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Eurostar celebrates huge increases in travellers from regions after first year at St Pancras international station

14.11.08: Eurostar, the high-speed rail service that links the UK with the Continent, is celebrating huge growth in traveller demand from the regions after its first year of operations at St Pancras International, the newly restored terminal for High Spee...

Eurostar sees growth in traveller numbers and ticket sales in third quarter

20.10.08: Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service that links the UK with the Continent, saw increases in both traveller numbers and ticket sales in the third quarter of 2008 (July-September). Eurostar carried 2.37 million travellers, an incr...

Railway Performance Society records a world-record 172mph average speed aboard French 200mph TGV Est

10.10.08: A Railway Performance Society (RPS) member has recorded a world-record 172.73mph (277.97 km/h) start-to-stop average speed aboard a 320km/h (198mph) TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse) Est trainset on a scheduled service in France on 27 September 2008....

Eurostar adds 11th daily London-Brussels service to meet fast growing demand

01.08.08: Eurostar has announced that it is adding an eleventh daily service (Monday to Friday) in each direction on the London-Brussels route from 14 December 2008. The extra service is being introduced to meet fast growing demand from travellers. P...

RMT welcomes MPs' call to stop dodging high-speed rail decision

25.07.08: Britain's Biggest rail union has welcomed a report by MPs which urges the government to stop dodging the decision to build the high-speed rail links the economy and environment desperately need and to develop a "genuine 30-year strategy" for the...

Eurostar adds more services to meet fast-growing regional demand

Eurostar adds more services to meet fast-growing regional demand

16.07.08: Eurostar has announced that it is adding an 18th service in each direction on the London – Paris route on Mondays to Thursdays from 8 September. Weekend services Eurostar are also being boosted with up to 20 trains on Fridays from Lon...

High speed rail: capacity and energy efficiency combined with speed

16.07.08: The high speed link to the Channel Tunnel has shown that Britain can deliver a high speed railway on budget and on time. We now need to be bold enough to have a vision of expanding the benefits of high speed rail to the rest of the country, says...

High-speed trains give social and economic boost

30.05.08: High-speed trains stimulate economic growth in cities and regions where they are well connected, according to the results of a new study Researchers analysed a set of EU-funded investment projects across North West Europe that aimed to maxi...

Buckinghamshire rails against high speed plans

28.05.08: Following the controversy around the planned route for a future high speed rail link in Britain, Buckinghamshire County Council has come out saying that there is no business case for the link to pass through Buckinghamshire. The Council is...

Eurostar traveller numbers rise by over 21%

Eurostar traveller numbers rise by over 21%

14.05.08: Revenues increase by record 25% as more travellers are attracted to high-speed rail Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train operator between Britain and mainland Europe, has reported a 21.3% rise in traveller numbers to 2.17 million betwee...

Pendolino agreement reached

Pendolino agreement reached

14.05.08: The Department for Transport has reached agreement with Alstom for the supply and maintenance of Pendolino high-speed tilting trains for use on the West Coast Main Line between London and Glasgow. This notice to proceed is intended to be followe...

Greater Manchester is on board for high-speed rail study

18.04.08: Manchester to London in 90 minutes could become a reality if a new high-speed rail link study bears fruit. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) has signed up to join a new Public Interest Group that will explore the pote...

Alstom unveils AGV

20.02.08: Alstom has unveiled the prototype of the AGV1, its latest, new generation very high speed train. This single deck, state of-the-art train incorporates articulated carriages, a technology which contributed to the success of France’s TGV tra...

High Speed 1 delivers a record year for Eurostar

10.01.08: 2007 ticket sales of £599 million – up 15.5% on 2006 A record 8.26 million travellers carried in 2007 – up 5.1% Faster journeys and environmental concerns drive growth Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service tha...

Acrastyle input helps power High Speed 1

Acrastyle input helps power High Speed 1

14.11.07: The new high speed rail line between the Channel Tunnel and the newly refurbished St Pancras International terminal will commence commercial services from 14th November 2007. Acrastyle, a long and well respected supplier to power utilities, is r...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the ... 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 East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >