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Vivarail unveils new Class 230 livery as West Midlands Trains deal signed

Vivarail unveils new Class 230 livery as West Midlands Trains deal signed

22.08.18: Vivarail has unveiled a special new livery for the Class 230 trains set to run between Bedford and Bletchley as the contract for the London Northwestern Railway service deal is officially signed. The two-car units, which will start running...

Hitachi: Bringing digital to life at InnoTrans

Hitachi: Bringing digital to life at InnoTrans

22.08.18: Rolling stock may steal the spotlight at InnoTrans, but with soaring passenger demand and limited infrastructure, there is more to railways than just adding shiny new trains onto already-crowded networks. Nick Hughes, sales director at Hitachi R...

First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

20.08.18: ScotRail’s first upgraded InterCity train has arrived in Scotland as part of the revamped High Speed Trains (HST) that will connect Scotland’s seven cities. Making its journey from Doncaster, the renovated set of 26 trains cross...

Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

20.08.18: Train operator Greater Western Railway (GWR) launched its new Hitachi Class 802 range on Friday, holding a media run from Penzance to Exeter to celebrate the new fleet. The 36-strong batch of Hitachi bi-mode trains began its operation with...

Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15.08.18: Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. Franchise operator KeolisAmey has ordered 36 three-car Citylink tram-trains and 35 FLIRT trains from...

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...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >