Government stories

All the latest government, legislation and compliance news for the rail industry.

Ken Skates

Wales’ Transport Minister critical of Westminster’s package of ‘new’ investment

25th September 2020

Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates has written to Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, citing significant concerns about the recent announcement of an “additional” £343m of funding for railways in Wales.


Greener travel options for Haywards Heath thanks to a stations improvement programme from Govia Thameslink Railway

24th September 2020

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) – the UK’s biggest rail franchise – has welcomed Mims Davies, Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex, to the newly opened EV charging hub at Haywards Heath station to encourage people back to rail with a greener way to travel to the station.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has revealed emergency jobs scheme as part of plans to support businesses over the coming months

24th September 2020

The government’s announced a new Job Support Scheme from November 1st, which it says will protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus.

Welsh Government

New charter will put places at heart of planning

23rd September 2020

A new charter that puts quality, sustainability and community at the heart of planning has been launched by the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James.

Rail industry experts say clean rail must be the future of travel post pandemic

22nd September 2020

A new report from leading rail industry professionals makes the case for putting rail at the heart of a green post-pandemic economic recovery.

Transport for the South East

New partnership seeks shift from road to rail in the South East – and an end to diesel trains

22nd September 2020

A new partnership between Network Rail and regional transport body Transport for the South East aims to encourage people out of their cars as part of a long-term plan to improve rail services, boost capacity and cut carbon emissions.

Department for Transport

Rail Minister thanks efforts of volunteer Journey Makers and work to provide cleaner, safer stations

22nd September 2020

Volunteers focused on providing passengers with simpler, safer journeys were recognised by Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris today, as he thanked ‘Journey Makers’ at Norwich Station for their role in helping support passenger journeys on the railways.


Rail industry reaction to the biggest change in the industry for a quarter of a century

21st September 2020

The rail industry has reacted to the government’s announcement of its plans to keep the railway running for passengers and the end of the franchise system.

John Askwith, Weardale Railway Trust

County Durham councillors agree to invest £2.1 million into heritage railway line

21st September 2020

New jobs, improved transport links and a welcome boost to County Durham’s visitor economy are a step closer after councillors agreed to invest £2.1 million into a heritage railway line.

Rail Delivery Group

Rail franchising reaches the terminus as a new railway takes shape

21st September 2020

Ministers today ended rail franchising after 24 years as the first step in bringing Britain’s fragmented network back together.

Transport Scotland

Further financial support for rail services in Scotland

18th September 2020

Further financial support for rail services in Scotland


Kent Rail Strategy consultation and Rail Summit later this month

17th September 2020

The Kent Rail Strategy 2021, which aims to influence train services in the county for the next decade, goes out to consultation later this month.

Welsh Government

Welsh Government calls on UK Government to “play its part” as it backs Commission’s emphasis on public transport improvements in south-east Wales

10th September 2020

Proposals for new train services, stations and joined up transport in south-east Wales have been outlined by the Welsh Government, who have called on the UK Government to “play its part” in delivering improvements to Wales’ railway.

Network Rail

Action taken to improve resilience of railway following Stonehaven tragedy

10th September 2020

Network Rail’s interim report on the Stonehaven tragedy, commissioned by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps immediately after the event, has been published setting out immediate and long-term action to improve the railway’s resilience to extreme weather events following the derailment of a passenger train in Aberdeenshire.

Kent County Council

Plans for new railway station to boost growth in Thanet approved

4th September 2020

Plans for a new railway station at Cliffsend to unlock and boost economic growth in Thanet and Dover have been approved by Kent County Council’s planning committee.

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Greater voice for rail passengers in new collaboration between Government and East Midlands transport leaders

3rd September 2020

Local leaders in the East Midlands will have a more influential role in deciding how rail services can support improvements across the region, thanks to a new collaboration agreement with the Government, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has set out today.

Transport Scotland

Scotland’s Transport Secretary visits progress on East Kilbride electrification

31st August 2020

Scotland’s Transport Secretary Michael Matheson visited the ground investigation works for the East Kilbride rail corridor project. 

Rail Minister visits Brunel Plaza regeneration

21st August 2020

The Rail Minister has visited Plymouth to meet those responsible for the regeneration of Brunel Plaza.

Transport Secretary

Multi-million boost from UK government for Welsh railways to level up infrastructure and improve journeys for passengers

21st August 2020

Major progress has been made on ambitious upgrades to Wales’ railways following £343 million of investment to help deliver better journeys for passengers, UK government Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has set out.

Rail Delivery Group

Transport Secretary launches new Acceleration Unit to speed up transport infrastructure projects and build back better from Covid

21st August 2020

Vital rail and road upgrades that will create jobs, increase connectivity, and boost the economy will be delivered more quickly, thanks to the launch of a new Acceleration Unit announced by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today.