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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...

GBRf brings back Class 92 to run Caledonian Sleeper service

GBRf brings back Class 92 to run Caledonian Sleeper service

10.07.19: GB Railfreight (GBRf) have announced that Locomotive 92006 has re-entered service following a £2 million refurbishment at Wabtec’s Brush Traction facility in Loughborough. The Class 92 will be used on the Caledonian Sleeper serv...

Testing begins on new ‘state-of-the-art’ Greater Anglia fleet

Testing begins on new ‘state-of-the-art’ Greater Anglia fleet

10.07.19: High-speed testing of a new fleet of UK-built commuter trains has begun, Greater Anglia has announced. The 111 trains, built by Bombardier, are to run on Greater Anglia routes into London from counties across the East of England. The n...

TPE hails ‘major milestone’ as Nova 1 trains arrive

TPE hails ‘major milestone’ as Nova 1 trains arrive

09.07.19: TransPennine Express (TPE) have welcomed the first of its new Nova 1 fleet of trains, which the rail operator claims will transform the on-board experience for passengers. The futuristic-looking trains, built by Hitachi, will have more carr...

LNER Azuma trains to run in Scotland from August

LNER Azuma trains to run in Scotland from August

04.07.19: London North Eastern Railway (LNER) plan to run their new Azuma fleet of trains in Scotland from August, the operator announced today. The new trains have been running services on the East Coast mainline since May, but were not able to laun...

Greater Anglia shows off their new intercity trains

Greater Anglia shows off their new intercity trains

02.07.19: The first of a new set of Greater Anglia intercity trains have arrived, and the train operator claims they will help transform main-line services between Norwich and London. There will be ten of the 12-carriage vehicles, three of which were...

Hitachi trains for Happy trains

Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10.06.19: ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While ScotRail awaited delivery of the Hitachi Class 385s last year, we had to replace some older trains which...

Council backs plans for £100m global centre of rail excellence in Wales

Council backs plans for £100m global centre of rail excellence in Wales

10.05.19: A £100m train testing site on the border of Neath Port Talbot and Powys has taken a major step forward after the local council voted to approve the joint venture. Neath Port Talbot Council leader Rob Jones called it an “importan...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >