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‘Backbone’ of high-speed rail in Britain donated to National Railway Museum

‘Backbone’ of high-speed rail in Britain donated to National Railway Museum

12 November 2019Britain’s most influential modern locomotive, Class 43 High-speed train, also known as the InterCity 125 will join the stationary fleet of over 260 locomotives and rolling stock at the National Railway Museum in York. The train, no.43002 &l...

Poppy train launched to remember rail workers’ wartime service

Poppy train launched to remember rail workers’ wartime service

07 November 2019Southern Railway has launched a special commemorative train to remember the wartime service of railway workers.

 Modernised Govia Thameslink Railway fleet improve energy efficiency

Modernised Govia Thameslink Railway fleet improve energy efficiency

01 November 2019Govia Thameslink Railway are now recycling over 50% more energy back into the railway network, helping to power the fleet and making them more energy efficient than any previous generations of trains. The ‘smart’ braking system introd...

Sheffield City Region mayor backs compensation for rail passengers

Sheffield City Region mayor backs compensation for rail passengers

21 October 2019Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis has called on Northern Rail to provide passengers compensation and cheaper fares on routes still where Pacer trains will be retained in the region into 2020 – long past the initial deadline for their retirement.

Chiltern Railways trials first UK 3D printed train parts

Chiltern Railways trials first UK 3D printed train parts

02 October 2019Chiltern Railways has become the first train operator in the UK to trial 3D printed parts on in-service passenger trains.

The importance of edge infrastructure

The importance of edge infrastructure

26 September 2019The world is in the midst of a digital revolution, bringing with it a new level of opportunity for innovation in the rail industry. Vertiv is at the centre of this digitalisation and, ahead of next month’s TransCityRail North event, RTM&rsqu...

New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

09 September 2019Louise Cheeseman, managing director of Hull Trains, describes how a new fleet of rolling stock looks set to revolutionise the operator and their service. For Hull Trains, 2019 marks what will be our most exciting year since we launched some 19 ye...

TransPennine Express introduce first Nova 2 train

TransPennine Express introduce first Nova 2 train

25 July 2019TransPennine Express (TPE) get first of their new Nova 2 trains from Spanish manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF).

RSSB: Railways crucial in UK becoming net zero-carbon by 2050

RSSB: Railways crucial in UK becoming net zero-carbon by 2050

22 July 2019The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has said that Britain’s railways have a crucial role to play in helping the UK economy decarbonise by 2050.

TfW reveal new long-distance Class 175 trains

TfW reveal new long-distance Class 175 trains

16 July 2019Transport for Wales (TfW) has revealed their new fleet of Class 175 trains as part of a major investment in Transport for Wales' long-distance trains. Customers will soon be able to use USB, electric charging points and improved seating as part of...

60 new jobs at TfW Rail Services announced

60 new jobs at TfW Rail Services announced

16 July 201960 new jobs at Transport for Wales (TfW) have been announced as part of the rail body’s £5bn investment programme in the country. The new jobs will be at Transport for Wales Rail Services, which will be responsible for the day-to-day running of ra...

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

16 July 2019Designs for a new automated people mover in the West Midlands have been released by HS2. The driverless vehicle plans to be used to transport passenger between HS2’s new Interchange Station in Solihull and Birmingham Airport. Designs for a new aut...

Competition opens to convert retiring Pacer trains in the North

Competition opens to convert retiring Pacer trains in the North

12 July 2019Community groups in the North of England can now submit their plans on how to renovate retiring Pacer train carriages. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced the scheme earlier this year, and argues that instead of scrapping the trains they...

RSSB research creates train seat comfort rating

RSSB research creates train seat comfort rating

11 July 2019Research by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has led to the first comfort rating scale for creating an appropriate level of comfort into train seats. Rail experts from across the industry have encouraged designers and specifiers to adop...

EWR to begin rolling stock procurement this year

10 July 2019The East West Railway Company (EWR Co) will begin a formal rolling stock procurement process later this year, the company announced earlier this week. The rolling stock market engagement exercise has been underway since November 2018. As part of...

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Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

12/08/2020Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

Rail Delivery Group have submitted proposals to influence the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan in hope of encouraging passengers... more >
Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

12/08/2020Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

South Western Railways staff members are using an unlikely voice to spread the message to passengers about face coverings. New station annou... more >
TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

12/08/2020TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

Today (12 Aug) Transport for the North has revealed its blueprint for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-year investment plan of infr... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >