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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...

New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

22.06.18: Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new Azuma train from up close before the new fleet starts carrying East Coast passengers later this year. The front carriag...

TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21.06.18: Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities and having the capacity to hold 700 passengers. The stunning new fleet of 54 Class 710 trains, o...

First TPE bullet train arrives in the UK

First TPE bullet train arrives in the UK

12.06.18: The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) Nova 1 bullet trains has completed its two-month journey from Japan today, set to come into action across the north of England and Scotland next year. The 19 new five-carriage...

CAF closes deal to supply 77 locally made trains for Wales and Borders

CAF closes deal to supply 77 locally made trains for Wales and Borders

08.06.18: Just a day after Vivarail announced it will be providing five Class 230s for the new Wales and Borders franchise, CAF has now revealed that it is in final negotiations with operator KeolisAmey to supply and maintain a major fleet of new trains. ...

Vivarail to supply hybrid D-Train fleet in first train deal for new Wales franchise

Vivarail to supply hybrid D-Train fleet in first train deal for new Wales franchise

07.06.18: As hinted in its comment piece for RTM’s April/May, Vivarail has closed a deal with KeolisAmey to supply a fleet of Class 230 D-Trains as part of the operator’s takeover of the Wales and Borders franchise. Writing in our latest...

Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

25.05.18: Greater Anglia has completed a £1m refurbishment of its Essex and Hertfordshire commuter trains, it has announced. The refurb, which will improve comfort for passengers, has seen 72 Class 317 trains fitted with new standard seat covers an...

Electric train makes historic first journey to Bromsgrove

Electric train makes historic first journey to Bromsgrove

22.05.18: The first electric train has travelled between Birmingham and Bromsgrove in a historic journey on Sunday. The West Midlands Railway train made the journey to test the newly installed overhead power lines as part of the upgrade and electrificati...

Alstom and Eversholt team up to fit hydrogen tanks on Class 321s

Alstom and Eversholt team up to fit hydrogen tanks on Class 321s

15.05.18: Alstom has today confirmed its plans to bring hydrogen-powered trains to the UK by announcing a partnership with Eversholt Rail. The two companies will join forces to convert Class 321 electric trains to hydrogen operation by fitting hydrog...

First look at ‘luxurious’ new Hull Trains fleet

First look at ‘luxurious’ new Hull Trains fleet

10.05.18: Hull Trains has revealed the first artist’s impression of the new trains that will form part of a major £60m investment. The current fleet will be replaced with new hi-tech Hitachi trains, offering an increased seating capacity and...

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

09.05.18: CAF Rail UK has opened a new multi-purpose component overhaul and storage facility in Stockport to support its growing operations in the UK. Half of the unit will hold spare parts to service existing and future UK contracts and will supply...

First Greater Anglia train kicks off testing in Switzerland

First Greater Anglia train kicks off testing in Switzerland

04.05.18: The first of Greater Anglia’s new bi-mode trains is now being tested in Switzerland as the rest of its brand-new intercity and Stansted Express trains undergo assembly in a factory nearby. Stadler is building 58 trains for Greater Ang...

Brand-new £200m Class 717s undergo testing ahead of autumn roll-out

Brand-new £200m Class 717s undergo testing ahead of autumn roll-out

02.05.18: A team of around 200 Siemens engineers are currently testing 12 of the newly built Class 717 Desiro City trains as part of a £200m fleet deal to be delivered to the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) later this year. The programme, which...

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Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

20/08/2018Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

The government is inviting companies to take part in a new 5G project on the TransPennine Railway line between Leeds and Manchester. The Tra... more >
First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

20/08/2018First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

ScotRail’s first upgraded InterCity train has arrived in Scotland as part of the revamped High Speed Trains (HST) that will connect Scotlan... more >
Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

20/08/2018Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

Train operator Greater Western Railway (GWR) launched its new Hitachi Class 802 range on Friday, holding a media run from Penzance to Exeter to c... 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 >