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National passenger survey results announced

25.01.08: Great Britain's largest train passenger survey has found four out of five passengers are satisfied with their rail journeys, the independent rail watchdog has revealed. Passenger Focus has launched the results of its autumn 2007 National Pa...

Penny the Pendolino becomes 'One in a Million'

10.01.08: A Virgin Trains' Pendolino tilting train, designed, built and maintained by Alstom, has become the first of the 52-strong fleet to clock up a million miles. Train No. 390022, named Penny the Pendolino, clocked up the magical million miles o...

Commuters in the South East face the most expensive and overcrowded journeys

03.01.08: On the day that travellers are hit by up to 14% rail fare increases, the Liberal Democrats have released figures highlighting the most expensive London commutes. The research reveals that: • Commuters from St Albans, Luton and Red...

Guards and drivers to be balloted at First Great Western

03.01.08: More than 600 RMT guards and train drivers are to be balloted for industrial action over breakdowns in industrial relations and the use of managers to guard and drive trains. Two separate ballots will begin on December 27 and are scheduled...

2008 Winter timetable starts

13.12.07: The new 2008 Winter National Rail timetable commenced on Sunday 9 December and will see a record number of passengers services running on Britain’s railway - 20,000 trains every weekday. The timetable reflects the additional investmen...

National Express sets new pace on inter city east coast

13.12.07: Transport business National Express Group signalled a new era in passenger rail services with the launch yesterday of its National Express East Coast franchise which will provide services on the East Coast Main Line between London, Yorkshire, th...

Partnership provides new benefits for station car park users

13.12.07: National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway has signed a new partnership agreement with National Car Parks (NCP) to provide a comprehensive contract management service of all ‘one’s 62 pay car parks at the train operator...

One railway wins green business award for fleet management at the international green business awards 2007

06.12.07: National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway has won the Best Fleet Management Award at the international Green Business Awards run by World Business magazine and the INSEAD Business School. The awards recognise best practice in envi...

ORR launches consultation

06.12.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has launched a consultation on its 2008/09 business plan. The consultation will help decide the key priorities in health and safety and economic regulation for April 2008 to March 2009. Bill Emery, O...

GNER continues to deliver

29.11.07: Fourth new-look train now in service. With less than three weeks to go before the start of a new franchise under new owners, train operator GNER has launched its fourth refurbished diesel 125 train into service. The train’s entry into...

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...

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Maritime Transport launch new rail services

17/07/2019Maritime Transport launch new rail services

Maritime Transport has launched two new rail services from DP World London Gateway to its rail terminals in Trafford Park and Wakefield. It ... more >
Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

17/07/2019Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

A campaign for a rail link between Windsor and Heathrow Airport is to be revived, after the scheme was turned down by the Department for Transpor... more >
Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

17/07/2019Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

The Conwy Valley line is set to reopen for passengers ahead of the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst, Network Rail has announced. Llandud... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... 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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >