Government stories

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

Government pledges £500m to bring back historic rail lines, improving connectivity for communities across the country

28th January 2020

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps visits Fleetwood to launch government fund aimed at kickstarting reversal of the Beeching cuts £500 million […]

Council motion rejects London train services proposals

27th January 2020

Amber Valley Borough Council members will be asked to support a motion which rejects a proposal to withdraw train services […]

ORR opens market study into railway signalling

27th January 2020

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today opened a market study looking into the supply of rail signalling […]

GB Railfreight calls on Government to follow through with ‘levelling up’ commitment and deliver HS2

27th January 2020

With the future of HS2 to be decided next month, GB Railfreight Managing Director John Smith is urging both Government […]

Pacer competition winners will transform trains for northern communities

23rd January 2020

Three groups in the north of England have won a Pacer carriage for community use as part of the government’s […]

Cabinet welcomes proposals to move Chester City Gateway vision forward

20th January 2020

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet agreed to take forward ambitious plans for the Chester City Gateway project, a regeneration […]

Combined Authority Board votes to move forward with Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro regional routes

20th January 2020

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Transport Committee has today approved £100,000 to progress business cases for the regional arms […]

Midlands Connect writes to Boris Johnson: any delay or downgrade of HS2 a “serious concern” and further leaks are “simply unacceptable”

20th January 2020

Midlands Connect Chairman Sir John Peace has today (Monday 20 January 2020) written to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging […]

Community projects across North compete to win Pacers

15th January 2020

Community groups and charities across the North are in the running to win a decommissioned Pacer train as the Government […]

Work begins on new station at Bow Street

14th January 2020

Transport for Wales has begun work on the new £8-million railway station at Bow Street in Ceredigion. Opening to passengers […]

First of a Kind Funding Workshop launched

14th January 2020

What better way to kick-off 2020, than to enter a competition that can take your product idea to new heights. […]

First of a Kind 2020 launches to find this century’s Brunel

13th January 2020

Organisations developing cutting-edge technology focused on making rail journeys faster, cleaner and greener could receive a share of £9.4 million […]

Elizabeth line services through central London expected to commence in summer 2021

10th January 2020

Crossrail Ltd today issued its latest update on progress to complete the Elizabeth line and confirmed that it plans to […]

Trialling new rail technologies: apply for contracts

10th January 2020

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.4 million to show how new technologies could improve rail services […]

Railfuture 2030 manifesto launched

8th January 2020

Railfuture’s 10 year manifesto for the new government and the rail industry represents a distillation of the electorate’s wishes, published […]

2020 vision for north-east rail network

6th January 2020

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps committed to reinvigorating rail connections across the north-east today (6 January 2020), outlining how new investment […]

Council plans economic boost for Bletchley thanks to East West Rail

3rd January 2020

MK Council has published a prospectus for Central Bletchley to capitalise on the significant opportunities presented by East-West Rail to […]

“Northern Rail could be stripped of franchise”

2nd January 2020

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has told BBC Breakfast that there are plans to strip Northern Rail of its franchise and […]

Year of action on railway starts with new fares trials

2nd January 2020

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today (2 January 2020) told passengers to expect a year of action towards creating a […]

ScotRail franchise to come to an end early

18th December 2019

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has today confirmed that the Abellio ScotRail contract will come to an end early. The current […]

From platform to parliament – SWR’s Chris Loder is elected West Dorset MP

16th December 2019

Chris Loder, 38, Head of New Trains at South Western Railway has been elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for […]

Whatever the election result, change is coming for the rail industry

11th December 2019

Today is the day that millions of people will go to the polls to decide who should be running the […]