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Rail freight deal unveiled by DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport

Rail freight deal unveiled by DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport

28.01.19: DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport have agreed to launch a joint intermodal division and contract out work to each other in bid to increase rail freight capacity and competition in the intermodal market. The deal will see DB Cargo contracte...

Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22.01.19: The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition parties making a cross-party plea at Holyrood. Plans to connect the city centre to the airport in...

Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22.01.19: Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their use on the Heathrow Express rail link. The 12 specially converted ‘Electrostar’ trains currently operate on Lo...

Network Rail set to start £13m upgrade work on Derbyshire railway

Network Rail set to start £13m upgrade work on Derbyshire railway

21.01.19: Network Rail are carrying out £13m renewal works on junctions, signalling systems, and passenger access on the Matlock branch line as part of a £200m project to improve the railway in Derbyshire. Ambergate Junction, the point wh...

East West Rail seeking partners to deliver Cambridge-Bedford rail link

East West Rail seeking partners to deliver Cambridge-Bedford rail link

21.01.19: East West Railway Company (EWRC) has announced it is seeking specialist partners to deliver the central section of its new rail line between Cambridge and Bedford, after publishing a prior information notice (PIN) today. The EWRC is develop...

Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

18.01.19: Crossrail has begun operating test trains on the Elizabeth Line, restarting a crucial part of testing after months of setbacks and delays. Two test trains will operate on the line during the first week of the main dynamic testing phase whic...

Network Rail announces final CP6 multimillion-pound contract winners for rail projects in Scotland and North East

Network Rail announces final CP6 multimillion-pound contract winners for rail projects in Scotland and North East

17.01.19: Network Rail has announced the winners of its final major multimillion-pound contracts for CP6, worth a total of £470m. Following on for the previous CP6 contracts awarded by Network Rail at the end of last year, worth several billion...

Siemens and Alstom prepared to walk away from merger if EU Commission rejects concessions

Siemens and Alstom prepared to walk away from merger if EU Commission rejects concessions

17.01.19: Siemens and Alstom will reportedly offer no further concessions to European regulators in their bid to merge their operations and form a European rail champion. The controversial Franco-German rail merger has been heavily criticised and the...

Northern to deliver new fleet of trains on Cumbrian rail routes this summer

Northern to deliver new fleet of trains on Cumbrian rail routes this summer

16.01.19: A new fleet of trains will be introduced for the first time on routes in Cumbria as Northern bosses promise a host of new initiatives for 2019. Northern’s 98 trains, which are a mix of diesel and electric, will be “drip fed&rdqu...

West Midlands promises rail revolution in new detailed 30-year strategy

West Midlands promises rail revolution in new detailed 30-year strategy

16.01.19: The West Midlands has set out its short- and long-term plan for rail in the region, promising new passenger services and stations and to build on the benefits of high-speed rail. Launched by the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), the &lsq...

Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

15.01.19: As part of its Open for Business programme, Network Rail recently teamed up with Innovate UK to give businesses a chance to win a share of £300,000 for projects that can help automate rail planning. Kelvin Davies, innovation lead for rail...

Deutsche Bahn may sell Arriva to plug multi-billion gap in finances

Deutsche Bahn may sell Arriva to plug multi-billion gap in finances

14.01.19: Deutsche Bahn (DB) reportedly wants to sell Arriva in order to plug a £3.6bn gap in its finances, although reports from Berlin say Brexit is making it hard to value the rail business. The German rail operator is holding crisis talks w...

HS2 could run fewer and slower trains to keep within budget and schedule, warns chief executive

HS2 could run fewer and slower trains to keep within budget and schedule, warns chief executive

14.01.19: HS2 could be forced to run fewer trains and at slower speeds in order to keep the high-speed rail project within its £56m budget, its chief executive has said. The flagship project will establish a high-speed rail link between London...

£10.6m Horden station gets the green light

£10.6m Horden station gets the green light

09.01.19: Proposals to build a new £10.55m railway station in East Durham by 2020 have been given the go-ahead today after being granted planning permission. Two 100-metre platforms will be built at Horden, near Peterlee, along with a footbridg...

Porterbrook signs supply deal for new rail parcel service

Porterbrook signs supply deal for new rail parcel service

08.01.19: Porterbrook has signed a deal to supply specialist train operator the Rail Operations Group (ROG) with bi-mode FLEX trains to help the group enter the rail postal industry. The derby-based company is the largest owner of passenger trains in...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >