Rail franchises operators & contracts

London & Continental Railways is to be separated into three distinct businesses

22.11.07: Rail Minister Tom Harris has announced to Parliament in the Second Reading of the CTRL (Supplementary Provisions) Bill that London & Continental Railways is to be separated into three distinct businesses, and that High Speed One will be sold...

£3M Lathe keeps one extra train in service

15.11.07: East Coast Main Line operator GNER has invested £3 million in a new wheel lathe to improve turnaround and maintenance times at one of its depots. The benefit to passengers is that an extra train set is kept in service, providing an ex...

East Midlands Trains launches

15.11.07: East Midlands Trains - the new train company for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire - starts its franchise on Sunday (11 November) at 2am. The company, run by Stagecoach Group, begins its seven-year-and-four-month franchise which is made...

New beginning for CrossCountry train travel

15.11.07: A new train operator begins services today (11 November), bringing fresh vision for the future of the UK’s most extensive rail franchise. CrossCountry is the brand and identity of the new company, which is part of leading European tra...

Eurostar maintenance depot opens in east London

Eurostar maintenance depot opens in east London

14.11.07: Eurostar’s new UK depot, Eurostar Engineering Centre Temple Mills has been opened by Tom Harris MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport. Situated in Leyton in east London, the Temple Mills depot is directly connec...

New hand held printer is just the ticket

14.11.07: Technology solutions specialist, Brother, has launched a new hand held A6 mobile printer designed for ticket inspectors who need to print on the move. Slim, light and compact, the new M-Print device allows users to print documents from a PD...

Omega Red

14.11.07: As the first major new railway to be built in this country in over a century, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link required a comprehensive earthing system. Nottingham-based earthing and lightning protection specialist, Omega Red Group, was chosen for t...

Pitstop wheel change for Eurostar

14.11.07: Eurostar trains which pull into the brand new CTRL maintenance facility in east London will receive daily servicing and even wheelset changes that are the railway equivalent of a motor racing pitstop. Streamlined removal and exchange of wheelset...

Rail and the law of unintended consequences

13.11.07: How is it possible that targets for train punctuality can lead to a worsening of service to many passengers? How is it that the most welcome benefits of internet-based timetable and other train enquiries can lead to potential passengers being di...

Findings welcomed

08.11.07: On 5th November, First ScotRail welcomed findings that it is achieving consistently high levels in a number of areas under a stringent customer service regime. More than 42,000 individual inspections of trains and stations were made in the...

First Great Western unveils more of its new look regional fleet

08.11.07: First Great Western today unveiled the latest vehicle in its new look West Country Regional Fleet on 5th November, which is part of an £11 million investment in the train operator’s local services. The first of 17 new look Class 150...

Rail industry looks to deliver a sustainable railway for passengers

08.11.07: Rail industry leaders have united in a robust call for a sustainable future which builds on rail’s obvious strengths and targets more electrification, at the sector’s first industry-wide sustainable development conference. Senio...

Transport announcement highlights failure of white paper – Kramer

01.11.07: Commenting on the publication of the Government’s new transport proposals document entitled Towards a Sustainable Transport System: Supporting Economic Growth in a Low Carbon World, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary, Susan Kramer...

Report shows on-going rail success

25.10.07: The impressive increase over the last decade in the number of people using the West Midlands rail system continued unabated last year, new figures have revealed. The Annual Statistical Report highlighting trends in the region’s public...

Rail passengers say proven technology can solve ticket problems

19.10.07: Rail passengers believe existing technology can be used to improve and streamline buying rail tickets according to research published today. Speaking at the first annual Rail Ticketing conference Anthony Smith, Chief Executive of Passenger...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >