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Alstom: Industry must start work bringing hydrogen trains to UK immediately

Alstom: Industry must start work bringing hydrogen trains to UK immediately

20.02.18: Alstom, the supplier who are leading the race to put hydrogen-powered rolling stock on track in Europe, has said that Jo Johnson’s ambition to get rid of diesel-only trains by 2040 will work as motivation for the industry to work towards d...

New GWR Class 802 IETs leave Italy bound for Devon and Cornwall

New GWR Class 802 IETs leave Italy bound for Devon and Cornwall

12.02.18: The first of a new fleet of Intercity Express Trains set to run on GWR routes in Devon and Cornwall have been completed in Italy. Hitachi will send the initial two bi-mode Class 802s across Europe and through the channel tunnel to join thre...

Diesel-only trains should be phased out by 2040, says rail minister

Diesel-only trains should be phased out by 2040, says rail minister

12.02.18: Rail minister Jo Johnson will today announce ambitions to end the use of diesel-only trains by 2040. Transport minister Johnson will say: “I would like to see us take all diesel-only trains off the track by 2040, if that seems like an...

First images of Northern’s new Class 331 stock revealed

First images of Northern’s new Class 331 stock revealed

07.02.18: Northern has unveiled the first of its new CAF stock, part of the operators multi-million-pound modernisation plans. The Class 331s were presented at an event held by the manufacturer in Spain and are set to travel through to Velim in the C...

Transforming travel in the north west

Transforming travel in the north west

06.02.18: RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the company is currently embarking on. Last year was, in some ways, marked by disappointment for rail...

Caledonian Sleeper pushes ahead with contentious cabin-sharing ban

Caledonian Sleeper pushes ahead with contentious cabin-sharing ban

02.02.18: Caledonian Sleeper plans to introduce a controversial new ban on strangers sharing carriages once it brings in its £100m new fleet in October. Initially, the company had intended to bring in the policy this month, but a spokesperson c...

Network Rail calls out ‘entirely avoidable stupidity’ of ‘bridge-bash’ lorry drivers

Network Rail calls out ‘entirely avoidable stupidity’ of ‘bridge-bash’ lorry drivers

01.02.18: Network Rail has urged lorry drivers to be more cautious around low railway bridges, after four incidents within the last two days. The crashes have become an increasing problem for the infrastructure owner because every time a bridge is st...

Arriva Wales completes £500,000 carriage revamp as franchise draws to a close

Arriva Wales completes £500,000 carriage revamp as franchise draws to a close

29.01.18: Arriva Trains Wales has completed a £500,000 makeover of the interiors of its rolling stock. In response to customer and community feedback, 60 carriages on 17 routes have been refurbished, which the train operator says will give travell...

First Greater Anglia bodyshells roll off production line

First Greater Anglia bodyshells roll off production line

29.01.18: The first completed bodyshells for part one of Greater Anglia’s regional trains have come off the production line. The train operator is spending £1.4bn on 169 new trains – a total of 1,043 new carriages – whic...

RDG claims 1,300 extra carriages expected by 2021

RDG claims 1,300 extra carriages expected by 2021

29.01.18: There will be 1,300 more new carriages than expected debuting on the UK rail network by 2021. Initial projections from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) indicated that there would be around 5,700 new carriages brought into commission, but recen...

Tyne and Wear Metro opens tender on ‘long overdue’ new £360m fleet

Tyne and Wear Metro opens tender on ‘long overdue’ new £360m fleet

26.01.18: The Tyne and Wear Metro has begun the process of buying a new fleet of trams after launching the tender. Nexus, which operates the network, says the new fleet will be worth more than £360m and is scheduled to enter service by 2021. ...

New longer train numbers to come into effect this year

New longer train numbers to come into effect this year

24.01.18: Beginning this month, new trains will be required to display a new standard European Vehicle Number (EVN), meaning train numbers will be extended. The change in policy is intended to provide more information, as trains increasingly begin to...

Government voices ambition to make hydrogen trains ‘a priority’ in future

Government voices ambition to make hydrogen trains ‘a priority’ in future

23.01.18: The introduction of hydrogen-powered trains on the UK rail network will be “a priority” for the government in the coming years. Transport secretary Chris Grayling confirmed that the DfT would likely be pursuing different types o...

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...

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Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

13/11/2018Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

Travel times to and from work now take an extra five minutes longer, with rail commuters facing the longest journeys, new analysis shows. In... more >
GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

13/11/2018GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

FirstGroup has named Matthew Gregory as its new chief executive as it revealed widening half-year losses and warned about the profitability of it... more >
Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

13/11/2018Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, has been appointed as transport minister with responsibility for rail following the resignation... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >