Review: The Rail Safety Summit 2019

This year’s event was the tenth annual Safety Summit. Nonetheless a number of themes featured in the first Safety Summit are evidently...

Interim report on Port Talbot track worker fatalities reveals “there was no safe system of work in place”

Network Rail has released an interim report into the fatalities that occurred at Margam, near Port Talbot in South Wales, on 3 July 2019....

RailStaff Awards: Talent in technology

The UK’s congested railways are becoming increasingly reliant on digital technology, with many rail operators choosing innovative software-based solutions over new infrastructure,...

RailStaff Awards: A new kingdom

We've announced the date, presented the host, revisited last year's big winner as well as entertainment of yesteryear, and now we're ready...

Features

SNCF joins UK rail research platform

France's national rail company SNCF has joined the UK's 'rail knowledge-sharing' platform SPARK.
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New data reveals popularity of metro systems throughout the world

Every single day 168 million passengers use metros across the world. But where are all of these systems situated and which ones have the highest ridership?

What next for bi-mode trains?

Hitachi Rail’s head of engineering, Koji Agatsuma, writes about designing the next generation of intercity trains

Caledonian Sleeper delays introduction of new fleet

Brand new carriages will no longer be coming to the Caledonian Sleeper's Lowland service between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh this month as originally planned.

Stadler confirms train and tram-train order for Wales

The contract was signed with KeolisAmey, which will take over the running and development of both for 15 years from October 14.

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Gian Paolo Gotelli to head up TX Logistik

Rail logistics group TX Logistik has appointed Gian Paolo Gotelli as its new CEO. TX Logistik, which was founded in...

First train for Shanghai Metro line 14 completed

The first driverless metro train for Shanghai Metro’s Line 14 has rolled off the assembly line in CRRC Nanjing Puzhen.

The role of apprenticeships in filling the skills gap

Rail Forum Midlands talks about the skills gap and what its doing to bridge it

RailStaff Awards: Lifesavers

Of the 20 trophies presented at the RailStaff Awards there is one that is more emotionally charged than all the others.

RailStaff Awards: Celebrating extraordinary people

On May 18, hundreds of people travelled between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids on Great Western Railway’s (GWR) last High Speed...

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Japan’s entry into Britain’s rail franchising

Mitsui and the East Japan Railway Company arrive on the UK franchise scene with different backgrounds but both hope to carve out a reputation on one of the world's busiest railways.

New data reveals popularity of metro systems throughout the world

Every single day 168 million passengers use metros across the world. But where are all of these systems situated and which ones have the highest ridership?

GE to partner BNSF on battery freight locomotive tests

The programme will see GE Transportation design and build an AC Evolution Series locomotive which will feature an overall energy-management system, including onboard energy storage.

RailStaff Awards: A new kingdom

We've announced the date, presented the host, revisited last year's big winner as well as entertainment of...

What next for bi-mode trains?

Hitachi Rail’s head of engineering, Koji Agatsuma, writes about designing the next generation of intercity trains
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RailStaff Awards: Talent in technology

The UK’s congested railways are becoming increasingly reliant on digital technology, with many rail operators choosing innovative software-based solutions over new infrastructure,...

RailStaff Awards: A new kingdom

We've announced the date, presented the host, revisited last year's big winner as well as entertainment of yesteryear, and now we're ready...

RailStaff Awards: Celebrating extraordinary people

On May 18, hundreds of people travelled between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids on Great Western Railway’s (GWR) last High Speed...
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15 striking pictures of railways in Africa

Between the gorgeous backdrops of the African plains and deserts and the continent's socio-economic challenges, Africa's railways make for some striking pictures.

Siemens SCADA system chosen for Paddington-Heathrow upgrade

Siemens' WinCC OA SCADA system will be used to upgrade the existing electrification control technology on the line linking London's Paddington station and Heathrow. Firstco,...

DHL and Latvian Railways to boost Baltic and Nordic connections with China

A memorandum of understanding and cooperation (MUC) has been signed between DHL Global Forwarding and Latvian Railways (LDz). The agreement will see the two parties...

UK ditches electrification plans in Wales, the Midlands and the North

The UK government has abandoned plans to electrify the railway between Cardiff and Swansea, the Midland Main Line north of Kettering and the line between Windermere and Oxenholme in favour of bi-mode, or 'alternative-fuel', trains.

Alstom brings new EMU product to UK market

Alstom is using the UK rail trade fair Railtex to present its new regional EMU train platform for the UK. The new AC electric multiple...

SNCF opens ‘garden station’ in Angers

SNCF's station team has said it has created a 'sense of urban dynamism' with the introduction of a 'garden railway station' in Angers.

