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Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

16.01.20: Vivarail achieved a UK first yesterday (Jan 15) as their Class 230 train travelled 40 miles on battery power alone. It comes during a time of desperate need for a cleaner, greener train network as the UK strives for net zero carbon by 2050.... more >

South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

16.01.20: South Western Railway customers will now be able to see the new ‘Class 442’ refurbished trains across passenger services. These trains since the new year have been running fast journeys from London to Portsmout via Guildford, Ha... more >

£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

16.01.20: The viaduct which was been featured in the Harry Potter series, is the latest Network Rail project. Work has begun the protect the railway from possible landslips and rock-falls from the hillsides and embankments. £1.7m has been inves... more >

Greater Anglia’s new commuter trains have arrived in Essex

15.01.20: The new Bombardier electric trains have now arrived and are ready to commence a series of safety and performance tests in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Herefordshire and Suffolk. Designed and built at Bombardier’s Derby factory, the five-car... more >

White Hart Lane Station - Fereday Pollard Architects

15.01.20: Source RTM Dan 19/ Jan 20   Fereday Pollard Architects are delighted to have completed their commission as lead architects and public realm designers for Taylor Woodrow who have successfully built and handed over the landmark new... more >

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

15.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20  Tom Wake, head of national rail route teams at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), discusses the importance of improving the safety of track workers.  On June 24, 2014 a group of 12 track workers nea... more >

Building on success - Hull Trains

15.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20  Louise Cheeseman, managing director at Hull Trains, speaks to Rail Technology Magazine as she reflects on 2019 and outlines what’s next for Hull Trains in 2020 As we approach our twentieth year in... more >

Balfour Beatty completes rail line electrification

14.01.20: Balfour Beatty, as contracted by Network Rail, has successfully completed the electrification of 77km of the Great Western Railway (GWR) line between Bristol and Cardiff. It comes as part of a wider Greater Wester Electrification Programme... more >

Network Rail to improve Beverley railway station

14.01.20: Network Rail has announced today (Jan 14) a £600,000 investment into improving Beverly railway station, to improve passenger experience and enhance the station’s aesthetic and general condition.   The footbridge at the stat... more >

Zonegreen boosts safety at Northam

14.01.20: Cast your mind back 18 years to the beginning of the millennium. In its infancy at the time, was depot safety technology that went on to revolutionise the way we protect rail staff and equipment. Developed by Sheffield-based Zonegreen, the... more >

South Western Railway £70m ‘Desiro’ fleet completed

13.01.20: South Western Railway (SWR) has completed the £70m refurbishment of Desiro trains as final train enters passenger service. The rail operators’ £70m upgrade programme started in December 2017 and has seen the modernisation... more >

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

13.01.20: Source RTM: Dec 2019 /Jan 2020   Commercial director Ken Blackley explains how Network Rail’s new action plan for working with small and medium sized enterprises will mean better engagement, listening and solutions. ... more >

£9.4m in rail technology contracts announced

13.01.20: Innovate UK has announced £9.4m worth of technology contracts from the Department of Transport, for organisations to apply for, aiming to improve rail services to passengers and operators. As the number of rail users in the UK continu... more >

Elizabeth line completion update from Crossrail Ltd

10.01.20: Today (10 January) Crossrail Ltd issued its latest update on progress to complete the Elizabeth line. They have confirmed their plans to open the central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood in summer in 2021. Following the openin... more >

ScotRail 19 month-high for trains running on time

10.01.20: Scotland’s Railway is celebrating the highest number of trains running on time since June 2018, a 19 month-high for the franchise. Customers of ScotRail are enjoying the benefits of a huge infrastructure investment and £475m spe... more >

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