HS2

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...

Grand Central Railway– the first 365 days!

19.12.08: Grand Central Railway has celebrated its first year providing high speed direct rail services linking the Durham Coast, Teesside & North Yorkshire to London. Grand Central’s fleet of refurbished High Speed Trains have covered over...

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...

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

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 >

editor's comment

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 >

last word

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 >

'the sleepers' daily blog

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 >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

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 >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

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 >