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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...

First Class 395 leaves factory on time

19.07.07: The first six-car Class 395 unit for Southeastern High Speed Services has been successfully delivered on time to the shipping line for transportation to the UK. The unit has been successfully loaded onto a ship at Hitachi’s Kasado Fac...

Metronet successfully starts new Tube train trials on Victoria line

21.06.07: Trials of a new Tube train set to enter service on the Victoria line from 2009 have started successfully, says Metronet Rail, the company renewing two-thirds of the Tube. The eight carriage pre-production train is steadily being introduced...

Angel Trains leases to rail traction company three Bombardier Traxx DC locomotives

07.06.07: Angel Trains revealed at the rollout of the first Bombardier Traxx DC locomotive in Vado Ligure, near Genoa, that it has concluded a ten-year lease with Rail Traction Company (RTC) for three of these locomotives for operation across the domestic...

Chiltern Railways announces £6 million train makeover

07.06.07: Over the next 5 months, passengers will gradually see the changes take shape in the entire fleet of Clubman trains, which predominantly travel between Birmingham and London Marylebone via Banbury, with the project due for completion by autumn. ...

Virgin Trains leads Europe with biodiesel train

07.06.07: Sir Richard Branson and Gordon Brown launched Europe's first biodiesel blend train in scheduled passenger service – the 11:27 from London Euston to Llandudno on Thursday, June 7. In advance of the launch the Chancellor of the Excheque...

Leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services referred to the Competition Commission

01.05.07: The Office of Rail Regulation has announced its decision to refer the leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services to the Competition Commission for further investigation. The decision follows a full public consultation on ORR...

New lease of life for iconic 125s

01.05.07: GNER has launched the first of its new-look diesel 125 trains as part of a £45m transformation which will deliver more reliable, comfortable, quieter and greener journeys for passengers along the East Coast Main Line. First introduced...

New trains for North East passengers

01.05.07: Grand Central has announced that it is preparing to place an order for new rolling stock. The new stock will be a direct replacement for Grand Central’s iconic HST (High Speed Train) that has served the UK rail industry so well over t...

Corus unveils new range of British-designed and manufactured locomotives

01.03.07: Corus Northern Engineering Services (CNES) has unveiled its brand new range of British-designed and manufactured locomotives, the first of this type of locomotive to be manufactured in the UK for more than 15 years. Corus has already commis...

A centre of excellence for rail drive systems

01.01.07: ZF Great Britain Limited has been supplying rail drive systems for more than 40 years. It has underlined its commitment to customers in the rail sector by opening a dedicated centre of excellence. ZF offers a full line of drive systems for...

AB Connectors-at the forefront of innovation

01.01.07: AB Connectors, part of TT Electronics Plc, is recognised as a market leader in the design and manufacture of connectors and interconnection systems for the harsh environments found in the rail industry, where high performance and reliability are...

New rail bearing test facilties at Schaeffler

01.01.07: Schaeffler Group Industrial has extended its railway bearing test bay at its Schweinfurt FAG site with new test rigs for wheel set bearings. This will enable the company to carry out testing in compliance with European standard DIN EN 12082, whi...

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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “g... more >
DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project &ldqu... 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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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >