29 December 2020
The rail freight sector’s slow recovery during the summer from the impact of Covid-19 has prompted calls for a national programme of investment in freight infrastructure.
1 December 2020
So much of the coverage of the HS2 project has focused on passenger journey times that the true scope of the project has almost been obscured from public view.
6 October 2020
Rail, Maritime and Transport union members brought Serco Caledonian Sleeper services to a halt on Sunday, affecting journeys linking cities in Scotland with London and the south.
30 September 2020
Local railway campaigners in Bristol have been celebrating a quarter-century of struggle with an innovative socially distanced event culminating at Severn Beach.
9 September 2020
The building of HS2 is finally moving from preparatory work to full-scale construction works, bringing around 22,000 skilled jobs along with over 2,000 high-quality apprenticeships.
18 June 2020
The RMT union has condemned plans by American giant Wabtec to cut rail refurbishment jobs at Doncaster under the cover of Covid-19.
11 June 2020
While important railway enhancement works have started up again in England and Wales, the devolved Scottish administration has not allowed workers in the sector to return, keeping it under lockdown.
1 February 2020
Manufacturing union Unite has slammed the government over its commitment to British train manufacturing after a £337 milion contract for new Tyne & Wear metro trains was been awarded to a Swiss company.
10 January 2020
As the rail industry waits for the publication of the Williams Review, the current franchise system continues to collapse under the weight of its many contradictions.
10 January 2020
This week British rail fares rose up to 2.7 per cent while German national rail company Deutsche Bahn made its tickets 10 per cent cheaper for long-distance traffic.
19 November 2019
The Unite HQ in Glasgow was the setting for a trade union meeting involving current and former officials of the RMT union and others that heard from Anthony Coughlan, a veteran of decades of struggle against the EU in Ireland.
18 November 2019
While RMT negotiators inch towards a final settlement of the long running dispute in Merseyrail, the dispute in South Western Railway has escalated dramatically – and a new front has opened up in West Midlands Trains.
21 September 2019
With anger growing at the service failures Abellio ScotRail, members and supporters of the RMT union marched through Glasgow to the company HQ and on to the Scottish Government offices .
11 June 2019
Like many cities Bristol needs better public transport. Bristolians have been doing something about that with a long running campaign for an improved local train service.
25 April 2019
Rail unions were claiming victory over the Easter weekend after the announcement that 47 of the 51 ticket offices slated for closure on London Overground will be retained.
The fragmentation of Britain’s railways has its roots in an EEC directive (91/440/EEC) handed down in 1991. This directive decreed the separation of infrastructure from train operations, with the express purpose of creating a competitive market. It was the blueprint used by John Major for the Conservative government’s privatisation of Britain’s railways from 1994 to 1996.