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Transforming travel in the north west

Transforming travel in the north west

06.02.18: RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the company is currently embarking on. Last year was, in some ways, marked by disappointment for rail...

Caledonian Sleeper pushes ahead with contentious cabin-sharing ban

Caledonian Sleeper pushes ahead with contentious cabin-sharing ban

02.02.18: Caledonian Sleeper plans to introduce a controversial new ban on strangers sharing carriages once it brings in its £100m new fleet in October. Initially, the company had intended to bring in the policy this month, but a spokesperson c...

Network Rail calls out ‘entirely avoidable stupidity’ of ‘bridge-bash’ lorry drivers

Network Rail calls out ‘entirely avoidable stupidity’ of ‘bridge-bash’ lorry drivers

01.02.18: Network Rail has urged lorry drivers to be more cautious around low railway bridges, after four incidents within the last two days. The crashes have become an increasing problem for the infrastructure owner because every time a bridge is st...

Arriva Wales completes £500,000 carriage revamp as franchise draws to a close

Arriva Wales completes £500,000 carriage revamp as franchise draws to a close

29.01.18: Arriva Trains Wales has completed a £500,000 makeover of the interiors of its rolling stock. In response to customer and community feedback, 60 carriages on 17 routes have been refurbished, which the train operator says will give travell...

First Greater Anglia bodyshells roll off production line

First Greater Anglia bodyshells roll off production line

29.01.18: The first completed bodyshells for part one of Greater Anglia’s regional trains have come off the production line. The train operator is spending £1.4bn on 169 new trains – a total of 1,043 new carriages – whic...

RDG claims 1,300 extra carriages expected by 2021

RDG claims 1,300 extra carriages expected by 2021

29.01.18: There will be 1,300 more new carriages than expected debuting on the UK rail network by 2021. Initial projections from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) indicated that there would be around 5,700 new carriages brought into commission, but recen...

Tyne and Wear Metro opens tender on ‘long overdue’ new £360m fleet

Tyne and Wear Metro opens tender on ‘long overdue’ new £360m fleet

26.01.18: The Tyne and Wear Metro has begun the process of buying a new fleet of trams after launching the tender. Nexus, which operates the network, says the new fleet will be worth more than £360m and is scheduled to enter service by 2021. ...

New longer train numbers to come into effect this year

New longer train numbers to come into effect this year

24.01.18: Beginning this month, new trains will be required to display a new standard European Vehicle Number (EVN), meaning train numbers will be extended. The change in policy is intended to provide more information, as trains increasingly begin to...

Government voices ambition to make hydrogen trains ‘a priority’ in future

Government voices ambition to make hydrogen trains ‘a priority’ in future

23.01.18: The introduction of hydrogen-powered trains on the UK rail network will be “a priority” for the government in the coming years. Transport secretary Chris Grayling confirmed that the DfT would likely be pursuing different types o...

First of new £100m Caledonian Sleeper carriages arrive in UK

First of new £100m Caledonian Sleeper carriages arrive in UK

17.01.18: Caledonian Sleeper has received the first carriages of its new £100m fleet, which arrived in the UK this week. The fleet consists of 75 new carriages to be introduced in phases from October, with five of them arriving for testing on t...

Thameslink test trains travel through new London Bridge platform for first time

Thameslink test trains travel through new London Bridge platform for first time

09.01.18: GTR’s first test passenger trains have made the trip through the new platform 5 at London Bridge following the completion of nearly three years of work. The eight-carriage Class 700 RLU was the first passenger train to complete a jour...

CAF moves forward on plans to build factory in Wales

CAF moves forward on plans to build factory in Wales

04.01.18: Welsh officials have been updated on the progress of the building of a brand new factory by a Spanish construction company on one of Wales’ business parks. Andrés Arizkorreta, chief executive of Spanish firm CAF recently met wi...

GWR Electrostar fleet enters service after electrification completed

GWR Electrostar fleet enters service after electrification completed

02.01.18: A new fleet of Electrostar trains has entered service today on the Great Western Main Line following the completion of electrification work between London Paddington and Didcot. GWR, which operates services on the line, says the new fleet w...

First photos emerge as Hitachi begins work on ‘game-changer’ TPE fleet

First photos emerge as Hitachi begins work on ‘game-changer’ TPE fleet

19.12.17: Hitachi has begun production on the fleet of new intercity trains that will connect stations between England and Scotland for TransPennine Express (TPE). As per the deal signed last year, the manufacturer will produce 19 new five-carriage t...

GB Railfreight picks up 41 new IIA hoppers

GB Railfreight picks up 41 new IIA hoppers

19.12.17: GB Railfreight (GBRf) has taken delivery of 41 new hoppers intended to transport sand from Middleton Towers in East Anglia to Barnby Dun, Monk Bretton and Goole in Yorkshire. The new fleet will replace the old 71 single-axle PAA wagons inhe...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >