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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...

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...

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Heritage award presented to Network Rail

06/12/2019Heritage award presented to Network Rail

The National Railway Heritage have presented Network Rail with an award for their refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose. At the... more >
£350m contract for Hitachi Rail to build new Avanti West Coast trains

06/12/2019£350m contract for Hitachi Rail to build new Avanti West Coast trains

Hitachi Rail awarded a contract worth more than £350m by First Trenitalia, whose new Avanti West Coast rail service starts on the 8th of De... more >
New Northern trains announced across their routes

05/12/2019New Northern trains announced across their routes

Rail operator, Northern, announced yesterday (Dec 4) that more than 50 new northern trains will be in service from Dec 15, with a further 49... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >