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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15.11.18: The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of testing around the network. The four-carriage bi-mode Swiss train will run on regional lines a... more >

Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15.11.18: HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre terminal stations at Manchester and Leeds rather than using the existing conventional railway. ... more >

HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15.11.18: Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more efficient compared to its European counterparts, a long-awaited report has revealed. The findings co... more >

Talgo names Fife as the chosen site of its first UK train factory

14.11.18: Spanish train manufacturer Talgo has revealed that is new train-building factory will be built at Longannet in Fife, bringing more than 1,000 jobs to Scotland. Talgo will build its first UK manufacturing base at the site of a decommissioned... more >

Crossrail contractors in row over overtime pay

14.11.18: A pay row has broken out over overtime payments for contractors working on the Elizabeth Line as it raced to get the project finished on time. TfL and Crossrail are said to be questioning bills from contracts after workers undertook overnig... more >

Grayling ‘sees no reason’ to follow European standards in post-Brexit rolling stock regulation

14.11.18: The transport secretary has categorically opposed the following of European Union rail standards when Britain leaves the EU, arguing he can see ‘absolutely no reason’ to follow the regulations. Speaking to the Lords EU Internal... more >

‘Broken’ rail complaints system failing to deal with passengers effectively or even with ‘basic courtesy’

14.11.18: The rail complaints system is “broken” and train companies are failing to deal with passenger complaints effectively or even with “basic courtesy,” new analysis has revealed. An investigation by Which? found that les... more >

Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

13.11.18: Travel times to and from work now take an extra five minutes longer, with rail commuters facing the longest journeys, new analysis shows. In a report by the TUC today, rail commuters face the longest journeys, taking an average of two hours... more >

GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

13.11.18: FirstGroup has named Matthew Gregory as its new chief executive as it revealed widening half-year losses and warned about the profitability of its rail franchises. Gregory has been the interim chief operating officer at the bus and rail pro... more >

Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

13.11.18: Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, has been appointed as transport minister with responsibility for rail following the resignation of transport minister Jo Johnson last week. Jones has previously held the role of transport mi... more >

Arcadis lands £7m Old Oak Common HS2 station systems design deal

13.11.18: Arcadis Consulting has been awarded a £7m contract to design the rail systems at the new Old Oak Common HS2 station. The contract encompasses the design services for the railway systems in and around the proposed station and integrate... more >

Challenging the perceptions of rail

13.11.18: Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’s view of rail.  We are living in an age of significant public cynicism about rail. The ti... more >

Data-driven rail

13.11.18: Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration with Porterbrook to deliver data-driven railways. The march of progress has an unequal tempo acros... more >

Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13.11.18: Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would... more >

Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13.11.18: Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail sector. The secretary of state announced in September his intention to launch a review of the ra... more >

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Network Rail seeks £45m integration partner for ECML digital railway

20/11/2018Network Rail seeks £45m integration partner for ECML digital railway

Network Rail has today launched the search for a private-sector partner to deliver a major digital railway transformation across the East Coast M... more >
ORR launches review into Delay Repay claims companies

20/11/2018ORR launches review into Delay Repay claims companies

The ORR has today launched a review into the role of Delay Repay claims companies in assisting customers with compensation claims when their rail... more >
Greater Anglia installs innovative WSP braking system across rural services

20/11/2018Greater Anglia installs innovative WSP braking system across rural services

Greater Anglia has fitted an innovative new braking system known as Wheel Slide Protection (WSP) to more of the rural trains across its network. ... 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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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >
Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >
Taking to the skies

30/10/2018Taking to the skies

Network Rail’s commitment to driving innovation is best encapsulated by its latest scheme involving high-definition imagery drones, or UAVs... 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. ... more > more last word articles >

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Crossrail and Crossrail 2: in the public eye

20/11/2018Crossrail and Crossrail 2: in the public eye

Since the shock announcement of the delay to Crossrail in September, taxpayers and decision-makers alike have been anxious to find out the latest... more >
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Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >
Maintaining light rail

20/11/2018Maintaining light rail

Dr Adam Bevan, Professor Paul Allen and Professor Jay Jaiswal, of the Institute of Railway Research, take a look at new rail asset management tec... more >
dessan Design in the digital railway

20/11/2018dessan Design in the digital railway

Denise Watkins, business development manager at Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe (HICSE), discusses her organisation’s exciting n... more >
Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >