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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...

A quick response to rolling stock maintenance and graffiti removal

16.07.08: Europe’s leader in transportation graphic solutions – has recently expanded its portfolio of products and services for the rail industry. Over the last 6 months, SSDM’s Rail Solutions division has introduced a unique new servic...

Night Riviera Sleeper officially relaunched

16.07.08: First Great Western has officially relaunched its Night Riviera Sleeper service which runs between Penzance and London Paddington following the completion of a £2 million investment. Upgrading 18 carriages in total, this investment wi...

Bidders announced for new fleet of Thameslink trains

11.07.08: The Department for Transport today announced shortlisted applicants to build an entirely new fleet of trains for Thameslink routes, valued at around £1.4bn. They are: • ALSTOM Transport • Bombardier Transportation UK Limit...

Night Riviera Sleeper officially re-launched

26.06.08: First Great Western has officially re-launched its Night Riviera Sleeper service, which runs between Penzance and London Paddington following the completion of a £2 million investment. Upgrading 18 carriages in total, this investment...

East Midlands Trains announces full refurbishment of train fleet

20.06.08: East Midlands Trains has announced plans for the full refurbishment of its Class 158 train fleet, using local Derby-based company DeltaRail. The multi million pound refurbishment programme, which will be carried out over the next 20 months...

CrossCountry’s refreshed Class 170 Turbostar enters service

23.05.08: CrossCountry’s first refreshed Class 170 Turbostar train has entered service to provide more seats and luggage space and new First Class accommodation on services between Cardiff and Nottingham and Birmingham New Street and Stansted Airpor...

More capacity and better services for passengers on South Central Franchise

23.05.08: Rail passengers in the South London, Surrey and Sussex are set to benefit from 10% more capacity across the South Central franchise area and significant service improvements under proposals outlined by Rail Minister Tom Harris MP. The propo...

Track to the future

23.05.08: A specially adapted railway carriage arriving at Bracknell on Tuesday (May 20) will be taking visitors on a virtual journey into the world of transport innovation. The carriage – named The Spirit of Innovation – has been purchas...

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...

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ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

25/03/2019ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

Under-fire train operator ScotRail has unveiled an £18m remedial plan to recruit more staff and bring in additional high-speed trains in re... more >
Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

25/03/2019Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

Network Rail has launched a consultation on a multi-million long-term redevelopment plan for Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. With annual... more >
Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

25/03/2019Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

Dozens of passengers left “increasingly uncomfortable” on a stranded train at Lewisham left their train and walked along icy tracks s... 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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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >