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Amulet wins PFM award for work with C2C

Amulet wins PFM award for work with C2C

11.11.19: Amulet, 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). The category highlights partnerships...

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

07.11.19: A 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 business...

RIA chief executive responds to Keith Williams’ select committee evidence

RIA chief executive responds to Keith Williams’ select committee evidence

29.10.19: After Keith Williams, of the Williams Rail Review, gave evidence to the Transport Select Committee confirming a likely recommendation from his report being a restructuring UK rail, the Rail Industry Association (RIA) has praised the de...

RIA welcomes new report of EU rail supply chain competitiveness

RIA welcomes new report of EU rail supply chain competitiveness

22.10.19: The UK Rail Industry Association (RIA) has welcomed a new report on the EU rail supply industry as an “important step forward” in developing a competitive European rail supply chain. RIA, the mouthpiece for many UK rail supply c...

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

16.10.19: The government is considering renationalising Northern Rail due to repeated poor performance. Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said he has issued a “request for proposals” from the train operator and the Operator of Last Res...

Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

14.10.19: Boris Johnson to scraprail franchise system in favour of reformed model The UK’s rail franchising model is to be overhauled and proposals for railway reform brought forward, the Government has announced in today’s Queens Speech....

Chiltern Railways trials first UK 3D printed train parts

Chiltern Railways trials first UK 3D printed train parts

02.10.19: Chiltern Railways has become the first train operator in the UK to trial 3D printed parts on in-service passenger trains. The operator has partnered with train leasing company Angel Trains to launch the trial, as well as leading 3D printing...

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...

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GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

12/12/2019GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is continuing its roll out of life saving defibrillators at stations across its network. Statistics show that... more >
Grand Central completes £9m refurbishment of rolling stock

12/12/2019Grand Central completes £9m refurbishment of rolling stock

Grand Central has completed a two-year £9m refurbishment of its train fleet, serving the operator’s route linking Sunderland and Hart... more >
Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

11/12/2019Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

Hull Trains have released a 360 virtual tour of inside its new Paragon Trains, and are inviting customers to take a look. The immersive vide... 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 >