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Last of ScotRail’s Class 314 fleet to be withdrawn

Last of ScotRail’s Class 314 fleet to be withdrawn

11 December 2019Train operator, ScotRail, has confirmed the withdrawal of the last of the Class 314 fleet from service. A special farewell tour will take pace around Strathclyde once the trains are removed from passenger service. Dec 18 will see the final Class...

Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

09 December 2019Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9), marking the start of a new era of intercity and high-speed rail services in the UK. An Avanti train, featuring the new bran...

ScotRail timetable changes to add ‘an extra 10,000 seats a day’

ScotRail timetable changes to add ‘an extra 10,000 seats a day’

04 December 2019ScotRail has announced its newest timetable improvements will see an extra 10,000 seats a day added for passengers across the country.

LNER to say goodbye to Intercity 125 High Speed Train

LNER to say goodbye to Intercity 125 High Speed Train

04 December 2019More than four decades of service to be celebrated by London North Eastern Railway from the iconic High-Speed Train (HST) on the East Coast route with a special farewell tour in December. LNER will mark the occasion by operating a four-day specia...

Northamptonshire teens safety film transformed into comic

Northamptonshire teens safety film transformed into comic

02 December 2019A new comic book has been produced by Network Rail, based on the safety film ‘18’ with the help of pupils from Kingswood Secondary Academy in Corby. The pupils were visited by Network Rail last summer and took part in safety workshops...

RSSB appoint Arup to review hydrogen trains

RSSB appoint Arup to review hydrogen trains

29 November 2019The 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 hazards...

New railway partnership named Avanti West Coast

New railway partnership named Avanti West Coast

28 November 2019FirstGroup and Trenitalia’s collaboration on the West Coast line unveiled at a special event in Birmingham last night (Nov 27) the name of their new rail franchise. Avanti West Coast is the new name of the line that will replace the InterCi...

Azuma trains take first LNER journey

Azuma trains take first LNER journey

26 November 2019London 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 currently r...

RIA and Network Rail launch supply chain survey

RIA and Network Rail launch supply chain survey

25 November 2019The 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 industry v...

FTA asks government to guarantee the future of HS2 for freight

FTA asks government to guarantee the future of HS2 for freight

18 November 2019The recent HS2 review uncertainty has prompted Freight Transport Association (FTA) to request confirmation from government on the future of HS2. FTA is calling on government to secure the high-speed railway’s future and ensure businesses ca...

New Stirling to London rail service application submitted by Grand Union

New Stirling to London rail service application submitted by Grand Union

13 November 2019Grand Union have submitted a new application to the Office of Rail and Road proposing a rail service between Stirling and London. The new service would be scheduled for four times a day starting from May 2021, and would start at Stirling, calling...

RIA launch RAIL 2050 Manifesto ahead of general election

RIA launch RAIL 2050 Manifesto ahead of general election

13 November 2019Railway Industry Association (RIA) has launched the Rail 2050 Manifesto, informing parties in the upcoming election of what the rail industry needs to thrive and develop long term. The report outlines the next 30 years in the rail industry and ca...

Rail Industry Ambassadors set to help shape the future of rail

Rail Industry Ambassadors set to help shape the future of rail

11 November 2019Young Rail Professionals have announced in support of their mission to promote the rail industry as a great place to work, they’re recruiting Rail Industry Ambassadors to visit schools, colleges and universities and career fairs. In hope of...

Amulet wins PFM award for work with C2C

Amulet wins PFM award for work with C2C

11 November 2019Amulet, the specialist security business of the Churchill group has won the Partners in Expert Services – Public Sector for its partnership with train operator, Trenitalia Limited (trading as C2C).

Railway Industry Association finds that more than half expect the rail industry to stagnate

Railway Industry Association finds that more than half expect the rail industry to stagnate

07 November 2019A survey conducted by independent polling company ComRes, on behalf of RIA, the national trade body for rail suppliers, has highlighted concerns about the coming year, as the rail sector faces continued uncertainty. The poll of 174 businesses lea...

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Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03/07/2020Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, including 111 trains from... more >
‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03/07/2020‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beginning to reopen, train o... more >
SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn ... 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 >