to deliver punctual and reliable services, simpler tickets,...

Penalty fares down 20% in year since government increased fine, says Northern

Northern has seen a 20% drop in the number of penalty fares issued in the first year since the government increased the fine to those travelling without a ticket to £100. The train operator issued 41,234 penalty fares between 23...

Government sets ambitious target to grow rail freight by at least 75%

Even more vital goods will be transported across the UK by rail, following an ambitious target announced by Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, to grow rail freight by at least 75%. From delivering food to supermarkets, to transporting building materials to...

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East West Rail appoints David Hughes as new CEO

East West Rail (EWR) has announced the appointment of David Hughes as chief executive officer, effective from Monday 3...