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First Elizabeth line train enters passenger service

The first train built for London’s Elizabeth line has gone into passenger service on the capital’s rail network. It is the first of 66 Class 345 EMUs being built by Bombardier in Derby for the Elizabeth line, which is being opened in stages up to 2019. Transport for London (TfL) has said 11 of the […]
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Bidders shortlisted for West Coast Partnership and South Eastern franchises

The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has published bidder shortlists for both the West Coast Partnership (WCP), which will incorporate the first HS2 services, and future South Eastern franchise agreements. The WCP will replace the current InterCity West Coast franchise operated by Virgin and Stagecoach from April 2019. As well as the existing intercity service, […]
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FirstGroup and MTR place £895m order with Bombardier for new South Western trains

New South Western franchise operators FirstGroup and MTR have signed an £895 million contract with Bombardier for the supply and maintenance of 90 new Aventra trains. The new trains, which will be supplied in five and 10-car configurations, will be manufactured in Derby and later operate on the Windsor, Reading and West London suburban routes. […]
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See inside Napoli’s spectacular new station

Designed by world-renowned architects Zaha Hadid, Napoli Afragola can legitimately claim to be a station of the future. Italy’ Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni arrived on a Frecciarossa 1000 on June 6 to formally open the station, which is located to the north of the city’s international airport. London-based architects Zaha Hadid began designing the station, […]
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Virgin and Stagecoach partner with SNCF for West Coast franchise bid

Virgin and Stagecoach, the current operators of the West Coast rail franchise, have established a new joint venture with SNCF to bid for the future West Coast Partnership operating contract. Virgin and Stagecoach said they’d brought France’s national rail operator onboard to meet a requirement in the future franchise agreement for experience in high-speed rail […]
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Tunnelling breakthrough on Berlin U5 extension

Transport body BVG has achieved a milestone in the construction of an extension of the Berlin U-Bahn which will connect the U5 and U55 lines. Berlin’s mayor, Michael Mueller, attended a ceremony to witness the final breakthrough for the ‘U5 gap closure project’ into Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) station on March 22. Two-kilometre long, twin-bore […]
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New South West Trains franchise awarded

First MTR South Western Trains has beaten the incumbent operator, Stagecoach, to the new South West Trains franchise. The new contract, which runs for seven years from August 2017, promises to add tens of thousands of extra peak-time seats into and out of London Waterloo, free Wi-Fi on all trains and at all stations, smart […]
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Alstom delivers first Riyadh Metro train

Alstom has delivered the first of its Metropolis trains for Riyadh. The French manufacturer, part of the FAST consortium working on the Riyadh Metro project, is building 69 trainsets for lines 4, 5 and 6 (Yellow, Green and Purple). Bombardier and Siemens are supplying the trains for lines 1, 2 and 3. Alstom said it […]
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Shortlist for new East Midlands franchise published

Arriva, Stagecoach and First Trenitalia have been shortlisted for the new East Midlands rail franchise. In 2015, the end date of the current franchise agreement with Stagecoach was extended from October 18 that year to March 2018. This deadline has now been extended again by up to a year. The shortlist includes Arriva Rail East […]
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Royal assent for HS2

The hybrid bill for Phase One of HS2, which will deliver a high-speed rail link between London and the West Midlands, has received royal assent. Royal assent is the final legislative hurdle for this phase of the project, allowing construction of the railway to begin this year as planned. The bill successfully negotiated its third […]
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Preferred contractor named for Wolverhampton station rebuild

Galliford Try has been announced as the preferred contractor for a £132 million project to build a new station in Wolverhampton’s city centre. The existing station will be demolished and rebuilt under plans approved in November last year. The new modern station will include a link to the Midland Metro tram network, for which enabling […]
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