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Merseytravel and Stadler sign new fleet deal, but legal challenge remains

Merseytravel and Stadler sign new fleet deal, but legal challenge remains

16.02.17: Merseytravel has finally signed the contract with Stadler to build and maintain its new Merseyrail fleet in a deal worth up to £700m, but Bombardier’s legal challenge to the deal remains in place. The contract, which Stadler won...

Hitachi Italy starts Class 802 bi-mode production for GWR

Hitachi Italy starts Class 802 bi-mode production for GWR

16.02.17: Hitachi Rail Italy has started the production work on the Class 802 bi-mode fleet for Great Western Railway (GWR), with the new trains expected to be phased into passenger service from summer 2018. The new fleet, which is being manufactured...

ScotRail begins night-testing Class 385 trains

ScotRail begins night-testing Class 385 trains

31.01.17: ScotRail has begun testing one of its new Hitachi-built Class 385 trains on Scotland’s railway network for the first time. The four-car train, codenamed T2 by the company, is one of a fleet of 70 trains being built by Hitachi Rail Eur...

WMR unveils new-look livery designs for West Midlands rolling stock

WMR unveils new-look livery designs for West Midlands rolling stock

31.01.17: New-look livery designs have been released for how commuter trains in the West Midlands could look when a new operator takes over the franchise in October this year. The franchisee will run services on the regional network on behalf of the...

All aboard the digital train

All aboard the digital train

27.01.17: Kevin Ives, digital transformation director at Arriva UK Trains, talks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the company’s ongoing Digital Train programme, designed to enable continuous connectivity supported by a wealth of analytics and bespo...

D-Train project derailed as partners pull out of trial

D-Train project derailed as partners pull out of trial

10.01.17: The future of the D-Train on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line is in doubt after local partners pulled out of the project. The three-car Class 230 train, built by Vivarail from upcycled parts of London Underground trains, was originall...

Porterbrook and Northern to develop bi-mode Class 319s

Porterbrook and Northern to develop bi-mode Class 319s

06.01.17: A number of Northern’s Class 319 electric trains will be converted to bi-mode operation thanks to a new unit from leasing company Porterbrook. The Class 319 Flex will be fitted onto eight of Northern’s 32 four-car Class 319 flee...

MTU to supply PowerPacks for Great Western Class 802s

MTU to supply PowerPacks for Great Western Class 802s

22.12.16: The Hitachi Rail Europe Class 802s that are bound for introduction on the Great Western Railway are to run on PowerPacks from Rolls-Royce’s MTU company. Hitachi ordered 136 Series 1600 PowerPacks, which will be installed in 36 of its...

Porterbrook to install autumn leaf protection on Abellio East Anglia fleet

Porterbrook to install autumn leaf protection on Abellio East Anglia fleet

22.12.16: A wheel slide guard designed to tackle the problem of autumn leaves on the railway is due to be rolled out on Porterbrook’s fleet after a successful trial. Porterbrook developed the system of wheel slide protection to install on its f...

First trains of new £210m South West fleet arrive

First trains of new £210m South West fleet arrive

20.12.16: The first trains of South West Trains’ new £210m fleet have arrived at Clapham ahead of final testing in the New Year. The Siemens-built Class 707 Desiro City trains will accommodate approximately 11,000 passengers every weekday...

Greater Anglia launches new-look Class 321s

Greater Anglia launches new-look Class 321s

19.12.16: Greater Anglia’s new-look Class 321 Renatus train has been launched at London Liverpool Street station in a passenger-focused upgrade of the TOC’s original rolling stock. The Class 321 Renatus is the result of several years&rsqu...

Vivarail trial start date delayed from October to February

Vivarail trial start date delayed from October to February

01.12.16: The Vivarail Class 230 train will now not begin its trial runs on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line until next February because of problems with the approval process. The innovative three-car D Train is built from upcycled bodyshells a...

Test trains launched on Oxford to London Marylebone link

Test trains launched on Oxford to London Marylebone link

30.11.16: The new railway link between Oxford and London Marylebone has come a step closer as trains began testing ahead of its opening. The new service, featuring two Chiltern trains an hour, will begin running on 12 December after the final track w...

Vivarail Class 230 to start mainline testing

Vivarail Class 230 to start mainline testing

25.11.16: Vivarail’s prototype Class 230 has been sent off for mainline testing prior to entering service on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line. The 230-001 set off by road from the Quinton Rail Technology Centre yesterday to Tyseley Locomo...

How a zero-emission train could revolutionise UK railways

How a zero-emission train could revolutionise UK railways

22.11.16: Henrik Anderberg, managing director for regional & intercity at Alstom UK & Ireland, gives an update on the company’s first zero-emission self-powered train. At this year’s InnoTrans in Berlin, the railway industry&rsquo...

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HS2 can ‘only be as good as local rail connections make it’

17/02/2017HS2 can ‘only be as good as local rail connections make it’

It is of vital importance that investment in the conventional rail network continues over the next 20 years during the development of HS2 to ensu... more >
Settle to Carlisle line on track for March reopening

17/02/2017Settle to Carlisle line on track for March reopening

Considerable progress has been made on plans to reinstate the iconic Settle to Carlisle railway ahead of its scheduled reopening next month. ... more >
GTR failures account for 86% of national decline in rail performance

17/02/2017GTR failures account for 86% of national decline in rail performance

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has, unsurprisingly, once again come bottom of the two separate public performance measure (PPM) charts released t... more >

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pag... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers w... more > more last word articles >

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Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

03/02/2017Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

Southern’s annual season ticket holders have been reminded that they are entitled to claim compensation due to the franchise’s poor performance over the 2016-17 financial year. Last year, the DfT promised that Southern season ticket holders would be able to claim the equivalent of a month’s worth of fares in compensation... more >
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The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01/02/2017The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s &lsqu... more >
Digital railway maintenance

01/02/2017Digital railway maintenance

Tim Flower, head of maintenance at Network Rail, explains how the infrastructure owner is adopting a new approach for condition monitoring to max... more >
Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01/02/2017Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country&r... more >
A better railway depends on harnessing technology

27/01/2017A better railway depends on harnessing technology

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), argues that we must change the status quo and invest in technology if we are to c... more >

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Tackling regulation at its routes

24/01/2017Tackling regulation at its routes

John Larkinson, the ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, speaks to RTM about the move to regulating Network Rail at a route lev... more >