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LNER Azuma fleet one step closer to completion as work begins in Durham

LNER Azuma fleet one step closer to completion as work begins in Durham

08.08.18: Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe train factory has begun work on the new Azuma fleet for the East Coast Main Line (ECML), taking passengers one step closer to using the trains on the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) network later this year. ...

Southeastern completes £30m upgrade to a third of its trains

Southeastern completes £30m upgrade to a third of its trains

03.08.18: A £30m, three-year upgrade has been completed by Southeastern in a joint venture with Eversholt Rail and Bombardier to a third of its rolling stock. The revamp will benefit more than 600,000 passengers and comes as the Class...

New GWR Class 800 IETs make first journey to Devon

New GWR Class 800 IETs make first journey to Devon

31.07.18: Class 800 IET's arrival in Paignton yesterday marks the first Intercity Express Train (IET) to travel to the seaside town, marking another milestone in the roll out of the new fleet. The nine-carriage long Class 800 trains, following a...

TPE’s Hitachi Class 802 Nova 1 fleet begins testing in UK

TPE’s Hitachi Class 802 Nova 1 fleet begins testing in UK

26.07.18: TransPennine Express’ new Hitachi Class 802 Nova 1 fleet has begun testing with its first successful run between Doncaster and Darlington. Following the first TPE bullet train arriving in the UK last month, the 19 new five-carriage tr...

ScotRail’s new fleet of electric trains make first journey

ScotRail’s new fleet of electric trains make first journey

24.07.18: The first of ScotRail’s new electric fleet has made its opening journey this morning. The new Hitachi Class 385 Express trains, part of a ScotRail’s £475m rolling stock investment, will run on the Glasgow Queen Street to E...

Bombardier and Hitachi launch legal challenge against TfL Tube contract

Bombardier and Hitachi launch legal challenge against TfL Tube contract

23.07.18: Hitachi and Bombardier have commenced landmark legal proceedings against TfL for its decision to award a contract to build Tube trains to Siemens. Papers filed at the High Court over the weekend indicate that directors at Japan’s Hita...

Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17.07.18: Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring these same benefits to Britain in light of the country’s decarbonisation and electrification ag...

ORR: Siemens-Alstom merger could have ‘detrimental impact’ on UK rail market

ORR: Siemens-Alstom merger could have ‘detrimental impact’ on UK rail market

16.07.18: The rail regulator claims that a merger between rail manufacturing giants Siemens and Alstom could have a “significant detrimental impact” on competition in important British rail markets. The ORR welcomed the European Commissio...

The Flying Scotsman will be visiting Cornwall for the first time

The Flying Scotsman will be visiting Cornwall for the first time

13.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine The Flying Scotsman will be appearing on the railways of Cornwall for the first time in its long and monumental history. The locomotives visit to Cornwall is one of a series of trips o...

VLR: The next generation

VLR: The next generation

10.07.18: Olivia Brown, business development officer at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) in the University of Warwick, updates us on the latest developments of three key Very Light Rail (VLR) projects. Climate change concerns have been the subje...

Greater Anglia: The future of rail travel

Greater Anglia: The future of rail travel

03.07.18: Mike Kean, deputy MD and franchise and programmes director at Greater Anglia, gives us the lowdown on the train operator’s new bi-mode trains which are currently under construction in Switzerland. I’ve recently been over to Swit...

State-of-the-art maintenance trains on the way to support Elizabeth Line

State-of-the-art maintenance trains on the way to support Elizabeth Line

02.07.18: New top-of-the-line maintenance trains used on the Elizabeth line are being tested ahead of delivery to London later this year. Manufactured by Austrian company Lisinger in Steyrermühl, a new milling train and two multi-purpose enginee...

New trams on the way for Manchester as TfGM signs £72m contract

New trams on the way for Manchester as TfGM signs £72m contract

02.07.18: 27 new Metrolink trams will bolster Manchester’s light rail network in a new £72m contract signed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) today. The fleet will provide 4,800 extra spaces and increase capacity on the network b...

First of Northern’s 98 new trains arrive in UK for testing

First of Northern’s 98 new trains arrive in UK for testing

29.06.18: The first of Northern’s new two-car Class 195 DMU is currently being kept at the Edge Hill depot in Liverpool, where it awaits mainline testing to be carried out in the coming weeks. The train arrived on 25 June at the Royal Portbury...

Hull Trains: On the horizon

Hull Trains: On the horizon

26.06.18: The last 18 years of Hull Trains services have been great, but the future – with its brand-new fleet, better customer service and increased investment – will be even better, says Louise Cheeseman, its new managing director. Hull...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >