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UK's first-ever self-drive mainline train runs on Thameslink route

UK's first-ever self-drive mainline train runs on Thameslink route

27.03.18: Thameslink passengers have this week been given a ride on the first self-drive train journey on the UK mainline network. The technology will be used in the future along with Network Rail’s new digital signalling system to run a train...

Virgin Azuma rolling stock arrives in Edinburgh for driver training

Virgin Azuma rolling stock arrives in Edinburgh for driver training

26.03.18: Virgin’s brand new Azuma rolling stock has arrived into Edinburgh today ahead of driver training for the trains commencing. Customers will also be given a chance to sneak a first peek at the trains, which will be positioned at Edinbur...

First Virgin Azuma trains arrive in UK after two-month journey from Japan

First Virgin Azuma trains arrive in UK after two-month journey from Japan

21.03.18: Two brand new Hitachi trains completed their two month journey from Japan yesterday, arriving at Teesport, Middlesborough. The two five-car trains, which will form part of Virgin Trains’ new Azuma fleet, will be initially be used for trai...

Northern takes delivery of two ScotRail Class 170s

Northern takes delivery of two ScotRail Class 170s

12.03.18: A duo of ScotRail Class 170 trains have arrived at Northern’s Neville Hill depot near Leeds. The trains, which previously provided services north of the border, will undergo a full refurbishment, with new features including power sockets...

Final Thameslink Class 700 train rolls off production line

Final Thameslink Class 700 train rolls off production line

09.03.18: The final Siemens Class 700 Desiro city train rolled off the production line yesterday. The production of the 115th unit marks a significant milestone in the completion of the government-sponsored Thameslink programme to upgrade the route and a...

Northern sends first Class 195 for testing in Czech Republic

Northern sends first Class 195 for testing in Czech Republic

08.03.18: Northern Rail has sent its first Class 195 DMU from CAF’s facility in northern Spain to Velim, Czech Republic, where initial testing will begin. The unit is part of a fleet of 55 trains – split between 25 two-car units and 30 th...

‘Explosion’ reported near track as Merseyrail sees service delays

‘Explosion’ reported near track as Merseyrail sees service delays

08.03.18: Merseyrail warned passengers of delays between Liverpool and Ormskirk this morning after some passengers reported seeing an ‘explosion’ on a train passing through Old Roan station. The operator cited “power supply problems...

Siemens unveils plans for £200m train factory in East Yorkshire

Siemens unveils plans for £200m train factory in East Yorkshire

02.03.18: Siemens has revealed plans to build a £200m train factory in East Yorkshire aimed at developing and commissioning new rolling stock. The state-of-the-art facility would be developed in Goole, with the company claiming it will create 7...

Vivarail to supply three D-Trains to West Midlands Trains

Vivarail to supply three D-Trains to West Midlands Trains

01.03.18: Vivarail has today announced that it has entered an agreement with West Midlands trains to build three new Class 230 D-Trains for the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley. West Midlands Trains is the first franchise to have made...

New Intercity Express train reaches Inverness depot for testing

New Intercity Express train reaches Inverness depot for testing

28.02.18: A new Intercity Express train has arrived at the Inverness depot for the first time today for testing. The new Hitachi-built train is the first of a fleet of 65 Intercity Express trains that will run from Inverness and Aberdeen, via Edinburgh...

Quantifying protection

Quantifying protection

27.02.18: Dr Nicola Symonds, operations director of nC2, Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, discusses issues around material selection. How protected are your components and systems from their environment? In most appli...

‘Milestone moment’ as Elizabeth Line train makes successful debut in new tunnels

‘Milestone moment’ as Elizabeth Line train makes successful debut in new tunnels

26.02.18: The first of the Elizabeth Line trains made its debut journey on Crossrail’s new south east London tunnels last night. With 10 months to go until the line officially launches, the new train represents the first journey to leave Abbey...

First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

23.02.18: After a period of radio silence, Vivarail has announced that its long-awaited battery D-Train is in its final build stage and will be in passenger service by summer. The two-car train is the first production battery unit in the UK, powered by t...

Seat design needs more scientific approach to ensure comfort, says industry

Seat design needs more scientific approach to ensure comfort, says industry

22.02.18: There should be more research into the design of train seats in order to provide a more comfortable and safer experience for passengers, the RSSB has argued. According to the organisation, this would mean a more scientific approach to measuring...

Alstom: Industry must start work bringing hydrogen trains to UK immediately

Alstom: Industry must start work bringing hydrogen trains to UK immediately

20.02.18: Alstom, the supplier who are leading the race to put hydrogen-powered rolling stock on track in Europe, has said that Jo Johnson’s ambition to get rid of diesel-only trains by 2040 will work as motivation for the industry to work towards d...

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Network Rail confirms route director appointments

16/09/2019Network Rail confirms route director appointments

Today (Monday 16 September) will see Network Rail’s 14 new routes go live. Meanwhile, the company directors each have confirmed a number of... more >
Transport for Wales reveal £194m railway station upgrade plan

16/09/2019Transport for Wales reveal £194m railway station upgrade plan

All 247 railway stations in Wales are to feel the benefit of a new £194m investment plan, Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced. TfW... more >
New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

12/09/2019New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

Plans for a new railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton looks set to go ahead following backing from councillors. Nuneaton Parkway Sta... 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 HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

29/08/2019Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and the 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 conn... 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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  • 11/09/2019The next generation of rail infrastructure

    How the rail industry delivers the next generation of complex infrastructure will rely heavily on the people tasked with leading the projects, and the...
  • 11/09/2019Putting passengers first

    How does the rail industry design the railways for the next 40 years, and when it does, how do we make sure it’s all done with the passenger in mind?...
  • 10/09/2019Cleaning up the railways

    Jim Knox, director of Gard Chemicals, explains how the company is helping the rail industry ensure they have the best cleaning and maintenance...
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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 >