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Humble beginnings

All companies have to start somewhere. For City Surveys – one of Network Rail’s trusted principal contractors, a multi-million pound turnover business – it began with a second-hand printer and a small loan to buy a single survey instrument. From just one employee in 2003, the company now employs 60 people out of three offices […]

HS2 fights back

The reason for building HS2 can sometimes be obscured in the fog of argument about whether people work on trains, benefit-cost ratios (BCR) and the like. Writes Tim Smart, Head of Engineering and Operations, HS2 Ltd There have been a number of negative comments in the media during the latter part of the summer concerning [...]

Skoda to supply Bratislava trams

Transport leader in the Slovak capital, Bratislava, have rubber stamped a 39 million euro order for 15 bidirectional trams. Škoda Transportation will build the new...

Being selective

Whatever the rights and wrongs of rail privatisation in the UK, no one can deny that, in the period since it happened, the number of passengers being carried has significantly increased. Whilst a very welcome trend, it brings its own set of challenges as the increased ridership has to be managed by greater capacity in [...]

Virgin Trains to the rescue for stranded WSMR passengers

Virgin Trains has today confirmed that it will carry passengers who will be left stranded by the cancellation of all train services by open...

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Take a tour of San Francisco’s new Chinatown underground station

Twelve stories below street level, workers have now begun installing a yellow waterproofing barrier to get the station ready for the project's December 2019 opening.

CRRC to invest $50m in New York subway train concept

CRRC has presented New York's public transport operator MTA with its vision for the subway train of the future.

Take a look around Eurostar’s new terminal at Amsterdam station

Work is still taking place in the lounge but Global Rail News was given a sneak peek ahead of the service launch in April.

CCTV footage taken moments before Milan train crash released

The video shows the train travelling through Pioltello-Limito station on its way to Porta Garibaldi, with sparks flying as at least one carriage scrapes a platform edge.

9 terrifying near misses at level crossings

Level crossing safety is no joke.

Dublin opens new 5.9km light rail extension

The Luas Cross City line features 13 new stops and extends the Green line to the Red line. 
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High Speed Rail

Study launched for Bordeaux Saint Jean station upgrade

The study will scope the requirements and costs for new border control and security facilities to allow passengers to travel directly to London St Pancras without the need to change trains.

Renfe to operate Texas Bullet Train

Renfe runs 5,000 trains daily on 7,500 miles of track. In 2017 it moved more than 487 million passengers and 19.6 million tons of freight.

Velaro Novo: Siemens’ new approach to high-speed travel

Intended to be lighter and more efficient than its predecessors, the longer cars will, as standard, be coupled into seven-car formations, eliminating both the weight and maintenance requirements of a pair of bogies.

High-speed railway opens between Hong Kong and China

The start of services on the Hong Kong section means that passengers from Hong Kong are now able to connect to 44 mainland destinations using more than 25,000km of high-speed railways.

Operations

Gian Paolo Gotelli to head up TX Logistik

Rail logistics group TX Logistik has appointed Gian Paolo Gotelli as its new CEO. TX Logistik, which was founded in...

West Midlands Trains pens contract for converted London Underground trains

The two-car trains, which are converted London Underground D78 Stock, will be used on London Northwestern Railway services between Bedford and Bletchley from December.

Final section of Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link ready for launch

Once the Hong Kong section is opened the country will be linked to China's network of some 25,000km of high-speed lines. 
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New Emirates-Trenitalia partnership a “pivotal step” towards better plane-train travel

Airline Emirates has signed a new codeshare agreement with Italy's national operator Trenitalia to allow customers to travel onwards to some of Italy's most picturesque locations using one ticket.

Russian Railways organises free transport for World Cup football fans

Free long-distance trains will run on 31 routes and make 734 trips, according to Russian Railways.

TransPennine Express’ first Class 802 arrives in the UK

The train’s voyage saw it cross the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and pass through the Panama Canal.

Brightline looks to replicate model in other US regions

The announcement comes less than six months after Brightline's first service was launched between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida, and weeks after the service was extended to Miami.

Infrastructure

Re-doubling Aberdeen to Inverurie – halfway there

David Shirres reviews the completion of the first phase of the Aberdeen to Inverness improvement programme.

Rastatt one-year on: Changes and further challenges

In a statement, a spokesperson for Europe’s leading rail freight organisations said: "Never again must the closure of a small stretch of railway line lead to such chaos and wide-reaching economic damage."

Upgrading the continental connection

A landmark ERTMS announcement has recently emerged concerning the London to Paris and Brussels high-speed routes through the Channel Tunnel.

Official Elizabeth line opening pushed back to autumn 2019

Chief executive Simon Wright said more time is needed to complete testing on the central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood.