Government stories

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

New appointments made to strengthen HS2 Ltd board

12th April 2019

The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has today (12 April 2019) strengthened the board of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd with the appointments […]

Winners announced in decarbonisation competition

12th April 2019

RSSB has announced the winners of the £1 million Intelligent Power Solutions to Decarbonise Rail competition. The six feasibility studies […]

Kenilworth Station honoured in transport awards

12th April 2019

The new rail station at Kenilworth has been ‘highly commended’ in a regional award highlighting major transport projects in the […]

Progress at Euston as HS2 completes key demolitions on site of London’s new high speed station

10th April 2019

Photo credit: wael alreweie / The clearance of the buildings to the west of the station reveal, for the […]

Virgin Trains statement on DfT decision

10th April 2019

Virgin Trains has today issued the following statement in response to the news its bid for the West Coast Partnership […]

More seats, services and state-of-the-art trains for passengers on new East Midlands railway

10th April 2019

Photo credit: Magdanatka / Abellio has today (10 April 2019) been announced as the successful bidder to operate the East Midlands Railway franchise, […]

Funding secured for Portishead Rail

9th April 2019

A nationally-significant scheme to improve transport in the region has received over £31m funding from the Department for Transport (DfT). […]

Survey launched ahead of major works to Hagley Road and Broad Street

8th April 2019

Transport bosses are surveying people who live, work or travel along Hagley Road and Broad Street ahead of major road […]

RSSB publishes five-year Business Plan to support a safer railway

4th April 2019

​RSSB has published its 2019-2024 Business Plan, outlining how it will work over the next five years to support a […]

ORR enforcement action prompts Network Rail Performance Action Plan

4th April 2019

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today approved the action Network Rail must take to improve train performance […]

Triple bill of better compensation, new trains and faster services on Greater Anglia

2nd April 2019

Greater Anglia passengers will soon benefit from faster connections on brand new trains — with improved compensation in the event […]

Scotland’s Railway on track for delivery

26th March 2019

A programme of proposed railway projects aimed at sustaining investment in Scotland’s Railway has been unveiled at an industry event […]

Government opens the way to Crossrail to Ebbsfleet extension

25th March 2019

The Government has today indicated it is open to a planned extension of Crossrail to Ebbsfleet, committing £4.85m to help […]

New independent rail body would boost accountability, say industry leaders

19th March 2019

A new, independent organisation should be established to enhance accountability and enable a more joined-up, long term approach to decisions […]

Consortium hails East West Rail progress – 2019 a ‘pivotal year in scheme’s history’

19th March 2019

The East West Rail Consortium has hailed progress being made on East West Rail, describing 2019 as ‘a pivotal year […]

Railway Industry Association: Electrification can be delivered at 33-50% lower cost

18th March 2019

A new report launched by the Railway Industry Association (RIA), the national trade body for the UK’s rail supply community, […]

West Yorkshire Combined Authority calls for significant reforms in Williams Rail Review submission

15th March 2019

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has told a Government-commissioned review that the current system for commissioning and operating rail services […]

All aboard for trams to Newhaven as project gets the green light

14th March 2019

Councillors have voted to press ahead with taking trams to Newhaven. After a lengthy debate on the Final Business Case at a […]

Bradford launches bold Northern Powerhouse Rail Growth Strategy

12th March 2019

Growth Strategy sets out the economic and social opportunity of bringing Northern Powerhouse Rail to Bradford city centre. Key focus […]

West Midlands unveils £10bn investment prospectus at MIPIM

12th March 2019

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has launched £10bn worth of housing, regeneration, commercial and infrastructure development opportunities to […]

Rail Minister promises to look at getting Humber’s neglected rail connectivity back on track

11th March 2019

Rail Minister Andrew Jones MP promised business leaders and MPs that he will look seriously at getting the Humber’s rail […]

Urban Transport Group strengthened as Northern Ireland’s public transport provider joins up

7th March 2019

Membership of the Urban Transport Group has received a significant boost today as Translink, Northern Ireland’s main public transport provider, […]