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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...

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...

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Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

21/08/2019Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

The government is set to launch a review into the HS2 project, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The review into the high-spee... more >
New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

20/08/2019New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

As part of a major £218m regeneration of Chelmsford, a new train station is set to be constructed to improve transport infrastructure in th... more >
Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

19/08/2019Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

Following the completion of an £800,000 investment into new railway tracks, passenger trains operating on the Mid-Cheshire Line 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >