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First class delivery

12.03.10: London Underground is awaiting the delivery of 1500 of its new SSL underground carriages, which will replace its ageing rolling stock on the sub surface lines. These are to be delivered by First GBRf in formations of either seven or eight...

New Flying Scotsman in doubt

New Flying Scotsman in doubt

12.02.10: Despite Lord Adonis’ announcement last month about a future four hour service between London and Edinburgh, officials from government backed East Coast have admitted that those plans will not be as easy to implement. Karen Boswell, ma...

First Great Western to invest in services

First Great Western to invest in services

29.01.10: Train operating company First Great Western is to invest around £8 million in improving its rolling stock for London and the Thames Valley. The company has said that it has even increased its funding fro the improvement works, after t...

Government names train after National Express ‘initiative’

22.01.10: A government minister has taken part in a ceremony to name a train in recognition of an initiative belonging to National Express East Anglia. The train, which has been named the ‘Essex Commuter’, was named after National Express...

There’s ‘snow way’ to stop rail

There’s ‘snow way’ to stop rail

22.01.10: Network Rail has confirmed that despite the cold snap, an average of eight out of ten trains arrived on time. The organisation also confirmed that despite arctic style snow storms, 92 per cent of trains completed their journeys. Robin...

Hitachi rolling stock rail jobs

27.11.09: In a move which will be cause for celebrations for those looking for rail jobs in Britain, Hitachi are planning to create a rolling stock factory in Britain. Officials from Hitachi have said that the factory would play a big role in replaci...

Circle line services to be extended to Hammersmith

06.11.09: On Sunday 13 December, Circle line services will be extended to Hammersmith. Passengers will now be able to get information about the new service from their local Tube station, as leaflets and posters detailing the changes are distributed across...

RISAS makes Angel Trains procurement pioneer

16.10.09: Angel Trains has become the first supplier to achieve Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS) certification under the procurement groups for maintenance and overhaul processes. RISAS is a robust system for the assessment and certi...

Cumbrian community rail services

02.10.09: Passengers in Cumbria will be reaping the benefits of a new agreement, which designates the service between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness, as a community rail service. The whole point of this agreement, which has been reached with train op...

Rolling stock leasing market investigation— provisional decision on remedies

06.07.09: In its provisional findings report on the rolling stock leasing market published in August last year, the Competition Commission concluded that the very limited number of rolling stock options available to train operating companies when bidding...

Faster, Frequent, New, Better, Cheaper, Quicker, Simpler

19.06.09: These are just some of the words that describe Virgin Trains improvements following VHF timetable introduction Faster Journey times significantly reduced following the start of the VHF timetable in December 2008, with typical journey times...

New Scottish eco-friendly train revealed

08.05.09: Scottish Government investment of £200 million will help deliver a new fleet of electric trains which will provide a major boost for rail passengers and encourage commuters onto more sustainable forms of transport Minister for transpo...

Bombardier bonus for early completion of Super Voyager contract

24.04.09: Train builder and maintainer Bombardier has received a £96,600 bonus for the early completion of the refresh of 21 Super Voyager trains for Virgin Trains. To recognise the achievement, a giant cheque was presented to Bombardier Transp...

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. ...

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