New trains enter service on Birmingham’s Cross City Line

Passengers on Birmingham’s iconic Cross City Line have been travelling on a brand new train fleet for the first time today (Monday 15 April). Train operator West Midlands Railway (WMR) said the introduction of the Class 730 fleet represents the...

The Northolt Four! New tunnelling machine joins three others digging high-speed line under London

Construction of the new HS2 line has hit another major milestone with the launch of the fourth – and final – machine being used to build the giant Northolt Tunnel beneath the capital. The 8.4-mile tunnel will run from Victoria...

£45bn rail improvement plan puts climate change firmly in its sights

Network Rail today announced the start of its five-year, £45.4bn* rail improvement plan aimed at delivering a simpler, better, greener railway that provides the best level of train performance possible and that’s more geared-up than ever before to cope...

Time-lapse shows major repairs as railway through Telford reopens to passengers

The railway between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury has fully reopened to passenger trains after engineers complete emergency repairs to a failed railway embankment. Network Rail is thanking passengers for their patience this morning (Friday 29 March) after three weeks of disruption...

CrossCountry plans to transform customer experience by May 2025

Long-distance train operator CrossCountry has secured a further five Voyager trains from rolling stock company Beacon Rail in a significant boost for capacity. The five trains come in addition to the seven extra Voyager trains secured in October. The 12...

Alex Hynes appointed DfT’s director general for rail services

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced the appointment of Alex Hynes to the role of director general, Rail Services. Alex will join the DfT on a two-year secondment from his current position as managing director of Scotland’s Railway...

Siemens Mobility to invest £100m in state-of-the-art factory in Chippenham, UK

Siemens is embarking on a groundbreaking £100 million investment to establish a cutting-edge rail infrastructure manufacturing, digital engineering and research & development (R&D) center in Chippenham, underscoring its unwavering commitment to innovation, sustainability, excellence, and its campaign ‘to build...

HS2 launches third giant tunnelling machine under capital

HS2’s London tunnels programme passed a major milestone as the third tunnel boring machine (TBM) being used as part of the project was launched. TBM Emily, named after Emily Sophia Taylor who helped establish the Perivale Maternity Hospital in 1937...

Bidders shortlisted in the process to find the next operator of the Elizabeth line

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed four bidders have been shortlisted as part of the procurement process to operate the Elizabeth line from May 2025, when the current contract with MTR Elizabeth line expires. The Elizabeth line is the most...

Great Western Railway’s innovative FastCharge battery train trial could transform UK’s railway

Innovation led by Great Western Railway could transform the UK’s railway as it powers forward with a FastCharge battery trial designed to help future decarbonisation of branch line services. The FastCharge technology, which has been rigorously developed by specialist engineers...

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Petards Rail boosts team with new appointment

Intelligent train technology provider Petards Rail has appointed Calvin Fahey to the role of procurement manager. Calvin is Level 3...