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GTR completes rolling stock upgrade on Thameslink route

GTR completes rolling stock upgrade on Thameslink route

18.09.17: Thameslink passengers will from today enjoy solely new trains on routes, as Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) completed the replacement of its old fleet with new Siemens Class 700 rolling stock. People travelling between London Bridge, Gatwick...

First of ScotRail’s revamped HSTs arrives for driver training

First of ScotRail’s revamped HSTs arrives for driver training

14.09.17: The first of ScotRail’s refurbished high-speed trains has arrived in Aberdeen to start driver training ahead of the fleet being rolled out next year. When finished, the revamped rolling stock will create a new connection between Scotl...

VLR revolution:  Phase 2 project launches

VLR revolution: Phase 2 project launches

14.09.17: Nick Mallinson, the programme manager at WMG centre HVM Catapult, on the progress of the Very Light Rail (VLR) project. Transport Design International (TDI) has formed a project consortium including Unipart Rail, Axiom Rail, Cummins and WMG...

Greater Anglia unveils fresh mock-ups of new Bombardier fleet

Greater Anglia unveils fresh mock-ups of new Bombardier fleet

12.09.17: Greater Anglia has today released new images of what the interior of its new Bombardier-built carriages will look like when they are rolled out for passengers from 2019. The mock-ups of the new Aventra train were created at Bombardier&rsquo...

FLIRTs: engaging the industry

FLIRTs: engaging the industry

11.09.17: When Abellio was bidding for the East Anglia franchise in 2015, it was clear that passengers and stakeholders wanted new trains. Now, nearly one year into its new franchise and following a recent external consultation over their design, Mike Kea...

Elizabeth Line rolling stock: a culture of co-operation

Elizabeth Line rolling stock: a culture of co-operation

11.09.17: With the Elizabeth Line tantalisingly close to completion and the first of its new rolling stock already on track, David Sherrin, senior project manager for rolling stock at TfL, updates RTM’s Josh Mines on the progress and delivery of the...

TPE updates passengers on progress of new CAF rolling stock

TPE updates passengers on progress of new CAF rolling stock

08.09.17: Transpennine Express (TPE) has this week shown passengers anther image of how work is progressing with the bodyshells for its new fleet of trains for Scotland and the north west. The rolling stock, being delivered by Spanish firm CAF, will...

The history of yellow

The history of yellow

04.09.17: As Elizabeth Line trains prepare to become the first to run with all-black panels since the steam era, Greg Morse, lead operational feedback specialist at the RSSB, takes a look back at the fascinating history of the famous yellow front end. ...

Greater Anglia’s £3.8m Class 321 refurb nears completion

Greater Anglia’s £3.8m Class 321 refurb nears completion

04.09.17: The £3.8m refurbishment of 54 Greater Anglia Class 321s is fast nearing its completion at the operator’s Clacton-on-Sea depot. The fleet of 321s, which run between Liverpool Street and Southend, Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswic...

Thameslink replaces last of 30-year-old Class 319 fleet

Thameslink replaces last of 30-year-old Class 319 fleet

01.09.17: Thameslink has reached a major milestone this week after replacing the last of its Class 319 fleet with the new Siemens-built Class 700s. GTR, which operates Thameslink between Bedford, Brighton, Wimbledon, Sutton and Sevenoaks, said that o...

Sneak peek at new £150m Caledonian Sleeper carriages

Sneak peek at new £150m Caledonian Sleeper carriages

31.08.17: Caledonian Sleeper has given passengers a special sneak peek of its £150m fleet of state-of-the-art carriages that are currently under construction in Spain via a new dedicated website. The website allows visitors to get an exclusive...

First new Caledonian Sleeper rolling stock arrives at Velim test track

First new Caledonian Sleeper rolling stock arrives at Velim test track

24.08.17: New rolling stock for Caledonian Sleeper services have reached a milestone today as operator Serco said that the trains have arrived at a test track in the Czech Republic to undergo key testing for a number of weeks. The first of the 75 Mk...

Virgin Azuma crosses Scottish border for first time in test run

Virgin Azuma crosses Scottish border for first time in test run

17.08.17: Virgin’s Class 800 Azuma trains have this week made the journey beyond the Scottish border for the first time. The inaugural run north of the border between London and Edinburgh was done as part of a testing programme by Hitachi, who...

Greater Anglia unveils more images of bi-mode and intercity FLIRT trains

Greater Anglia unveils more images of bi-mode and intercity FLIRT trains

11.08.17: Greater Anglia has today given passengers a glimpse at what the brand new trains that will operate on its intercity, regional and Stansted Express services will look like. The computer-generated photos show more detail of what the FLIRT tra...

TPE launches first of refurbished Class 185 fleet

TPE launches first of refurbished Class 185 fleet

03.08.17: TransPennine Express (TPE) has this week launched the first refurbished train as part of the overhaul of its entire Class 185 fleet. The rolling stock is currently going through a phased refurbishment programme, and the operator says that o...

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Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

20/09/2017Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

Virgin Trains has launched a world first app that allows passengers to bid for First Class upgrades for as low as £5. The app, Seatfro... more >
RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

20/09/2017RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

October is set to be another tough month for commuters across the country as the RMT announced a tranche of strikes across four operators. F... more >
Work begins on new Maghull North station

20/09/2017Work begins on new Maghull North station

Construction of a new station in the north west has started this week, which will give increased travel options for passengers in the region. ... more >

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04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... 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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UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

19/09/2017UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

With just under a week left to get your applications in for the rail industry’s biggest awards event, UKRIA, it seems like the perfect time to introduce the huge names that are making up our judging panel this year. The most exciting addition to the senior pan-industry panel this year is one of the most recognisable names in the ind... more >
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A network of training excellence

18/09/2017A network of training excellence

Writing on behalf of the Training Alliance, Simon Rennie runs through the early results of a tight-knit collaboration agreement between key rail ... more >
Do you feel heard in the workplace?

18/09/2017Do you feel heard in the workplace?

Much of what we do at CIRAS is about listening to the health and safety concerns of people in safety critical roles. Often people approach CIRAS ... more >
Enabling the Great North Rail Project

18/09/2017Enabling the Great North Rail Project

Mark Bellew writing on behalf of Network Rail discusses progress on the company’s Great North Rail Project, and the signalling that underpi... more >
A challenge for the rail industry?

18/09/2017A challenge for the rail industry?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the opportunities and challenges the draft mayor’s Tra... 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 >