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RIA calls on Shapps for urgent rail electrification

RIA calls on Shapps for urgent rail electrification

19.02.20: The Railway Industry Association and other representatives from across the industry such as Northern Rail Industry Leaders, Civil Engineering Contractors Association and Rail Freight Group, have today (Feb 19th) published an open letter to the T...

Heritage Great Britain invests £1.1m into Snowdon hybrid locomotives

Heritage Great Britain invests £1.1m into Snowdon hybrid locomotives

05.02.20: Heritage Great Britain, who are responsible for operating Snowdon Mountain Railway, have invested £1.1m in their new hybrid diesel locomotives to service the popular Welsh tourist destination. Having unveiled the plans for greener tra...

Network Rail awards £257m contract for portable plant

Network Rail awards £257m contract for portable plant

05.02.20: Network Rail has awarded a contract to VP Plc worth £257m for the hire, supply and maintenance of portable plant. The agreed contract covers all 13 of Network Rail’s routes, and the maintenance and repair of 28,000 items of port...

Network Rail awards £8m contract for New Measuring Train

Network Rail awards £8m contract for New Measuring Train

08.01.20: Network Rail’s Flying Banana will continue to soar around the UK’s rail network. That is because Network Rail have announced the awarding of an £8m, five-year contract to Loram UK for the maintenance of its New Measurement...

Snowdon Mountain Railway unveils plans for hybrid diesel locomotives

Snowdon Mountain Railway unveils plans for hybrid diesel locomotives

03.01.20: Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR) have announced new plans for hybrid diesel locomotives to operate on its line, as it aims to address climate concerns. Operating a service for sight-seeing tourists and locals up to the summit of the UK’...

Bombardier secures £117m contract with Avanti West Coast

Bombardier secures £117m contract with Avanti West Coast

18.12.19: Bombardier has secured a three-year contract, valued at £117m, to maintain trains for the new Avanti West Coast franchise. The new agreement, which lasts until December 11, 2022, will see Bombardier maintain a fleet of its Class 221 d...

Grand Central completes £9m refurbishment of rolling stock

Grand Central completes £9m refurbishment of rolling stock

12.12.19: Grand Central has completed a two-year £9m refurbishment of its train fleet, serving the operator’s route linking Sunderland and Hartlepool to London. Thousands of customers utilising the firm’s trains will benefit from sm...

Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

11.12.19: Hull Trains have released a 360 virtual tour of inside its new Paragon Trains, and are inviting customers to take a look. The immersive video allows you to walk through the train carriages, and see what on offer before you book a ticket, in...

Northern begins removal of Pacer trains

Northern begins removal of Pacer trains

03.12.19: Northern Railway has today (Dec 3) said goodbye to the first three Pacers as they leave the network for good. The rolling stock has been removed and returned to owners Angel Trains, the first of many more to make the same journey over the n...

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...

Hull Trains appoints new director ahead of £60m fleet arrival

Hull Trains appoints new director ahead of £60m fleet arrival

19.11.19: Hull Trains has made a new appointment, as Anne Somers joins the team as commercial and customer experience director. The appointment comes as a way of strengthening its customer experience, with her roles focussing on listening and respond...

‘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...

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High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

27/02/2020High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

At the beginning of February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that HS2 will go ahead and the London-Birmingham phase will commence immedia... more >
New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

26/02/2020New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

Siemens Mobility Limited and the University of Birmingham have announced a new, academic framework research partnership, strengthening the relati... more >
Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

26/02/2020Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

The UK’s smallest rail operator, Hull Trains, is the only company which can promise every journey will be on a brand new, world-class train... 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 >