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Wales and Borders: When a franchise isn’t a franchise

The new Wales and Borders franchise competition has deviated sharply from the process that awarded the previous contract to Arriva Trains Wales 14 years...

Smart ticketing across rail network by end of 2018

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has said that passengers will be able to use smart ticketing across "almost all" of the network in England and...

J. Murphy appoints J. Murphy as CEO

J. Murphy & Sons has appointed current chief operating officer (COO) John Murphy as its new CEO. John is currently responsible for leading the group's...

TXM Projects completes enhancement work on ScotRail’s Class 334 fleet

A team of eight from TXM Projects has completed enhancement work on ScotRail's fleet of 334s. This work covered the removal of seats to fit...

Hitachi appoints DB Schenker to manage UK warehouses

DB Schenker has been awarded a 'dynamic and challenging' contract from Hitachi Rail in the UK. Under the arrangement, the logistics firm will manage the central...

Government awards £300m to Northern Powerhouse Rail

Northern Powerhouse Rail has been given £300 million funding from the government. The award is part of a wider £400 million package to improve transport...

BakerHicks launches new electrification venture

BakerHicks is a company with a habit for reinvention. The business, which employs around 390 people in the UK, can trace its roots back...

Guards to be retained in new Wales and Borders franchise

The Welsh Government has agreed to have a 'safety critical conductor (guard)' on all services operated through the new Wales and Borders franchise to avoid...

DB Cargo launches trial service for world’s largest steelmaker

DB Cargo UK has launched a trial service with steel giant ArcelorMittal. On September 29, the freight operator moved 1,300 tonnes of steel coil by...

CrossCountry signs new wifi deal with Nomad Digital

CrossCountry has signed a deal to extend its wifi partnership with Nomad Digital. Nomad has provided the service to the train operator for the past...

Mott MacDonald to support installation of new Thameslink TMS

Mott MacDonald will support Hitachi in the implementation of its Tranista traffic management system for the Thameslink route. The engineering consultancy will advise on the...

Construction of Merseyrail’s new £13m Maghull North station begins

Work has begun on the construction of a new railway station at Maghull North. The station is due to be open in May 2018, on...

Funding package secured for Midland Metro stop at HS2’s Curzon Street station

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) have committed £27.5 million towards the construction of...

‘Tyne and Wear Metro fleet problems are becoming more of a concern’

Key business organisations in the North East have called on the government to replace Tyne and Wear Metro's fleet of trains over growing concerns...

RSSB to look at promoting UK rail expertise post-Brexit

The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has signed contracts with two firms to improve its Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) and identify ways...

Porterbrook Leasing appoints new CEO

Rolling stock leaser Porterbrook has appointed a new chief executive officer. A former senior figure at FirstGroup, National Express and Eurostar International, Mary Grant brings...

Irish Rail sets out stall

Iarnród Éireann (IÉ) recently responded to the Irish Government’s ‘National Planning Framework’ (NPF) consultation in relation to the future national transport needs of the...

Greater Anglia releases new images of Stadler trains

Images of what some of Greater Anglia's (GA) new fleet of trains could look like have been revealed. The operator has released a number of...