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RISAS makes Angel Trains procurement pioneer

16.10.09: Angel Trains has become the first supplier to achieve Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS) certification under the procurement groups for maintenance and overhaul processes. RISAS is a robust system for the assessment and certi...

Cumbrian community rail services

02.10.09: Passengers in Cumbria will be reaping the benefits of a new agreement, which designates the service between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness, as a community rail service. The whole point of this agreement, which has been reached with train op...

Rolling stock leasing market investigation— provisional decision on remedies

06.07.09: In its provisional findings report on the rolling stock leasing market published in August last year, the Competition Commission concluded that the very limited number of rolling stock options available to train operating companies when bidding...

Faster, Frequent, New, Better, Cheaper, Quicker, Simpler

19.06.09: These are just some of the words that describe Virgin Trains improvements following VHF timetable introduction Faster Journey times significantly reduced following the start of the VHF timetable in December 2008, with typical journey times...

New Scottish eco-friendly train revealed

08.05.09: Scottish Government investment of £200 million will help deliver a new fleet of electric trains which will provide a major boost for rail passengers and encourage commuters onto more sustainable forms of transport Minister for transpo...

Bombardier bonus for early completion of Super Voyager contract

24.04.09: Train builder and maintainer Bombardier has received a £96,600 bonus for the early completion of the refresh of 21 Super Voyager trains for Virgin Trains. To recognise the achievement, a giant cheque was presented to Bombardier Transp...

Rolling stock leasing market investigation

17.04.09: The Competition Commission (CC) has published the final report from its inquiry into the market for the leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services, and has set out a number of measures designed to improve competition in the marke...

National Express East Coast launches its final refurbished and upgraded HST power cars back into service

20.03.09: Train operator National Express East Coast this week launched its final two HST power cars back into service after they were refurbished, upgraded and fitted with new high performing engines, installed as part of a £27 million investment. ...

New trains for the new service

06.03.09: Grand Central Railway today confirmed that it has signed a lease with Angel Trains for two Class 180 (Adelante) diesel trains. This complements last Friday’s confirmation from the Office of Rail Regulation that Grand Central has firm...

Delivery of new trains to be speeded up by new company

06.03.09: Passengers on some of the country's busiest rail lines could see improvements arrive more quickly after Transport Minister Andrew Adonis announced that his Department had set up a new company to oversee the procurement of 202 new diesel train ca...

More trains for Wolds coast

20.02.09: Northern Rail has submitted plans to run more services between Hull and Scarborough from December 2009. The new timetable would mean an improved weekday timetable after 3pm and the extension of the current summer Sunday services to year rou...

Biggest investment in trains for a generation

13.02.09: Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon has announced that some of the country's busiest rail routes will benefit from the single biggest investment in Intercity trains for a generation. Agility Trains has been selected as the preferred bidder for a...

New Virgin Trains’ services bring massive boost to Chester

13.02.09: Chester’s prospects for beating the economic downturn are to be boosted by the introduction of frequent direct trains to London, seven days a week. Acknowledging Chester’s Roman heritage, centurions will join passengers on the 16 Feb...

62,000 trains cancelled last year

30.01.09: More than 62,000 trains were cancelled in the last year, information uncovered by the Liberal Democrats reveals. Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary, Norman Baker said: “Not only do we have the most expensive...

Passengers call for more trains as crowding increases in Yorkshire and Humber

23.01.09: Passengers in Yorkshire and the Humber have said solving overcrowding should be the industry’s top priority over the next decade. Passenger Focus has found that getting a seat, more services, better quality trains and improved car par...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

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The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

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 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >