All DfT articles – Page 2

  • Passenger services began using Manchester’s Ordsall Chord on December 10 (Photo: Tony Miles).
    Rail Business UK

    DfT consults on options to decongest Manchester’s railways

    2021-01-14T16:48:00Z

    UK: A public consultation on options for a recast of services around Manchester to improve performance and reliability was announced by the Department for Transport and Transport for the North on January 14.

  • Cash refunds will be provided for people who had booked tickets for rail or coach journeys in England during the December 23-27 ‘Christmas travel window’
    Rail Business UK

    Cash refunds to be offered for Christmas rail tickets

    2020-12-21T09:17:00Z

    UK: Cash refunds will be provided for people who had booked tickets for rail or coach journeys in England during the December 23-27 ‘Christmas travel window’ but who are now unable to travel as a result of the latest changes to the government’s coronavirus restrictions. ...

  • The annual change in rail fares will be delayed from January until March 1 2021, the Department for Transport has announced
    Rail Business UK

    January rail fare increase delayed to March 1

    2020-12-16T00:02:00Z

    UK: The annual change in rail fares will be delayed from January until March 1 2021, the Department for Transport announced on December 16. Regulated fares will then increase by RPI+1, a 2·6% rise. Passengers renewing season tickets will be able to do so at ...

  • FirstGroup and the Department for Transport have reached agreement on the termination of the South Western Railway and West Coast Partnership franchise agreements
    Rail Business UK

    South Western and West Coast franchise termination payments agreed

    2020-12-10T11:21:00Z

    UK: FirstGroup and the Department for Transport have reached agreement on payments for the termination of the South Western Railway and West Coast Partnership franchise agreements, which were signed before the pandemic, and are negotiating new directly-awarded management contracts which would come into effect when the current ...

  • An £825m loan to ensure the continuation of work on completing and commissioning the delayed Crossrail project has been agreed by the Mayor of London, Transport for London, the Department for Transport and the Treasury.
    Rail Business UK

    Government agrees £825m loan to support Crossrail

    2020-12-01T12:42:00Z

    UK: An £825m loan to ensure the continuation of work on completing and commissioning the delayed Crossrail project has been agreed by the Mayor of London, Transport for London, the Department for Transport and the Treasury. Project promoter Crossrail Ltd announced in August that it would ...

  • Barton on Humber station
    Rail Business UK

    Funding for 15 railway or station reopening proposals

    2020-11-30T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has awarded 15 rail schemes up to £50 000 each from the Restoring Your Railway fund to support the development of proposals for the reopening of lines and stations A total of 51 bids for funding under the second round of ...

  • gb London Bridge coronavirus face covering sign
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Resilience not cuts’ says Heaton-Harris as Treasury seeks cost recovery

    2020-11-19T15:08:00Z

    UK: Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris struck a defiant tone when addressing the Transport Select Committee on November 18, insisting that the government was seeking ‘resilience, not cuts’ from the railway during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • gb London Victoria coronavirus social distancing measures
    Rail Business UK

    Franchise termination negotiations in turmoil

    2020-11-17T11:36:00Z

    UK: Passenger franchise owning groups are reportedly considering legal options including judicial review over the process being followed by the Department for Transport for termination of their existing franchise agreements and the transition to directly awarded contracts.

  • London Liverpool Street station
    Rail Business UK

    DfT prepares ground for direct awards

    2020-11-10T06:00:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has started preparations for the future of 10 English rail franchises with the publication of an OJEU Prior Information Notice on November 6 setting out its plans to directly award new public service contracts. The PIN covers train operations that are ...

  • Agreement has been reached for the Department for Transport to make funding available to address the forecast shortfall in passenger revenue at Transport for London.
    Metro Report International

    Transport for London and government agree six-month funding package

    2020-11-01T10:04:00Z

    UK: Transport for London confirmed on the morning of November 1 that an agreement had been reached for the Department for Transport to make further emergency funding available to address the forecast shortfall in passenger revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This will ...

  • gb Palace of Westminster from the river
    Rail Business UK

    Trains Fit for the Future inquiry restarts

    2020-10-27T05:00:00Z

    UK: The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has restarted its Trains Fit for the Future inquiry, which is investigating what actions should be taken to reduce reliance on diesel-only trains and how electric, hydrogen and battery power can be deployed to achieve this. The committee ...

  • gb c2c coronavirus wear a face covering sign West Ham
    Rail Business UK

    National Rail Contracts to succeed ERMAs as cost cutting envisaged

    2020-10-21T16:50:00Z

    UK: The future direction of passenger contracts is becoming clearer, as insiders confirm that successful negotiations between owning groups and the Department for Transport would see franchised operators move from Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements to new National Rail Contracts. NRCs are expected to continue until post-Covid ...

  • The Department for Transport has directly awarded incumbent Arriva a new contract to operate CrossCountry passenger services
    Rail Business UK

    New CrossCountry contract includes capacity, accessibility and environmental improvements

    2020-10-16T12:37:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has directly awarded incumbent Arriva a new contract to operate CrossCountry services for a further three years. CrossCountry Managing Director Tom Joyner tells Rail Business UK about the operator’s plans, saying ’the good thing is the longevity, which CrossCountry really needs as it gives us a real chance to do some serious planning for the future.’

  • gb London Victoria coronavirus social distancing measures
    Rail Business UK

    ERMAs underpin transformation from franchises to concessions

    2020-09-30T14:52:00Z

    UK: With Emergency Measures Agreements or Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements now in place with its franchised passenger operators, the Department for Transport has begun work to create the future concession model which is expected to replace franchising once the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

  • gb London Euston concourse coronavirus
    Rail Business UK

    DfT clarifies ERMA end dates as next steps negotiated

    2020-09-29T09:58:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has confirmed the timescales for the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements which were signed with franchised train operating companies earlier this month. Industry insiders note that the staggered end dates reflect a sensible approach to the situation, and create a ‘manageable pipeline’ ...

  • Network Rail’s interim report into improving the resilience of its earthworks to extreme weather was published by the government on September 10.
    Rail Business UK

    Interim report sets out earthwork management plans following Stonehaven derailment

    2020-09-10T09:29:00Z

    UK: Network Rail’s interim report into improving the resilience of its earthworks to extreme weather was published by the government on September 10. The report was commissioned by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps following the fatal derailment of a ScotRail train at Carmont near ...

  • gb East Midlands Railway Class 222 at Nottingham (Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    East Midlands collaboration aims to give a greater voice for local stakeholders

    2020-09-03T06:00:00Z

    UK: The government and Transport for the East Midlands have reached a multi-year collaboration agreement which is designed to give councils and local stakeholders a more influential role in deciding how rail services can support development in the region. Announced on September 3, the agreement will ...

  • LNER ticket machines coronavirus closure
    Rail Business UK

    Treasury concerns over ticketing changes

    2020-09-02T09:41:00Z

    UK: Department for Transport sources have confirmed to Rail Business UK that a key focus within the department is now on the development of part-time season tickets or carnets to encourage commuters to return to train services. However, pressure from the Treasury to manage any ...

  • The Department for Transport has exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021.
    Rail Business UK

    GWR Emergency Measures Agreement extended

    2020-09-01T09:47:00Z

    UK: On September 1 the Department for Transport exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021. FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory said this ‘provides important clarity and continuity for our customers, employees and wider ...

  • gb London Euston concourse coronavirus
    Rail Business UK

    Train operators resist proposed Emergency Remedial Measures Agreements

    2020-08-26T07:00:00Z

    UK: With the current Emergency Measures Agreements with franchised passenger train operating companies set to expire on September 20, industry sources report that some TOCs have been ‘resistant’ to the terms of the successor Emergency Remedial Measures Agreements proposed by the Department for Transport. Rail ...