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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. ...

New trains for the new service

06.03.09: Grand Central Railway today confirmed that it has signed a lease with Angel Trains for two Class 180 (Adelante) diesel trains. This complements last Friday’s confirmation from the Office of Rail Regulation that Grand Central has firm...

Delivery of new trains to be speeded up by new company

06.03.09: Passengers on some of the country's busiest rail lines could see improvements arrive more quickly after Transport Minister Andrew Adonis announced that his Department had set up a new company to oversee the procurement of 202 new diesel train ca...

More trains for Wolds coast

20.02.09: Northern Rail has submitted plans to run more services between Hull and Scarborough from December 2009. The new timetable would mean an improved weekday timetable after 3pm and the extension of the current summer Sunday services to year rou...

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...

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Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

18/06/2019Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

Record figures of rail passenger journeys have been recorded in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the most recent quarterly report by the... more >
Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

18/06/2019Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

Train drivers’ union Aslef launched its On Track with Diversity report at the Houses of Parliament on Monday, as it looks to increase ... more >
Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >