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Great Western orders seven more AT300s

Great Western orders seven more AT300s

05.08.16: Great Western Railway (GWR) has confirmed that it will order seven more AT300 trains from Hitachi, as part of a £139m order. The new trains are in addition to the fleet of 57 Hitachi is already supplying GWR with as part of the £...

RSSB publishes new requirements for rolling stock

RSSB publishes new requirements for rolling stock

04.08.16: The Rail Safety and Standards Branch (RSSB) has published its fourth edition of Key Train Requirements, setting out the latest requirements for rolling stock procurers, manufacturers and system suppliers. In the updated document, the RSSB s...

Thameslink Class 700 passes first stage of ETCS testing

Thameslink Class 700 passes first stage of ETCS testing

03.08.16: The new fleet of trains for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have completed a successful journey through central London using European Train Control System (ETCS) signalling. The first 240m-long Class 700 Desiro City train successfully entere...

There has never been a ‘better designed’ train than Crossrail

There has never been a ‘better designed’ train than Crossrail

01.08.16: There has never been a train “better prepared or better designed” in the UK than the Crossrail train, London Underground’s managing director Mark Wild told RTM at a visit to Bombardier’s testing facility in Derby. Sp...

Virgin reaches halfway point on east coast fleet refurbishment

Virgin reaches halfway point on east coast fleet refurbishment

29.07.16: Virgin Trains East Coast’s fleet refurbishment programme will reach the halfway point this weekend when the twenty-third train to be completely revamped rolls out of Craigentinny, Edinburgh. Last November, the operator announced that...

Vivarail Class 230 prototype to run on Coventry-Nuneaton line

Vivarail Class 230 prototype to run on Coventry-Nuneaton line

25.07.16: Vivarail has signed its first passenger service lease deal with West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), which will see London Midlands operate a three-car Class 230 prototype on the Coventry to Nuneaton line. The lease, which will last for...

NR carries out Class 800 test runs on Great Western

NR carries out Class 800 test runs on Great Western

18.07.16: Network Rail carried out two test runs of a new Class 800 Intercity Express train over the weekend on the recently energised section of the route from Reading to Didcot. During a series of exercises, designed to test the overhead electric p...

Hull Trains becomes first TOC to roll out passenger information screens on all trains

Hull Trains becomes first TOC to roll out passenger information screens on all trains

08.07.16: First Hull has become the first train operating company (TOC) to introduce up-to-the-minute passenger information screens on all its trains. The high definition screens, using the Keinform500 system from KeTech, display live real-time infor...

Abellio Greater Anglia hires new train to replace damaged Class 170 unit

Abellio Greater Anglia hires new train to replace damaged Class 170 unit

07.07.16: Abellio Greater Anglia has hired a new train to keep its services running over the summer months after another unit was damaged. The train, consisting of two Class 68 diesel locomotives and three Mk2 carriages, will replace a Class 170 dies...

Great Western Class 800 takes maiden voyage

Great Western Class 800 takes maiden voyage

01.07.16: The first of Great Western Railway’s new Class 800 fleet, specially designed and built by Hitachi for the government’s £5.7bn InterCity Express Programme (IEP), took its maiden voyage yesterday. The Class 800, one of a fle...

Funding decision for Class 801 bi-mode conversion due in autumn

Funding decision for Class 801 bi-mode conversion due in autumn

28.06.16: The decision on how to fund the conversion of the Great Western Main Line Class 801 units to bi-mode operation will be made in the autumn, the DfT has said. In response to a question from Lilian Greenwood MP, Claire Perry, the minister for...

First GTR Class 700 enters passenger service

First GTR Class 700 enters passenger service

24.06.16: The first new Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Class 700 train has successfully entered passenger service. Unit 700108, one of 55 12 carriage trains, made its maiden voyage at 10.02am on 20 June and carried out four off-peak trips. It th...

SWT completes £65m roll-out of extra 108 carriages

SWT completes £65m roll-out of extra 108 carriages

22.06.16: South West Trains has completed the £65m roll-out of 108 additional carriages, allowing capacity for 23,000 new passengers on its services. The Class 456 and Class 458/5 carriages will be added to 34 morning services and 43 evening se...

Making the case for the HS2 double decker

Making the case for the HS2 double decker

22.06.16: Henrik Anderberg, acting managing director at Alstom UK & Ireland, tells RTM why his company’s double deck train can offer the best rolling stock solution for HS2. It’s an exciting time for the UK rail industry and for passe...

Class 700: the future of commuting in the capital

Class 700: the future of commuting in the capital

21.06.16: How can we meet the need for more trains with greater capacity while also ensuring a better experience for commuters? That’s the question Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) seeks to answer with its new Class 700 Desiro City train. RTM’s...

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NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

16/02/2018NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

Progress on Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail has been branded “hugely disappointing”, by the National Infrastructure Commission... more >
RMT announces further 24-hour strike on Northern and Merseyrail

16/02/2018RMT announces further 24-hour strike on Northern and Merseyrail

Further strike action on Merseyrail and Northern has been confirmed by RMT, whose members will strike for 24 hours on 3 March as part of a long-run... more >
Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

15/02/2018Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

TfL has cautioned passengers on the Northern Line about upgrade works which mean Bank branch services will go for a 5-month period without stoppi... 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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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >

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    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro...
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    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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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 >