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GTR replaces UK’s oldest electric fleet with new £240m Class 717 trains

GTR replaces UK’s oldest electric fleet with new £240m Class 717 trains

26.03.19: A new £240m fleet of Class 717 trains has been entered into service by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to replace the UK’s oldest electric rail fleet. GTR has deployed the first two of its new Class 717 rolling stock from Siemens...

TfL agrees £1bn sale and leaseback of new Crossrail trains to rail consortium

TfL agrees £1bn sale and leaseback of new Crossrail trains to rail consortium

26.03.19: TfL has completed a £1bn deal to sell and lease back new Crossrail-bound Class 345 trains, releasing the capital to reinvest into London’s transport network. The trains will be sold to the 345 Rail Leasing Consortium under a 20...

Government indicates support for Crossrail to Ebbsfleet extension with £5m feasibility funding

Government indicates support for Crossrail to Ebbsfleet extension with £5m feasibility funding

26.03.19: The government has indicated it is open to an extension of the delayed Crossrail project to Ebbsfleet, with £5m committed to help fund preparations for the new route in a  “landmark moment” for Bexley and north west Kent. ...

ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

25.03.19: Under-fire train operator ScotRail has unveiled an £18m remedial plan to recruit more staff and bring in additional high-speed trains in response to the government’s improvement demands last month. Transport Scotland issued Scot...

Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

25.03.19: Network Rail has launched a consultation on a multi-million long-term redevelopment plan for Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. With annual passengers expected to double to nearly 50 million, Waverley Station is set to undergo a major reno...

Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22.03.19: A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastructure. The new proposed development, led by Translink, is set to replace the Great Victoria Stree...

FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22.03.19: FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new London-to-Edinburgh rail link. FirstGroup said it had secured the rights to a new “open-acces...

Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

21.03.19: The government will look “very carefully” at a £218m funding bid for a new railway station in Chelmsford, Theresa May has said. Essex County Council has bid for £218m from the government’s Housing Infrastructur...

New plans for major improvements to York station submitted in ‘long-overdue masterplan’

New plans for major improvements to York station submitted in ‘long-overdue masterplan’

21.03.19: Plans to make major changes to York railway station have been submitted in a “long-overdue” masterplan. The £23.5m proposals will see the layout and chaotic entrance of York Central completely reorganised, and the removal...

Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

20.03.19: Kier has appointed Andrew Davies as its new chief executive, two months after the building contractor ousted Hayden Mursell on the back of debt issues. Davies had been appointed to lead the British outsourcing giant Carillion, but it became...

‘Compelling case’ put forward for £4bn metro network for Cambridgeshire

‘Compelling case’ put forward for £4bn metro network for Cambridgeshire

20.03.19: There is a “compelling case” for a metro scheme for Greater Cambridge after a feasibility report has claimed it could create 100,000 jobs and 60,000 new homes, but could cost £4bn. The feasibility study was commissioned by...

RDG calls for new regulator to stop railway ‘being used as a political football’

RDG calls for new regulator to stop railway ‘being used as a political football’

19.03.19: The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has called for a new organisation to regulate the railway and replace the ORR in order to stop the railway “being used as a political football.” Responding to the government’s call for submiss...

Plans revealed for major redevelopment of Birmingham Moor Street station

Plans revealed for major redevelopment of Birmingham Moor Street station

19.03.19: Birmingham Moor Street station it set to undergo a major transformation to prepare it for HS2 services at Curzon Street and growing passenger demand as new designs are unveiled. Moor Street could be expanded to double its current size and s...

Ashington Blyth and Tyne line reopening mulled over in six ‘quick win’ rail projects for northern transport

Ashington Blyth and Tyne line reopening mulled over in six ‘quick win’ rail projects for northern transport

18.03.19: A series of ‘quick wins’ have been identified to fix the “current crisis” in the north’s transport network in a report by the IPPR. Following the publication of Transport for the North’s (TfN) Strategic T...

New Hitachi 385s to replace ScotRail’s ‘happy trains’

New Hitachi 385s to replace ScotRail’s ‘happy trains’

18.03.19: ScotRail has confirmed that it is withdrawing its Class 365 ‘happy trains’ fleet and replacing them with new Hitachi Class 385s. The train operator said the new Class 385s will be introduced on the newly electrified Central Belt...

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The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets ou... more >
Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets out his vision for the future of rail in light of the Rail Review, whilst highlighting the economic significance of the region. As the sub-national transport body (STB) for the Oxford-Cambridge gro... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >