Underneath the arches with Jarvis Plant

Underneath the arches with Jarvis Plant

25.09.09: The chairman of High Speed Two has said that he and colleagues may have to work throughout the Christmas period to deliver plans for the high speed network before their deadline. The plans, which will contain every last detail, will be draw...

More high-speed needed

18.09.09: Network Rail’s plans for a single high-speed route through Britain do not go far enough according to pressure group Greengauge 21. The group is calling on the government to extend the high speed rail network through the UK; however th...

On track for a good sleep

18.09.09: A very lucky teenager narrowly escaped death after falling asleep between two high speed rail lines in France. The young man was spotted sleeping between the tracks by the train’s driver, who then tried in vain to stop the train. Howe...

Eurostar reaches record traveller numbers thanks to boost from High Speed 1

16.09.09: o Record 9.1 million travellers carried in 2008 – up 10.3% o Ticket sales of £664 million – up 10.9% o Faster journeys, better connections and environmental concern drive demand o Growth would have been greater but for Chan...

High speed trial begins

11.09.09: Southeastern Trains has begun trialling the use of high-speed trains in the south of England, before offering a full service in December. The trains, which are Japanese-built Javelin Class 395s, can travel at 140mph and will result in quick...

No need for high speed link direct from Heathrow to Midlands

No need for high speed link direct from Heathrow to Midlands

04.09.09: According to The Guardian newspaper, this is the view of Virgin Trains boss Tony Collins, who has been appointed onto a panel which is overseeing the High Speed Two project. Collins believes that there is not enough demand for a direct link...

High Speed plans announced

28.08.09: Network Rail have announced proposals for a high speed rail line from London to Scotland. The line would take in Birmingham, Manchester, Warrington, Preston, Liverpool and then lead up to a junction which would then split to either Glasgow...

High speed services to be extended

14.08.09: The BBC has reported that Southeastern will begin running extra high speed train services from September. The company, which uses the Class 395 140mph Javelin trains, has been running high speed services ever since June this year. These ser...

High speed rail funding doubts

07.08.09: According to reports, there have been concerns voiced in Whitehall about the exact scale of funding needed to build a high speed rail network in Britain Some estimates have put the final figure at around £30 billion, which has raised...

Ryan Air chief attacks high speed rail

07.08.09: Michael O’Leary has made an attack on government plans to replace short haul and domestics flights with an efficient and eco-friendly high speed rail network The infamous Ryan Chief shared his belief that passengers wouldn’t not...

Ten year wait for High Speed in Britain

10.07.09: This was the message which Sir David Rowlands, chairman of High Speed Two, gave to MPs Whilst reporting back to the Commons transport committee, Sir David also said that the rate at which a high speed rail line from London to Scotland could...

High speed rail’s not enough

06.07.09: Unfortunately, public transport has a poor reputation in the UK. This is partly because many elements suffer from a lack of capacity to meet growing levels of demand, says Tom Foulkes Over the past 10 years, rail patronage has risen by 40%...

High speed rail-backwards into the future?

06.07.09: Interest in the development of new high speed railway lines either as point to point routes or as part of a developing system appears to be developing with a number of options being worked up. These proposals appear to centre around linking Lond...

Towards a high-speed rail network

06.07.09: Mark January 15th 2009 as an historic date, the day when cross-party consensus was achieved on the pressing need for Britain to join the 21st century and develop its own high-speed rail network, says Jim Steer On January 15th, secretary of...

Eurostar sales hit £168.1 million in first quarter

Eurostar sales hit £168.1 million in first quarter

17.04.09: 1.92 million travellers carried Punctuality of 96% following restoration of full service through the Channel Tunnel Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train operator between Britain and mainland Europe, achieved sales of £168.1 m...

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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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
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Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

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Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

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