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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15.11.18: The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of testing around the network. The four-carriage bi-mode Swiss train will run on regional lines a...

Talgo names Fife as the chosen site of its first UK train factory

Talgo names Fife as the chosen site of its first UK train factory

14.11.18: Spanish train manufacturer Talgo has revealed that is new train-building factory will be built at Longannet in Fife, bringing more than 1,000 jobs to Scotland. Talgo will build its first UK manufacturing base at the site of a decommissioned...

Grayling ‘sees no reason’ to follow European standards in post-Brexit rolling stock regulation

Grayling ‘sees no reason’ to follow European standards in post-Brexit rolling stock regulation

14.11.18: The transport secretary has categorically opposed the following of European Union rail standards when Britain leaves the EU, arguing he can see ‘absolutely no reason’ to follow the regulations. Speaking to the Lords EU Internal...

TPE’s new CAF Nova 3 fleet delayed by ‘technical issue’

TPE’s new CAF Nova 3 fleet delayed by ‘technical issue’

12.11.18: A technical issue has delayed the roll out of TransPennine Express’ new fleet of CAF Nova 3 trains. The fleet had been expected to be rolled out by the end of the year, but are now expected to enter service next spring, which is &ldqu...

Siemens CEO says it is ‘willing to make concessions’ to secure EU approval for Alstom merger

Siemens CEO says it is ‘willing to make concessions’ to secure EU approval for Alstom merger

09.11.18: The chief executive of Siemens has said he is “willing to make concessions” if necessary in order to gain EU approval for its proposed rail merger with Alstom. Joe Kaeser, head of the German rail giant speaking at Siemens’...

High Court ruling awards Siemens £1.5bn Underground contract

High Court ruling awards Siemens £1.5bn Underground contract

06.11.18: Siemens has won a £1.5bn contract with London Underground to replace some of its oldest trains with almost 100 new models after a High Court ruling lifted the suspension on the contract. London Underground originally awarded the contr...

EU Commission sends out antitrust warning over Siemens-Alstom merger

EU Commission sends out antitrust warning over Siemens-Alstom merger

01.11.18: The EU Commission has sent a series of objections to Siemens and Alstom over their plans for a European railway merger, increasing the possibility of substantial asset sales needed to secure EU approval. The move by the European Union&rsquo...

Still no date given for Azuma rollout on ECML by DfT

Still no date given for Azuma rollout on ECML by DfT

31.10.18: The DfT still has no answer for when the long-awaited Azuma trains will begin running on the East Coast Main Line, the transport minister told the House of Lords today. Baroness Liz Sugg, appointed to the DfT role in October last year, said...

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...

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Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

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Government campaign launched to increase inclusivity on public transport

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Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

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After four landslips in the last decade, the 9-day closure involved 200 engineers and around the clock work at 17 sits along the railway between ... 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 >