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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...

Build new trains in Britain, says RMT

20.02.08: The rolling stock plan announced by the government should stipulate that new trains will be designed to be fully staffed, including guards, and should be built in Britain, the railways’ biggest union has said. The government has an op...

Don’t wash the soap away

20.02.08: Clean rolling stock not only looks good, it is more efficient too. Regular cleaning of vehicles is proven to reduce maintenance costs and almost certainly prolong the useful working life of stock. However, wash plants are extremely expensive pie...

New carriages for busy routes

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

New Corus locomotives for Port Talbot

20.02.08: Steelmaker Corus is now the largest operator of industrial railways in the UK and is using this extensive, practical experience to design and build a brand new range of locomotives. The company has received its first order for four-off, 100 tonn...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >