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Greater Manchester transport chief welcomes new train carriages

01.02.08: The Chair of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) has welcomed news that more carriages will be added to the region’s trains. The Department for Transport (DfT) today announced plans to introduce more than 300 extr...

New carriages for busy routes

01.02.08: Transport Secretary, Ruth Kelly, has published details of how extra capacity will be delivered on some of the rail network's busiest routes. 1300 extra carriages were promised as part of last year's White Paper - Delivering a Sustainable Ra...

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...

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Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

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Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

14/08/2018Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

HS2 Ltd is facing a fresh legal challenge from Spanish manufacturer Talgo over what it argues has been “botched” £2.8bn rolling... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >