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

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....

£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

£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...

Greater Anglia’s new commuter trains have arrived in Essex

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...

White Hart Lane Station - Fereday Pollard Architects

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...

Building on success - Hull Trains

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...

Zonegreen boosts safety at Northam

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...

South Western Railway £70m ‘Desiro’ fleet completed

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...

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

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. ...

£9.4m in rail technology contracts announced

£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...

Elizabeth line completion update from Crossrail Ltd

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...

ScotRail 19 month-high for trains running on time

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...

Shapps: Northern only able to continue “for a number of months”

Shapps: Northern only able to continue “for a number of months”

09.01.20: The secretary of state for transport, Grant Shapps, has said in a written statement to Parliament that embattled train franchise Northern “will only be able to continue for a number of months”. Shapps wrote: “Passengers in...

£642m deal secured between Alstom and Avanti West Coast

£642m deal secured between Alstom and Avanti West Coast

08.01.20: The new West Coast Mainline operator, Avanti West Coast, have secured a seven-year deal worth precisely £642 million with Alstom, who will refurbish and maintain the routes 56 electric Pendolino trains. As well as covering a £12...

South Western Railway franchise uncertain after £137m loss

South Western Railway franchise uncertain after £137m loss

08.01.20: Rail franchise, South Western Railway (SWR), could face nationalisation following evidence of a £137m loss in the year to March 2019. Account filings to Companies House, published yesterday (Jan 7), revealed “significant doubt&r...

ORR sets £25.9m charges for HS1 asset maintenance

ORR sets £25.9m charges for HS1 asset maintenance

07.01.20: Train operators using the High Speed 1 (HS1 Ltd) rail line from London to the Channel Tunnel will be expected to pay a collective £25.9m per year for asset upkeep, renewal and replacement. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has decided...

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

16/01/2020Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

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 o... more >
South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

16/01/2020South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

South Western Railway customers will now be able to see the new ‘Class 442’ refurbished trains across passenger services. These ... more >
£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

16/01/2020£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

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 p... 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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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. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

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 >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... 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

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >