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Four in East Coast rail shortlist

01.03.07: The shortlist for the new operator of the UK's East Coast Mainline train service has been announced by the Department for Transport. Bids by Arriva Trains, First Rail, National Express Group have progressed to the next stage. A proposa...

GNER launched new look diesel 125 trains

01.03.07: Train operator GNER has launched the first of its new look diesel 125 trains, as part of a £45m transformation which aims to deliver more reliable, comfortable, quieter and greener journeys for millions of passengers along the East Coast M...

GNER secures two extra trains

01.03.07: GNER has moved swiftly to secure the two extra trains required to help introduce 12 additional weekday services between Yorkshire, the East Midlands and London from May. The two diesel high speed trains (HSTs) will be given a major makeover...

Nomad Digital acquires QinetiQ Rail

01.03.07: Nomad Digital, providers and operators of specialist mobility networks, has announced its acquisition of QinetiQ Rail, the commercial rail division of QinetiQ, one of the UK’s leading defence and security technology companies. Nomad h...

Passengers are experiencing wide differences in rail services

01.03.07: Passenger Focus, the independent national rail consumer watchdog, has said today that passengers are experiencing wide differences in rail services depending on the train operator they travel with. Passenger Focus’ latest National Pas...

Start of a new era for South West Trains

01.03.07: Stagecoach Group has operated South West Trains since it ran the first ever privatised train back in 1996 and was awarded a new ten year franchise last September. The new franchise began on 4 February and passengers have been promised a whole ra...

£600m Metro reinvigoration bid goes to Downing Street

01.01.07: The Tyne and Wear Metro needs a £600m cash investment to secure its future for the next 20 years, the Government will be told. The Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority today has approved a business case drawn up by Nexus settin...

CBS Outdoor snatches rail contracts from Titan

01.01.07: CBS Outdoor (formerly Viacom Outdoor) has won £13.5 million worth of business from Titan Outdoor following a clutch of advertising contract wins, including a five year contract with train operating company Northern Rail. CBS Outdoor&r...

Interview With Ian Yeowart

01.01.07: Ian Yeowart, managing director, Grand Central Railway Company, talks to RTM in the run up to the launch of its new service in May How do you justify to passengers your decision to postpone services by five months? It’s been a dif...

Metronet recruits hundreds to boost engineering strength

01.01.07: In a drive to improve performance on the London Underground, Metronet Rail is adding 550 new staff to its frontline engineering maintenance team, an increase of more than 25 per cent. Metronet, which is investing over £3 million every...

Mobile phone ticketing first for UK rail industry

01.01.07: Chiltern Railways has become the first train company in the United Kingdom to sell mobile phone tickets to their passengers following the sale of their first 'mobile tickets' to passengers last week. Chiltern Railways is working alongside Y...

Rail freight promoters support

01.01.07: Immediate start urged for £5 billion super rail freight artery In an open letter to Gordon Brown MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and to Douglas Alexander MP, Secretary of State for Transport, Kelvin Hopkins MP urges that the nation a...

Transmitton wins SCADA project on West Coast power supply upgrade

01.01.07: Transmitton, now part of Siemens Transportation Systems rail communications group in the UK, is the SCADA contractor on the Network Rail West Coast power supply upgrade, a programme of works to reinforce the electrification infrastructure, incre...

Lighting the high-speed rail link

01.11.06: Bob Bohannon, general manager of Sill Lighting, explains the challenges faced in meeting the lighting requirements on the CTRL project As the first new railway in England for over sixty years, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), which in i...

Team Construction celebrates five years of success

01.11.06: Team Construction is celebrating five years of highly successful trading as a Payroll Service for contractors and sub-contractors in the Construction industry. Despite the challenges of new legislation, the company anticipates continued healthy...

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Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23/08/2019Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public co... more >
Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23/08/2019Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldershot, in Hampshire. Ar... more >
Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23/08/2019Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to be... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >