Author Archive for: Jonathan Webb

First class 458/5 nears completion

The Wabtec works in Doncaster and Loughborough are currently refurbishing and converting 60 Porterbrook-owned former Gatwick Express class 460s in order to provide additional capacity on the Windsor line from Hounslow, Weybridge, Reading and Windsor. South West Trains’ engineering director Christian Roth told the Rail Media Group: “This project is more complex compared to just...
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East Coast most efficiently run franchise

The East Coast franchise is the most efficiently run in the UK in terms of its reliance on taxpayer funding, an ORR report has concluded. Out of the franchises that make net payments to the government, East Coast, which has been state run since Novembe...
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European signalling companies shortlisted for Japanese project

Alstom and Thales have been shortlisted by East Japan Railway to install communications-based train control on a 29.7 km section of the Joban local line, north of Tokyo, that connects Ayase with Toride. JR East invited expressions of interest for the p...
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London Midland celebrates Project 110

London Midland has celebrated its Project 110 by naming a specially liveried 350110 Project 110 at London Euston. The increase in speed from 100 mph has seen travel times slashed by over half an hour between London and Nuneaton, Lichfield, Tamworth, Ru...
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Council pushes for direct Clapham to Heathrow rail link

A transport consultancy is set to be appointed by Wandsworth Council with the task of developing the business case for a direct rail link connecting Clapham Junction and Heathrow. If given the go ahead it is hoped that a journey of around 30 minutes wi...
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Alstom warns of West Coast hiatus job losses

Train builder Alstom has warned that the two-year hiatus before a new West Coast franchise is let could lead to the loss of around 500 jobs across the rail industry. Scrapping the franchise contest means that there is now no contract for interior refit...
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Station shops continue to outperform the high street

Retailers at some of the UK’s busiest stations have seen like-for-like sales outperform the high street for the 10th consecutive quarter, according to Network Rail. There has been a 2.54 per cent growth in like-for-like sales during the third qua...
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Station shops continue to outperform the high street

Retailers at some of the UK’s busiest stations have seen like-for-like sales outperform the high street for the 10th consecutive quarter, according to Network Rail. There has been a 2.54 per cent growth in like-for-like sales during the third qua...
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Railcare wins £20m class 165 and 166 overhaul contract

Angel Trains has awarded Railcare a £20 million contract to overhaul class 165 and 166 Turbo trains operated by First Great Western and Chiltern Railways. In addition to being given an exterior repaint and door overhaul, the units will also be made co...
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Railcare wins £20m class 165 and 166 overhaul contract

Angel Trains has awarded Railcare a £20 million contract to overhaul class 165 and 166 Turbo trains operated by First Great Western and Chiltern Railways. In addition to being given an exterior repaint and door overhaul, the units will also be made co...
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Inquiry into new Metrolink line

A public inquiry has been launched into plans to construct a new tram line through Manchester city centre. Transport chiefs in the city want to build a line from Victoria station up Cross Street and Princes Street before turning into St Peter’s S...
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