Government stories

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

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, […]

Malcolm Holmes appointed executive director

7th March 2019

West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) has announced the appointment as Malcolm Holmes as executive director. Reporting into both WMRE and […]

£50m Metro Plus Plans Revealed

6th March 2019

Cardiff Capital Region City Deal in collaboration with Welsh Government and Transport for Wales has identified a proposed £50 million […]

The Bradshaw Address by Keith Williams

2nd March 2019

Independent Chair of the Williams Rail Review delivers the annual Bradshaw Address. Introduction – the case for change It is […]

New chair announced for transport efficiency taskforce

1st March 2019

Photo credit: Willy Barton / Mike Brown MVO has today (1 March 2019) been appointed as the new chair of the […]

Ebbw Vale train frequency enhancement scheme starts

21st February 2019

Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates has announced a reopening of the feasibility study into increasing the frequency of trains […]

MPs pledge to support investment in rail for Liverpool and Manchester corridor

20th February 2019

More than twenty cross-party members of Parliament from across the Liverpool and Manchester city regions have signed a pledge to […]

Easier Fares for All – a Railfuture campaign success

19th February 2019

The Rail Delivery Group’s ‘Easier Fares for All’ proposal has taken on board all the key points on fares and […]

Rail industry publishes radical proposals for once-in-a-generation reform of fares system

18th February 2019

Proposals represent industry’s first contribution to the Williams Review with a call for preparatory work to begin now including government, […]

Mayor James Palmer hails signs that Soham station is becoming a reality

15th February 2019

With proposals for Soham train station set to be presented to the public this month, a series of clear, budgeted […]

West Yorkshire Combined Authority presses for further rail service improvements

15th February 2019

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has pressed rail operators to continue to improve services to ensure they contribute positively to […]

Grayling announces new Dawlish sea wall as part of £2 billion investment in south-west

15th February 2019

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced further funding of up to £80 million in the south-west to deliver a new […]

First Class logo launched for rail partnership

13th February 2019

It is full steam ahead for the future of community rail in Fenland after a community partnership was officially relaunched […]

Councillors updated on progress of Borders Railway projects

12th February 2019

Councillors were updated today (Tuesday) on Midlothian projects to maximise the benefits of the Borders Railway. 12 plans underway At […]

Potential of light rail schemes hailed for future urban travel

11th February 2019

Image credit: Alexandre Rotenberg / New light rail and other rapid transit solutions could be integral to our future […]

HS2 reveals Old Oak Common station designs as work ramps up on west London super-hub

5th February 2019

HS2 today unveiled the latest designs for Old Oak Common, as HS2 minister, Nusrat Ghani, visited the construction site to […]

Railfuture’s Rail Blueprint for the North

4th February 2019

Railfuture Policy Director Ian Brown CBE FCILT contends that rail cannot make any meaningful contribution to growing the North’s economy, […]

New research aims to make train driver psychometric assessments fairer

1st February 2019

​Research by rail industry body RSSB has confirmed that the process used for train drivers’ psychometric assessment remains fair, valid […]

£70 billion blueprint to transform the North’s economy

31st January 2019

Transport for the North has today (31st January 2018) set out an ambitious vision for the future of the North’s […]

Rail experts: Ambitious decarbonisation plan for rail is possible

31st January 2019

Britain’s railways could remove diesel-only passenger trains from the network and make substantial progress towards decarbonising their operations by 2040, […]

Rail regulator publishes 2017-18 rail funding and expenditure data

30th January 2019

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today published its annual report showing how the railway was funded in […]

RSSB launches Wellbeing Champion Toolbox

30th January 2019

RSSB has launched a Wellbeing Champion Toolbox to help rail companies support the health and wellbeing of their employees. ​The […]