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With weeks to go until it was set to expire, the Department for Transport has extended Stagecoach's operation of the East Midlands franchise. The new contract begins on March 3 and extends the transport...
Union RMT has suspended its ongoing programme of strike action at Northern over the retention and the role of the guard on its trains. The "major breakthrough" comes after substantial progress in talks brokered...
Sixteen of Caledonian Sleeper’s new carriages made their first trial run from Scotland to London Euston on January 22. Final stages of testing and approvals have now begun for the £100 million fleet ahead of the overnight service beginning to...
Spanish state-owned operator Renfe has partnered with MTR for its West Coast Partnership bid. The new West Coast Partnership is a franchise which will combine the existing InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of services on HS2 as a ‘shadow...
From Edinburgh to London Bridge, members of the railway family helped to spread some cheer over the Christmas period with acts of kindness, special train services and festive fundraising. Following on from the success of a similar event at London...
A new brand has been added to the Virgin Group family with the launch of Virgin Trains USA. Last year Richard Branson visited Brightline, the USA's first privately-owned passenger train service since the 1980s, and following discussions, is set to make...
Long-serving Hull Trains employee Louise Mendham has been appointed as its new production director. She joined the open access operator 14 years ago as operational support but has since risen through the ranks. After three years as an operational support colleague,...
A landmark deal has been struck between Merseyrail, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and RMT Union to have a second member of staff on board its new Stadler trains. In a joint statement, all parties said the agreement in principal is subject...
A former Condor Ferries director has swapped the English Channel for the English capital by joining Arriva Rail London (ARL). Alicia Andrews, who was most recently the executive director of commercial at the ferry operator, will oversee the rail operator's commercial...
Staff at Great Western Railway (GWR) have helped make a young cancer sufferer's dreams come true by making him a train driver for a day. Harry, who lives with a rare type of cancer called Retinoblastoma, was kitted out with...
Industry veteran Steve Pugh has become the latest appointment at open access operator Hull Trains. Steve, whose career began as a British Rail trainee driver in 1979, took on his first managerial role in 1991 He remained at British Rail until...
Great North Western Railway (GNWR), owned by Arriva Trains subsidiary Alliance Rail Holdings (ARH), has successfully applied to operate new direct passenger services between Blackpool North and Euston. Approval by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) means that GNWR have access...
Hull Trains has appointed a new head of digital to spearhead innovation and enhance its customer experience. Khalid Amin, who has more than 15 years' of experience in e-commerce and digital marketing with travel companies such as SuperBreak and British Airways,...
Groups of Greater Anglia systems technicians are being flown to Switzerland for an intense programme of maintenance training. The engineers will look after the operator's new Stadler trains and will spend six months travelling to the manufacturer's bases and its suppliers...
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has moved quickly to replace outgoing chief executive Charles Horton, who resigned last month amid ongoing challenges to introduce the May timetable change. His replacement is former London Midland managing director Patrick Verwer, who was set to become...
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 Coast (VTEC). Despite the change of name and branding, all staff - from operational management to...
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 which runs Manchester Metrolink and Docklands Light Railway, will take over the franchise later this...
Great Western Railway (GWR) has unveiled a special livered intercity express train to promote Pride events across its network. The train company launched the special "trainbow" train from London Paddington at 11.45am on June 7. The Class 800 will operate services...
An innovative project has been launched on the Leeds-Morecambe line - also known as the Bentham line - to make it the country's first dementia-friendly community railway. Jools Townsend, CEO of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), said the project demonstrates...
Greater Anglia has announced the completion of a £1 million programme to refurbish the interiors of 72 Class 317 carriages. Working out of the Clacton-on-Sea depot, the operator's maintenance team fitted new standard seat covers and vinyl flooring, new First Class seat...
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 these contracts are let and managed needs to change. Train operators have played a crucial role...
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has previously indicated that the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise could be separated into two or more when the current contract held by operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) ends in 2021. This follows the...
Work has begun on Stadler's new £20 million depot in Kirkdale, Merseyside. Representatives from contractor BAM Nuttall were joined by those from the Swiss train maker and Liverpool City Region's metro mayor Steve Rotheram. Stadler signed a £460 million deal with...
Train tickets could be dramatically changed under plans for "root and branch" reforms unveiled by the trade body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). Today's range of fare options have not kept up with the rise of smartphone technology and how...

West Coast appointments

Phil Whittingham remains as the managing director for services on what was formerly known as the InterCity West Coast franchise as he...

Christmas work