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Elizabeth line completion update from Crossrail Ltd

Elizabeth line completion update from Crossrail Ltd

10 January 2020Today (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. The central section is current...

ScotRail 19 month-high for trains running on time

ScotRail 19 month-high for trains running on time

10 January 2020Scotland’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 spent on...

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

09 January 2020Network 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 in...

£642m deal secured between Alstom and Avanti West Coast

£642m deal secured between Alstom and Avanti West Coast

08 January 2020The 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 £127 mill...

Electric rail services underway for South Wales passengers

Electric rail services underway for South Wales passengers

07 January 2020This 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. Electrificati...

2020 plan for north-east rail network

2020 plan for north-east rail network

06 January 2020Transport 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. On...

Northern responds to uncertain future of the franchise

Northern responds to uncertain future of the franchise

03 January 2020Rail 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: “It’s...

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise

02 January 2020Transport 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 Newcastle...

Northern welcomes new link between East and West Yorkshire

Northern welcomes new link between East and West Yorkshire

19 December 2019Rail 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 comes...

TfL Rail has begun operating services between London Paddington and Reading

TfL Rail has begun operating services between London Paddington and Reading

16 December 2019Services 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 customer i...

Last of ScotRail’s Class 314 fleet to be withdrawn

Last of ScotRail’s Class 314 fleet to be withdrawn

11 December 2019Train 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 final Class...

Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

10 December 2019London 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 betwe...

Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

09 December 2019Long-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 new bran...

£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 December 2019Hitachi 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 additional ca...

New Northern trains announced across their routes

New Northern trains announced across their routes

05 December 2019Rail 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, Nottingham fo...

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Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

09/07/2020Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

Network Rail are currently looking to appoint a main contractor to design and build the new Forth Bridge Experience. ... more >
South Wales Metro railway works imminent

09/07/2020South Wales Metro railway works imminent

Transformational works on railway lines through South Wales set to begin on the 3rd of August. As part of Transport... more >
New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

09/07/2020New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

Following new agreements being signed earlier this week (July 7th) a direct high-speed train service from Amsterdam and ... 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 >