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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...

DfT announces plans to split two franchises

The Great Western and Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchises could be split under new government plans. Rail minister Paul Maynard said the scheme would...

Tender launched for South Eastern franchise

The competition to find the next train operating company (TOC) to run the South Eastern franchise has been launched by the Department for Transport...

Watch crews overhaul the interior of a TPE Class 185

Siemens workers have completed the first five refurbishments of TransPennine Express' (TPE) fleet of 51 three-carriage Class 185 trains. Each train is having new seating,...

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...

Department for Transport to extend East Midlands rail franchise until August 2019

East Midlands Trains (EMT) will now run services on the East Midlands franchise until at least August 2019 after the Department for Transport (DfT)...

Amey becomes first rail infrastructure company to get rail franchising PQQ passport from DfT

Amey has become the first rail infrastructure company to be awarded a rail franchising pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) passport from the Department for Transport (DfT). On June 23,...

Rail Franchising – Live at Leeds

Top rail and community leaders came together in Leeds last month to discuss new thinking about creating the sustainable railway of the future. Sustainability -...

New trains for the North… and that’s just for starters

Pledges to significantly improve services and buy new trains aren’t ‘PR fluff ’ but promises of real change, says Northern’s Alex Hynes (pictured right). On...

GTR – Dawn of the mega franchise

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) chief executive Charles Horton talks to Marc Johnson about how the operator is addressing the service challenges posed by Thameslink’s...

First Great Western – Golden years

FirstGroup has managed to steady investor nervousness with news that it has won extensions to two of its franchises. The flagship operation, First Great Western...

The role of open access

Britain’s rail network is full. Well that’s what we’re often told. The justification for major rail projects, like HS2, is that it will free...