Government stories

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

£6.8 million boost to help thousands more rail commuters travel by bike

14th June 2019

Thousands of rail commuters will be able to make cycling a seamless part of their journeys thanks to a £6.8 […]

£7.8 million to drive forward innovative ideas to transform railways

13th June 2019

Drones capable of inspecting railway infrastructure, hydrogen train trials and a sound-bending wall to cut noise pollution are among 24 […]

Plans to improve Whittlesford Park station out to consultation

10th June 2019

More than 30 possible improvements around Whittlesford Parkway station are out for public consultation from today. People can have their […]

Next Prime Minister must commit to HS2, says former Transport Secretary

10th June 2019

The former Transport Secretary and Chief Whip Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP has given a message to all Tory leadership candidates; […]

Ground-breaking Global Centre of Rail Excellence in Wales a step closer

6th June 2019

Photo credit: Welsh Government Following the June 2018 announcement that the Strategic Outline Case for a Global Centre of Rail […]

Fares reform must be prioritised in rail review, say passengers

4th June 2019

A year since the biggest ever rail fares consultation opened, passengers still grappling with an outdated fares system say government […]

Work to start this year on over £200 million of Combined Authority-backed, Leeds City Region transport schemes

4th June 2019

Thirteen major new Leeds City Region transport improvement schemes with an investment value of over £200 million are scheduled to […]

Public set to have their say on strategy to shape Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s transport future

30th May 2019

Members of the public are set to be given the opportunity to help share a strategy to tackle transport challenges […]

Greens call for rail expansion

30th May 2019

Scottish Greens are calling on communities across Scotland to apply for new local rail funding to help tackle the climate […]

Competition will breathe new life into an old Pacer train

28th May 2019

An old Pacer could be transformed into a community space, a café or even a new village hall after Rail […]

New appointees to British Transport Police Authority board

21st May 2019

Four new members have been appointed to the board of the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA), Transport Secretary Chris Grayling […]

Regional leaders call on the Government to commit to the full delivery of HS2

21st May 2019

Regional leaders have written to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Elizabeth Truss, to ask for the Government’s clear commitment […]

Ken Skates takes first-hand look at Conwy Valley line restoration work

17th May 2019

The damage to the railway which was caused by a combination of high tide and a low pressure system following […]

Greater diversity needed to secure future health of the rail industry

17th May 2019

Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani yesterday (15 May 2019) called on the rail industry to improve the diversity of the sector, […]

New trains to be rolled out across the country alongside £48 billion investment to upgrade tracks

16th May 2019

The arrival of state-of-the-art Azuma trains on the East Coast Main Line marks the introduction of modern, spacious and comfortable […]

Launch of ‘With You in Mind’ service to support rail staff

10th May 2019

​RSSB has launched the trial of its new employment service ‘With You in Mind’ for rail staff experiencing difficulties with […]

Rail Freight fund announced in Scotland

9th May 2019

Scottish rail freight is set to benefit from up to £25 million of ring-fenced funds to help strengthen the industry […]

RDG chief executive to retire this autumn

3rd May 2019

Paul Plummer, Rail Delivery Group (RDG) chief executive, has confirmed his intention to retire this autumn. The search for Paul’s […]

Rail companies ‘call time on short-term fixes’ with plan for ‘generational system upgrade’

30th April 2019

Following months of consultation with passengers, businesses and communities, the Rail Delivery Group has submitted proposals to the Williams Review […]

Response: Chancellor discusses economic potential of NPR

26th April 2019

Speaking at the Treasury Committee, Chancellor Philip Hammond indicated his support for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). He said that improving […]

Radical proposals unveiled by Virgin Trains to reform rail by importing airline model

24th April 2019

Train overcrowding and complex ticketing could be abolished, customer experience improved, and fares cut under radical ideas from Virgin Trains […]

New map to boost disabled passengers’ confidence to take the train

18th April 2019

The rail industry is launching a new interactive map which will make it easy for passengers to find out about […]