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Greater Anglia: The future of rail travel

Greater Anglia: The future of rail travel

03.07.18: Mike Kean, deputy MD and franchise and programmes director at Greater Anglia, gives us the lowdown on the train operator’s new bi-mode trains which are currently under construction in Switzerland. I’ve recently been over to Swit...

State-of-the-art maintenance trains on the way to support Elizabeth Line

State-of-the-art maintenance trains on the way to support Elizabeth Line

02.07.18: New top-of-the-line maintenance trains used on the Elizabeth line are being tested ahead of delivery to London later this year. Manufactured by Austrian company Lisinger in Steyrermühl, a new milling train and two multi-purpose enginee...

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...

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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 >