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Minister heralds advent of new high-speed trains

19.12.08: Transport Minister Andrew Adonis has launched a one year countdown to the introduction of high speed passenger services by Southeastern. Purpose-built Class 395 trains - 29 six-car units each capable of 140mph when running on High Speed 1 (...

A powerful history, a high speed future

A powerful history, a high speed future

25.11.08: For many decades, MTU engines have been providing reliable railway drive systems. As early as 1924, serial engines developed and manufactured by Maybach Motorenbau - MTU Friedrichshafen’s predecessor - have been put into service on a regul...

Domestic high speed rail: a breakthrough?

Domestic high speed rail: a breakthrough?

20.11.08: So much has changed in the four months since I wrote my last article, it is difficult to know where to begin. Perhaps we should start with the demise of yet another transport minister. Ruth’s Kelly departure made the average tenure of...

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...

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

25/03/2019ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

Under-fire train operator ScotRail has unveiled an £18m remedial plan to recruit more staff and bring in additional high-speed trains in re... more >
Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

25/03/2019Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

Network Rail has launched a consultation on a multi-million long-term redevelopment plan for Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. With annual... more >
Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

25/03/2019Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

Dozens of passengers left “increasingly uncomfortable” on a stranded train at Lewisham left their train and walked along icy tracks s... 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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >