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Improved governance of future decision-making across rail in the north

The joint review of the Rail North Partnership (RNP), commissioned by Councillor Judith Blake and Rail Minister Andrew Jones in response to the problems delivering the May 2018 timetable in the north, has been published.

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  • MPs urge DfT to rethink major delivery bodiesThe Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has urged the Department for Transport to re-evaluate the accountability and autonomy given to major delivery bodies in the wake of the Crossrail overrun.

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  • Sheffield City Region mayor launches major rail planAn ambitious new plan for the future of the Sheffield City Region's rail network was launched today by the city region's mayor. The Integrated Rail Plan, produced by Sheffield City Region and its local authority partners, sets out how the region aims to be better connected by both high speed and conventional rail networks in the future. The p...
  • Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the worldAn international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in the large cities category, scoring 66 out of 100 based on ten separate criteria. These were tram corridor potential; speed and urban integration; multimodal integration; pricing and ticketing; use of resour...
  • TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of the Jubilee line will get full mobile connectivity within station platforms and tunnels for the first time, removing one of the most high-profile mobile 'not-spots' in the UK. 4G phone signal will allow comm...
  • Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendationsA review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by York Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendations following the timetabling crisis last summer. The report focuses on internal management and ensuring decision-makers are made more accountable, alongside how to rebuild trust for passengers in the cu...

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