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Rail freight deal unveiled by DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport

Rail freight deal unveiled by DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport

28.01.19: DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport have agreed to launch a joint intermodal division and contract out work to each other in bid to increase rail freight capacity and competition in the intermodal market. The deal will see DB Cargo contracte...

Delayed new Caledonian Sleeper trains complete first test to London in ‘exciting landmark’

Delayed new Caledonian Sleeper trains complete first test to London in ‘exciting landmark’

23.01.19: New Caledonian Sleeper carriages have made their first test run from Scotland to London Euston ahead of the £100m fleet’s delayed launch in May this year. The carriages will include en-suite bathrooms and double beds, operating...

Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22.01.19: Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their use on the Heathrow Express rail link. The 12 specially converted ‘Electrostar’ trains currently operate on Lo...

Network Rail set to start £13m upgrade work on Derbyshire railway

Network Rail set to start £13m upgrade work on Derbyshire railway

21.01.19: Network Rail are carrying out £13m renewal works on junctions, signalling systems, and passenger access on the Matlock branch line as part of a £200m project to improve the railway in Derbyshire. Ambergate Junction, the point wh...

East West Rail seeking partners to deliver Cambridge-Bedford rail link

East West Rail seeking partners to deliver Cambridge-Bedford rail link

21.01.19: East West Railway Company (EWRC) has announced it is seeking specialist partners to deliver the central section of its new rail line between Cambridge and Bedford, after publishing a prior information notice (PIN) today. The EWRC is develop...

Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

18.01.19: Rail maintenance company Gemini Rail has served a closure notice on its Springburn depot and served workers with redundancy notices, sparking unions to launch a campaign to save the rail works. Gemini Rail announced its intention to close t...

Network Rail announces final CP6 multimillion-pound contract winners for rail projects in Scotland and North East

Network Rail announces final CP6 multimillion-pound contract winners for rail projects in Scotland and North East

17.01.19: Network Rail has announced the winners of its final major multimillion-pound contracts for CP6, worth a total of £470m. Following on for the previous CP6 contracts awarded by Network Rail at the end of last year, worth several billion...

Northern to deliver new fleet of trains on Cumbrian rail routes this summer

Northern to deliver new fleet of trains on Cumbrian rail routes this summer

16.01.19: A new fleet of trains will be introduced for the first time on routes in Cumbria as Northern bosses promise a host of new initiatives for 2019. Northern’s 98 trains, which are a mix of diesel and electric, will be “drip fed&rdqu...

Huddersfield rail electrification to be included in £2.9bn TransPennine upgrade in revealed ‘confidential’ information

Huddersfield rail electrification to be included in £2.9bn TransPennine upgrade in revealed ‘confidential’ information

15.01.19: The long-awaited £2.9bn upgrade to the TransPennine rail route may also include the partial electrification of the line between Huddersfield and Leeds and Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge after a councillor revealed “confidential&...

Deutsche Bahn may sell Arriva to plug multi-billion gap in finances

Deutsche Bahn may sell Arriva to plug multi-billion gap in finances

14.01.19: Deutsche Bahn (DB) reportedly wants to sell Arriva in order to plug a £3.6bn gap in its finances, although reports from Berlin say Brexit is making it hard to value the rail business. The German rail operator is holding crisis talks w...

One in three train operators failing to pay out compensation on time, according to ORR

One in three train operators failing to pay out compensation on time, according to ORR

10.01.19: Statistics revealing which train operators have failed to pay compensation to passengers on time have been released by the ORR for the first time, revealing that more than one in three companies are failing to meet target response times. Ov...

New hydrogen ‘Breeze’ trains unveiled by Alstom and Eversholt

New hydrogen ‘Breeze’ trains unveiled by Alstom and Eversholt

07.01.19: Hydrogen trains will be introduced in as little as two years after a deal has been struck to convert more than 100 trains into the first fleet powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. The new trains, to be called “Breeze” train...

Northern owner Deutsche Bahn wants compensation from Network Rail over extensive delays and disruption

Northern owner Deutsche Bahn wants compensation from Network Rail over extensive delays and disruption

07.01.19: Deutsche Bahn has demanded Network Rail pay compensation for the extensive delays in electrifying its under fire Northern rail franchise. First reported in the Telegraph, the parent company of Arriva Rail North, who run the struggling opera...

Stagecoach took £35m from rail franchise before abandoning East Coast Main Line

Stagecoach took £35m from rail franchise before abandoning East Coast Main Line

07.01.19: Transport giant Stagecoach took out £35m from the East Midlands Trains franchise before it abandoned the London-to-Edinburgh East Coast Main Line (ECML) less than a year later, it has been revealed. The massive dividend represents a &...

Northern under fire over £31m government subsidy ‘secret payments’

Northern under fire over £31m government subsidy ‘secret payments’

04.01.19: The RMT union has criticised “secret extra payments” funded by taxpayers given to Northern Rail after it was found that the government paid the train operator a total of £31m more than previously announced since the franchise b...

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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 >