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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...

The realities of oil-free compressed air: separating fact from fiction

14.05.08: Oil-free compressed air is very important for the long term operation, efficiency and reliability of rolling stock pneumatic systems – but it can be easily and economically achieved by means other than simply installing an expensive compre...

Government takes action to deliver 106 new Pendolinos for West Coast

09.05.08: The Government has taken a substantial step forward in providing 106 new carriages for the West Coast Main Line. Agreement has been reached with Alstom so that they can begin the production process of new high speed tilting Pendolino trains...

Old trains made new

01.05.08: Refurbishment of District line trains is now completed. The refurbishment of the fleet has brought a higher standard of accessibility. London Underground's District line fleet, which has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, i...

14,500 Extra seats for Thameslink passengers

11.04.08: Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has announced 1,100 new carriages for Thameslink routes, increasing the fleet size by 380 vehicles. This will mean an additional 14,500 extra seats for passengers on some of the busiest London commuter routes. ...

Rolling stock privatisation slammed in new study

08.04.08: The privatisation of the UK’s rolling stock in the 1990s as part of the sell-off of the railway industry was botched from the very beginning, a new study claims. While commentators have comprehensively assessed the trials and tribulations...

New rail services for Midlands investigated

08.04.08: Congestion busting plans for new rail services and stations linking Birmingham and Tamworth, and Sutton Coldfield and Walsall are being investigated as part of a detailed study. West Midlands public transport developer, Centro, has commissi...

More trains for London Overground

04.04.08: 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...

Taken for a Ride: Rolling Stock Privatisation Slammed in New Study

26.03.08: The privatisation of the UK’s rolling stock in the 1990s, as part of the sell-off of the railway industry, was botched from the very beginning, a new study published today claims. However, while commentators have comprehensively assessed t...

Intelligent engine cooling reduces operating costs

20.02.08: Diesel engine cooling systems with controlled hydrostatic or electric fan drives and intelligent control systems reduce both the operating costs and emissions associated with diesel engines in rail-bound vehicles. The complete systems developed...

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Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

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Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottle-neck’ on the Brighton... more >
HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

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Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds... more >
Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

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A brand-new test train has “severely damaged” overhead electric wires, causing massive disruption to all trains going into and out of... 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 >