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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...

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...

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New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

26/02/2020New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

Siemens Mobility Limited and the University of Birmingham have announced a new, academic framework research partnership, strengthening the relati... more >
Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

26/02/2020Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

The UK’s smallest rail operator, Hull Trains, is the only company which can promise every journey will be on a brand new, world-class train... more >
£20m government funding to make 124 stations more accessible across GB

26/02/2020£20m government funding to make 124 stations more accessible across GB

Announced today (Feb 26th) by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, disabled passengers across GB are set to benefit from accessibility improvem... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >