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Department for Transport (DfT) - Articles and news items

New Permanent Secretary appointed at the Department for Transport

Rail industry news / 19 April 2017 /

Bernadette Kelly has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary at the DfT following Philip Rutnam’s move to the Home Office.

First MTR South Western Trains Limited wins South Western franchise

Rail industry news / 27 March 2017 /

The Department for Transport has announced that First MTR South Western Trains Ltd has been awarded the South Western franchise which will run for seven years from 20 August 2017.

Secretary of State responds to Transport for the North’s proposals

Rail industry news / 17 March 2017 /

The Secretary of State for Transport has responded positively to the Transport for the North’s proposal to become England’s first sub-national Transport Body.

Should we go ahead with HS2?

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 16 March 2017 /

Regular European Railway Review blogger, Graham Ellis, delves into the subject of high-speed train lines, specifically HS2.

HS2 gains Royal Assent

Rail industry news / 23 February 2017 /

The HS2 Bill gained Royal Assent today after three years of Parliamentary scrutiny, paving the way for the new rail line that will increase capacity on Britain’s railways while also connecting the biggest cities and generating jobs and economic growth.

Rail franchising model ‘no longer fit for purpose’ says Transport Committee

Rail industry news / 6 February 2017 /

A new report published by the Transport Committee suggests there are serious shortcomings in the Department for Transport’s capability and capacity to manage rail franchising in the UK.

£2.5m package of awards announced for transport technologies

Rail industry news / 6 December 2016 /

The UK government has announced a £2.5 million package of awards for the development of transport technologies to make travelling safer, quicker and more reliable.

Government confirms preferred HS2 Phase 2 route

Rail industry news / 15 November 2016 /

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has set out the Government’s preferred HS2 Phase 2 route and announces £900m preparatory work contract.

Franchise rail performance to be reported every four weeks confirms DfT

Rail industry news / 8 November 2016 /

Rail performance will now be published every four weeks and measured by actual performance against contractual benchmarks for each rail franchise.

Arriva to continue CrossCountry rail franchise

Rail industry news / 29 September 2016 /

Arriva will continue the CrossCountry rail franchise following a Direct Award by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Government sets out Rail Freight Strategy

Rail industry news / 13 September 2016 /

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published its Rail Freight Strategy presenting its vision for how the sector can continue to grow and identifies ways in which challenges can be addressed.

£20 million fund to improve performance of Southern network

Rail industry news / 1 September 2016 /

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced a package of measures to improve performance and restore passenger confidence in the Southern network.