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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...

Alstom unveils AGV

20.02.08: Alstom has unveiled the prototype of the AGV1, its latest, new generation very high speed train. This single deck, state of-the-art train incorporates articulated carriages, a technology which contributed to the success of France’s TGV tra...

High Speed 1 delivers a record year for Eurostar

10.01.08: 2007 ticket sales of £599 million – up 15.5% on 2006 A record 8.26 million travellers carried in 2007 – up 5.1% Faster journeys and environmental concerns drive growth Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service tha...

Acrastyle input helps power High Speed 1

Acrastyle input helps power High Speed 1

14.11.07: The new high speed rail line between the Channel Tunnel and the newly refurbished St Pancras International terminal will commence commercial services from 14th November 2007. Acrastyle, a long and well respected supplier to power utilities, is r...

Being a part of it

14.11.07: Beazley Sharpe (Railwise) Ltd. (BSR) was born from commercial and political turmoil in the winter of 1997-98 but the foundations of the company rest in the pre-privatization days of British Rail and the involvement of key members of staff in the...

Bosch puts St Pancras on the right track

14.11.07: St Pancras International, Eurostar's new central London home, is using leading edge IP CCTV technology from Bosch Security Systems. St Pancras International is part of High Speed 1, the UK's largest ever single construction and the first ma...

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....

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Siemens submits plans to build £200m train manufacturing site in East Yorkshire

24/04/2019Siemens submits plans to build £200m train manufacturing site in East Yorkshire

Planning applications for a £200m rail manufacturing site in Goole, East Yorkshire have been submitted by Siemens. The ‘train fa... more >
Virgin Trains proposes radical new airline-style model for fare and franchising

24/04/2019Virgin Trains proposes radical new airline-style model for fare and franchising

Virgin Trains has put forward radical new proposals to manage rail services using an airline-style model, abolishing standing on trains and forci... more >
TfL commissioner urged to quit after downplaying Crossrail ‘tragedy’

24/04/2019TfL commissioner urged to quit after downplaying Crossrail ‘tragedy’

Transport for London’s (TfL) chief commissioner has been told to consider resigning after he “watered down” key messages betwee... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... 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 >
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 >

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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 >