Government stories

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

Masterplan for Plymouth railway station unveiled

4th July 2019

Plymouth’s rail commuters are getting the big picture of the city’s exciting plans to create a better welcome for rail […]

£1bn vision to transform the way people move around Cardiff

4th July 2019

A game-changing £1bn transport vision designed to cut congestion and improve air quality in Cardiff has been revealed by the […]

Government plan to make private level crossings safer

28th June 2019

Improved signage to protect motorists and pedestrians using private level crossings could be introduced under plans announced. Private level crossings […]

All change at the top for the West Midlands Rail Executive

27th June 2019

The West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) has appointed a new chair to lead the organisation through the continued investment and […]

£53 million line upgrade to help make midlands railways fit for the future

27th June 2019

Rail Minister Andrew Jones today (27 June 2019) celebrated significant progress towards delivering better journeys for rail passengers across the […]

Government approval sought for major transport scheme

26th June 2019

A nationally significant scheme to re-open the Portishead to Bristol railway line is to be submitted to the Government for […]

£2 billion Midlands Rail Hub plans “the most ambitious for a generation” as government is urged: don’t ignore the Midlands

26th June 2019

Midlands Rail Hub plans, submitted to government by Midlands Connect, outline up to £2 billion of new and improved infrastructure, […]

Mayor James Palmer calls for Combined Authority oversight over new rail franchise contracts amid frustration at Fenland services improvement bid

25th June 2019

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer is calling on Government to allow the Combined Authority to have sign-off rights […]

Transport for Wales award first ECI contracts for South Wales Metro

24th June 2019

Transport for Wales are delighted to award Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contracts to three leading engineering and construction companies for […]

Local government leaders from across the North write to the candidates for PM

18th June 2019

Local government leaders from across the North of England have written to candidates in the Conservative Party leadership contest urging […]

£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 […]