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New longer train numbers to come into effect this year

New longer train numbers to come into effect this year

24.01.18: Beginning this month, new trains will be required to display a new standard European Vehicle Number (EVN), meaning train numbers will be extended. The change in policy is intended to provide more information, as trains increasingly begin to...

Government voices ambition to make hydrogen trains ‘a priority’ in future

Government voices ambition to make hydrogen trains ‘a priority’ in future

23.01.18: The introduction of hydrogen-powered trains on the UK rail network will be “a priority” for the government in the coming years. Transport secretary Chris Grayling confirmed that the DfT would likely be pursuing different types o...

First of new £100m Caledonian Sleeper carriages arrive in UK

First of new £100m Caledonian Sleeper carriages arrive in UK

17.01.18: Caledonian Sleeper has received the first carriages of its new £100m fleet, which arrived in the UK this week. The fleet consists of 75 new carriages to be introduced in phases from October, with five of them arriving for testing on t...

Thameslink test trains travel through new London Bridge platform for first time

Thameslink test trains travel through new London Bridge platform for first time

09.01.18: GTR’s first test passenger trains have made the trip through the new platform 5 at London Bridge following the completion of nearly three years of work. The eight-carriage Class 700 RLU was the first passenger train to complete a jour...

CAF moves forward on plans to build factory in Wales

CAF moves forward on plans to build factory in Wales

04.01.18: Welsh officials have been updated on the progress of the building of a brand new factory by a Spanish construction company on one of Wales’ business parks. Andrés Arizkorreta, chief executive of Spanish firm CAF recently met wi...

GWR Electrostar fleet enters service after electrification completed

GWR Electrostar fleet enters service after electrification completed

02.01.18: A new fleet of Electrostar trains has entered service today on the Great Western Main Line following the completion of electrification work between London Paddington and Didcot. GWR, which operates services on the line, says the new fleet w...

First photos emerge as Hitachi begins work on ‘game-changer’ TPE fleet

First photos emerge as Hitachi begins work on ‘game-changer’ TPE fleet

19.12.17: Hitachi has begun production on the fleet of new intercity trains that will connect stations between England and Scotland for TransPennine Express (TPE). As per the deal signed last year, the manufacturer will produce 19 new five-carriage t...

GB Railfreight picks up 41 new IIA hoppers

GB Railfreight picks up 41 new IIA hoppers

19.12.17: GB Railfreight (GBRf) has taken delivery of 41 new hoppers intended to transport sand from Middleton Towers in East Anglia to Barnby Dun, Monk Bretton and Goole in Yorkshire. The new fleet will replace the old 71 single-axle PAA wagons inhe...

New Azumas get inaugural Scottish Highlands run

New Azumas get inaugural Scottish Highlands run

19.12.17: Hitachi has run trials of Virgin Trains’ new Azuma stock in the Scottish Highlands for the first time. The test comes as the operator prepares to introduce 65 of the new trains on Virgin Trains East Coast from December of next year. ...

c2c announces £100m train deal with Bombardier

c2c announces £100m train deal with Bombardier

14.12.17: Train operator c2c has today announced a deal for £100m worth of new trains to be manufactured by Bombardier in its Derby factory. The agreement will see 60 carriages of the latest Aventra trains delivered to c2c by the end of 2021, t...

Angel secures funding to refinance Greater Anglia Aventra rolling stock

Angel secures funding to refinance Greater Anglia Aventra rolling stock

06.12.17: Funding of £835m has been secured by Angel Trains to refinance the procurement 665 trains for Greater Anglia. The 665 Bombardier Aventra vehicles will be leased to the Abellio Greater Anglia franchise from 2019. Angel Trains Group has...

First TPE modified Class 68s sent to Spain for initial testing

First TPE modified Class 68s sent to Spain for initial testing

01.12.17: The first TransPennine Express (TPE) Class 68 modified locomotive has been shipped to Northern Spain. The stock is part of a fleet of new trains consisting of CAF’s Mk5A carriages pulled by the modified TPE locomotives. In May th...

Last-ever Electrostar finished in Derby as 18 years of production come to an end

Last-ever Electrostar finished in Derby as 18 years of production come to an end

28.11.17: Last week saw the construction of the final Electrostar carriage, a model which has been produced since 1999 and served 12 different companies. The first-ever batch of the EMU carriages was produced 18 years ago for c2c, but they have since...

A chance to exceed expectations

A chance to exceed expectations

24.11.17: David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, highlights the areas that the next East Midlands franchise operator must focus on to improve train services for commuters. “I’m spending £130 at least on tickets and...

TfL opens bidding for 43 new DLR trains

TfL opens bidding for 43 new DLR trains

20.11.17: Transport for London (TfL) has taken a step forward in its search for a manufacturer to provide 43 new trains for Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Plans will see the capacity on the line increase by as much as 30%, with new walk-through train...

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GWR to roll out 19 ‘tri-mode’ trains by 2019 under new deal

20/04/2018GWR to roll out 19 ‘tri-mode’ trains by 2019 under new deal

A new deal struck between Great Western Railway (GWR) and Porterbrook means 19 Class 769 Flex trains will be introduced on the operator’s n... more >
Grayling threatened with legal action over East Coast rail franchise failings

20/04/2018Grayling threatened with legal action over East Coast rail franchise failings

Campaigners are threatening to take transport secretary Chris Grayling to court over his failure to stop the companies behind the failed Virgin T... more >
First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

20/04/2018First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) new Nova 1 trains, built by Hitachi, left Japan earlier this week and is due to arrive in ... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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UKRIA 2018 Apology & Statement

04/04/2018UKRIA 2018 Apology & Statement

It is with deep regret that I address the disappointing content in both of our live acts at UKRIA on Thursday 22nd March 2018 and offer my most s... more >
Smart ticketing: The way ahead

13/03/2018Smart ticketing: The way ahead

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), runs through the nationwide progress in rolling out ... more >
A benchmark year for HS2

13/03/2018A benchmark year for HS2

Jim Crawford, managing director of Phase 1 at HS2 Ltd, discusses the many critical activities set to take place this year as the mammoth high-spe... more >
The north has a plan

13/03/2018The north has a plan

There has always been an incredible thirst for change in the north. Now, there is finally a plan robust and forward-thinking enough to make it ha... 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 >