Latest Rail News

Electric rail services underway for South Wales passengers

07.01.20: This week rail passengers in South Wales are benefitting from electric services for the first-time following Network Rail’s successful completion of electrification of the railway between Cardiff Central and London Paddington. Electri... more >

ORR sets £25.9m charges for HS1 asset maintenance

07.01.20: Train operators using the High Speed 1 (HS1 Ltd) rail line from London to the Channel Tunnel will be expected to pay a collective £25.9m per year for asset upkeep, renewal and replacement. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has decided... more >

2020 plan for north-east rail network

06.01.20: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today committed (6 January) to reviving rail connection across the north-east, outlining how new investment will boost the rail network as the government looks to level up infrastructure across the country. ... more >

RIA responds to Lord Berkeley’s HS2 ‘minority’ review report

06.01.20: Former deputy chair of the Oakervee Review of the HS2 project, Lord Tony Berkeley, published a report yesterday (Jan 5) stating that parliament was ‘misled’ over ‘out of control’ costs that he believes could reach over &p... more >

Snowdon Mountain Railway unveils plans for hybrid diesel locomotives

03.01.20: Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR) have announced new plans for hybrid diesel locomotives to operate on its line, as it aims to address climate concerns. Operating a service for sight-seeing tourists and locals up to the summit of the UK’... more >

Northern responds to uncertain future of the franchise

03.01.20: Rail operators Northern Railway has responded to a statement made by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, yesterday (Jan 2) setting out plans to strip Northern of their franchise. David Brown, managing director at Northern, said: “... more >

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise

02.01.20: Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said Northern Rail is to be stripped of its franchise following its “unacceptable” performance. This comes off the back of a year of chaos and cancellations across the network, which runs New... more >

XRAIL Group awarded seven-year contract in Saudi Arabia

02.01.20: A long-term maintenance contract on the Haramain High Speed Railway (HHR) in Saudi Arabia has been awarded to XRAIL Group. HHR is a 453-kilometre long high-speed, digital inter-city rail system, and has been referred to as the ‘crown... more >

Network Rail seeking £2.8m worth of contracts for technological solutions

20.12.19: Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation have today (Dec 20) announced that Network Rail is looking for organisations to apply for contracts worth £2.8m. Organisations can apply for a share of £2.8m for projects that tackle te... more >

Northern welcomes new link between East and West Yorkshire

19.12.19: Rail Operator, Northern Railway, is celebrating the improved links between East and West Yorkshire today (Dec 19) following the introduction of a new service on the network, providing a direct service between Halifax and Hull. The new route... more >

MoU signed by Network Rail and Strukton Rail

19.12.19: Network Rail and Strukton Rail have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support Network Rail’s £245m research and development portfolio in Control Period 6. The two organisations were represented by Network Rail’... more >

Abellio ScotRail contract comes to an early end

18.12.19: Today (Dec 18th) saw confirmation from Transport Secretary Michael Matheson that the Abellio ScotRail contract will come to an earlier end than planned. Currently the franchise contract requires Scottish Ministers and Abellio to revisit the... more >

Bombardier secures £117m contract with Avanti West Coast

18.12.19: Bombardier has secured a three-year contract, valued at £117m, to maintain trains for the new Avanti West Coast franchise. The new agreement, which lasts until December 11, 2022, will see Bombardier maintain a fleet of its Class 221 d... more >

Official opening of Robroyston railway station

16.12.19: ScotRail is officially opening the new Robroyston station today (Dec 16), as the rail operator also launches its new timetable. The new £14m station marks the 60th railway station in Glasgow, and will have a plaque unveiling today by... more >

TfL Rail has begun operating services between London Paddington and Reading

16.12.19: Services between London Paddington and Reading are now operated by TfL Rail which is the next step in the opening of the Elizabeth line.  Under TfL Rail, customers will now benefit from improvements to their stations including new cust... more >