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£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...

‘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...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastruct... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve performance. The Rai... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new Lond... 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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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >