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Valleys rail work on course

25.01.08: The £18.5 million project by the Welsh Assembly Government to extend platforms, increase capacity and provide more frequent services on the Cardiff Valleys lines reaches a vital stage next month when Network Rail carries out more work on t...

New station within St Pancras international brings better journeys and European connections

13.12.07: Passengers will benefit from improved facilities and quicker and more direct train journeys to Europe as Network Rail opens a new £70m domestic station within St Pancras International. The new station will be opened by the Secretary o...

Hitachi’s hybrid success

01.10.07: The world’s first hybrid trains have entered service in the UK and Japan. The trains are powered by Hitachi’s hybrid traction system developed with the aim of delivering substantial improvements in environmental performance by reduci...

Railway noise abatement: rail sector welcomes Commission initiative

02.08.07: No legal requirements necessary, but financial schemes for retro-fitting The European rail sector welcomes the fact that the European Commission is taking up the topic of retrofitting existing rail freight wagons in order to reduce noise em...

First Class 395 leaves factory on time

19.07.07: The first six-car Class 395 unit for Southeastern High Speed Services has been successfully delivered on time to the shipping line for transportation to the UK. The unit has been successfully loaded onto a ship at Hitachi’s Kasado Fac...

Metronet successfully starts new Tube train trials on Victoria line

21.06.07: Trials of a new Tube train set to enter service on the Victoria line from 2009 have started successfully, says Metronet Rail, the company renewing two-thirds of the Tube. The eight carriage pre-production train is steadily being introduced...

Angel Trains leases to rail traction company three Bombardier Traxx DC locomotives

07.06.07: Angel Trains revealed at the rollout of the first Bombardier Traxx DC locomotive in Vado Ligure, near Genoa, that it has concluded a ten-year lease with Rail Traction Company (RTC) for three of these locomotives for operation across the domestic...

Chiltern Railways announces £6 million train makeover

07.06.07: Over the next 5 months, passengers will gradually see the changes take shape in the entire fleet of Clubman trains, which predominantly travel between Birmingham and London Marylebone via Banbury, with the project due for completion by autumn. ...

Virgin Trains leads Europe with biodiesel train

07.06.07: Sir Richard Branson and Gordon Brown launched Europe's first biodiesel blend train in scheduled passenger service – the 11:27 from London Euston to Llandudno on Thursday, June 7. In advance of the launch the Chancellor of the Excheque...

Leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services referred to the Competition Commission

01.05.07: The Office of Rail Regulation has announced its decision to refer the leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services to the Competition Commission for further investigation. The decision follows a full public consultation on ORR...

New lease of life for iconic 125s

01.05.07: GNER has launched the first of its new-look diesel 125 trains as part of a £45m transformation which will deliver more reliable, comfortable, quieter and greener journeys for passengers along the East Coast Main Line. First introduced...

New trains for North East passengers

01.05.07: Grand Central has announced that it is preparing to place an order for new rolling stock. The new stock will be a direct replacement for Grand Central’s iconic HST (High Speed Train) that has served the UK rail industry so well over t...

Corus unveils new range of British-designed and manufactured locomotives

01.03.07: Corus Northern Engineering Services (CNES) has unveiled its brand new range of British-designed and manufactured locomotives, the first of this type of locomotive to be manufactured in the UK for more than 15 years. Corus has already commis...

A centre of excellence for rail drive systems

01.01.07: ZF Great Britain Limited has been supplying rail drive systems for more than 40 years. It has underlined its commitment to customers in the rail sector by opening a dedicated centre of excellence. ZF offers a full line of drive systems for...

AB Connectors-at the forefront of innovation

01.01.07: AB Connectors, part of TT Electronics Plc, is recognised as a market leader in the design and manufacture of connectors and interconnection systems for the harsh environments found in the rail industry, where high performance and reliability are...

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GTR boss to resign, citing "huge frustration" from passengers

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The chief executive of struggling operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will resign. Charles Horton, the boss of GTR which runs Thameslink... more >
New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

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TfL has awarded Siemens Mobility Limited a contract of around £1.5bn to design and build 94 new generation Tube trains today. More tha... more >
Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

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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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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

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Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... 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 >