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South Western announces £50m train refurbishment

South Western announces £50m train refurbishment

10.11.17: South Western Railway (SWR) has today announced a programme of refurbishment and improvement on 172 of its Class 444 and Class 450 Desiro trains. The £50m contract, awarded to Siemens, is part of a greater £1.2bn investment proj...

Modernising journeys in north east England

Modernising journeys in north east England

09.11.17: First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett tells RTM’s Josh Mines about how the new rolling stock will benefit passengers in the region. ...

GWR Intercity Express trains return to full service after rocky launch

GWR Intercity Express trains return to full service after rocky launch

24.10.17: GWR’s class 800 trains have returned to service following last week’s disastrous launch. The inaugural journey for the Hitachi stock was scheduled for early last Monday and was attended by Chris Grayling, secretary of state for...

Intercity Express trains taken out of service days after launch

Intercity Express trains taken out of service days after launch

19.10.17: The first two trains of GWR’s new Class 800 Intercity Express fleet have been removed from service following further technical difficulties. After the less than successful launch of the new stock on Monday, the operator has now taken...

Major milestone as first Class 385 makes Edinburgh-Linlithgow trip

Major milestone as first Class 385 makes Edinburgh-Linlithgow trip

19.10.17: The first of the new Class 385 electric trains, which still has interiors to be fitted, made its inaugural mainline trip between Edinburgh and Linlithgow last night. This journey represents a major step forward for Scotland’s Edinburg...

West Midlands JV awards £680m deal for over 100 new trains

West Midlands JV awards £680m deal for over 100 new trains

17.10.17: Bombardier Trains and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) have been handed a major £680m contract to build 107 diesel and electric trains as part of the new West Midlands franchise. The new trains will be made up of 413 c...

Launch of new GWR Intercity Express trains marred by major issues

Launch of new GWR Intercity Express trains marred by major issues

16.10.17: A delayed service, leaky air conditioning and cramped carriages marred the launch of GWR’s Intercity Express as transport secretary Chris Grayling was due to make his first trip on the service. A broken air conditioning unit dripped o...

Hitachi unveils first finished ScotRail Class 385

Hitachi unveils first finished ScotRail Class 385

13.10.17: Hitachi has produced the first finished Class 385 commuter train that is set to be rolled out in Scotland from its factory in Newton Aycliffe. The first of the 70 new units, fully completed with interiors, was planned to be split betwe...

Form and function realised through advanced materials

Form and function realised through advanced materials

25.09.17: Paul Gallen, sector manager at the National Composites Centre (NCC), outlines the benefits that composite materials bring to the production and operation of more lightweight trains. Current rolling stock makes extensive use of fibre-reinfor...

GTR completes rolling stock upgrade on Thameslink route

GTR completes rolling stock upgrade on Thameslink route

18.09.17: Thameslink passengers will from today enjoy solely new trains on routes, as Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) completed the replacement of its old fleet with new Siemens Class 700 rolling stock. People travelling between London Bridge, Gatwick...

First of ScotRail’s revamped HSTs arrives for driver training

First of ScotRail’s revamped HSTs arrives for driver training

14.09.17: The first of ScotRail’s refurbished high-speed trains has arrived in Aberdeen to start driver training ahead of the fleet being rolled out next year. When finished, the revamped rolling stock will create a new connection between Scotl...

VLR revolution:  Phase 2 project launches

VLR revolution: Phase 2 project launches

14.09.17: Nick Mallinson, the programme manager at WMG centre HVM Catapult, on the progress of the Very Light Rail (VLR) project. Transport Design International (TDI) has formed a project consortium including Unipart Rail, Axiom Rail, Cummins and WMG...

Greater Anglia unveils fresh mock-ups of new Bombardier fleet

Greater Anglia unveils fresh mock-ups of new Bombardier fleet

12.09.17: Greater Anglia has today released new images of what the interior of its new Bombardier-built carriages will look like when they are rolled out for passengers from 2019. The mock-ups of the new Aventra train were created at Bombardier&rsquo...

FLIRTs: engaging the industry

FLIRTs: engaging the industry

11.09.17: When Abellio was bidding for the East Anglia franchise in 2015, it was clear that passengers and stakeholders wanted new trains. Now, nearly one year into its new franchise and following a recent external consultation over their design, Mike Kea...

Elizabeth Line rolling stock: a culture of co-operation

Elizabeth Line rolling stock: a culture of co-operation

11.09.17: With the Elizabeth Line tantalisingly close to completion and the first of its new rolling stock already on track, David Sherrin, senior project manager for rolling stock at TfL, updates RTM’s Josh Mines on the progress and delivery of the...

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Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

17/11/2017Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

Network Rail will seek a major cash boost through the sale of its commercial property portfolio in England and Wales, announced today. The i... more >
Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >

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04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... 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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Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

14/11/2017Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

While the HS2 project continues to gain ground and press ahead with major contracts despite recent staffing controversies, today sees its older, considerably smaller sibling turn 10 years old. HS1, the line running between St Pancras International and the Channel Tunnel, was completed at a total cost of £7.3bn a full 16 years after ... more >
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Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >
The new era of station retail

17/11/2017The new era of station retail

Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the cust... more >
Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17/11/2017Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deplo... more >

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Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >