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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...

Praise for 20% rail passenger rise

16.08.07: Public transport leaders have praised a local train operator for increasing passenger numbers by a fifth in just three years. Northern Rail began running services across the north of England in 2004 and was recently named as the public transpor...

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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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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

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In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >