Behind the scenes images of the UK’s biggest ever train fleet upgrade revealed

Avanti West Coast's Pendolino stripped bare as work on the £117m project to transform the fleet gathers pace.  The first of Avanti West Coast’s iconic Pendolino trains has been fully stripped back as part of the UK’s biggest every train...

GWR welcomes DfT response to Wales Affairs Committee report

Train operator Great Western Railway has welcomed the DfT’s response to the Wales Affairs Committee report on Railway Infrastructure in Wales.  In its response to the report, the UK Government has partially accepted a recommendation to create a dedicated forum...

Keith Williams calls on government to seize the moment and implement fares reform

Keith Williams, Chair of the Williams Rail Review and former boss of British Airways, has warned that it’s now or never to radically overhaul and simplify Britain’s confusing and outdated rail fares system. Speaking at an industry event (20 September)...

Network Rail using innovative fibre-optic technology to boost railway safety and performance

Network Rail has awarded a contract to a consortium led by Thales Ground Transportation Systems Ltd to develop and trial Fibre Optic Acoustic Sensing (FOAS) technology that will support improvements in safety and performance on the railway. FOAS technology will...

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...

Alstom and Plastic Omnium partner to design onboard hydrogen storage solutions for railway

Alstom, the global leader in sustainable railway transportation and Plastic Omnium, a major player in hydrogen mobility, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of high-end hydrogen storage systems for the railway sector. Alstom and...

Railway industry publishes new report on the economic value of rail

A new economic report published by independent researchers Oxford Economics shows a UK railway industry powering ahead before the pandemic struck last year. The report, commissioned by the Railway Industry Association (RIA), shows UK rail as a major economic sector,...

Stratford station congestion relief secures DfT funding

Network Rail has secured £2 million of funding from the Department of Transport (DfT) to help develop plans to help relieve congestion at London’s Stratford station. Stratford Station has seen huge growth in demand Since the 2012 Olympics and, despite...

Doncaster Rail Museum Officially Opens

A new Rail Heritage Centre has been officially opened at Danum Gallery, Library and Museum in Doncaster. Doncaster Council, the Trustees of the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection and the National Railway Museum marked the occasion with a special ceremony...

Services between Wrexham and Bidston to increase from next spring

Additional Transport for Wales services between Wrexham and Bidston are set to be introduced from spring 2022. Transport for Wales (TfW) has been working closely with Network Rail to deliver the necessary infrastructure improvements and enhancements to the Wrexham to...