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Chiltern Railways trials first UK 3D printed train parts

Chiltern Railways trials first UK 3D printed train parts

02 October 2019Chiltern Railways has become the first train operator in the UK to trial 3D printed parts on in-service passenger trains.

The importance of edge infrastructure

The importance of edge infrastructure

26 September 2019The world is in the midst of a digital revolution, bringing with it a new level of opportunity for innovation in the rail industry. Vertiv is at the centre of this digitalisation and, ahead of next month’s TransCityRail North event, RTM&rsqu...

New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

09 September 2019Louise Cheeseman, managing director of Hull Trains, describes how a new fleet of rolling stock looks set to revolutionise the operator and their service. For Hull Trains, 2019 marks what will be our most exciting year since we launched some 19 ye...

TransPennine Express introduce first Nova 2 train

TransPennine Express introduce first Nova 2 train

25 July 2019TransPennine Express (TPE) get first of their new Nova 2 trains from Spanish manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF).

RSSB: Railways crucial in UK becoming net zero-carbon by 2050

RSSB: Railways crucial in UK becoming net zero-carbon by 2050

22 July 2019The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has said that Britain’s railways have a crucial role to play in helping the UK economy decarbonise by 2050.

TfW reveal new long-distance Class 175 trains

TfW reveal new long-distance Class 175 trains

16 July 2019Transport for Wales (TfW) has revealed their new fleet of Class 175 trains as part of a major investment in Transport for Wales' long-distance trains. Customers will soon be able to use USB, electric charging points and improved seating as part of...

60 new jobs at TfW Rail Services announced

60 new jobs at TfW Rail Services announced

16 July 201960 new jobs at Transport for Wales (TfW) have been announced as part of the rail body’s £5bn investment programme in the country. The new jobs will be at Transport for Wales Rail Services, which will be responsible for the day-to-day running of ra...

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

16 July 2019Designs for a new automated people mover in the West Midlands have been released by HS2. The driverless vehicle plans to be used to transport passenger between HS2’s new Interchange Station in Solihull and Birmingham Airport. Designs for a new aut...

Competition opens to convert retiring Pacer trains in the North

Competition opens to convert retiring Pacer trains in the North

12 July 2019Community groups in the North of England can now submit their plans on how to renovate retiring Pacer train carriages. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced the scheme earlier this year, and argues that instead of scrapping the trains they...

RSSB research creates train seat comfort rating

RSSB research creates train seat comfort rating

11 July 2019Research by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has led to the first comfort rating scale for creating an appropriate level of comfort into train seats. Rail experts from across the industry have encouraged designers and specifiers to adop...

EWR to begin rolling stock procurement this year

10 July 2019The East West Railway Company (EWR Co) will begin a formal rolling stock procurement process later this year, the company announced earlier this week. The rolling stock market engagement exercise has been underway since November 2018. As part of...

GBRf brings back Class 92 to run Caledonian Sleeper service

GBRf brings back Class 92 to run Caledonian Sleeper service

10 July 2019GB Railfreight (GBRf) have announced that Locomotive 92006 has re-entered service following a £2 million refurbishment at Wabtec’s Brush Traction facility in Loughborough. The Class 92 will be used on the Caledonian Sleeper service, t...

Testing begins on new ‘state-of-the-art’ Greater Anglia fleet

Testing begins on new ‘state-of-the-art’ Greater Anglia fleet

10 July 2019High-speed testing of a new fleet of UK-built commuter trains has begun, Greater Anglia has announced. The 111 trains, built by Bombardier, are to run on Greater Anglia routes into London from counties across the East of England. The new fleet i...

TPE hails ‘major milestone’ as Nova 1 trains arrive

TPE hails ‘major milestone’ as Nova 1 trains arrive

09 July 2019TransPennine Express (TPE) have welcomed the first of its new Nova 1 fleet of trains, which the rail operator claims will transform the on-board experience for passengers. The futuristic-looking trains, built by Hitachi, will have more carriages...

LNER Azuma trains to run in Scotland from August

LNER Azuma trains to run in Scotland from August

04 July 2019London North Eastern Railway (LNER) plan to run their new Azuma fleet of trains in Scotland from August, the operator announced today. The new trains have been running services on the East Coast mainline since May, but were not able to launch in...

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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 >
South Wales Metro railway works imminent

09/07/2020South Wales Metro railway works imminent

Transformational works on railway lines through South Wales set to begin on the 3rd of August. As part of Transport for Wales’ (TfW) t... more >
New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

09/07/2020New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

Following new agreements being signed earlier this week (July 7th) a direct high-speed train service from Amsterdam and London could be a possibi... 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 >