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Network Rail awards £257m contract for portable plant

Network Rail awards £257m contract for portable plant

05 February 2020Network Rail has awarded a contract to VP Plc worth £257m for the hire, supply and maintenance of portable plant. The agreed contract covers all 13 of Network Rail’s routes, and the maintenance and repair of 28,000 items of portable r...

Network Rail awards £8m contract for New Measuring Train

Network Rail awards £8m contract for New Measuring Train

08 January 2020That is because Network Rail have announced the awarding of an £8m, five-year contract to Loram UK for the maintenance of its New Measurement Train – affectionately known as the Flying Banana because of its distinctive yellow livery.

Snowdon Mountain Railway unveils plans for hybrid diesel locomotives

Snowdon Mountain Railway unveils plans for hybrid diesel locomotives

03 January 2020Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR) have announced new plans for hybrid diesel locomotives to operate on its line, as it aims to address climate concerns.

Bombardier secures £117m contract with Avanti West Coast

Bombardier secures £117m contract with Avanti West Coast

18 December 2019Bombardier has secured a three-year contract, valued at £117m, to maintain trains for the new Avanti West Coast franchise.

Grand Central completes £9m refurbishment of rolling stock

Grand Central completes £9m refurbishment of rolling stock

12 December 2019Grand Central has completed a two-year £9m refurbishment of its train fleet, serving the operator’s route linking Sunderland and Hartlepool to London.

Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

11 December 2019Hull Trains have released a 360 virtual tour of inside its new Paragon Trains, and are inviting customers to take a look. The immersive video allows you to walk through the train carriages, and see what on offer before you book a ticket, includin...

Northern begins removal of Pacer trains

Northern begins removal of Pacer trains

03 December 2019Northern Railway have today (Dec 3) said goodbye to the first three Pacers as they leave the network for good. The rolling stock has been removed and returned to owners Angel Trains, the first of many more to make the same journey over the next f...

New trains on Ipswich to Cambridge route

New trains on Ipswich to Cambridge route

27 November 2019Greater Anglia introduced new, longer passenger trains into service yesterday (Nov 26) on the busiest regional route. One of the new Swiss-built trains is now operational on the line between Ipswich, Bury St Edmund and Cambridge, which carries ov...

Azuma trains take first LNER journey

Azuma trains take first LNER journey

26 November 2019London North Eastern Railway (LNER) has celebrated the first service with the new Azuma trains. The inaugural southbound trip left Aberdeen at 07:52 this morning (26 Nov) for London King’s Cross. The world-class Azuma trains are currently r...

Hull Trains welcomes new Class 802 as part of £60m investment

Hull Trains welcomes new Class 802 as part of £60m investment

25 November 2019Hull Trains have today (25 Nov) welcomed the arrival of the first of the brand-new Hitatchi Rail Paragon trains. It comes as part of a £60m investment into five state-of-the-art, bi-mode intercity trains, known as Class 802s, bringing a tra...

Hull Trains appoints new director ahead of £60m fleet arrival

Hull Trains appoints new director ahead of £60m fleet arrival

19 November 2019Hull Trains has made a new appointment, as Anne Somers joins the team as commercial and customer experience director. The appointment comes as a way of strengthening its customer experience, with her roles focussing on listening and responding to...

‘Backbone’ of high-speed rail in Britain donated to National Railway Museum

‘Backbone’ of high-speed rail in Britain donated to National Railway Museum

12 November 2019Britain’s most influential modern locomotive, Class 43 High-speed train, also known as the InterCity 125 will join the stationary fleet of over 260 locomotives and rolling stock at the National Railway Museum in York. The train, no.43002 &l...

Poppy train launched to remember rail workers’ wartime service

Poppy train launched to remember rail workers’ wartime service

07 November 2019Southern Railway has launched a special commemorative train to remember the wartime service of railway workers.

 Modernised Govia Thameslink Railway fleet improve energy efficiency

Modernised Govia Thameslink Railway fleet improve energy efficiency

01 November 2019Govia Thameslink Railway are now recycling over 50% more energy back into the railway network, helping to power the fleet and making them more energy efficient than any previous generations of trains. The ‘smart’ braking system introd...

Sheffield City Region mayor backs compensation for rail passengers

Sheffield City Region mayor backs compensation for rail passengers

21 October 2019Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis has called on Northern Rail to provide passengers compensation and cheaper fares on routes still where Pacer trains will be retained in the region into 2020 – long past the initial deadline for their retirement.

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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

10/07/2020New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

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

09/07/2020Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

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 >