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Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

16.01.20: Vivarail achieved a UK first yesterday (Jan 15) as their Class 230 train travelled 40 miles on battery power alone. It comes during a time of desperate need for a cleaner, greener train network as the UK strives for net zero carbon by 2050....

South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

16.01.20: South Western Railway customers will now be able to see the new ‘Class 442’ refurbished trains across passenger services. These trains since the new year have been running fast journeys from London to Portsmout via Guildford, Ha...

£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

16.01.20: The viaduct which was been featured in the Harry Potter series, is the latest Network Rail project. Work has begun the protect the railway from possible landslips and rock-falls from the hillsides and embankments. £1.7m has been inves...

Building on success - Hull Trains

Building on success - Hull Trains

15.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20  Louise Cheeseman, managing director at Hull Trains, speaks to Rail Technology Magazine as she reflects on 2019 and outlines what’s next for Hull Trains in 2020 As we approach our twentieth year in...

Balfour Beatty completes rail line electrification

Balfour Beatty completes rail line electrification

14.01.20: Balfour Beatty, as contracted by Network Rail, has successfully completed the electrification of 77km of the Great Western Railway (GWR) line between Bristol and Cardiff. It comes as part of a wider Greater Wester Electrification Programme...

Network Rail to improve Beverley railway station

Network Rail to improve Beverley railway station

14.01.20: Network Rail has announced today (Jan 14) a £600,000 investment into improving Beverly railway station, to improve passenger experience and enhance the station’s aesthetic and general condition.   The footbridge at the stat...

South Western Railway £70m ‘Desiro’ fleet completed

South Western Railway £70m ‘Desiro’ fleet completed

13.01.20: South Western Railway (SWR) has completed the £70m refurbishment of Desiro trains as final train enters passenger service. The rail operators’ £70m upgrade programme started in December 2017 and has seen the modernisation...

Elizabeth line completion update from Crossrail Ltd

Elizabeth line completion update from Crossrail Ltd

10.01.20: Today (10 January) Crossrail Ltd issued its latest update on progress to complete the Elizabeth line. They have confirmed their plans to open the central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood in summer in 2021. Following the openin...

ScotRail 19 month-high for trains running on time

ScotRail 19 month-high for trains running on time

10.01.20: Scotland’s Railway is celebrating the highest number of trains running on time since June 2018, a 19 month-high for the franchise. Customers of ScotRail are enjoying the benefits of a huge infrastructure investment and £475m spe...

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

09.01.20: Network Rail has announced the awarding of contracts for 82 frameworks to deliver design services across the country, worth an estimated £400m for Control Period 6 (2019-2024) and up to £640m with the option to further the framework...

£642m deal secured between Alstom and Avanti West Coast

£642m deal secured between Alstom and Avanti West Coast

08.01.20: The new West Coast Mainline operator, Avanti West Coast, have secured a seven-year deal worth precisely £642 million with Alstom, who will refurbish and maintain the routes 56 electric Pendolino trains. As well as covering a £12...

Electric rail services underway for South Wales passengers

Electric rail services underway for South Wales passengers

07.01.20: This week rail passengers in South Wales are benefitting from electric services for the first-time following Network Rail’s successful completion of electrification of the railway between Cardiff Central and London Paddington. Electri...

2020 plan for north-east rail network

2020 plan for north-east rail network

06.01.20: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today committed (6 January) to reviving rail connection across the north-east, outlining how new investment will boost the rail network as the government looks to level up infrastructure across the country. ...

Northern responds to uncertain future of the franchise

Northern responds to uncertain future of the franchise

03.01.20: Rail operators Northern Railway has responded to a statement made by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, yesterday (Jan 2) setting out plans to strip Northern of their franchise. David Brown, managing director at Northern, said: “...

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise

02.01.20: Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said Northern Rail is to be stripped of its franchise following its “unacceptable” performance. This comes off the back of a year of chaos and cancellations across the network, which runs New...

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Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

16/01/2020Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

Vivarail achieved a UK first yesterday (Jan 15) as their Class 230 train travelled 40 miles on battery power alone. ... more >
South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

16/01/2020South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

South Western Railway customers will now be able to see the new ‘Class 442’ refurbished trains across passen... more >
£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

16/01/2020£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

The viaduct which was been featured in the Harry Potter series, is the latest Network Rail project. Work has begun the p... 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 >