Government stories

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

Heritage Railway Association supports last-minute bid to save UK domestic coal

3rd April 2020

The government is days away from deciding whether or not a new UK coal mine should open. A refusal will […]

Labour reveals its plans for a nationally integrated publicly owned railway

1st April 2020

The Shadow Secretary of State for Transport claims Britain’s railway has lost sight of what it is for and says […]

Business Secretary pays tribute to the construction industry

1st April 2020

The Business Secretary has written to the UK’s construction sector and praised the industry for answering the call to action […]

Package of support worth up to £40m to safeguard the future of rail service operations in Wales

31st March 2020

The Minister for the Economy and Transport has released a statement on the COVID-19 impact on rail, bus and air […]

New contracts for GWR and Southeastern: Owners’ reaction

30th March 2020

The owners of Great Western Railway says the continuity of rail services will be critical to a restoration of normal […]

Critical rail services protected in new deals for GWR and Southeastern

30th March 2020

Government signs new contracts with Southeastern and GWR to ensure vital train services continue to connect the South of England and […]

Coronavirus: Transport Secretary speaks on passenger numbers and staffing shortages

27th March 2020

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has been questioned by the Transport Committee about the implications of coronavirus for transport. He […]

Decarbonising transport: The vital role the railways has to play in Government plans

27th March 2020

The Government has revealed details of its transport decarbonisation plan and the challenges needed to be overcome to meet net […]

The Health Secretary calls for full service on London’s Underground

24th March 2020

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has called on Transport for London to run a full service on the Underground. It’s […]

TfL and Crossrail construction sites temporarily suspended, helping limit spread of coronavirus

24th March 2020

Crossrail is bringing all project sites to a temporary safe stop unless they need to continue for operational safety reasons. […]

23/3 Rail emergency measures during COVID-19 pandemic: Transport Secretary statement

23rd March 2020

The Government has revealed how it plans to support train operators to make sure the UK’s railways stay open for […]

23/3 Government reveals plans to protect rail services, passengers and workers during COVID-19 outbreak

23rd March 2020

Government steps in to provide stability and certainty on key services and to rail staff during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. All […]

TfL takes steps to support tenants

20th March 2020

All small and medium businesses on TfL’s estate, which make up 86 per cent of tenants, to get 100 per […]

20/3 – Reduced rail timetable agreed to protect train services and staff

20th March 2020

Government and rail operators across the UK agree reductions in service levels following reduced passenger demand as people change their […]

18/3 – Up to 40 London Underground stations closing until further notice

19th March 2020

TfL to run a reduced service to enable London’s critical workers to make essential journeys. From this Friday, there will […]

Calls to add fully accessible Thameslink to the Tube map

18th March 2020

The London Assembly Transport Committee has published a report on accessible and inclusive transport and made a number of recommendations among others: Transport […]

18/3 – Transport for West Midlands working to keep public transport moving in wake of coronavirus outbreak

18th March 2020

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has vowed to focus on keeping safe, clean, and functioning public transport available for those […]

17/3 – Coronavirus: The impact on the railways and steps to keep the trains moving

17th March 2020

The government is in talks with rail bosses this week to put emergency measures in place to deal with the […]

17/3 – Call for rail companies to help with the manufacture of ventilators

17th March 2020

The government is looking for businesses in the rail sector to support in the production and supply of ventilators and […]

Budget signals major investment in the UK’s railways

11th March 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has said he wants to get Britain moving with public investment hitting its highlight levels […]