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‘Backbone’ of high-speed rail in Britain donated to National Railway Museum

‘Backbone’ of high-speed rail in Britain donated to National Railway Museum

12.11.19: Britain’s most influential modern locomotive, Class 43 High-speed train, also known as the InterCity 125 will join the stationary fleet of over 260 locomotives and rolling stock at the National Railway Museum in York. The train, no.43...

Poppy train launched to remember rail workers’ wartime service

Poppy train launched to remember rail workers’ wartime service

07.11.19: Southern Railway has launched a special commemorative train to remember the wartime service of railway workers. The poppy-themed train entered service today as part of Southern’s support for The Royal British Legion’s annual Pop...

 Modernised Govia Thameslink Railway fleet improve energy efficiency

Modernised Govia Thameslink Railway fleet improve energy efficiency

01.11.19: Govia Thameslink Railway are now recycling over 50% more energy back into the railway network, helping to power the fleet and making them more energy efficient than any previous generations of trains. The ‘smart’ braking system...

Sheffield City Region mayor backs compensation for rail passengers

Sheffield City Region mayor backs compensation for rail passengers

21.10.19: Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis has called on Northern Rail to provide passengers compensation and cheaper fares on routes still where Pacer trains will be retained in the region into 2020 – long past the initial deadline...

Chiltern Railways trials first UK 3D printed train parts

Chiltern Railways trials first UK 3D printed train parts

02.10.19: Chiltern Railways has become the first train operator in the UK to trial 3D printed parts on in-service passenger trains. The operator has partnered with train leasing company Angel Trains to launch the trial, as well as leading 3D printing...

The importance of edge infrastructure

The importance of edge infrastructure

26.09.19: The world is in the midst of a digital revolution, bringing with it a new level of opportunity for innovation in the rail industry. Vertiv is at the centre of this digitalisation and, ahead of next month’s TransCityRail North event, RTM&rs...

New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

09.09.19: Louise Cheeseman, managing director of Hull Trains, describes how a new fleet of rolling stock looks set to revolutionise the operator and their service. For Hull Trains, 2019 marks what will be our most exciting year since we launched some...

TransPennine Express introduce first Nova 2 train

TransPennine Express introduce first Nova 2 train

25.07.19: TransPennine Express (TPE) has accepted the first of their new Nova 2 trains from Spanish manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF). The acceptance of the first Nova 2 unit means TPE has now accepted trains from eac...

RSSB: Railways crucial in UK becoming net zero-carbon by 2050

RSSB: Railways crucial in UK becoming net zero-carbon by 2050

22.07.19: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has said that Britain’s railways have a crucial role to play in helping the UK economy decarbonise by 2050. The announcement came as part of a new rail task force report, published today...

TfW reveal new long-distance Class 175 trains

TfW reveal new long-distance Class 175 trains

16.07.19: Transport for Wales (TfW) has revealed their new fleet of Class 175 trains as part of a major investment in Transport for Wales' long-distance trains. Customers will soon be able to use USB, electric charging points and improved seating as...

60 new jobs at TfW Rail Services announced

60 new jobs at TfW Rail Services announced

16.07.19: 60 new jobs at Transport for Wales (TfW) have been announced as part of the rail body’s £5bn investment programme in the country. The new jobs will be at Transport for Wales Rail Services, which will be responsible for the day-t...

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

16.07.19: Designs for a new automated people mover in the West Midlands have been released by HS2. The driverless vehicle plans to be used to transport passenger between HS2’s new Interchange Station in Solihull and Birmingham Airport. Whe...

Competition opens to convert retiring Pacer trains in the North

Competition opens to convert retiring Pacer trains in the North

12.07.19: Community groups in the North of England can now submit their plans on how to renovate retiring Pacer train carriages. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced the scheme earlier this year, and argues that instead of scrapping the...

RSSB research creates train seat comfort rating

RSSB research creates train seat comfort rating

11.07.19: Research by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has led to the first comfort rating scale for creating an appropriate level of comfort into train seats. Rail experts from across the industry have encouraged designers and specifiers t...

EWR to begin rolling stock procurement this year

10.07.19: The East West Railway Company (EWR Co) will begin a formal rolling stock procurement process later this year, the company announced earlier this week. The rolling stock market engagement exercise has been underway since November 2018. As pa...

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Virgin Trains set passenger record for choosing rail over air

15/11/2019Virgin Trains set passenger record for choosing rail over air

Virgin Trains have set a new record with the number of people choose to travel by rail over air. The number of people choosing to travel bet... more >
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. ... more >
Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

14/11/2019Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

Today (14 Nov) is the 25th anniversary of the Eurostar train, the high-speed service linking the south of England with France, Belgium and the Ne... 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 >

rail industry focus

  • 02/11/2019Monica Barbosa: Women In Rail

    Director of business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, thinks women are missing out on exciting opportunities because the...
  • 01/11/2019The dangers of fatigues

    Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance...
  • 01/11/2019Mind the skills gap

    Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance...
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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 >