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Virgin Rail Group to retain West Coast on temporary contract

Virgin has been handed back the keys to the West Coast Main Line for at least another nine months while the government seeks to draw up a new franchise deal. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today announced that Virgin Rail Group...

Arizona’s light rail network gets $75m for Mesa extension

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation has pledged $75 million to the construction of a 3.1-mile light rail extension between Mesa, Phoenix, and Tempe, Arizona. Secretary Ray LaHood was joined at a grant signing ceremony last week by Congressman Ed Pastor,...

Transport ministers agree India-Austria rail partnership

Transport ministers from India and Austria have signed an agreement which aims to strengthen relations between the two countries. Indian Railways Minister, C.P Joshi has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ms Doris Burse, Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation...

Rail team complete Mont Blanc challenge

A team of five rail explorers have raised more than £13,000 after successfully traversing the highest mountain in Europe. Dave Burgess, Chris Lukehurst, Matt Sercombe, John Westwood and the Managing Director of Kelly Integrated Transport Services, John Tuite, reached the summit...

Poll: Is a contract extension for Virgin the West Coast Main Line’s best option?

The Government's is in talks with Virgin to extend the operator's contract for up to 13 months, but is it the right decision to keep the West Coast under private sector control?

Kraków receives first tram of new fleet

Bombardier has handed over the first of a new fleet of Flexity trams to the Kraków Transport Authority. The Mayor of Kraków, Jacek Majchrowski, welcomed the Polish city's first new tram from an order for 24 units which was signed...

Whiteboards written off

The UK’s rail networks are getting busier. This is reflected in increasing activity levels within depots, in turn placing increasing burdens on depot staff and existing infrastructure. Improving productivity and efficiency are therefore key to reducing these pressures and to the continued successful operation of rail depots across the country. Good planning, organisation and communication [...]

Industry marks passing of Tom Clift

At the start of the ACoRP annual awards at the Swindon Steam Railway Museum ACoRP’s Neil Buxton called for a brief silence and then asked everyone to raise their glasses to the late Tom Clift. Career railway man Tom Clift, 58, died of a heart attack whilst visiting Edinburgh. The former managing director of Grand [...]

Track partnership in training exercise

While the world’s focus has been on the Olympics based in East London, a major training exercise has been conducted in West London. A collaboration between London Underground and Balfour Beatty Rail, Track Partnership is responsible for the renewal of track and drainage assets on the London Underground Network. In preparation for doubling the volume [...]

$900m investment for San Francisco light rail

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced an investment of more than $900 million to extend San Francisco's Third Street light rail system. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the announcement yesterday (October 11), which will eventually see the Third Street...

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