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East Midlands Railway

Transport officials have chosen Abellio to run the next East Midlands franchise.  Beginning on August 18 under the name...

Stagecoach receives five-month extension for East Midlands franchise

With weeks to go until it was set to expire, the Department for Transport has extended Stagecoach's operation of the East Midlands...

Go-Ahead lands Norwegian train operating contract

British public transport provider Go-Ahead Group has is to run train services in Norway after winning the country's first competitively tendered train operating contract. The company,...

Plans to split up Great Western franchise scrapped

Great Western Railway (GWR) has welcomed the decision not to break up the current Great Western franchise and create a separate operator for the...

ScotRail appoints first female engineering director

Syeda Ghufran has become ScotRail's first female engineering director - just eight years after first joining the train company. She joined the business as a engineering...

Midland Metro becomes West Midlands Metro

The Midland Metro has been rebranded as the West Midlands Metro as control of the light rail system passes over from National Express to...

LNER completes takeover from Virgin Trains East Coast

London North Eastern Railway (LNER), the Department for Transport's (DfT) operator of last resort, has taken over the InterCity East Coast franchise from Virgin Trains East...

Transforming the Wales and Borders franchise

New trains, investment in infrastructure and hundreds of additional staff have been promised in the new 15-year Wales and Borders franchise. KeolisAmey, the same partnership...

Paul Plummer: rail franchising needs to change

Following a number of high-profile stories related to rail franchising, Paul Plummer, CEO of the Rail Delivery Group, says that the way in which...

Some Great Northern services could be transferred to London Overground

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has previously indicated that the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise could be separated into two or more when the...

MPs issue scathing attack on rail franchising system

The UK's rail franchising system has been described as "completely inadequate" and "broken" in a report by the Public Accounts Committee into the East...

GWR comes to the aid of film producer after he loses Oscar award

An artificial leg, pets and a clarinet; some of the most unusual items that have been left onboard train services in the UK. Gareth Ellis-Unwin...

Grand Central makes bid for new services

Open access operator Grand Central has started the consultation process to operate more services per day. If approved, Grand Central will operate six return services...

Inquiry launched into East Coast franchise failure

Serious questions are to be asked of Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), Network Rail and transport ministers over the failure of the East Coast...

Arriva Trains Wales completes £500,000 makeover of Class 142 and 143 fleet

Arriva Trains Wales has completed a £500,000 refurbishment of its fleet of Class 142 and 143 Pacer DMUs. The 30 two-carriage trains, which operate on the...

Richard Branson returns fire over so-called bailout of Virgin Trains East Coast franchise

Virgin Trains founder Richard Branson has defended the so-called government bailout of its East Coast franchise. Critics, including former Labour transport secretary Lord Andrew Adonis,...

East Midlands drafts rail masterplan

Stewart Thorpe attended the Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) annual conference to get a flavour of the region's big plans   It might be overshadowed by...

Strategic shake-up

Splitting up the Great Western franchise and creating a new West of England operator is one of several ideas put forward in the Government’s...