Prime Minister unveils GWR Intercity Express Train carrying special ‘We Mean Green’ livery

Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood at Paddington Station this morning to unveil a special train livery outlining the environmental benefits of travelling by train. The livery is part of the rail industry’s ‘We Mean Green’...

Construction ramps up at £260 million Mossend International Railfreight Park in Scotland

The development of a major new low carbon, multi-modal rail freight facility located in the heart of Scotland has taken a significant step forward with the laying of a private rail track to facilitate construction. Once complete, Mossend International Railfreight Park...

Network Rail and Vivarail bring the next-generation battery train to COP26

Network Rail and Vivarail today announced that Vivarail’s next-generation battery train will be launched at COP26 and will run daily services throughout the international climate change conference. This zero-emission train uses new batteries, developed by Vivarail, to combine maximum range...

Great Northern train tests successfully for first stage of East Coast Digital Programme

Govia Thameslink Railway has successfully run one of its Great Northern Moorgate Class 717 trains using the digital in-cab signalling system ETCS level 2 (European Train Control System). This provided important real-world proof of the track-to-train specification required to enable...

Green light given for Wigan to Bolton electrification

Government approves £78 million investment to electrify key rail infrastructure in the North Upgrade to enable longer electric trains with more capacity by 2025, building a greener rail network  Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has today (1 September 2021) announced that a major upgrade...

Lee Anderson MP: Rail Decarbonisation can support businesses like electrification foundations provider Van Elle in Ashfield

Local MP for Ashfield Lee Anderson has shown his support for rail decarbonisation by visiting his constituency business, rail electrification specialists Van Elle. Anderson met with representatives from Van Elle, learnt about their existing electrification projects and discussed the challenges...

Network Rail acceptance for Tratos aluminium stranded conductors for electrified lines

Independent cable manufacturer Tratos UK Ltd has won Network Rail Certificate of Acceptance PA05/07385 for its Aluminium Stranded Conductors for electrified lines as an earthing and bonding conductor. The cable is accepted for use as an earthing and bonding conductor...

Great Western Railway runs first electric-only train to and from South Wales

Great Western Railway has moved a step closer to operating ‘crowd-busting’ electric-only trains for big-ticket events at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The train operator carried out a test run in the early hours of Saturday, using a 12-car Class...

Work begins to support the electrification of the Core Valley Lines on South Wales Metro

On Monday 26th July, Van Elle and Keltbray commenced piling works on Core Valley Lines in preparation for the electrification of the South Wales Metro. Working together with Amey and Transport for Wales (TfW) this programme provides a significant milestone...

Composite mast promises greener and cheaper rail electrification

Government fund development of low-carbon composite railway mast. A prototype overhead line mast, funded by Innovate UK and Department for Transport, aims to slash emissions from railway constructionMast to benefit from advanced composite materials developed to reduce mass and save...

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Plaque unveiled at London King’s Cross to commemorate remarkable career of Britain’s first black train driver

A plaque dedicated to Wilston Samuel Jackson, Britain’s first black train driver, has been unveiled at London King’s Cross...