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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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Fehmarnbelt fixed link consultants appointed

Consultancy framework contracts for the design and construction of Denmark’s Fehmarnbelt fixed link have been awarded by Femern A/S. A Ramboll/Arup/TEC consortium has won the client consultancy services contract for the world’s longest immersed tunnel. Ramboll/Arup/TEC will be supported by sub-consultants Schønherr A/S and WTM Engineers GmbH. ÅF – Hansen & Henneberg has been appointed separately to provide in-house […]
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Hitting the right note: the Ordsall Chord

In a tandem lift using the UK’s largest crawler crane, contractor Skanska BAM, working for Network Rail, installed a pair of steel arches over the River Irwell to form the UK’s first network arch railway bridge. Set to become an instantly recognisable part of the Greater Manchester skyline, the bridge is the centrepiece of the […]
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HS2 – What happens next?

Royal assent represented the final piece of a complex legislative puzzle for Phase One of HS2. The announcement came as no surprise in the end. Following the hybrid bill’s third reading in the House of Lords in January, it was a simple formality. It means that after several years of consultation and debate HS2 now […]

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EGIP – electrification clearance woes

On 25 August, Network Rail announced that, for six months on Mondays to Thursdays, there would be no service after 20:30 on the main Edinburgh to Glasgow line due to ‘intensification of delivery’ of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). Rail Engineer was interested to find out why. Having done so, it is only […]
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Hitachi Rail Italy begins production of Class 802 bi-mode trains for GWR

Hitachi Rail Italy’s site in Pistoia has begun work on the Class 802 bi-mode train fleet for Great Western Railway (GWR) after receiving the first bodyshells from Japan. The Class 802 intercity trains will primarily operate services to Devon and Cornwall. They are being built in addition to the Class 800 IEP fleet which are being […]
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Crossrail innovation – The future?

‘It’s a bit like RoboCop or Minority Report’ said Rav Kugananthan, a project engineer working at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street station, as he squeezed his head into one of the project’s most radical innovations. Although still at the development stage, the smart helmet Rav was modelling provided a glimpse into what will very likely be a […]

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Solely solar: Renewable energy to power Melbourne trams

The Australian state of Victoria is investing in new solar farms to power Melbourne’s tram network. Large solar plants capable of producing 75 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity will be built in the state by the end of 2018, leading to an estimated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 80,000 tonnes a year. A tender […]
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KeolisAmey becomes new Manchester Metrolink operator

KeolisAmey is to become the new operator of Manchester’s Metrolink light rail network when the current contract with RATP Dev and MPT ends in the summer. The joint venture already operates London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and will take over Metrolink in July. In the UK, Keolis also operates Nottingham’s tram network, NET. RATP Dev, […]
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Sir Peter Hendy on the future of Britain’s railways

When I was Transport Commissioner for London, we used to talk about what transport did for London. Not about transport itself, but what it did, how it created growth, jobs, and housing. But, in the industry it’s very, very easy to talk about how it works and not what it does. The railway makes a […]
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