Archive for category: Franchise News

UK rolling stock strategy: diesel, bi-mode and fuel cell-powered trains

The UK's Department for Transport has released its third 'Rolling Stock Perception' strategy which details the challenges of the market and what the government is doing to tackle them.
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Leo Express becomes Poland’s first private rail operator

Czech Republic-headquartered Leo Express has become Poland's first private rail operator following permission to run services on the Krakow - Prague route.
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Bombardier and CAF to make 413 carriages for new West Midlands franchise

Bombardier will manufacture 36 three-carriage and 45 five-carriage Aventra trains at its Derby site, while CAF will produce 12 two-carriage and 14 four-carriage Civity trains.
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First IET enters service with Great Western Railway

The Hitachi-built Class 800 marked its first trip at 6am on October 16, leaving Bristol Temple Meads for London Paddington.
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DB frontrunner to operate California high-speed railway

DB looks likely to become the "early train operator" for the California high-speed rail network after ranking higher scores than rival bids.
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Call for final tenders on next Welsh rail franchise

The Welsh Government has confirmed that final tenders have been invited for the next Wales and Borders rail service.
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First look around Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Aventra mock-up

UK train operating company Greater Anglia has revealed a mock-up of its new Aventra trains.
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UK transport secretary ‘absolutely certain’ Class 707s have a future

The UK’s Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, says he is ‘absolutely certain’ that the South West route’s Class 707 Desiro City trains will be taken on by another operator.
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Trenitalia withdraws South Eastern franchise interest

Trenitalia UK has announced it is withdrawing from the South East franchise competition.
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West Midlands franchise award a ‘step towards golden era for local trains’

The DfT has awarded the West Midlands franchise to West Midlands Trains, a joint venture between Abelio and its minority partners East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui.
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Canada’s Metrolinx launches search for experienced operator as it prepares to quadruple train frequency

Metrolinx has launched a search for an experienced operator as it prepares to quadruple the number of train trips it runs each week. Issuing a Request for Qualification (RFQ), the Government of Ontario agency said it “now requires new specific skills, knowledge and experience” as it implements an ambitious project to improve the GO Transit […]
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