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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21 June 2018Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities and having the capacity to hold 700 passengers. The stunning new fleet of 54 Class 710 trains, operate...

First TPE bullet train arrives in the UK

First TPE bullet train arrives in the UK

12 June 2018The first of TransPennine Express’ Nova 1 bullet trains has completed its two-month journey from Japan today, set to come into action across the north of England and Scotland next year. The 19 new five-carriage trains will be part of TPE&rs...

CAF closes deal to supply 77 locally made trains for Wales and Borders

CAF closes deal to supply 77 locally made trains for Wales and Borders

08 June 2018Just a day after Vivarail announced it will be providing five Class 320s for the new Wales and Borders franchise, CAF has now revealed that it is in final negotiations with operator KeolisAmey to supply and maintain a major fleet of new trains. T...

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 June 2018As 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 issue...

Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

25 May 2018Greater 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 and...

Electric train makes historic first journey to Bromsgrove

Electric train makes historic first journey to Bromsgrove

22 May 2018The 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 electrification...

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 May 2018Alstom 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 hydrogen tan...

First look at ‘luxurious’ new Hull Trains fleet

First look at ‘luxurious’ new Hull Trains fleet

10 May 2018Hull 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 hi...

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

09 May 2018CAF 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 four o...

First Greater Anglia train kicks off testing in Switzerland

First Greater Anglia train kicks off testing in Switzerland

04 May 2018The 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 Anglia, 3...

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 May 2018A 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 will s...

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

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

24 April 2018Greater 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 washing f...

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 April 2018A 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 operates...

First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

20 April 2018The 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 tested ac...

Testing begins on TPE’s new CAF trains

Testing begins on TPE’s new CAF trains

19 April 2018The 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, w...

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TfN: New Director for Integrated and Smart Travel programme

10/07/2020TfN: New Director for Integrated and Smart Travel programme

Transport for the North have today (July 10th) announced the appointment of Jeremy Acklam as the new Director for its Integrated and Smart Travel... more >
New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

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Today (July 10th), Transport for London’s (TfL’s) new Commissioner, Andy Byford, saw some of the new measures underway to make the tr... more >
Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

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Network Rail are currently looking to appoint a main contractor to design and build the new Forth Bridge Experience. Budding partners are be... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >