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Five more Class 319 bi-modes expected in Wales next year

Five more Class 319 bi-modes expected in Wales next year

24.07.17: The Welsh government has this week announced that it will add five extra four-carriage trains to boost rolling stock provision and capacity in the country. The Class 319 flex bi-mode trains have been funded with £1.9m investment from...

Adaptable carriage offers new revenue opportunity for TOCs

Adaptable carriage offers new revenue opportunity for TOCs

17.07.17: Zane van Romunde, transport sector lead at 42 Technology, explains why Adaptable Carriage could be a game changer in encouraging more online deliveries to be transported by train rather than via the UK’s increasingly congested road network...

New centres of excellence for rail innovation

New centres of excellence for rail innovation

13.07.17: Clive Roberts, director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, Simon Iwnicki, director of the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR), and William Powrie, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering an...

Expanding an unprecedented level of style and comfort

Expanding an unprecedented level of style and comfort

13.07.17: At the end of May, Eurostar introduced its new e320 train on the London-Brussels route. Rob Haycocks talks to RTM about what passengers can expect from the new units and how they differ from the company’s original fleet. Our state-of...

Bodyshells of new Northern rolling stock ‘coming together’

Bodyshells of new Northern rolling stock ‘coming together’

12.07.17: Northern have updated passengers on the progress being made on the 98 new trains being built for the operator by Spanish company CAF. The rolling stock will be made up of 281 carriages, and split into 43 electric and 55 diesel powered train...

Greater Anglia finalises new Stadler FLIRT train designs

Greater Anglia finalises new Stadler FLIRT train designs

10.07.17: Greater Anglia has finalised designs for its new Stadler rolling stock that will be phased into service from 2019-20. A month ago, the company unveiled what the new FLIRT trains would look like, and opened up the plans for a consultation so...

Elizabeth Line trains first to run without yellow front ends since steam era

Elizabeth Line trains first to run without yellow front ends since steam era

27.06.17: The new Elizabeth Line trains, the first of which was introduced on the London network last week, will be the first fleet to run on Britain’s mainline railways without a yellow front end in the post-steam era. Early last year, the RSS...

First MTR signs £895m deal with Bombardier for new SWT trains

First MTR signs £895m deal with Bombardier for new SWT trains

20.06.17: FirstGroup and MTR have today announced that they have signed an order with Bombardier worth £895m to deliver 90 new trains to support its South Western franchise. The news follows the franchise, (which is due to start on 20 August th...

First of GWR’s bi-mode Class 802s arrive in the UK from Japan

First of GWR’s bi-mode Class 802s arrive in the UK from Japan

20.06.17: Hitachi has this week announced that the first of its new fleet of bi-mode Class 802 Intercity Express Trains (IET) that will run between London and the south west has arrived in the UK. The five-car test train has been shipped from its fac...

D-Train starts next set of mainline testing

D-Train starts next set of mainline testing

14.06.17: Vivarail has today begun its next set of mainline testing for its battery-powered Class 230 D-Trains on the Cotswold Line between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh. A shuttle service will leave the Quinton Rail Technology Centre (QRTC) at 11.39...

Greater Anglia reveals mock-up of new Stadler FLIRT trains

Greater Anglia reveals mock-up of new Stadler FLIRT trains

07.06.17: Mock-ups of Greater Anglia’s new trains being built by Stadler have today been revealed by the operator. Just a day after Greater Anglia announced that its refurbished Class 321 rolling stock was ready to enter passenger service, it h...

Greater Anglia’s revamped Class 321s set to enter passenger service

Greater Anglia’s revamped Class 321s set to enter passenger service

06.06.17: Greater Anglia’s newly refurbished Class 321 Renatus rolling stock is being prepared to enter service for passengers very soon, boasting a number of features that make the carriages more modern and energy-efficient than before. The op...

RSSB moves forward on robotic rolling stock maintenance innovations

RSSB moves forward on robotic rolling stock maintenance innovations

02.06.17: Four new robotic technologies to maintain and inspect rolling stock are ready to be taken forward and developed for the rail industry, the RSSB has announced. The projects, which are all part of an RSSB funded programme of work, seek to fin...

Eurostar introduces new e320 trains on London-Brussels route

Eurostar introduces new e320 trains on London-Brussels route

30.05.17: Eurostar has this week started running its new e320 trains on the London-Brussels route as part of the company’s £1bn programme of investment. A total of 17 new e320s will be introduced to Eurostar’s fleet over the next 18...

New Merseyrail fleet a platform for future innovations

New Merseyrail fleet a platform for future innovations

26.05.17: David Powell, programme director of rolling stock at Merseytravel, talks about the procurement of the new fleet of metro trains for the Merseyrail network and plans for the future. Back in December 2016, Liverpool city-region leaders made t...

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London passengers happier than before, but green shoots still ‘fragile’

26/07/2017London passengers happier than before, but green shoots still ‘fragile’

Rail passengers in London and the south east are more satisfied with their service in 2017 than they were last year, it has been revealed. T... more >
Transport investment must be ‘fairly weighted towards small stations’

25/07/2017Transport investment must be ‘fairly weighted towards small stations’

Investment in transport infrastructure and passenger experience in London needs to be spread more evenly across the system and focus on small sta... more >
TransPennine electrification and Piccadilly upgrade now also in doubt

25/07/2017TransPennine electrification and Piccadilly upgrade now also in doubt

Transport authorities in West Yorkshire have said it is “very disappointing” that electrification may not be completed along the enti... more >

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get ... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

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Triple electrification cancellation – a misstep from Grayling?

25/07/2017Triple electrification cancellation – a misstep from Grayling?

Following last week’s comprehensive set of announcements about HS2 and the closure of Parliament for recess, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there wouldn’t be any more news about major rail projects on the horizon anytime soon. But having sparked anger after cancelling key sections of three major electrification prog... more >
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How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >

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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >