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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....

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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Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

18/06/2019Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

Record figures of rail passenger journeys have been recorded in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the most recent quarterly report by the... more >
Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

18/06/2019Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

Train drivers’ union Aslef launched its On Track with Diversity report at the Houses of Parliament on Monday, as it looks to increase ... more >
Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... 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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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 >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >