Government stories

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

Northern Powerhouse Rail set to deliver decades of growth for the North

18th October 2018

Northern Powerhouse Rail is poised to deliver transformational change to the North boosting the economy and improving connectivity for millions […]

Automated design for a more efficient railway: apply for funding

18th October 2018

Figures show that around 1.7 billion passengers use the UK’s railways every year. This number has more than doubled in the […]

Transport Secretary gives seal of approval to multi-million pound Liverpool Lime Street upgrade

15th October 2018

Faster, more frequent and more reliable services will ensure better journeys for passengers, thanks to the completion of £140 million […]

New Wales and Borders Rail Service contract begins

15th October 2018

“The Wales and Borders Rail Service can be the best passenger rail service in the UK within the next 15 […]

HS2 launches public consultations on plans to extend the railway north

15th October 2018

Plans for the development of Britain’s new high speed railway between the Midlands and the North have moved a step […]

New high for private sector investment in Britain’s railway, official statistics show

12th October 2018

The regulator of Britain’s railway has published new figures today that show private sector investment in rail has increased to […]

Industry decarbonisation challenge funding now available

12th October 2018

As set out in the Rail Technical Strategy and following the Transport Minister’s challenge to see all diesel-only trains off […]

A new era for rail services from Transport for Wales is almost here

11th October 2018

The dawn of a new era for rail passengers in Wales and the Borders will begin on Sunday 14 October […]

Final spaces at RIA Annual Conference going fast

10th October 2018

The final spaces at the Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) Annual Conference are going quickly. The Conference on 22 October is […]

Midland Metro Alliance Development Director recognised for outstanding contribution to light rail industry

10th October 2018

Peter Adams, the Development Director for the Midland Metro Alliance and Transport for West Midlands, won a prestigious award for […]

Rail standards to stay – even in a “no-deal” Brexit

5th October 2018

The standards and protocols that help ensure the different companies across the railway work safely as a system will remain […]

Transport Secretary welcomes progress on East West Rail

5th October 2018

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling welcomed a milestone moment for East West Rail during a visit to Bicester today, (4 October […]

Rail Delivery Group responds to British Transport Police Annual Report

5th October 2018

The British Transport Police has published its 2017/18 Annual Report and Statistics Bulletin. The report includes the following key line […]

Rail passengers to benefit from ‘one-click’ compensation

3rd October 2018

New rules making it easier for rail passengers to claim compensation for delays and disruption have been announced. The introduction […]

Easier assistance app will transform journeys for disabled rail passengers

3rd October 2018

Smartphone app, currently being trialled by four train companies, will be rolled out across Britain to revolutionise passenger assistance, making […]

New Government investment in the East Midlands welcomed

2nd October 2018

On Monday 1st October, the government announced £18 million of funding for Nottinghamshire County Council to improve the A614, and […]

NECA shortlisted for share of £840m transport improvement fund

2nd October 2018

Ambitious North East Combined Authority (NECA) plans to help transform the region’s transport network and boost its economy have taken […]

ORR appoints John Larkinson as Interim Chief Executive

2nd October 2018

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has appointed John Larkinson, currently Director of Railway Markets and Economics, as Interim […]

West Yorkshire Combined Authority succeeds in bid for transport investment

28th September 2018

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has secured further investment to improve transport with confirmation it will receive a share of […]

Ministerial visit for Metrolink

26th September 2018

Welsh transport bosses took a fact-finding tour of Metrolink ahead of a £5bn contract to operate and develop their country’s […]

Put freight growth at heart of Rail Review urges RFG

21st September 2018

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has called on the Government to ensure that freight growth is at the heart of its […]

Compensation boost for northern passengers as ‘delay repay’ is extended

14th September 2018

Passengers on Northern will be eligible for enhanced compensation for train delays from this December (2018), rail minister Jo Johnson […]