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‘One’ honours station adopters on rural network

11.10.07: Main awards for Great Yarmouth, Acle, West Runton, Trimley and Newmarket National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway, the train operator for London and the East of England, has honoured its station adopters on the Rural Route...

Arriva announces senior appointments for crosscountry franchise

11.10.07: Arriva plc, one of Europe’s largest transport services organisations, has today announced senior appointments within its UK Trains division, in preparation for the start of the new CrossCountry franchise on 11 November 2007. Andy Coop...

Stansted Express announces more services for passengers

11.10.07: An extra 13 Stansted Express services a week will run from 9 December 2007 as improved night time working measures implemented by Network Rail allow more time to run passenger services. The new extended timetable will help meet increased de...

First Great Western’s new look regional fleet unveiled

First Great Western’s new look regional fleet unveiled

04.10.07: First Great Western yesterday unveiled its new look West Country Regional Fleet as part of an £11 million investment in the train operator’s local services. The investment, which includes a major engineering overhaul, new interi...

South West trains’ performance continues to improve

04.10.07: South West Trains has improved on June’s best ever performance figure by recording a figure of 95% (PPM) for the period between 25 August - 15 September 2007. South West Trains’ Moving Annual Average (MAA), is now 90.7%; its bes...

First and foremost

First and foremost

01.10.07: Over the past three years, First ScotRail has invested in train refurbishments and station enhancements in order to improve reliability and to ensure a safer and more comfortable environment for rail passengers in Scotland. RTM asked Steve Montg...

GNER unveils new look for station waiting ‘pods’

01.10.07: EAST Coast train operator GNER has unveiled the latest stage of its programme of station improvements, aimed at improving the journey experience for passengers. Three glass-covered waiting ‘pods’ within Newcastle station, betwee...

Angel trains purchases 60 Bombardier traxx locomotives for operation in continental Europe

27.09.07: Pan-European train leasing company, Angel Trains, has placed an order for 60 Bombardier Traxx locomotives for cross-border operations. The firm order and options, including a combination of TRAXX AC, DC and MS locomotives, is worth approximately...

Senior appointments strengthen Arriva’s UK trains division

27.09.07: Arriva plc, one of Europe’s largest transport services organisations, today announced two senior appointments within its UK Trains division, following the company’s recent success in winning the CrossCountry franchise, which starts o...

Region's rail network on agenda at Labour Party Conference

20.09.07: Greater Manchester's transport leaders will call for overcrowding on local rail services to be tackled as a priority at the Labour Party Conference next week. The number of journeys made by train passengers in Greater Manchester has more th...

Virgin Trains' second wave of Go Greener, Go Cheaper advertising campaign

20.09.07: Following on from the success of the 'Go Greener Go Cheaper' marketing campaign in March this year, the second burst of this activity again takes the environmental fight directly to both the car and domestic airlines. The £4m campaign is l...

ORR announces decision on additional services between London and Wrexham

13.09.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has approved track access rights for a new service between London Marylebone and Wrexham. The rights will come into effect in December 2007 and run for seven years, providing for a new 'open access' company Wr...

National Express Group awarded contract

16.08.07: Passenger Focus, the independent rail consumer watchdog, has responded to the announcement by the Department for Transport that the National Express Group has been awarded the contract to run the Intercity East Coast rail franchise from 9 Decemb...

New East coast rail franchise

16.08.07: EAST Coast train operator GNER has shared the disappointment of its bid partners, Stagecoach Group plc and The Virgin Group of Companies, after the Department for Transport announced that the partnership bid for a new Inter City East Coast franc...

New Train Company unveiled

16.08.07: A new train company for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire area has unveiled its name, logo and the look of its train livery – and plans for millions of pounds of improvements to trains and stations. East Midlands Trains, run by St...

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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 >