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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...

Rolling stock market investigation-emerging thinking

20.02.08: The Competition Commission has published the latest document as part of its investigation into the market for the leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services and related maintenance services in Great Britain. The 'emerging th...

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The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets ou... more >
Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... 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 vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets out his vision for the future of rail in light of the Rail Review, whilst highlighting the economic significance of the region. As the sub-national transport body (STB) for the Oxford-Cambridge gro... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
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 >

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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 >