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Vivarail to supply hybrid D-Train fleet in first train deal for new Wales franchise

Vivarail to supply hybrid D-Train fleet in first train deal for new Wales franchise

07.06.18: As hinted in its comment piece for RTM’s April/May, Vivarail has closed a deal with KeolisAmey to supply a fleet of Class 230 D-Trains as part of the operator’s takeover of the Wales and Borders franchise. Writing in our latest...

Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

25.05.18: Greater Anglia has completed a £1m refurbishment of its Essex and Hertfordshire commuter trains, it has announced. The refurb, which will improve comfort for passengers, has seen 72 Class 317 trains fitted with new standard seat covers an...

Electric train makes historic first journey to Bromsgrove

Electric train makes historic first journey to Bromsgrove

22.05.18: The first electric train has travelled between Birmingham and Bromsgrove in a historic journey on Sunday. The West Midlands Railway train made the journey to test the newly installed overhead power lines as part of the upgrade and electrificati...

Alstom and Eversholt team up to fit hydrogen tanks on Class 321s

Alstom and Eversholt team up to fit hydrogen tanks on Class 321s

15.05.18: Alstom has today confirmed its plans to bring hydrogen-powered trains to the UK by announcing a partnership with Eversholt Rail. The two companies will join forces to convert Class 321 electric trains to hydrogen operation by fitting hydrog...

First look at ‘luxurious’ new Hull Trains fleet

First look at ‘luxurious’ new Hull Trains fleet

10.05.18: Hull Trains has revealed the first artist’s impression of the new trains that will form part of a major £60m investment. The current fleet will be replaced with new hi-tech Hitachi trains, offering an increased seating capacity and...

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

09.05.18: CAF Rail UK has opened a new multi-purpose component overhaul and storage facility in Stockport to support its growing operations in the UK. Half of the unit will hold spare parts to service existing and future UK contracts and will supply...

First Greater Anglia train kicks off testing in Switzerland

First Greater Anglia train kicks off testing in Switzerland

04.05.18: The first of Greater Anglia’s new bi-mode trains is now being tested in Switzerland as the rest of its brand-new intercity and Stansted Express trains undergo assembly in a factory nearby. Stadler is building 58 trains for Greater Ang...

Brand-new £200m Class 717s undergo testing ahead of autumn roll-out

Brand-new £200m Class 717s undergo testing ahead of autumn roll-out

02.05.18: A team of around 200 Siemens engineers are currently testing 12 of the newly built Class 717 Desiro City trains as part of a £200m fleet deal to be delivered to the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) later this year. The programme, which...

Greater Anglia’s £40m refurb of Crown Point Depot begins

Greater Anglia’s £40m refurb of Crown Point Depot begins

24.04.18: Greater Anglia has begun work on its £40m investment into its Crown Point Depot. The depot will be transformed to accommodate the train operator’s new fleet of longer trains, expected to enter service next year. A new train washi...

GWR to roll out 19 ‘tri-mode’ trains by 2019 under new deal

GWR to roll out 19 ‘tri-mode’ trains by 2019 under new deal

20.04.18: A new deal struck between Great Western Railway (GWR) and Porterbrook means 19 Class 769 Flex trains will be introduced on the operator’s network from spring next year, it has confirmed. GWR said the innovative fleet – which ope...

First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

20.04.18: The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) new Nova 1 trains, built by Hitachi, left Japan earlier this week and is due to arrive in the UK in two months’ time. Once the train completes its shipping journey, it will be tes...

Testing begins on TPE’s new CAF trains

Testing begins on TPE’s new CAF trains

19.04.18: The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) new Nova 3 trains, manufactured by CAF, has commenced testing ahead of delivery at the end of 2018. A variety of tests, which include aerodynamics, braking and on-board information systems...

Testing begins on new Caledonian Sleeper carriages

Testing begins on new Caledonian Sleeper carriages

16.04.18: Testing has begun on the brand new Caledonian Sleeper carriages for the first time. The overnight Caledonian Sleeper rail service is to be transformed when the new £100m fleet is introduced later this year. There will be a phased trans...

First new Greater Anglia train takes shape

First new Greater Anglia train takes shape

16.04.18: Work is well underway on the first brand new fleet of Greater Anglia trains in production at Bombardier’s Derby factory. Greater Anglia is replacing all of its trains, with 111 of them being built by UK-based Bombardier. Two production...

UK's first-ever self-drive mainline train runs on Thameslink route

UK's first-ever self-drive mainline train runs on Thameslink route

27.03.18: Thameslink passengers have this week been given a ride on the first self-drive train journey on the UK mainline network. The technology will be used in the future along with Network Rail’s new digital signalling system to run a train...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >