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D-Train project derailed as partners pull out of trial

D-Train project derailed as partners pull out of trial

10.01.17: The future of the D-Train on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line is in doubt after local partners pulled out of the project. The three-car Class 230 train, built by Vivarail from upcycled parts of London Underground trains, was originall...

Porterbrook and Northern to develop bi-mode Class 319s

Porterbrook and Northern to develop bi-mode Class 319s

06.01.17: A number of Northern’s Class 319 electric trains will be converted to bi-mode operation thanks to a new unit from leasing company Porterbrook. The Class 319 Flex will be fitted onto eight of Northern’s 32 four-car Class 319 flee...

MTU to supply PowerPacks for Great Western Class 802s

MTU to supply PowerPacks for Great Western Class 802s

22.12.16: The Hitachi Rail Europe Class 802s that are bound for introduction on the Great Western Railway are to run on PowerPacks from Rolls-Royce’s MTU company. Hitachi ordered 136 Series 1600 PowerPacks, which will be installed in 36 of its...

Porterbrook to install autumn leaf protection on Abellio East Anglia fleet

Porterbrook to install autumn leaf protection on Abellio East Anglia fleet

22.12.16: A wheel slide guard designed to tackle the problem of autumn leaves on the railway is due to be rolled out on Porterbrook’s fleet after a successful trial. Porterbrook developed the system of wheel slide protection to install on its f...

First trains of new £210m South West fleet arrive

First trains of new £210m South West fleet arrive

20.12.16: The first trains of South West Trains’ new £210m fleet have arrived at Clapham ahead of final testing in the New Year. The Siemens-built Class 707 Desiro City trains will accommodate approximately 11,000 passengers every weekday...

Greater Anglia launches new-look Class 321s

Greater Anglia launches new-look Class 321s

19.12.16: Greater Anglia’s new-look Class 321 Renatus train has been launched at London Liverpool Street station in a passenger-focused upgrade of the TOC’s original rolling stock. The Class 321 Renatus is the result of several years&rsqu...

Vivarail trial start date delayed from October to February

Vivarail trial start date delayed from October to February

01.12.16: The Vivarail Class 230 train will now not begin its trial runs on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line until next February because of problems with the approval process. The innovative three-car D Train is built from upcycled bodyshells a...

Test trains launched on Oxford to London Marylebone link

Test trains launched on Oxford to London Marylebone link

30.11.16: The new railway link between Oxford and London Marylebone has come a step closer as trains began testing ahead of its opening. The new service, featuring two Chiltern trains an hour, will begin running on 12 December after the final track w...

Vivarail Class 230 to start mainline testing

Vivarail Class 230 to start mainline testing

25.11.16: Vivarail’s prototype Class 230 has been sent off for mainline testing prior to entering service on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line. The 230-001 set off by road from the Quinton Rail Technology Centre yesterday to Tyseley Locomo...

How a zero-emission train could revolutionise UK railways

How a zero-emission train could revolutionise UK railways

22.11.16: Henrik Anderberg, managing director for regional & intercity at Alstom UK & Ireland, gives an update on the company’s first zero-emission self-powered train. At this year’s InnoTrans in Berlin, the railway industry&rsquo...

In pursuit of the perfect train design

In pursuit of the perfect train design

22.11.16: Adrian Shooter, chair of Vivarail and former chair of Chiltern Railways, discusses the impracticality of creating a train that suits everyone’s needs, and the design the company has adopted for the Class 230 on the Coventry to Nuneaton lin...

Thameslink Class 700 rolled out on suburban route

Thameslink Class 700 rolled out on suburban route

09.11.16: The new Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Class 700 trains have passed another milestone as the first one began operating on the suburban Wimbledon and Sutton loop. The eight-car Class 700 has been operating 11 services a day since 31 October...

Hull Trains completes fleet expansion deal with £60m AT300 order

Hull Trains completes fleet expansion deal with £60m AT300 order

02.11.16: Hull Trains has finally completed a deal to invest £60m in a new fleet of Hitachi AT300s, which are expected to come into service on the open access operator’s route in 2019. Financed by Angel Trains, the deal will see Hitachi R...

Huddersfield test site will allow technology to reach tracks faster

Huddersfield test site will allow technology to reach tracks faster

01.11.16: A one-of-a-kind test facility created to fast-track new rail technology has opened in Huddersfield. The £4.5m Centre for Innovation in Rail features a 150-ton test rig, funded by the Regional Growth Fund, which is the only one of its...

First Class 387-1 enters service on Great Northern

First Class 387-1 enters service on Great Northern

13.10.16: The first train in the Class 387/1 Electrostars fleet entered service on the Great Northern line this week. From 10 October, the four-carriage train began running six services every day between King's Cross and Cambridge/Letchworth Garden C...

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Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

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Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

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London mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of reneging on his pre-election pledge of a TfL-wide fares freeze after it was revealed that it would ha... more >
‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

20/01/2017‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

A committee of MPs has urged the Welsh and UK governments to end underdevelopment of the Welsh rail network, pointing to the new Wales and Border... more >

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pag... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers w... more > more last word articles >

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Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

06/01/2017Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

A commuter organisation looking to take the DfT to court over its handling of the Southern rail crisis have said that their legal challenge is almost ready. The Association of British Commuters (ABC) hopes to submit its full application calling for a judicial review by the end of this month, after initially raising funds for the challenge... more >
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Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

20/01/2017Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

Florence Gaidet from Mack Brooks gives RTM an update on what people can expect from SIFER 2017, France’s showcase for railway technology, p... more >
The data-driven railway

20/01/2017The data-driven railway

RTM speaks to James Dean, Network Rail’s director of route asset management (DRAM), LNW, about the work the infrastructure owner is carryin... more >
Achieving efficiency through standards

17/01/2017Achieving efficiency through standards

Vaibhav Puri, head of standards policy at the RSSB, attempts to bust the myths around standards, and argues that they will be vital to the tradin... more >
A digital railway for a modern Britain

17/01/2017A digital railway for a modern Britain

David Waboso CBE, managing director of Group Digital Railway, discusses using digital technology and how we must work together better as an indus... more >

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Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Fut... more >