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First of new £100m Caledonian Sleeper carriages arrive in UK

First of new £100m Caledonian Sleeper carriages arrive in UK

17.01.18: Caledonian Sleeper has received the first carriages of its new £100m fleet, which arrived in the UK this week. The fleet consists of 75 new carriages to be introduced in phases from October, with five of them arriving for testing on t...

Thameslink test trains travel through new London Bridge platform for first time

Thameslink test trains travel through new London Bridge platform for first time

09.01.18: GTR’s first test passenger trains have made the trip through the new platform 5 at London Bridge following the completion of nearly three years of work. The eight-carriage Class 700 RLU was the first passenger train to complete a jour...

CAF moves forward on plans to build factory in Wales

CAF moves forward on plans to build factory in Wales

04.01.18: Welsh officials have been updated on the progress of the building of a brand new factory by a Spanish construction company on one of Wales’ business parks. Andrés Arizkorreta, chief executive of Spanish firm CAF recently met wi...

GWR Electrostar fleet enters service after electrification completed

GWR Electrostar fleet enters service after electrification completed

02.01.18: A new fleet of Electrostar trains has entered service today on the Great Western Main Line following the completion of electrification work between London Paddington and Didcot. GWR, which operates services on the line, says the new fleet w...

First photos emerge as Hitachi begins work on ‘game-changer’ TPE fleet

First photos emerge as Hitachi begins work on ‘game-changer’ TPE fleet

19.12.17: Hitachi has begun production on the fleet of new intercity trains that will connect stations between England and Scotland for TransPennine Express (TPE). As per the deal signed last year, the manufacturer will produce 19 new five-carriage t...

GB Railfreight picks up 41 new IIA hoppers

GB Railfreight picks up 41 new IIA hoppers

19.12.17: GB Railfreight (GBRf) has taken delivery of 41 new hoppers intended to transport sand from Middleton Towers in East Anglia to Barnby Dun, Monk Bretton and Goole in Yorkshire. The new fleet will replace the old 71 single-axle PAA wagons inhe...

New Azumas get inaugural Scottish Highlands run

New Azumas get inaugural Scottish Highlands run

19.12.17: Hitachi has run trials of Virgin Trains’ new Azuma stock in the Scottish Highlands for the first time. The test comes as the operator prepares to introduce 65 of the new trains on Virgin Trains East Coast from December of next year. ...

c2c announces £100m train deal with Bombardier

c2c announces £100m train deal with Bombardier

14.12.17: Train operator c2c has today announced a deal for £100m worth of new trains to be manufactured by Bombardier in its Derby factory. The agreement will see 60 carriages of the latest Aventra trains delivered to c2c by the end of 2021, t...

Angel secures funding to refinance Greater Anglia Aventra rolling stock

Angel secures funding to refinance Greater Anglia Aventra rolling stock

06.12.17: Funding of £835m has been secured by Angel Trains to refinance the procurement 665 trains for Greater Anglia. The 665 Bombardier Aventra vehicles will be leased to the Abellio Greater Anglia franchise from 2019. Angel Trains Group has...

First TPE modified Class 68s sent to Spain for initial testing

First TPE modified Class 68s sent to Spain for initial testing

01.12.17: The first TransPennine Express (TPE) Class 68 modified locomotive has been shipped to Northern Spain. The stock is part of a fleet of new trains consisting of CAF’s Mk5A carriages pulled by the modified TPE locomotives. In May th...

Last-ever Electrostar finished in Derby as 18 years of production come to an end

Last-ever Electrostar finished in Derby as 18 years of production come to an end

28.11.17: Last week saw the construction of the final Electrostar carriage, a model which has been produced since 1999 and served 12 different companies. The first-ever batch of the EMU carriages was produced 18 years ago for c2c, but they have since...

A chance to exceed expectations

A chance to exceed expectations

24.11.17: David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, highlights the areas that the next East Midlands franchise operator must focus on to improve train services for commuters. “I’m spending £130 at least on tickets and...

TfL opens bidding for 43 new DLR trains

TfL opens bidding for 43 new DLR trains

20.11.17: Transport for London (TfL) has taken a step forward in its search for a manufacturer to provide 43 new trains for Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Plans will see the capacity on the line increase by as much as 30%, with new walk-through train...

South Western announces £50m train refurbishment

South Western announces £50m train refurbishment

10.11.17: South Western Railway (SWR) has today announced a programme of refurbishment and improvement on 172 of its Class 444 and Class 450 Desiro trains. The £50m contract, awarded to Siemens, is part of a greater £1.2bn investment proj...

Modernising journeys in north east England

Modernising journeys in north east England

09.11.17: First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett tells RTM’s Josh Mines about how the new rolling stock will benefit passengers in the region. ...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >