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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...

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...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >