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Siemens CEO says it is ‘willing to make concessions’ to secure EU approval for Alstom merger

Siemens CEO says it is ‘willing to make concessions’ to secure EU approval for Alstom merger

09.11.18: The chief executive of Siemens has said he is “willing to make concessions” if necessary in order to gain EU approval for its proposed rail merger with Alstom. Joe Kaeser, head of the German rail giant speaking at Siemens’...

High Court ruling awards Siemens £1.5bn Underground contract

High Court ruling awards Siemens £1.5bn Underground contract

06.11.18: Siemens has won a £1.5bn contract with London Underground to replace some of its oldest trains with almost 100 new models after a High Court ruling lifted the suspension on the contract. London Underground originally awarded the contr...

EU Commission sends out antitrust warning over Siemens-Alstom merger

EU Commission sends out antitrust warning over Siemens-Alstom merger

01.11.18: The EU Commission has sent a series of objections to Siemens and Alstom over their plans for a European railway merger, increasing the possibility of substantial asset sales needed to secure EU approval. The move by the European Union&rsquo...

Still no date given for Azuma rollout on ECML by DfT

Still no date given for Azuma rollout on ECML by DfT

31.10.18: The DfT still has no answer for when the long-awaited Azuma trains will begin running on the East Coast Main Line, the transport minister told the House of Lords today. Baroness Liz Sugg, appointed to the DfT role in October last year, said...

Refurbishing rolling stock into bi-modes could unlock disused railway lines

Refurbishing rolling stock into bi-modes could unlock disused railway lines

31.10.18: The DfT has said that innovative refurbishment of old rolling stock into modern bi-mode trains could offer the opportunity to reopen disused railway lines. In the department’s ‘Rolling Stock Perspective Fourth Edition,’ th...

Future Vivarail Class 230 trains for London Northwestern Railway delayed by technical issues

Future Vivarail Class 230 trains for London Northwestern Railway delayed by technical issues

30.10.18: The delivery of Vivarail’s Class 230 trains for the Marston Vale Line is behind schedule due to “technical issues” and will not be ready for their planned December introduction. West Midland Trains and Vivarail released a...

Age of UK’s rolling stock decreasing thanks to a range of new fleets

Age of UK’s rolling stock decreasing thanks to a range of new fleets

24.10.18: The average age of trains in the UK has decreased following the introduction of new fleets, figures from the ORR show. The rail regulator has revealed figures showing a 0.6-year reduction in the average age of UK trains in 2017-18 compared...

ScotRail’s new Inter7City train breaks down on landmark voyage

ScotRail’s new Inter7City train breaks down on landmark voyage

12.10.18: ScotRail’s new Inter7City train broke down on its landmark journey after leaving Aberdeen on a VIP trip. Hailed as a milestone voyage, Scotland’s refurbished high-speed train left Aberdeen bound for the capital on its inaugural...

First of revamped HSTs set to run between Aberdeen and Edinburgh next week

First of revamped HSTs set to run between Aberdeen and Edinburgh next week

10.10.18: The first Inter7City high-speed train will be entering service between Aberdeen and Edinburgh from the beginning of next week, marking another milestone in Scotland’s wide-ranging railway improvement programme. The train, which will r...

Northern unveils new £500m fleet

Northern unveils new £500m fleet

08.10.18: The new CAF-manufactured fleet of trains to be used by Northern was officially launched at a special event at the Edge Hill depot, Liverpool. The eight state of the art trains – four class 195 and four class 331 vehicles – arriv...

Rolls-Royce and Porterbrook launch UK first hybrid rail project

Rolls-Royce and Porterbrook launch UK first hybrid rail project

02.10.18: Roll-Royce is working with Derby-based train leasing firm Porterbrook to launch UK’s first hybrid rail project with an MTU drive system. The two companies have joined forces to convert Class 168 and Class 170 Turbostar diesel trains i...

Stadler unveils new Greater Anglia bi-mode train set to ‘transform rail travel’

Stadler unveils new Greater Anglia bi-mode train set to ‘transform rail travel’

24.09.18: Stadler has revealed a Greater Anglia bi-mode unit (BMU) which will form part of the new 58-train fleet for the East Anglia network. Unveiled at InnoTrans, the leading international trade exhibition for transport technology, Stadler display...

Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21.09.18: Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the year. Some customers travelling between Leeds and Lincoln were treated to the refurbished train...

Shortlisted bidders revealed for £360m Tyne and Wear rolling stock deal

Shortlisted bidders revealed for £360m Tyne and Wear rolling stock deal

17.09.18: Nexus, which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro, has announced a shortlist of bidders in the running for the £360m contract to build and maintain the network’s new rolling stock. Nexus has now begun detailed negotiations with all bidd...

New CAF trains for Northern begin testing in the UK

New CAF trains for Northern begin testing in the UK

14.09.18: The first round of dynamic UK testing for rail operator Northern’s new CAF-manufactured trains are underway. Tests are running on the North West network following track testing in the Czech Republic, with the state-of-the-art trains t...

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Network Rail confirms route director appointments

16/09/2019Network Rail confirms route director appointments

Today (Monday 16 September) will see Network Rail’s 14 new routes go live. Meanwhile, the company directors each have confirmed a number of... more >
Transport for Wales reveal £194m railway station upgrade plan

16/09/2019Transport for Wales reveal £194m railway station upgrade plan

All 247 railway stations in Wales are to feel the benefit of a new £194m investment plan, Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced. TfW... more >
New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

12/09/2019New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

Plans for a new railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton looks set to go ahead following backing from councillors. Nuneaton Parkway Sta... 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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Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

29/08/2019Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and the success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into conn... 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 >

rail industry focus

  • 11/09/2019The next generation of rail infrastructure

    How the rail industry delivers the next generation of complex infrastructure will rely heavily on the people tasked with leading the projects, and the...
  • 11/09/2019Putting passengers first

    How does the rail industry design the railways for the next 40 years, and when it does, how do we make sure it’s all done with the passenger in mind?...
  • 10/09/2019Cleaning up the railways

    Jim Knox, director of Gard Chemicals, explains how the company is helping the rail industry ensure they have the best cleaning and maintenance...
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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 >