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Northern welcomes new link between East and West Yorkshire

Northern welcomes new link between East and West Yorkshire

19.12.19: Rail Operator, Northern Railway, is celebrating the improved links between East and West Yorkshire today (Dec 19) following the introduction of a new service on the network, providing a direct service between Halifax and Hull. The new route...

TfL Rail has begun operating services between London Paddington and Reading

TfL Rail has begun operating services between London Paddington and Reading

16.12.19: Services between London Paddington and Reading are now operated by TfL Rail which is the next step in the opening of the Elizabeth line.  Under TfL Rail, customers will now benefit from improvements to their stations including new cust...

Last of ScotRail’s Class 314 fleet to be withdrawn

Last of ScotRail’s Class 314 fleet to be withdrawn

11.12.19: Train operator, ScotRail, has confirmed the withdrawal of the last of the Class 314 fleet from service. A special farewell tour will take pace around Strathclyde once the trains are removed from passenger service. Dec 18 will see the f...

Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

10.12.19: London North Eastern Railway’s Highland Chieftain route between Inverness and London King’s Cross has welcomed the arrival of the new Azuma trains.   LNER operates The Highland Chieftain service in both directions every day...

Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

09.12.19: Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9), marking the start of a new era of intercity and high-speed rail services in the UK. An Avanti train, featuring the ne...

£350m contract for Hitachi Rail to build new Avanti West Coast trains

£350m contract for Hitachi Rail to build new Avanti West Coast trains

06.12.19: Hitachi Rail awarded a contract worth more than £350m by First Trenitalia, whose new Avanti West Coast rail service starts on the 8th of December, to maintain and prove 23 new intercity trains. The 135 new carriages will bring additio...

New Northern trains announced across their routes

New Northern trains announced across their routes

05.12.19: Rail operator, Northern, announced yesterday (Dec 4) that more than 50 new northern trains will be in service from Dec 15, with a further 49 to be operational in 2020. Brand new trains will serve Lincoln, Gainsborough, Worksop, Notting...

TfL to install over 100 cycle docking points near major rail stations

TfL to install over 100 cycle docking points near major rail stations

05.12.19: Before the year is over, Transport for London (TfL) will have installed 105 new Santander Cycles docking points close to Network Rail stations in Central London. It comes as part of an initiative to boost connectivity between different mode...

Virgin Trains leads the way with 5G onboard connectivity

Virgin Trains leads the way with 5G onboard connectivity

05.12.19: Virgin Trains has become the first train operator to trial onboard 5G Wi-Fi. The trial comes in partnership with McLaren Applied and Vodafone, as efforts continue to bring improved broadband speeds onboard trains. Once rolled out, the 5G co...

ScotRail timetable changes to add ‘an extra 10,000 seats a day’

ScotRail timetable changes to add ‘an extra 10,000 seats a day’

04.12.19: ScotRail has announced its newest timetable improvements will see an extra 10,000 seats a day added for passengers across the country. The latest changes, which include a new station in the north of Glasgow at Robroyston, are set to ta...

Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex reopened

Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex reopened

03.12.19: Following four days of successful improvement work on the Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex, Network Rail have welcome passengers back on board. The major upgrade programme, that took place between Nov 28 and Dec 1, included replacing th...

Vital upgrades on Edinburgh’s track this Christmas

Vital upgrades on Edinburgh’s track this Christmas

02.12.19: As of Christmas Day (25 Dec), engineers at Network Rail will be working to renew Edinburgh’s Haymarket junction. Essential track work will be carried out from the Dec 25 to 29, with major upgrades to renew four sets of points and repl...

New trains on Ipswich to Cambridge route

New trains on Ipswich to Cambridge route

27.11.19: Greater Anglia introduced new, longer passenger trains into service yesterday (Nov 26) on the busiest regional route. One of the new Swiss-built trains is now operational on the line between Ipswich, Bury St Edmund and Cambridge, which carr...

Azuma trains take first LNER journey

Azuma trains take first LNER journey

26.11.19: London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has celebrated the first service with the new Azuma trains. The inaugural southbound trip left Aberdeen at 07:52 this morning (26 Nov) for London King’s Cross. The world-class Azuma trains are curre...

Hull Trains welcomes new Class 802 as part of £60m investment

Hull Trains welcomes new Class 802 as part of £60m investment

25.11.19: Hull Trains have today (25 Nov) welcomed the arrival of the first of the brand-new Hitachi Rail Paragon trains. It comes as part of a £60m investment into five state-of-the-art, bi-mode intercity trains, known as Class 802s, bringing...

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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 >