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Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

22 January 2019Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just outside Ipswich station. Freightliner said it wants to build an extensive workshop to maintain its locomotives and wagons, with...

Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22 January 2019Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their use on the Heathrow Express rail link. The 12 specially converted ‘Electrostar’ trains currently operate on London c...

Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22 January 2019Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock contract award. In November, Siemens Mobility Ltd was awarded a £1.5bn contract by London Underg...

Crossrail train doors open onto tracks in fault at Stratford station

Crossrail train doors open onto tracks in fault at Stratford station

21 January 2019TfL has launched an investigation after footage filmed by a passenger showed the door of a new Crossrail train opening directly onto the track. Footage posted on Twitter by Johnny Beverton at Stratford station showed a door opening on the wrong s...

Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

18 January 2019Rail maintenance company Gemini Rail has served a closure notice on its Springburn depot and served workers with redundancy notices, sparking unions to launch a campaign to save the rail works. Gemini Rail announced its intention to close the dep...

Train derailment between Sheffield and Doncaster prompts RAIB investigation

Train derailment between Sheffield and Doncaster prompts RAIB investigation

17 January 2019The RAIB have launched an investigation into a train derailment after a freight train came off the tracks between Sheffield and Doncaster, causing major disruption. The freight locomotive had just left Roberts Road depot at around 5.17pm on 21 De...

Porterbrook signs supply deal for new rail parcel service

Porterbrook signs supply deal for new rail parcel service

08 January 2019Porterbrook has signed a deal to supply specialist train operator the Rail Operations Group (ROG) with bi-mode FLEX trains to help the group enter the rail postal industry. The derby-based company is the largest owner of passenger trains in the U...

New hydrogen ‘Breeze’ trains unveiled by Alstom and Eversholt

New hydrogen ‘Breeze’ trains unveiled by Alstom and Eversholt

07 January 2019Hydrogen trains will be introduced in as little as two years after a deal has been struck to convert more than 100 trains into the first fleet powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. The new trains, to be called “Breeze” trains, are...

Final intercity train sees GWR deliver 10,000 more seats

Final intercity train sees GWR deliver 10,000 more seats

03 January 2019More than 10,000 more train seats have now been made available on the Great Western Railway (GWR) network after the train operator delivered the remainder of the new fleet of Class 800 intercity trains yesterday. Before Christmas GWR took the del...

Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

12 December 2018Hitachi and Spencer Group have launched a joint bid to win a £500m contract to build new trains and a maintenance depot for the Tyne and Wear Metro. The two northern engineering giants have formed a partnership to bid for the contract which...

ScotRail brings in new Hitachi trains and services for disrupted timetable launch

ScotRail brings in new Hitachi trains and services for disrupted timetable launch

11 December 2018New electric Class 385 trains and more than 100 new services have been introduced by ScotRail, but the launch of its new timetable has been plagued by signalling faults and staff shortages. ScotRail says new electric and high-speed trains includi...

Greater Anglia installs innovative WSP braking system across rural services

Greater Anglia installs innovative WSP braking system across rural services

20 November 2018Greater Anglia has fitted an innovative new braking system, known as Wheel Slide Protection (WSP) to more of its rural trains across its network. WSP has been fitted to five of the TOC’s single carriage Class 153 trains which operate on rur...

HS2 train race: making the case

HS2 train race: making the case

20 November 2018Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their new bid centre in Birmingham in September. With other transport giants Alstom, CAF, Talgo and Siemens...

First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15 November 2018The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of testing around the network. The four-carriage bi-mode Swiss train will run on regional lines across...

Talgo names Fife as the chosen site of its first UK train factory

Talgo names Fife as the chosen site of its first UK train factory

14 November 2018Spanish train manufacturer Talgo has revealed that is new train-building factory will be built at Longannet in Fife, bringing more than 1,000 jobs to Scotland. Talgo will build its first UK manufacturing base at the site of a decommissioned power...

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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 >