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First Great Western’s new look regional fleet unveiled

04.10.07: First Great Western yesterday unveiled its new look West Country Regional Fleet as part of an £11 million investment in the train operator’s local services. The investment, which includes a major engineering overhaul, new interi... more >

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... more >

Jubilee line protected from trackside fire that threatened chaos for millions of passengers

04.10.07: On Saturday 29 September, a fire broke out and gutted an industrial unit that backed on to the Jubilee line at Stratford threatening to cause major disruption to the Jubilee line service this week. A closely co-ordinated team comprising Tube Lin... more >

RAIB Progress report released into the derailment at Grayrigg, Cumbria

04.10.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released a progress report into the derailment at Grayrigg, Cumbria, on 23 February 2007. A summary of the key points from the report is included below. Summary On Friday 23 February 2... more >

South West trains’ performance continues to improve

04.10.07: South West Trains has improved on June’s best ever performance figure by recording a figure of 95% (PPM) for the period between 25 August - 15 September 2007. South West Trains’ Moving Annual Average (MAA), is now 90.7%; its bes... more >

Fight flu

01.10.07: The winter season approaches and so too does influenza, more commonly known as the flu. In the UK more than 150 million working days a year are lost because of flu-related illness at a cost of £6.75 billion. The government is indicating th... more >

First and foremost

01.10.07: Over the past three years, First ScotRail has invested in train refurbishments and station enhancements in order to improve reliability and to ensure a safer and more comfortable environment for rail passengers in Scotland. RTM asked Steve Montg... more >

Fone-Alarm Installations announce Network Rail type approval of telephone concen-trator

01.10.07: FAI has recently completed its first major order to supply Hawk Concentrator units. The Hawk is a compact, easily installed, and competitively priced concentrator that ranges from 4 lines to 60 lines with a single MMI panel, which can be either... more >

GNER unveils new look for station waiting ‘pods’

01.10.07: EAST Coast train operator GNER has unveiled the latest stage of its programme of station improvements, aimed at improving the journey experience for passengers. Three glass-covered waiting ‘pods’ within Newcastle station, betwee... more >

Hitachi’s hybrid success

01.10.07: The world’s first hybrid trains have entered service in the UK and Japan. The trains are powered by Hitachi’s hybrid traction system developed with the aim of delivering substantial improvements in environmental performance by reduci... more >

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... more >

IFC fuelling system keeps Virgin on track

01.10.07: The first European scheduled passenger train to run on biodiesel is being kept on track with the help of Industrial Flow Control Ltd. IFC, based in Essex, was called in to create a bespoke biofuel dispensing system for the adapted Virgin Vo... more >

IFC unveils first biodiesel compatible rail coupler to UK

01.10.07: Following successful trials across the UK, Industrial Flow Control Ltd has released an innovative development of the1.5” fuelling coupler onto the market. The Flyte-type rail fuelling coupler boasts a huge range of benefits and is tot... more >

Interactive keypads – notice the difference

01.10.07: Interaction can just be a show of hands, so why use interactive keypads? Audience response systems are an innovative and original method for collecting instant and accurate data. Are you the confident trainee who sits near the front getting invo... more >

Laser technology lessens safety risk

01.10.07: Guaranteeing the safety of rail passengers is a priority for all rail networks. Regular inspection of track and trains heightens safety, but inspection itself prompts many serious safety issues, none more so than the risk posed to staff. We... more >

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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 >
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The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

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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 mea... 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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that ... more >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in the Midlands. He said: “It’s very... more >