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First Trenitalia announced as new West Coast Partnership operator

First Trenitalia announced as new West Coast Partnership operator

14.08.19: In a move described by transport secretary Grant Shapps and chair of the Rail Review Keith Williams as a departure from flawed systems of the past, First Trenitalia have been announced as the successful bidder to run the West Coast Partners...

ORR publish guidance to support older and disabled passengers

ORR publish guidance to support older and disabled passengers

27.07.19: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published its new Accessible Travel Policy (ATP) guidance for train and station operators which they say will lead to older and disabled passengers being able to travel by rail with greater confide...

Punctuality on South Glasgow services reaches 22-month high

Punctuality on South Glasgow services reaches 22-month high

25.07.19: Train punctuality has reached its highest level for almost two years on ScotRail services running to and from stations in south Glasgow, the latest figures reveal. South Glasgow services saw 95.8% of trains meet the rail industry standard p...

ORR annual assessment of Network Rail Scotland highlights progress

ORR annual assessment of Network Rail Scotland highlights progress

23.07.19: In its final annual assessment of Network Rail Scotland for Control Period 5 (2014-19), the Office for Rail and Road (ORR) highlighted good progress in its delivery of enhancements and freight performance but continued poor passenger train servi...

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

18.07.19: Unprecedented change and investment is coming to the Midlands, according to a number of high-profile rail leaders speaking at today’s first ever TCR Midlands conference in Birmingham today. With representatives from the West Midlands...

Supply chain gets offer it cannot refuse from West Midlands Trains

Supply chain gets offer it cannot refuse from West Midlands Trains

18.07.19: Jane Fisher, Transition and projects Director of West Midlands Trains, appealed for third party suppliers to “Approach us and we’ll try and make it happen” at the packed networking event at The Vox Conference Centre. She p...

Maritime Transport launch new rail services

Maritime Transport launch new rail services

17.07.19: Maritime Transport has launched two new rail services from DP World London Gateway to its rail terminals in Trafford Park and Wakefield. It marks further efforts to expand into the intermodal market in response to rising customer demand in...

Richard Branson calls rail franchising “a real mess”

Richard Branson calls rail franchising “a real mess”

11.07.19: The owner of Virgin Trains, Richard Branson, has claimed the railway franchising system is "a real mess" and is too constrictive against rail operators. After a dispute with the Department for Transport (DfT) over who should be responsible...

GBRf brings back Class 92 to run Caledonian Sleeper service

GBRf brings back Class 92 to run Caledonian Sleeper service

10.07.19: GB Railfreight (GBRf) have announced that Locomotive 92006 has re-entered service following a £2 million refurbishment at Wabtec’s Brush Traction facility in Loughborough. The Class 92 will be used on the Caledonian Sleeper serv...

Testing begins on new ‘state-of-the-art’ Greater Anglia fleet

Testing begins on new ‘state-of-the-art’ Greater Anglia fleet

10.07.19: High-speed testing of a new fleet of UK-built commuter trains has begun, Greater Anglia has announced. The 111 trains, built by Bombardier, are to run on Greater Anglia routes into London from counties across the East of England. The n...

TPE hails ‘major milestone’ as Nova 1 trains arrive

TPE hails ‘major milestone’ as Nova 1 trains arrive

09.07.19: TransPennine Express (TPE) have welcomed the first of its new Nova 1 fleet of trains, which the rail operator claims will transform the on-board experience for passengers. The futuristic-looking trains, built by Hitachi, will have more carr...

LNER Azuma trains to run in Scotland from August

LNER Azuma trains to run in Scotland from August

04.07.19: London North Eastern Railway (LNER) plan to run their new Azuma fleet of trains in Scotland from August, the operator announced today. The new trains have been running services on the East Coast mainline since May, but were not able to laun...

Rail Delivery Group outlines what rail companies want for the future

Rail Delivery Group outlines what rail companies want for the future

28.06.19: As we await the outcome of the government’s Rail Review, Paul Plummer, chief executive of Rail Delivery Group, outlines what rail companies want for the future. The rail network is under the kind of pressure that was never foreseen wh...

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, outlines the company's future vision

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, outlines the company's future vision

27.06.19: The chief executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, outlines his vision for the railway's infrastructure manager and gives an overview of its reorganisation. Network Rail is changing into an organisation that puts passengers and freight use...

Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

25.06.19: Grand Central will run a new route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020, the train operator announced today. The new InterCity services are expected to give a significant boost to the economy in the North West of England and London as...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >