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Brown gives backing to high-speed rail

25.09.09: The prime minister, who has up until now kept quite about the government’s plans for high-speed, has made his boldest statement of support yet towards the project. His opinions were expressed in Labour party documentation, which had b...

High Speed 2: ‘We will deliver’

High Speed 2: ‘We will deliver’

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...

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...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendati... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

19/07/2019TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19/07/2019Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... 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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >