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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...

265,000 extra trains to run in 2009

08.12.08: More and faster trains provide better value for passengers Britain’s train operators will be running 265,000 more trains a year from 14th December, when the latest national rail timetable starts. Many services will be speeded up and...

New rolling stock should be built in Britain, says RMT

28.11.08: Britain’s biggest rail union has welcomed the government’s pledge to bring forward the delivery of new railway carriages and urged ministers to take the logical step and ensure that they are built in Britain. RMT said that plans...

Rail users should be able to expect less disruption from engineering work - ORR

25.11.08: The Office of Rail Regulation has welcomed record train punctuality figures but said that Network Rail must work more efficiently to minimise the disruption its engineering work causes to all rail users. In its national rail review, ORR com...

First of London Midland’s new 100 mph fleet arrives

20.11.08: The first of London Midland’s new Siemens Desiro trains has just arrived in the UK and is set to enter passenger service within weeks. The first four car Class 350/2 Desiro train unit arrived in its new ‘home’; Siemens&rsq...

Green Light for New Rail Links

10.10.08: The go ahead for a new, fast train service between North and South Wales has been announced by Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones. The new return service between Holyhead and Cardiff is intended to be in operation from December 2008, and...

First GBRf on the move again: new contract to shift class 321s for wabtec

17.09.08: First GBRf has won a three-year contract with Wabtec Rail for the provision of drivers to transport railway vehicles to and from Doncaster for refurbishment. Under the terms of the new deal First GBRf will be responsible for the movement of...

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Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22/01/2019Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition pa... more >
Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

22/01/2019Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just outside Ipswich station. ... more >
Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22/01/2019Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their use on the Heathrow Express... 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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >