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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...

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. ...

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£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

16/10/2019£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Oct 16) released its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) outlining plans that span ... more >
RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

16/10/2019RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

The RAIB has delivered a new set of safety recommendations after a passenger suffered fatal injuries after leaning out of a window of a moving tr... more >
Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

16/10/2019Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

The government is considering renationalising Northern Rail due to repeated poor performance. Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said he h... 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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >

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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 >