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Last-ever Electrostar finished in Derby as 18 years of production come to an end

Last-ever Electrostar finished in Derby as 18 years of production come to an end

28.11.17: Last week saw the construction of the final Electrostar carriage, a model which has been produced since 1999 and served 12 different companies. The first-ever batch of the EMU carriages was produced 18 years ago for c2c, but they have since...

A chance to exceed expectations

A chance to exceed expectations

24.11.17: David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, highlights the areas that the next East Midlands franchise operator must focus on to improve train services for commuters. “I’m spending £130 at least on tickets and...

TfL opens bidding for 43 new DLR trains

TfL opens bidding for 43 new DLR trains

20.11.17: Transport for London (TfL) has taken a step forward in its search for a manufacturer to provide 43 new trains for Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Plans will see the capacity on the line increase by as much as 30%, with new walk-through train...

South Western announces £50m train refurbishment

South Western announces £50m train refurbishment

10.11.17: South Western Railway (SWR) has today announced a programme of refurbishment and improvement on 172 of its Class 444 and Class 450 Desiro trains. The £50m contract, awarded to Siemens, is part of a greater £1.2bn investment proj...

Modernising journeys in north east England

Modernising journeys in north east England

09.11.17: First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett tells RTM’s Josh Mines about how the new rolling stock will benefit passengers in the region. ...

GWR Intercity Express trains return to full service after rocky launch

GWR Intercity Express trains return to full service after rocky launch

24.10.17: GWR’s class 800 trains have returned to service following last week’s disastrous launch. The inaugural journey for the Hitachi stock was scheduled for early last Monday and was attended by Chris Grayling, secretary of state for...

Intercity Express trains taken out of service days after launch

Intercity Express trains taken out of service days after launch

19.10.17: The first two trains of GWR’s new Class 800 Intercity Express fleet have been removed from service following further technical difficulties. After the less than successful launch of the new stock on Monday, the operator has now taken...

Major milestone as first Class 385 makes Edinburgh-Linlithgow trip

Major milestone as first Class 385 makes Edinburgh-Linlithgow trip

19.10.17: The first of the new Class 385 electric trains, which still has interiors to be fitted, made its inaugural mainline trip between Edinburgh and Linlithgow last night. This journey represents a major step forward for Scotland’s Edinburg...

West Midlands JV awards £680m deal for over 100 new trains

West Midlands JV awards £680m deal for over 100 new trains

17.10.17: Bombardier Trains and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) have been handed a major £680m contract to build 107 diesel and electric trains as part of the new West Midlands franchise. The new trains will be made up of 413 c...

Launch of new GWR Intercity Express trains marred by major issues

Launch of new GWR Intercity Express trains marred by major issues

16.10.17: A delayed service, leaky air conditioning and cramped carriages marred the launch of GWR’s Intercity Express as transport secretary Chris Grayling was due to make his first trip on the service. A broken air conditioning unit dripped o...

Hitachi unveils first finished ScotRail Class 385

Hitachi unveils first finished ScotRail Class 385

13.10.17: Hitachi has produced the first finished Class 385 commuter train that is set to be rolled out in Scotland from its factory in Newton Aycliffe. The first of the 70 new units, fully completed with interiors, was planned to be split betwe...

Form and function realised through advanced materials

Form and function realised through advanced materials

25.09.17: Paul Gallen, sector manager at the National Composites Centre (NCC), outlines the benefits that composite materials bring to the production and operation of more lightweight trains. Current rolling stock makes extensive use of fibre-reinfor...

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...

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Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

16/10/2018Delays to Crossrail could ‘push HS2 off track’

Delays and cost overruns on the Crossrail project could have a significant impact on HS2, according to the Construction Products Association (CPA... more >
HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

16/10/2018HS2 Phase 2 boss defends 12-month bill delay: ‘We actually proposed this ourselves’

The outgoing boss of HS2 Phase 2b has defended the one-year setback in introducing legislation to Parliament, arguing that the move was “es... more >
Britain’s worst railway stations for delays and cancellations revealed

16/10/2018Britain’s worst railway stations for delays and cancellations revealed

The worst railway stations in the UK for late trains and cancellations have been revealed, with ten of the busiest seeing over half of all servic... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >