Government announces £72 million boost for train services in Manchester and the North

Passengers across the North are set to benefit from fewer delays and more reliable trains after the government announced a £72 million package in Manchester today (25 May 2023). At Manchester Victoria Station, Rail Minister Huw Merriman revealed the latest...

Passengers and freight at the heart of new £44bn, five-year plan for our railway

Network Rail today published its £44bn, five-year plan (2024-29, Control Period 7 – CP7) for the railway in England and Wales that sees increased investment in tackling climate change, improving train performance from current levels, investing in things that...

ORR prompts Network Rail to clear backlog on structure examination

ORR has today written to Network Rail over its concerns about a backlog in examining the condition of its railway structures such as bridges, tunnels, and culverts. This is essential to ensure that faults do not go undetected (or...

Arriva Rail London welcomes new head of performance delivery

Arriva Rail London has appointed Jon Bradley as head of performance delivery, a newly created role in the Operations team. Jon brings a wealth of experience to this new role, having worked in operations and performance at a number of...

GTR’s Class 387 is UK’s first major commuter fleet to be retrofitted with digital ETCS in-cab signalling equipment

Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR’s) first Class 387/1 Great Northern Electrostar train has been retrofitted with ETCS in-cab signalling as part of the East Coast Digital Programme, designed to reduce delays and give passengers a more reliable service. The Class 387...

Great Western Railway extends Hitachi Rail’s maintenance contract to secure hundreds of jobs and support UK supply chain

Great Western Railway (GWR), Eversholt Rail, and Hitachi Rail have announced an extension of their maintenance partnership, which will bring millions of pounds in investment in the UK supply chain and improve train service reliability for GWR customers. Hitachi Rail's...

Hitachi partnership with Global Centre of Rail Excellence will deliver energy security and UK innovation

Earlier today, Hitachi Rail and Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) signed an agreement to test the latest in rail technology. This follows Hitachi Energy winning a competitive tender to provide a Static Frequency Converter to manage the power...

Ipswich-Lowestoft line gets a boost as Network Rail fixes deteriorating embankment

Network Rail has stabilised and widened a mile-long embankment on the East Suffolk Line to the north of Martlesham. The work was needed because the top of the embankment was slipping away. This meant that important signalling equipment and signage...

First electric trains on Transpennine Route Upgrade in sight, as Stalybridge station reopens

The Transpennine Route Upgrade continues to build towards the future of electric rail travel in the North, as industry leaders hail the latest upgrade work at Stalybridge station.  Engineers worked around the clock over 26-days to complete their largest phase...

Wales’ first hybrid train enters service on Borderlands Line

Railway history was made today on the Borderlands Line between Wrexham and Bidston as Transport for Wales (TfW) introduced the first battery-hybrid trains used in regular passenger service in Wales. The long-awaited first service operated by one of TfW’s Class...

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East West Rail: new proposals bring Oxford-Cambridge rail service one step closer

Train services connecting Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge have moved a step closer as East West Railway Company (EWR...