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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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Hitachi’s first intercity train for Devon and Cornwall route arrives in UK

Over the weekend the first Intercity Express Train (IET) for Greater Western Railway’s (GWR) Devon and Cornwall route arrived in Southampton. Built at the manufacturer’s factory in Japan, the five-car Class 802 test train was welcomed into the UK by GWR, Hitachi and the financier of the new fleet Eversholt Rail. From 2018, the 36-train […]
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International consortium to build new underground railway station in Gothenburg

The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has appointed an international consortium to build Haga station in Gothenburg. Construction of the new station is expected to begin in 2018 and is part of the planned 8km West Link double track railway connection to ease congestion in the city – 6km of which includes a railway tunnel. The group is […]
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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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Manchester’s rail devolution challenge

When Transport for Greater Manchester’s head of rail, Amanda White, joined the body in 2014, it had one major goal in mind. Manchester had just signed a devolution deal with Whitehall in which the city set specific objectives around the better integration of public transport in Greater Manchester. One priority was to look at how […]

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Alstom brings new EMU product to UK market

Alstom is using the UK rail trade fair Railtex to present its new regional EMU train platform for the UK. The new AC electric multiple unit (EMU) design was submitted by Alstom as part of FirstGroup’s bid for the Greater Anglia franchise competition – a contest which was eventually won by Abellio and its preferred […]
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London Midland Labs – Getting serious about innovation

The railway’s slow rate of change and innovation is a popular topic of conversation at conferences and over networking drinks. A lack of free Wi-Fi and the limited rollout of things like automatic delay repay and ticketless travel lags behind the expectations of the modern passenger. Seeking a solution, train operator London Midland launched a […]

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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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Virgin at 20

Andy Milne looks back at 20 years of Virgin’s involvement with the rail industry Well, my dear, how does it feel to be a Virgin again?’ 20 years ago, when Virgin first took to the metals, you could get away with such humour. Cue hearty gales of laughter down the line from Birmingham. Broken-hearted Miriam […]

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