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New GWR Class 800 IETs make first journey to Devon

New GWR Class 800 IETs make first journey to Devon

31.07.18: Class 800 IET's arrival in Paignton yesterday marks the first Intercity Express Train (IET) to travel to the seaside town, marking another milestone in the roll out of the new fleet. The nine-carriage long Class 800 trains, following a...

TPE’s Hitachi Class 802 Nova 1 fleet begins testing in UK

TPE’s Hitachi Class 802 Nova 1 fleet begins testing in UK

26.07.18: TransPennine Express’ new Hitachi Class 802 Nova 1 fleet has begun testing with its first successful run between Doncaster and Darlington. Following the first TPE bullet train arriving in the UK last month, the 19 new five-carriage tr...

ScotRail’s new fleet of electric trains make first journey

ScotRail’s new fleet of electric trains make first journey

24.07.18: The first of ScotRail’s new electric fleet has made its opening journey this morning. The new Hitachi Class 385 Express trains, part of a ScotRail’s £475m rolling stock investment, will run on the Glasgow Queen Street to E...

Bombardier and Hitachi launch legal challenge against TfL Tube contract

Bombardier and Hitachi launch legal challenge against TfL Tube contract

23.07.18: Hitachi and Bombardier have commenced landmark legal proceedings against TfL for its decision to award a contract to build Tube trains to Siemens. Papers filed at the High Court over the weekend indicate that directors at Japan’s Hita...

Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17.07.18: Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring these same benefits to Britain in light of the country’s decarbonisation and electrification ag...

ORR: Siemens-Alstom merger could have ‘detrimental impact’ on UK rail market

ORR: Siemens-Alstom merger could have ‘detrimental impact’ on UK rail market

16.07.18: The rail regulator claims that a merger between rail manufacturing giants Siemens and Alstom could have a “significant detrimental impact” on competition in important British rail markets. The ORR welcomed the European Commissio...

The Flying Scotsman will be visiting Cornwall for the first time

The Flying Scotsman will be visiting Cornwall for the first time

13.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine The Flying Scotsman will be appearing on the railways of Cornwall for the first time in its long and monumental history. The locomotives visit to Cornwall is one of a series of trips o...

VLR: The next generation

VLR: The next generation

10.07.18: Olivia Brown, business development officer at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) in the University of Warwick, updates us on the latest developments of three key Very Light Rail (VLR) projects. Climate change concerns have been the subje...

Greater Anglia: The future of rail travel

Greater Anglia: The future of rail travel

03.07.18: Mike Kean, deputy MD and franchise and programmes director at Greater Anglia, gives us the lowdown on the train operator’s new bi-mode trains which are currently under construction in Switzerland. I’ve recently been over to Swit...

State-of-the-art maintenance trains on the way to support Elizabeth Line

State-of-the-art maintenance trains on the way to support Elizabeth Line

02.07.18: New top-of-the-line maintenance trains used on the Elizabeth line are being tested ahead of delivery to London later this year. Manufactured by Austrian company Lisinger in Steyrermühl, a new milling train and two multi-purpose enginee...

New trams on the way for Manchester as TfGM signs £72m contract

New trams on the way for Manchester as TfGM signs £72m contract

02.07.18: 27 new Metrolink trams will bolster Manchester’s light rail network in a new £72m contract signed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) today. The fleet will provide 4,800 extra spaces and increase capacity on the network b...

First of Northern’s 98 new trains arrive in UK for testing

First of Northern’s 98 new trains arrive in UK for testing

29.06.18: The first of Northern’s new two-car Class 195 DMU is currently being kept at the Edge Hill depot in Liverpool, where it awaits mainline testing to be carried out in the coming weeks. The train arrived on 25 June at the Royal Portbury...

Hull Trains: On the horizon

Hull Trains: On the horizon

26.06.18: The last 18 years of Hull Trains services have been great, but the future – with its brand-new fleet, better customer service and increased investment – will be even better, says Louise Cheeseman, its new managing director. Hull...

New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

22.06.18: Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new Azuma train from up close before the new fleet starts carrying East Coast passengers later this year. The front carriag...

TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21.06.18: Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities and having the capacity to hold 700 passengers. The stunning new fleet of 54 Class 710 trains, o...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastruct... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve performance. The Rai... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new Lond... 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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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >