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Alstom: Creating something special

Alstom: Creating something special

04.09.18: Jason Baldock, director of high-speed rail at Alstom UK & Ireland, takes a journey through the company’s high-speed rail heritage to demonstrate what sets it apart in the race to build HS2’s shiny new rolling stock. As the o...

Hitachi & Bombardier: A high-speed legacy

Hitachi & Bombardier: A high-speed legacy

04.09.18: Barrie Cottam and Rob Davies, Hitachi Rail and Bombardier HS2 joint venture bid directors, explain how the two companies would harness their railway heritage and global reputation to deliver a world-class fleet for the high-speed line. Hita...

Siemens: Unrivalled experience

Siemens: Unrivalled experience

04.09.18: Siemens has a well-established footprint in the UK and has long been a part of its industrial heritage. Now, with HS2 just around the corner, it could go one step further and deliver the most reliable and advanced trains for the brand-new high-s...

Latest set of electric trains introduced by ScotRail

Latest set of electric trains introduced by ScotRail

29.08.18: ScotRail’s latest trains have hit the tracks this week with the second introduction of its Hitachi Class 385 Express electric vehicle. As part of the £475m rolling stock investment from ScotRail, the extra two trains introduced...

Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29.08.18: RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance technology so far. Director of fleet and engineering Leevan Finney (pictured) talks about the project, the...

First glimpse of brand-new Hull Trains fleet released

First glimpse of brand-new Hull Trains fleet released

28.08.18: New pictures have revealed a first glimpse of Hull Trains’ brand-new bullet train-inspired fleet being built in Japan. The stunning new images show the bodyshell of the trains currently being constructed in Kasado, which are set to ru...

Hitachi grows production capacity with new £5m building in Newton Aycliffe

Hitachi grows production capacity with new £5m building in Newton Aycliffe

24.08.18: Hitachi’s manufacturing capacity in the UK has further expanded as the Japanese giant opened a new £5m building at its Newton Aycliffe factory, taking total investment in the site to over £100m. The building, named ‘...

Vivarail unveils new Class 230 livery as West Midlands Trains deal signed

Vivarail unveils new Class 230 livery as West Midlands Trains deal signed

22.08.18: Vivarail has unveiled a special new livery for the Class 230 trains set to run between Bedford and Bletchley as the contract for the London Northwestern Railway service deal is officially signed. The two-car units, which will start running...

Hitachi: Bringing digital to life at InnoTrans

Hitachi: Bringing digital to life at InnoTrans

22.08.18: Rolling stock may steal the spotlight at InnoTrans, but with soaring passenger demand and limited infrastructure, there is more to railways than just adding shiny new trains onto already-crowded networks. Nick Hughes, sales director at Hitachi R...

First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

20.08.18: ScotRail’s first upgraded InterCity train has arrived in Scotland as part of the revamped High Speed Trains (HST) that will connect Scotland’s seven cities. Making its journey from Doncaster, the renovated set of 26 trains cross...

Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

20.08.18: Train operator Greater Western Railway (GWR) launched its new Hitachi Class 802 range on Friday, holding a media run from Penzance to Exeter to celebrate the new fleet. The 36-strong batch of Hitachi bi-mode trains began its operation with...

Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15.08.18: Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. Franchise operator KeolisAmey has ordered 36 three-car Citylink tram-trains and 35 FLIRT trains from...

LNER Azuma fleet one step closer to completion as work begins in Durham

LNER Azuma fleet one step closer to completion as work begins in Durham

08.08.18: Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe train factory has begun work on the new Azuma fleet for the East Coast Main Line (ECML), taking passengers one step closer to using the trains on the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) network later this year. ...

Southeastern completes £30m upgrade to a third of its trains

Southeastern completes £30m upgrade to a third of its trains

03.08.18: A £30m, three-year upgrade has been completed by Southeastern in a joint venture with Eversholt Rail and Bombardier to a third of its rolling stock. The revamp will benefit more than 600,000 passengers and comes as the Class...

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...

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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “g... more >
DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project &ldqu... 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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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >