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Refurbishing rolling stock into bi-modes could unlock disused railway lines

Refurbishing rolling stock into bi-modes could unlock disused railway lines

31.10.18: The DfT has said that innovative refurbishment of old rolling stock into modern bi-mode trains could offer the opportunity to reopen disused railway lines. In the department’s ‘Rolling Stock Perspective Fourth Edition,’ th...

Future Vivarail Class 230 trains for London Northwestern Railway delayed by technical issues

Future Vivarail Class 230 trains for London Northwestern Railway delayed by technical issues

30.10.18: The delivery of Vivarail’s Class 230 trains for the Marston Vale Line is behind schedule due to “technical issues” and will not be ready for their planned December introduction. West Midland Trains and Vivarail released a...

Age of UK’s rolling stock decreasing thanks to a range of new fleets

Age of UK’s rolling stock decreasing thanks to a range of new fleets

24.10.18: The average age of trains in the UK has decreased following the introduction of new fleets, figures from the ORR show. The rail regulator has revealed figures showing a 0.6-year reduction in the average age of UK trains in 2017-18 compared...

ScotRail’s new Inter7City train breaks down on landmark voyage

ScotRail’s new Inter7City train breaks down on landmark voyage

12.10.18: ScotRail’s new Inter7City train broke down on its landmark journey after leaving Aberdeen on a VIP trip. Hailed as a milestone voyage, Scotland’s refurbished high-speed train left Aberdeen bound for the capital on its inaugural...

First of revamped HSTs set to run between Aberdeen and Edinburgh next week

First of revamped HSTs set to run between Aberdeen and Edinburgh next week

10.10.18: The first Inter7City high-speed train will be entering service between Aberdeen and Edinburgh from the beginning of next week, marking another milestone in Scotland’s wide-ranging railway improvement programme. The train, which will r...

Northern unveils new £500m fleet

Northern unveils new £500m fleet

08.10.18: The new CAF-manufactured fleet of trains to be used by Northern was officially launched at a special event at the Edge Hill depot, Liverpool. The eight state of the art trains – four class 195 and four class 331 vehicles – arriv...

Rolls-Royce and Porterbrook launch UK first hybrid rail project

Rolls-Royce and Porterbrook launch UK first hybrid rail project

02.10.18: Roll-Royce is working with Derby-based train leasing firm Porterbrook to launch UK’s first hybrid rail project with an MTU drive system. The two companies have joined forces to convert Class 168 and Class 170 Turbostar diesel trains i...

Stadler unveils new Greater Anglia bi-mode train set to ‘transform rail travel’

Stadler unveils new Greater Anglia bi-mode train set to ‘transform rail travel’

24.09.18: Stadler has revealed a Greater Anglia bi-mode unit (BMU) which will form part of the new 58-train fleet for the East Anglia network. Unveiled at InnoTrans, the leading international trade exhibition for transport technology, Stadler display...

Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21.09.18: Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the year. Some customers travelling between Leeds and Lincoln were treated to the refurbished train...

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...

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Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

10/12/2019Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

London North Eastern Railway’s Highland Chieftain route between Inverness and London King’s Cross has welcomed the arrival of the new... more >
RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

09/12/2019RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

As the second week of South Western Railway’s safety strike commences, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has... more >
Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

09/12/2019Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9), marking the start of a... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >