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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...

In pursuit of the perfect train design

In pursuit of the perfect train design

22.11.16: Adrian Shooter, chair of Vivarail and former chair of Chiltern Railways, discusses the impracticality of creating a train that suits everyone’s needs, and the design the company has adopted for the Class 230 on the Coventry to Nuneaton lin...

Thameslink Class 700 rolled out on suburban route

Thameslink Class 700 rolled out on suburban route

09.11.16: The new Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Class 700 trains have passed another milestone as the first one began operating on the suburban Wimbledon and Sutton loop. The eight-car Class 700 has been operating 11 services a day since 31 October...

Hull Trains completes fleet expansion deal with £60m AT300 order

Hull Trains completes fleet expansion deal with £60m AT300 order

02.11.16: Hull Trains has finally completed a deal to invest £60m in a new fleet of Hitachi AT300s, which are expected to come into service on the open access operator’s route in 2019. Financed by Angel Trains, the deal will see Hitachi R...

Huddersfield test site will allow technology to reach tracks faster

Huddersfield test site will allow technology to reach tracks faster

01.11.16: A one-of-a-kind test facility created to fast-track new rail technology has opened in Huddersfield. The £4.5m Centre for Innovation in Rail features a 150-ton test rig, funded by the Regional Growth Fund, which is the only one of its...

First Class 387-1 enters service on Great Northern

First Class 387-1 enters service on Great Northern

13.10.16: The first train in the Class 387/1 Electrostars fleet entered service on the Great Northern line this week. From 10 October, the four-carriage train began running six services every day between King's Cross and Cambridge/Letchworth Garden C...

Abellio completes £600m financing deal for Stadler rolling stock

Abellio completes £600m financing deal for Stadler rolling stock

05.10.16: Abellio has today finalised contracts worth over £600m to procure and finance 58 Stadler Flirt trains as part of the new East Anglia franchise. Funding for the 378 electro-diesel multiple-units was led by Rock Rail and SL Capital Part...

Angel Trains to finance £900m procurement of Abellio’s East Anglia electric fleet

Angel Trains to finance £900m procurement of Abellio’s East Anglia electric fleet

03.10.16: The £900m needed to purchase 665 electric cars for Abellio’s new East Anglia fleet will be provided by financier Angel Trains. In August, Abellio, the existing East Anglia franchise holder, was named as the preferred bidder to o...

GTR completes Gatwick Express fleet renewal

GTR completes Gatwick Express fleet renewal

27.09.16: The renewal of the Gatwick Express fleet has now been completed, with a fleet of 27 Class 387/2 Electrostars introduced on the route after a seven month fleet renewal programme. The £145m trains feature two-by-two seating with more le...

ScotRail Class 385s undergo 100mph testing in Czech Republic

ScotRail Class 385s undergo 100mph testing in Czech Republic

23.09.16: Testing of the Hitachi trains to be used on ScotRail’s new electrified routes has now begun in Czech Republic. While first Class 385 trains are being tested in Velim, a second train, a four-car vehicle without interiors, has arrived i...

DRS and Beacon buy 10 new Stadler Class 88 locos for UK use

DRS and Beacon buy 10 new Stadler Class 88 locos for UK use

22.09.16: The Stadler Class 88 Eurodual UK dual-powered locomotive is due to start operating in the UK after being unveiled at InnoTrans earlier this week. Direct Rail Services, in partnership with Beacon Rail Leasing Limited, has ordered 10 of the l...

Alstom unveils ‘breakthrough’ hydrogen-powered train at InnoTrans

Alstom unveils ‘breakthrough’ hydrogen-powered train at InnoTrans

21.09.16: Alstom has unveiled a zero-emissions train which is powered by hydrogen at the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin yesterday. The Coradia iLint is a CO2-emission-free regional train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, meaning it can act as an alter...

Bi-mode fleet needed by 2020, says major East Midlands rail strategy

Bi-mode fleet needed by 2020, says major East Midlands rail strategy

16.09.16: A new fleet of intercity-style bi-mode trains is needed to deliver a greater level of service as part of the upcoming 2018 East Midlands franchise, according to the results of a consultation into the future of the region's rail network. The...

Enabling repeatable wheelset damage identification

Enabling repeatable wheelset damage identification

12.09.16: Surface crack measurement technology has been used for rail defect inspections for nearly 10 years, but Dr Adam Bevan, head of enterprise at the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR), and Stephanie Klecha, UK eng...

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

20/04/2018GWR to roll out 19 ‘tri-mode’ trains by 2019 under new deal

A new deal struck between Great Western Railway (GWR) and Porterbrook means 19 Class 769 Flex trains will be introduced on the operator’s n... more >
Grayling threatened with legal action over East Coast rail franchise failings

20/04/2018Grayling threatened with legal action over East Coast rail franchise failings

Campaigners are threatening to take transport secretary Chris Grayling to court over his failure to stop the companies behind the failed Virgin T... more >
First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

20/04/2018First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

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 ... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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UKRIA 2018 Apology & Statement

04/04/2018UKRIA 2018 Apology & Statement

It is with deep regret that I address the disappointing content in both of our live acts at UKRIA on Thursday 22nd March 2018 and offer my most s... more >
Smart ticketing: The way ahead

13/03/2018Smart ticketing: The way ahead

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), runs through the nationwide progress in rolling out ... more >
A benchmark year for HS2

13/03/2018A benchmark year for HS2

Jim Crawford, managing director of Phase 1 at HS2 Ltd, discusses the many critical activities set to take place this year as the mammoth high-spe... more >
The north has a plan

13/03/2018The north has a plan

There has always been an incredible thirst for change in the north. Now, there is finally a plan robust and forward-thinking enough to make it ha... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >