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First TPE bullet train arrives in the UK

First TPE bullet train arrives in the UK

12.06.18: The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) Nova 1 bullet trains has completed its two-month journey from Japan today, set to come into action across the north of England and Scotland next year. The 19 new five-carriage...

CAF closes deal to supply 77 locally made trains for Wales and Borders

CAF closes deal to supply 77 locally made trains for Wales and Borders

08.06.18: Just a day after Vivarail announced it will be providing five Class 230s for the new Wales and Borders franchise, CAF has now revealed that it is in final negotiations with operator KeolisAmey to supply and maintain a major fleet of new trains. ...

Vivarail to supply hybrid D-Train fleet in first train deal for new Wales franchise

Vivarail to supply hybrid D-Train fleet in first train deal for new Wales franchise

07.06.18: As hinted in its comment piece for RTM’s April/May, Vivarail has closed a deal with KeolisAmey to supply a fleet of Class 230 D-Trains as part of the operator’s takeover of the Wales and Borders franchise. Writing in our latest...

Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

25.05.18: Greater Anglia has completed a £1m refurbishment of its Essex and Hertfordshire commuter trains, it has announced. The refurb, which will improve comfort for passengers, has seen 72 Class 317 trains fitted with new standard seat covers an...

Electric train makes historic first journey to Bromsgrove

Electric train makes historic first journey to Bromsgrove

22.05.18: The first electric train has travelled between Birmingham and Bromsgrove in a historic journey on Sunday. The West Midlands Railway train made the journey to test the newly installed overhead power lines as part of the upgrade and electrificati...

Alstom and Eversholt team up to fit hydrogen tanks on Class 321s

Alstom and Eversholt team up to fit hydrogen tanks on Class 321s

15.05.18: Alstom has today confirmed its plans to bring hydrogen-powered trains to the UK by announcing a partnership with Eversholt Rail. The two companies will join forces to convert Class 321 electric trains to hydrogen operation by fitting hydrog...

First look at ‘luxurious’ new Hull Trains fleet

First look at ‘luxurious’ new Hull Trains fleet

10.05.18: Hull Trains has revealed the first artist’s impression of the new trains that will form part of a major £60m investment. The current fleet will be replaced with new hi-tech Hitachi trains, offering an increased seating capacity and...

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

09.05.18: CAF Rail UK has opened a new multi-purpose component overhaul and storage facility in Stockport to support its growing operations in the UK. Half of the unit will hold spare parts to service existing and future UK contracts and will supply...

First Greater Anglia train kicks off testing in Switzerland

First Greater Anglia train kicks off testing in Switzerland

04.05.18: The first of Greater Anglia’s new bi-mode trains is now being tested in Switzerland as the rest of its brand-new intercity and Stansted Express trains undergo assembly in a factory nearby. Stadler is building 58 trains for Greater Ang...

Brand-new £200m Class 717s undergo testing ahead of autumn roll-out

Brand-new £200m Class 717s undergo testing ahead of autumn roll-out

02.05.18: A team of around 200 Siemens engineers are currently testing 12 of the newly built Class 717 Desiro City trains as part of a £200m fleet deal to be delivered to the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) later this year. The programme, which...

Greater Anglia’s £40m refurb of Crown Point Depot begins

Greater Anglia’s £40m refurb of Crown Point Depot begins

24.04.18: Greater Anglia has begun work on its £40m investment into its Crown Point Depot. The depot will be transformed to accommodate the train operator’s new fleet of longer trains, expected to enter service next year. A new train washi...

GWR to roll out 19 ‘tri-mode’ trains by 2019 under new deal

GWR to roll out 19 ‘tri-mode’ trains by 2019 under new deal

20.04.18: A new deal struck between Great Western Railway (GWR) and Porterbrook means 19 Class 769 Flex trains will be introduced on the operator’s network from spring next year, it has confirmed. GWR said the innovative fleet – which ope...

First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

20.04.18: The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) new Nova 1 trains, built by Hitachi, left Japan earlier this week and is due to arrive in the UK in two months’ time. Once the train completes its shipping journey, it will be tes...

Testing begins on TPE’s new CAF trains

Testing begins on TPE’s new CAF trains

19.04.18: The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) new Nova 3 trains, manufactured by CAF, has commenced testing ahead of delivery at the end of 2018. A variety of tests, which include aerodynamics, braking and on-board information systems...

Testing begins on new Caledonian Sleeper carriages

Testing begins on new Caledonian Sleeper carriages

16.04.18: Testing has begun on the brand new Caledonian Sleeper carriages for the first time. The overnight Caledonian Sleeper rail service is to be transformed when the new £100m fleet is introduced later this year. There will be a phased trans...

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Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

13/11/2018Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

Travel times to and from work now take an extra five minutes longer, with rail commuters facing the longest journeys, new analysis shows. In... more >
GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

13/11/2018GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

FirstGroup has named Matthew Gregory as its new chief executive as it revealed widening half-year losses and warned about the profitability of it... more >
Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

13/11/2018Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, has been appointed as transport minister with responsibility for rail following the resignation... 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 >