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Lombard funds GrantRail’s fleet extension

01.05.06: GrantRail Group Ltd. has extended its fleet of ‘on-track’ plant equipment after securing funding from Lombard and The Royal Bank of Scotland. The new equipment forms part of the company’s expansion plans following the succ... more >

National Reservations Service wins IT award

01.05.06: The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) National Reservations Service (NRS) was awarded the Information Technology award for 2005 at the HSBC Rail Business Awards. The award honours innovation and personal ingenuity across all sector... more >

Network Rail appoints financial adviser

01.05.06: Network Rail has announced the appointment of professional services firm Ernst & Young as its principle financial adviser for Network Rail’s station development programme. The contract will initially run for three years with an option... more >

New trains pave way for Jubilee line signalling upgrade

01.05.06: Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the London Underground’s busiest lines, has further enhanced the train fleet on the Jubilee line by adding four new trains to it. The additional trains are needed to enable Tube Lines to temporarily... more >

ROBEL completes Deutsche Bahn AG contract

01.05.06: ROBEL Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH has handed over two track vehicles of type 54.22 in the completion of a large order by German rail network, Deutsche Bahn AG delivered between August 2004 and February 2006. The contract was for 26 vehicles of type 54... more >

Serco awarded 7 year franchise from DLRL

01.05.06: Docklands Light Railway Ltd (DLRL), part of Transport for London (TfL), has confirmed the award of a £400 million franchise to Serco Ltd. to continue to operate, maintain and support the DLR for the next seven years. Serco was origina... more >

Tensar International research findings

01.05.06: Tensar International has announced the findings of a major £265,000 research programme carried out over the past 3 years. The research was funded by a Royal Society Award awarded to a research team headed by Professor Stephen Brown at... more >

Transport for London claim fails

01.05.06: Transport for London (TfL) has failed in a legal action brought against Tramtrack Croydon Ltd. (TCL). The South London tram system, operated by TCL, is designed to carry up to 28 million passengers, but currently carries just 22 million. Th... more >

Tube Lines training fire fighters on Underground

01.05.06: London Underground’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU), the team of dedicated specialists that deals with all significant problems on the Underground network, are training London’s fire fighters in Tube safety and rescue techniques. ... more >

Two new locos for Underground

01.05.06: Metronet Rail and its contractor Balfour Beatty Rail have received four new locomotives. The new battery locos, which will be used to haul materials and plant along the London Underground’s 1.5 mile Waterloo and City Tube line, have b... more >

Upgrades to Waterloo & City line

01.05.06: From April, the London Underground’s Waterloo & City line has closed for five months for some much needed engineering improvements to the 107 year old line. The improvements are part of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) &... more >

Wifi installation nine months ahead of schedule

01.05.06: East Coast train operator, GNER, has revealed plans to complete the installation of wireless internet on all of its trains nine months ahead of schedule. The decision comes following the success of the trial onboard ten of its rebuilt &lsqu... more >

Work on Woolwich Arsenal extension begins

01.05.06: Work has begun on the tunnelling work that is to form part of the 2.5 km Woolwich Arsenal extension on the Docklands Light Railway. As part of the preparatory work a 540 tonne boring machine was lowered into a launch chamber in North Woolwi... more >

Infotec in running for Innovation Award

01.03.06: UK designer and manufacturer of electronic displays for the rail industry, Infotec, is one of the three finalists for a business award designed to reward and encourage innovation. In entering for the Enterprise through Innovation category o... more >

First new car for Victoria line

01.02.06: Metronet Rail, the organisation responsible for the maintenance and upgrade of two-thirds of London’s Tube, has announced that the first new Victoria line train car has been assembled ready for static testing. The car, designed and co... more >

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Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22/01/2019Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition pa... more >
Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

22/01/2019Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just outside Ipswich station. ... more >
Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22/01/2019Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their use on the Heathrow Express... 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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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >
Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

22/01/2019Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

In the jigsaw puzzle of regional transport decision-making, there must be collaboration and compromise. Midlands Connect media lead James Bovill ... more >
Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... 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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-f... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >