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Eurotunnel to get wireless internet

Eurotunnel to get wireless internet

10.01.14: Passengers travelling in the Channel Tunnel will be able to access mobile services, it has been announced. Operators EE and Vodafone have signed a 10-year agreement with Eurotunnel to offer access to 2G and 3G services on the North Tunnel....

TOCs should not be surprised by bad weather – MPs

TOCs should not be surprised by bad weather – MPs

03.01.14: The transport industry must do more to ensure winter preparedness, MPs have urged. A new report published by the Transport Select Committee highlighted a lack of readiness across infrastructure, resources and promoting passenger interests. ...

Eurostar carried 10 million passengers in 2013

Eurostar carried 10 million passengers in 2013

03.01.14: Over 10 million passengers travelled on Eurostar in 2013, breaking the record for the most passengers carried in a single year. It brings the total number of passengers to 140 million since services began in 1994. The past year saw new...

UK ranked second in European passenger survey

UK ranked second in European passenger survey

20.12.13: A European survey of over 26,000 people across 26 member countries ranked the UK as second for passenger satisfaction. The European Commission survey sought views on punctuality, provision of information and accessibility for people with re...

Smart technology has ‘huge potential’ for transport – Smarter Travel Forum

Smart technology has ‘huge potential’ for transport – Smarter Travel Forum

18.12.13: Public transport must make better use of smart technology, a new group of companies has urged. The Smarter Travel Forum is formed of the Campaign for Better Transport, Cubic Transportation Systems, Telefónica and Thales. The forum wi...

Better rail links needed to meet aviation demand – Airports Commission

Better rail links needed to meet aviation demand – Airports Commission

17.12.13: The Airports Commission’s interim report includes recommendations to improve rail links to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. The government should work on developing proposals to improve the rail link between London and Stansted, provid...

Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Line reopening proposals gather steam

Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Line reopening proposals gather steam

12.12.13: The Varsity Line between Oxford and Cambridge could be reopened after nearly 50 years, as the government looks to extend the East West Rail link, the western section of which is already funded and approved. The line was closed due to a lack...

EMT cuts London journey times

EMT cuts London journey times

09.12.13: Faster journeys to London have been launched today by East Midlands Trains (EMT), with the average service now taking 2 hours and 10 minutes. The fastest train to London has been cut by six minutes. The new timetable has been facilitated by...

Lines reopen after storm batters rail network

Lines reopen after storm batters rail network

06.12.13: Trains across Scotland stopped completely yesterday and much of the network across the north was severely disrupted as a storm hit the UK. Trees and debris on the West Coast Main Line led to cancellations and delays across the country, with...

Storm forces closure of Scotland’s entire rail network

Storm forces closure of Scotland’s entire rail network

05.12.13: There is serious disruption to train services due to stormy weather today, especially in Scotland where Network Rail has closed the entire network. It blamed “the huge amount of debris – trampolines, hay bales, trees – on...

Overhead line object causes major damage to London Midland trains

Overhead line object causes major damage to London Midland trains

28.11.13: An object on a train line caused over £225,000 worth of damage to two London Midlands trains, the operator has announced. The example shows how a simple object can lead to huge costs and significant delays. The object was on the...

Airport makes the case for Crossrail 2

Airport makes the case for Crossrail 2

22.11.13: Crossrail 2 could bring significant connectivity benefits to passengers travelling to and from Stansted Airport, London First has stated. Speaking at Stansted Airport’s 13th Transport Forum, director of infrastructure David Leam (pict...

Direct Shrewsbury-London services confirmed

Direct Shrewsbury-London services confirmed

14.11.13: Direct services from Shrewsbury to London will be restored from May, the ORR has said, despite earlier rejections of Virgin’s applications. Shrewsbury lost its direct services to the capital when the Wrexham & Shropshire open acce...

Faster journey times for East Midlands Trains after 125mph upgrade

Faster journey times for East Midlands Trains after 125mph upgrade

12.11.13: A £70m line speed improvement scheme will soon cut journey times for passengers travelling from the east Midlands to London. East Midlands Trains (EMT) will launch a new timetable on 9 December as trains will be able to run at 125mph...

‘Norwich in Ninety’ taskforce launched

‘Norwich in Ninety’ taskforce launched

08.11.13: A new taskforce has been launched to speed up journey times to East Anglia, the government has announced. Network Rail professionals, DfT officials and local MPs will make up the taskforce. ‘Norwich in Ninety’ will look to cut s...

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Maritime Transport launch new rail services

17/07/2019Maritime Transport launch new rail services

Maritime Transport has launched two new rail services from DP World London Gateway to its rail terminals in Trafford Par... more >
Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

17/07/2019Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

A campaign for a rail link between Windsor and Heathrow Airport is to be revived, after the scheme was turned down by th... more >
Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

17/07/2019Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

The Conwy Valley line is set to reopen for passengers ahead of the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst, Network Rail ha... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... 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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >