Government stories

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

Ebbw Vale train frequency enhancement scheme starts

21st February 2019

Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates has announced a reopening of the feasibility study into increasing the frequency of trains […]

MPs pledge to support investment in rail for Liverpool and Manchester corridor

20th February 2019

More than twenty cross-party members of Parliament from across the Liverpool and Manchester city regions have signed a pledge to […]

Easier Fares for All – a Railfuture campaign success

19th February 2019

The Rail Delivery Group’s ‘Easier Fares for All’ proposal has taken on board all the key points on fares and […]

Rail industry publishes radical proposals for once-in-a-generation reform of fares system

18th February 2019

Proposals represent industry’s first contribution to the Williams Review with a call for preparatory work to begin now including government, […]

Mayor James Palmer hails signs that Soham station is becoming a reality

15th February 2019

With proposals for Soham train station set to be presented to the public this month, a series of clear, budgeted […]

West Yorkshire Combined Authority presses for further rail service improvements

15th February 2019

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has pressed rail operators to continue to improve services to ensure they contribute positively to […]

Grayling announces new Dawlish sea wall as part of £2 billion investment in south-west

15th February 2019

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced further funding of up to £80 million in the south-west to deliver a new […]

First Class logo launched for rail partnership

13th February 2019

It is full steam ahead for the future of community rail in Fenland after a community partnership was officially relaunched […]

Councillors updated on progress of Borders Railway projects

12th February 2019

Councillors were updated today (Tuesday) on Midlothian projects to maximise the benefits of the Borders Railway. 12 plans underway At […]

Potential of light rail schemes hailed for future urban travel

11th February 2019

Image credit: Alexandre Rotenberg / New light rail and other rapid transit solutions could be integral to our future […]

HS2 reveals Old Oak Common station designs as work ramps up on west London super-hub

5th February 2019

HS2 today unveiled the latest designs for Old Oak Common, as HS2 minister, Nusrat Ghani, visited the construction site to […]

Railfuture’s Rail Blueprint for the North

4th February 2019

Railfuture Policy Director Ian Brown CBE FCILT contends that rail cannot make any meaningful contribution to growing the North’s economy, […]

New research aims to make train driver psychometric assessments fairer

1st February 2019

​Research by rail industry body RSSB has confirmed that the process used for train drivers’ psychometric assessment remains fair, valid […]

£70 billion blueprint to transform the North’s economy

31st January 2019

Transport for the North has today (31st January 2018) set out an ambitious vision for the future of the North’s […]

Rail experts: Ambitious decarbonisation plan for rail is possible

31st January 2019

Britain’s railways could remove diesel-only passenger trains from the network and make substantial progress towards decarbonising their operations by 2040, […]

Rail regulator publishes 2017-18 rail funding and expenditure data

30th January 2019

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today published its annual report showing how the railway was funded in […]

RSSB launches Wellbeing Champion Toolbox

30th January 2019

RSSB has launched a Wellbeing Champion Toolbox to help rail companies support the health and wellbeing of their employees. ​The […]

Neil Ovenden appointed new New RISAS Chair

29th January 2019

​Neil Ovenden has been appointed as the new Chair of the RISAS Committee and is set to oversee a review […]

Consultation underway on new rail line between Bedford and Cambridge

28th January 2019

Ambitious plans for a new rail line between Bedford and Cambridge come one step closer to fruition today, as the […]

Grayling and Burnham hail Greater Manchester tram network as model for new opportunities

25th January 2019

A shared commitment to expanding the Greater Manchester tram network through tram-train services, enabling faster, more reliable journeys across the […]

Party leaders urged to publicly commit to completion of HS2 Phase Two

24th January 2019

West Midlands transport bosses are among more than 40 prominent figures to have signed an open letter calling on party leaders to […]

Public information event planned for Soham station proposals

24th January 2019

Plans for a new station in Soham will be on public display at an information event planned for the end […]