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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...

Greater Manchester transport chief welcomes new train carriages

01.02.08: The Chair of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) has welcomed news that more carriages will be added to the region’s trains. The Department for Transport (DfT) today announced plans to introduce more than 300 extr...

New carriages for busy routes

01.02.08: Transport Secretary, Ruth Kelly, has published details of how extra capacity will be delivered on some of the rail network's busiest routes. 1300 extra carriages were promised as part of last year's White Paper - Delivering a Sustainable Ra...

Valleys rail work on course

25.01.08: The £18.5 million project by the Welsh Assembly Government to extend platforms, increase capacity and provide more frequent services on the Cardiff Valleys lines reaches a vital stage next month when Network Rail carries out more work on t...

New station within St Pancras international brings better journeys and European connections

13.12.07: Passengers will benefit from improved facilities and quicker and more direct train journeys to Europe as Network Rail opens a new £70m domestic station within St Pancras International. The new station will be opened by the Secretary o...

Hitachi’s hybrid success

01.10.07: The world’s first hybrid trains have entered service in the UK and Japan. The trains are powered by Hitachi’s hybrid traction system developed with the aim of delivering substantial improvements in environmental performance by reduci...

Railway noise abatement: rail sector welcomes Commission initiative

02.08.07: No legal requirements necessary, but financial schemes for retro-fitting The European rail sector welcomes the fact that the European Commission is taking up the topic of retrofitting existing rail freight wagons in order to reduce noise em...

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Maritime Transport launch new rail services

17/07/2019Maritime Transport launch new rail services

Maritime Transport has launched two new rail services from DP World London Gateway to its rail terminals in Trafford Park and Wakefield. It ... more >
Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

17/07/2019Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

A campaign for a rail link between Windsor and Heathrow Airport is to be revived, after the scheme was turned down by the Department for Transpor... more >
Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

17/07/2019Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

The Conwy Valley line is set to reopen for passengers ahead of the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst, Network Rail has announced. Llandud... 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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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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >