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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...

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...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... 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 >