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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 March 2019TfL 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-year &...

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 March 2019The 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. I...

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

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

25 March 2019Under-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 ScotRail w...

Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

25 March 2019Network 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 renovation...

Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

25 March 2019Dozens of passengers left “increasingly uncomfortable” on a stranded train at Lewisham left their train and walked along icy tracks still open to traffic, a “shocking” RAIB report has revealed. The RMT stated it was &ldquo...

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

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

22 March 2019A 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 Street trai...

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 March 2019FirstGroup 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-access&rdqu...

New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22 March 2019New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve performance. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) announced the new ‘on time’ standards which will record train times to...

Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

21 March 2019The man leading the Williams Rail Review has warned that the government’s role in the UK railways “will have to change” as the industry switches to a more passenger-centric railway. Keith Williams, the man leading the “roo...

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 March 2019The 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 Infrastructure Fund...

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

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

20 March 2019There 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 the C...

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 March 2019The 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 submissions t...

Plans revealed for major redevelopment of Birmingham Moor Street station

Plans revealed for major redevelopment of Birmingham Moor Street station

19 March 2019Birmingham 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 see ano...

26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19 March 2019After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery Group managing director of customer experience, Jacqueline Starr, reveals how the proposition came int...

WYCA calls for ‘significant reform’ to rail system in submission to Williams Review

WYCA calls for ‘significant reform’ to rail system in submission to Williams Review

18 March 2019The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has called for “significant reforms” to the current system for commissioning and operating rail services in its submission to the Williams Review. The combined authority has stated that the...

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Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

12/08/2020Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

Rail Delivery Group have submitted proposals to influence the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan in hope of encouraging passengers... more >
Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

12/08/2020Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

South Western Railways staff members are using an unlikely voice to spread the message to passengers about face coverings. New station annou... more >
TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

12/08/2020TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

Today (12 Aug) Transport for the North has revealed its blueprint for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-year investment plan of infr... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >