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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...

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...

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Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02/04/2020Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by declaring a move to imme... more >
Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

01/04/2020Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

Staff on nationally critical routes, such as the West Coast and Chiltern main lines, are keeping essential supplies and key workers moving during... more >
LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

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London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is continuing to support its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak by giving out fresh sandw... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >