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High Speed 1 - a new benchmark in project management

High Speed 1 - a new benchmark in project management

14.11.07: Britain is finally getting its first new successful railway line in over a century. Nine years after construction began, High Speed 1 is ready to commence commercial services from St Pancras International, the glorious new home of British high s...

Hitachi unveils ‘bullet train’ at new Ashford depot

Hitachi unveils ‘bullet train’ at new Ashford depot

14.11.07: Hitachi Europe Ltd has unveiled its Ashford Train Depot maintenance facility and six-car Class 395 ‘bullet train’ unit for Southeastern High Speed Services. The world class maintenance facility includes a five track maintenance...

Hitachi Europe Ltd has unveiled its Ashford Train Depot

Hitachi Europe Ltd has unveiled its Ashford Train Depot

04.10.07: Hitachi Europe Ltd has unveiled its Ashford Train Depot maintenance facility and six-car Class 395 ‘bullet train’ unit for Southeastern High Speed Services, at an opening ceremony in the presence of the UK Secretary of State for Tran...

HS1 is on track with 3M

HS1 is on track with 3M

01.10.07: Despite being one of the most challenging rail projects of recent times, High Speed 1 is on schedule to come into full passenger service on 14 November 2007, thanks to the efforts of Davor Vujatovic, EDF Energy engineering manager, High Speed 1...

Bullet train arrives in UK

Bullet train arrives in UK

27.09.07: The first six-car Class 395 bullet train units for Southeastern High Speed Services have been delivered to the UK. This first unit has been manufactured to the latest British and European safety standards in Hitachi’s manufacturing fa...

First passengers travel on world record train high-speed train

24.07.07: The Siemens-built Velaro E (AVE S 103) high speed train has started operating in Spain on the Madrid-Tarragona and Madrid-Sevilla lines. The Velaro can travel at a speed of 350 km/h and has already reached speeds over 400 km/h during test trips...

Holland’s landmark PPP high speed rail project

Holland’s landmark PPP high speed rail project

01.03.07: The final phase of the infrastructure for the Dutch High Speed Rail project (HSL-Zuid), a landmark 2.9 billion euro public-private partnership, was delivered within expected time schedules and budget to the Dutch government on December 21 2006....

Improving north-south rail capacity

01.03.07: GW Monteith Chairman of The Institution of Civil Engineers’ High Speed Rail Panel There is a strong body of opinion in the railway industry, that we should adopt Eddington’s suggestion that capacity should be increased by improv...

The case for high speed rail

01.03.07: Chris Green, chairman of The Railway Forum, on why they are seeking an urgent study into the case for new long distance rail capacity for the UK beyond 2014 The UK rail network has been effectively frozen in size since the 1960’s. Dur...

The future of high speed rail in the UK

01.03.07: Chris Grayling, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, looks at options for the development of high speed rail. In the end, the Eddington Report was a massive disappointment. Far from being a long term blueprint for transport in Britain...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >