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Bombardier plans digital takeoff with Heathrow Express fleet

Bombardier plans digital takeoff with Heathrow Express fleet

05 March 2019Chris Parker, UK business development director, rail control solutions at Bombardier Transportation, outlines the work being carried out to digitally enhance the Heathrow Express fleet. Last month, it was reported that Porterbrook and Bombardier...

Stadler to build 71 trains for Wales and Borders railway

Stadler to build 71 trains for Wales and Borders railway

04 March 2019Transport for Wales (TfW) has awarded a contract to build 71 new trains for the Wales & Borders railway franchise. The contract is to deliver 36 three-car CityLink tram trains, the same model which debuted in Sheffield last year; and 35 FLIRT...

Councillors back controversial plans to extend Edinburgh’s tram network

Councillors back controversial plans to extend Edinburgh’s tram network

01 March 2019The controversial extension of Edinburgh’s tram network to Newhaven has been backed by a committee of City of Edinburgh councillors. Final proposals for the £207m project were submitted last month and have been heavily scrutinised by...

South Western Railway to become UK’s first 5G railway as FirstGroup announces deal for superfast Wi-Fi on trains

South Western Railway to become UK’s first 5G railway as FirstGroup announces deal for superfast Wi-Fi on trains

26 February 2019FirstGroup has announced a deal to become the first UK’s first 5G railway network, bringing superfast Wi-Fi to the Southern Western Railway franchise. In partnership with Blu Wireless, Network Rail and the DfT, FirstGroup’s rail divis...

Introducing Alstom's Breeze trains

Introducing Alstom's Breeze trains

26 February 2019Mike Muldoon, head of business development for Alstom UK & Ireland, introduces us to Alstom’s new hydrogen-powered Breeze trains, which could hit UK tracks as early as 2022. On 7 January this year, Alstom and our partners Eversholt Rail...

ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

18 February 2019ScotRail’s new Hitachi electric trains are to be rolled out across Glasgow as the operator extends its £475m investment into rolling stock in the wake of its second improvement notice in two months from the government. The new class 3...

40-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

40-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

18 February 2019Northern has assured passengers that it will replace all of its 40-year-old Pacer trains on the East Lancashire line by the end of year. Concerns were raised at a meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and passengers have express...

Scheme to double train capacity on West Norfolk line awarded funding

Scheme to double train capacity on West Norfolk line awarded funding

15 February 2019The capacity on West Norfolk’s trains is set to double after funding for an extension of trains running between Lynn and Cambridge has been given government approval. Political and business leaders have been calling for eight-coach trains o...

Northumberland unveils £3.5m rail project to bring back passenger services

Northumberland unveils £3.5m rail project to bring back passenger services

05 February 2019A county council has unveiled a new plan to reintroduce direct trains between Newcastle and south-east Northumberland, bringing back passenger services to a current freight line in a £3.5m investment. Northumberland County Council said it i...

Vivarail unveils plans to build new hydrogen trains

Vivarail unveils plans to build new hydrogen trains

05 February 2019Train manufacturer Vivarail has unveiled their new plans for hydrogen trains, revealing new designs and visuals for their emissions-free rolling stock. The modular hydrogen train is currently in production, with two motor cars powered by batterie...

Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05 February 2019Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. Managing a railway stretching 20,000 miles – from Wick to Penzance, Lowestoft to Aberystwth, and the...

New Hitachi rolling stock unveiled by Hull Trains as part of £60m investment

New Hitachi rolling stock unveiled by Hull Trains as part of £60m investment

04 February 2019Hull Trains has unveiled its new fleet of hi-tech Hitachi trains which will replace its current ageing fleet of Class 180s in 2019 as part of a £60m investment. The train operator has given a first glimpse of the new rolling stock which com...

Unite and Hitachi urge government for immediate investment in UK train manufacturers

Unite and Hitachi urge government for immediate investment in UK train manufacturers

30 January 2019The Unite union has written to Chris Grayling, with Hitachi’s backing, warning the government to support UK manufacturing, jobs and skills by investing in rail infrastructure or risk “shunting the UK’s rail manufacturing renaissa...

Heavy delays to new trains forces TfL to bring in temporary replacements on London Overground

Heavy delays to new trains forces TfL to bring in temporary replacements on London Overground

29 January 2019Modified electric trains have been launched by TfL on the London Overground as a temporary replacement for the delayed delivery of new Class 710 electric trains. Earlier this month, the planned rollout of electric trains on the troubled Gospel Oa...

Delayed new Caledonian Sleeper trains complete first test to London in ‘exciting landmark’

Delayed new Caledonian Sleeper trains complete first test to London in ‘exciting landmark’

23 January 2019New Caledonian Sleeper carriages have made their first test run from Scotland to London Euston ahead of the £100m fleet’s delayed launch in May this year. The carriages will include en-suite bathrooms and double beds, operating betwee...

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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 >