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TfL confirm London Overground contract with Arriva signed

TfL confirm London Overground contract with Arriva signed

18.04.16: The new £1.5bn contract for Arriva to provide London Overground services has now been signed. Arriva were announced by Transport for London (TfL) as the preferred bidder to take over from the current operator London Overground Rail Op...

DfT and c2c agree on six Class 387s lease to cope with ‘unprecedented’ demand

DfT and c2c agree on six Class 387s lease to cope with ‘unprecedented’ demand

14.04.16: A c2c deal with the Department for Transport to add six Class 387s to their fleet has been hailed as their “most significant increase in capacity” for a decade. The four-car trains, being built by Bombardier in Derby, will be in...

West Midlands Rail welcomes shortlist of bidders for franchise

West Midlands Rail welcomes shortlist of bidders for franchise

08.04.16: The company established to co-manage the West Midlands franchise has welcomed the shortlist of bidders announced yesterday. West Midlands Rail (WMR) was set up last year by 14 Metropolitan, Shire and Unitary authorities from across the wide...

NR offers maintenance and safety contracts worth up to £15m for Melton RIDC

NR offers maintenance and safety contracts worth up to £15m for Melton RIDC

08.04.16: Contracts worth between £6m-£15m are being offered for maintenance of Network Rail’s testing centre at Melton. The contracts, for operation and maintenance services at the Rail Innovation and Development Centre (RIDC), are...

Atkins named technical adviser for Glasgow’s driverless subway trains

Atkins named technical adviser for Glasgow’s driverless subway trains

06.04.16: The Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has named Atkins Transportation as its technical adviser for providing rolling stock for Glasgow’s new driverless subway trains. Atkins will be responsible for providing local subject ma...

Alstom’s HS2 director appointed as acting managing director

Alstom’s HS2 director appointed as acting managing director

05.04.16: Alstom’s HS2 director has hailed the ‘incredibly exciting’ developments taking place in the UK rail industry after being appointed as the company’s acting managing director for the UK and Ireland. Henrik Anderberg ha...

David Waboso appointed new managing director of Digital Railway

David Waboso appointed new managing director of Digital Railway

30.03.16: David Waboso has been appointed as Network Rail’s new managing director of Digital Railway, it was announced today. Waboso will replace Jerry England, who is retiring, as director of Digital Railway, with responsibility for projects i...

Contract for Ordsall Chord construction partnership signed

Contract for Ordsall Chord construction partnership signed

30.03.16: Manchester’s Ordsall Chord is set to go ahead after the contract for the new partnership was signed. Network Rail formed an official construction partnership with Amey, Skanska, Siemens and BAM Nuttall to build the chord, which will l...

Former Amtrak president appointed chair of Network Rail Consulting’s American branch

Former Amtrak president appointed chair of Network Rail Consulting’s American branch

22.03.16: Network Rail Consulting has announced the appointment of a former Amtrak president and chief executive as chair of its North American business. Thomas Downs will join the body, which acts as an international ambassador for the British railw...

Arriva to land £1.5bn contract to deliver London Overground services

Arriva to land £1.5bn contract to deliver London Overground services

18.03.16: Transport for London (TfL) has named Arriva as its preferred bidder to take over the £1.5bn London Overground contract later this year. The train company will deliver a variety of services, including rolling stock and station improvem...

Women in community rail – on track to change

Women in community rail – on track to change

17.03.16: Sally Buttifant, Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership Officer, explains how a Women in Community Rail group could be a positive way of promoting community rail, sharing good practice and reaching out to young people. Community rail is ab...

Vix and ACT take over Metrolink smart ticketing contract

Vix and ACT take over Metrolink smart ticketing contract

11.03.16: Manchester’s smart ticketing scheme has been awarded to two new contractors after the initial contract with Atos fell apart last year. Applied Card Technologies (ACT) and Vix Technologies will now carry out smart ticketing services fo...

Swiss-Italian consortium awarded £200m Glasgow subway trains deal

Swiss-Italian consortium awarded £200m Glasgow subway trains deal

07.03.16: New Glasgow subway trains have been unveiled as part of a £200m contract awarded to the Stadler Bussnang AG/Ansaldo STS Consortium by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). The trains, which can run driverless, are designed to a...

DfT offers £1m to heritage railways for tourism ideas

DfT offers £1m to heritage railways for tourism ideas

02.03.16: A £1m fund is up for grabs for the best ideas from rail operators, particularly heritage and community railways, to encourage tourists to use Britain’s railways. The Department for Transport competition is offering the winning o...

ORR approves RVEL to become new non-passenger train operator

ORR approves RVEL to become new non-passenger train operator

17.02.16: A new train operator has received permission from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) to operate non-passenger services between Derby and Old Dalby. Railway traction and rolling stock specialists Railway Vehicle Engineering Limited (RVEL) wil...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >