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Cambrian passengers call for more trains

22.08.08: Only 41% of passengers are happy with the number of trains running on the Cambrian line, Britain’s rail watchdog has found. Passenger Focus has surveyed more than 800 passengers that travel across mid-Wales as part of its review of ke...

Passengers set to benefit from extra carriages

22.08.08: Passengers on one of the UK’s busiest rail networks are set to benefit from new carriages, longer and more frequent trains as well as a greater choice of destinations due to changes to franchise agreements agreed between the Department for...

Rolling stock leasing market investigation provisional findings

08.08.08: There are a number of reasons for this, but the fundamental problem stems from the lack of alternatives to the incumbent fleets when TOCs are putting together their franchise bids. This results from the high current demand for rolling stock rela...

Final refreshed First Great Western Class158 unit leaves Wabtec's Doncaster site

01.08.08: This week sees the completion of First Great Western's Class 158 refresh at Wabtec in Doncaster, another important milestone in upgrading the levels of comfort and reliability for the company's customers which follow the completion of the High S...

Virgin Rail Group welcomes decision on longer Pendolino trains

01.08.08: Virgin Rail Group today welcomed the announcement by the Department for Transport (DfT) to select Virgin Rail Projects Ltd as chosen bidder to help introduce longer 'Pendolino' trains on the West Coast Main Line. The DfT today issued a noti...

A quick response to rolling stock maintenance and graffiti removal

16.07.08: Europe’s leader in transportation graphic solutions – has recently expanded its portfolio of products and services for the rail industry. Over the last 6 months, SSDM’s Rail Solutions division has introduced a unique new servic...

Night Riviera Sleeper officially relaunched

16.07.08: First Great Western has officially relaunched its Night Riviera Sleeper service which runs between Penzance and London Paddington following the completion of a £2 million investment. Upgrading 18 carriages in total, this investment wi...

Bidders announced for new fleet of Thameslink trains

11.07.08: The Department for Transport today announced shortlisted applicants to build an entirely new fleet of trains for Thameslink routes, valued at around £1.4bn. They are: • ALSTOM Transport • Bombardier Transportation UK Limit...

Night Riviera Sleeper officially re-launched

26.06.08: First Great Western has officially re-launched its Night Riviera Sleeper service, which runs between Penzance and London Paddington following the completion of a £2 million investment. Upgrading 18 carriages in total, this investment...

East Midlands Trains announces full refurbishment of train fleet

20.06.08: East Midlands Trains has announced plans for the full refurbishment of its Class 158 train fleet, using local Derby-based company DeltaRail. The multi million pound refurbishment programme, which will be carried out over the next 20 months...

CrossCountry’s refreshed Class 170 Turbostar enters service

23.05.08: CrossCountry’s first refreshed Class 170 Turbostar train has entered service to provide more seats and luggage space and new First Class accommodation on services between Cardiff and Nottingham and Birmingham New Street and Stansted Airpor...

More capacity and better services for passengers on South Central Franchise

23.05.08: Rail passengers in the South London, Surrey and Sussex are set to benefit from 10% more capacity across the South Central franchise area and significant service improvements under proposals outlined by Rail Minister Tom Harris MP. The propo...

Track to the future

23.05.08: A specially adapted railway carriage arriving at Bracknell on Tuesday (May 20) will be taking visitors on a virtual journey into the world of transport innovation. The carriage – named The Spirit of Innovation – has been purchas...

More trains for London Overground

14.05.08: London Overground has announced it’s taken up an option to order seven more trains from manufacturers Bombardier for its rail network. The dual-voltage Class 378s, each made up of four carriages, will cost £23 million. They will...

Moving on

14.05.08: In the recently published report Moving on: A Progressive Transport Policy for Northern England, Howard Reed assesses the economic effectiveness of the north’s current transport system and asks how the transport system can contribute to fa...

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ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

20/09/2018ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

A scathing report into the May timetable chaos has blasted transport secretary Chris Grayling, Network Rail, and the DfT’s handling of the ... more >
Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

20/09/2018Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it intends to achieve&rdquo... more >
DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

20/09/2018DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

The government has decided to pull the plug on the CrossCountry franchise competition as a result of its rail review announcement today. Bec... 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 >