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Vivarail unveils new Class 230 livery as West Midlands Trains deal signed

Vivarail unveils new Class 230 livery as West Midlands Trains deal signed

22.08.18: Vivarail has unveiled a special new livery for the Class 230 trains set to run between Bedford and Bletchley as the contract for the London Northwestern Railway service deal is officially signed. The two-car units, which will start running...

TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

02.08.18: As part of its ambition to team up with as many operators as possible in order to “revolutionise” the rail network, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has signed a brand-new partnership deal with Virgin Trains and West Midlands Rail...

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

13.07.18: Top image: Chief executive of Crossrail Andrew Wolstenholme (left) and former chairman of Crossrail Sir Terry Morgan (right).  The man who has been chair of Crossrail since 2009 has been appointed to the same top job at HS2 Ltd, t...

Network Rail seeks four legal firms to support in-house team in CP6

Network Rail seeks four legal firms to support in-house team in CP6

12.07.18: Law firms are being invited by Network Rail to bid to become the infrastructure owner’s legal advisers from 1 May 2019 until 2024. Its current team of 32 lawyers, led by group general counsel Stuart Kelly, is signalling a move away fr...

RISQS: Assurance for the industry

RISQS: Assurance for the industry

10.07.18: Paul Ravenscroft, head of supplier assurance communications at RSSB, guides us through the new Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS). The RISQS provides the assurance which enables 110-plus buyers to do business with confid...

HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot confirmed for Leeds

HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot confirmed for Leeds

04.07.18: The government has confirmed that the new HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot will be built in Leeds in order to create jobs and ensure Yorkshire reaps the benefits of high-speed rail. The depot, which will service and maintain the new high...

Hitachi and Bombardier team up for HS2 train deal as CAF joins the race

Hitachi and Bombardier team up for HS2 train deal as CAF joins the race

04.07.18: In a major and unprecedented move, rail giants Hitachi and Bombardier have announced that they will be joining forces in their bid to design, build and deliver a fleet of bespoke HS2 trains. The two companies had been revealed as bidders fo...

Transport for Wales appoints three new directors

Transport for Wales appoints three new directors

28.06.18: Transport for Wales has appointed three new non-executive directors to its board. They will join interim chair Nick Gregg and fellow board members Martin Dorchester and James Price. Peter Kennedy and Brian McKenzie are due to step down...

Four chosen to advise on ORR timetable shake-up investigation ahead of autumn report

Four chosen to advise on ORR timetable shake-up investigation ahead of autumn report

27.06.18: Four transport industry heavyweights have been drafted in as the expert panel of independent advisers for the ORR inquiry into the widespread levels of disruption experienced across the network since May’s controversial timetable shake-up....

Politicians join RIA’s rail fellowship class of 2018

Politicians join RIA’s rail fellowship class of 2018

18.06.18: Politicians are set to be educated on the rail sector’s crucial importance to the UK through the Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) rail fellowship programme. The programme will promote the work of the organisations that build...

NR launches tech to streamline procurement

NR launches tech to streamline procurement

15.06.18: Network Rail has launched its new technology designed to improve market engagement. The Supplier Qualification System (SQS), which includes IT services and goods across technologies, professional services, solution delivery and support services...

Hull Trains appoints new managing director

Hull Trains appoints new managing director

13.06.18: FirstGroup has appointed Louise Cheeseman as its new managing director of Hull Trains. The TOC’s former service delivery director first started in the rail industry back in 2001, working as a guard with Northern Rail, before being promote...

New Network Rail chief executive announced

New Network Rail chief executive announced

21.05.18: Network Rail has announced that Andrew Haines OBE will become its new chief executive. After leaving his current post as a board member and chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Haines will take up his role in the...

A year of change for the north

A year of change for the north

18.05.18: Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the coming years, says Barry White (pictured, left), chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN). ...

NR awards five-year £200m civils deal to SSE

NR awards five-year £200m civils deal to SSE

15.05.18: A five-year building and civils contract has been awarded to SSE Enterprise Rail for a programme of works by Network Rail. The work covers mechanical and electrical engineering services, building and fabric works and has a potential value o...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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 >