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Rail Delivery Group responds to 2020 rail fares proposal

02.12.19: Saturday (30 Nov) saw the rail fares for 2020 published and an expected rise of an average of 2.7% in price in the coming year, with some staying the same and some reducing. Despite the expected average increase, this is the third year in a... more >

RSSB appoint Arup to review hydrogen trains

29.11.19: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has tasked Arup with developing a case for hydrogen-powered trains on the Great Britain (GB) mainline. The review will move to establish a high-level operational concept, any relevant operational h... more >

Thameslink winter timetable includes new cross-London Saturday services

28.11.19: Additional through-London services every hour between Peterborough and Horsham on Saturdays are to be introduced by Thameslink from Dec 21. To meet capacity demands, the number of direct services to St Pancras International station, central... more >

Intercity Express Train named after first female MP

28.11.19: Great Western Railway (GWR) has today (Nov 28) released the name of its new Intercity Express Train, named after Nancy Astor, the first women to take her seat as an MP in the House of Commons. It comes after she was nominated for GWR’... more >

New railway partnership named Avanti West Coast

28.11.19: FirstGroup and Trenitalia’s collaboration on the West Coast line unveiled the name of their new rail franchise at a special event in Birmingham last night (Nov 27). Avanti West Coast is the new name of the line that will replace... more >

New trains on Ipswich to Cambridge route

27.11.19: Greater Anglia introduced new, longer passenger trains into service yesterday (Nov 26) on the busiest regional route. One of the new Swiss-built trains is now operational on the line between Ipswich, Bury St Edmund and Cambridge, which carr... more >

FirstGroup and Trenitalia announce new MDs for partnership

27.11.19: The joint takeover of the West Coast Mainline between FirstGroup and Trenitalia will take place on the 8th of December. They announced yesterday (26 Nov) the appointment of their two Managing Directors. Phil Whittingham, Managing Director o... more >

Contactless payments now at three Hertfordshire stations

26.11.19: Govia Thameslink Railway are set to welcome contactless payments at three stations, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Welham Green. The pay as go system generally offers the cheapest single fares towards London by customers simply touching t... more >

Network Rail to carry out signalling upgrade to Lewes to Seaford line

26.11.19: The line between Lewes and Seaford in Sussex is reaching the end of its transformation this weekend as engineers work around the clock to carry out the end of the commissioned project. The line will be more modern, more reliable and have be... more >

Azuma trains take first LNER journey

26.11.19: London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has celebrated the first service with the new Azuma trains. The inaugural southbound trip left Aberdeen at 07:52 this morning (26 Nov) for London King’s Cross. The world-class Azuma trains are curre... more >

Hull Trains welcomes new Class 802 as part of £60m investment

25.11.19: Hull Trains have today (25 Nov) welcomed the arrival of the first of the brand-new Hitachi Rail Paragon trains. It comes as part of a £60m investment into five state-of-the-art, bi-mode intercity trains, known as Class 802s, bringing... more >

Nexus appoints new Chief Operating Officer

25.11.19: Martin Kearney has been appointed as the new chief operating officer for Nexus, the public body which owns the Tyne and Wear Metro, and wider public transport across the North East. Kearney has over 30 years of public transport experience a... more >

RIA and Network Rail launch supply chain survey

25.11.19: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has today (Nov 25) launched a survey in partnership with Network Rail to gather views from the supply chain on the product acceptance process. The aim of the survey is to gain insight into how the indu... more >

£500m investment sees TransPennine Express launch new Nova Fleet trains

22.11.19: Today (Nov 22nd) launched its new Nova fleet trains in a ceremony at Liverpool’s Lime Street Station. Dignitaries and stakeholders from across the north were present at the event as the Nova trains were unveiled to the public, alongsi... more >

New Northern trains hit two million milestone

22.11.19: Since the launch of Northern’s new trains in July, more than two million customer journeys have been recorded. 33 new trains are in service across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and South and West Yorksh... more >

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Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
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