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Avanti West Coast trains ‘coast’ through a damaged section of the railway to keep trains running

When overhead wires were damaged on the West Coast main line recently, it could have meant that trains would be cancelled until repairs could be affected. However, by arrangement with Network Rail,...

Avanti West Coast joins Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme

Avanti West Coast is the latest train operator to partner with the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme. This allows customers with hidden disabilities to obtain lanyards, wristbands or wallet cards with a recognisable sunflower logo, which they can...

Avanti West Coast elects Lizzie Power to be its first ever employee director

Train operator Avanti West Coast has elected its first employee director, who will take on the role of representing colleagues in the boardroom. Lizzie Power, a Euston-based train manager who began her railway career...

Avanti West Coast staff bolster policing teams during COVID-19 crisis

To help with the Covid-19 crisis, some Avanti West Coast staff have swapped their day jobs to take on the role of special constables to bolster policing teams. Customer service assistants Alistair...

Avanti’s Pride flag is 265 metres long!

Avanti West Coast has launched the UK’s first fully wrapped Pride train, which was entirely staffed by an LGBTQ+ crew for its first official service on Tuesday 25 August. Avanti West Coast...

New chair for rail industry’s West Midlands Supervisory Board and Grand Rail Collaboration

Alex Warner has been appointed as chair of the Grand Rail Collaboration (GRC), a West Midlands rail industry group committed to boosting train reliability and passenger satisfaction. He takes over from West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, whose...

Hitachi Rail celebrates five years of building trains in the UK

Hitachi Rail has now been building trains in the North East for five years, as Thursday 3 September marked the five-year anniversary of the official opening its state-of-the-art train manufacturing factory in Newton Aycliffe.

Cake and cookies at Coventry

An initiative that aims to encourage people back to the railway with welcome gifts, including cakes and cookies, is receiving support from Avanti West Coast. “Coventry Acts of Kindness”, organised by the...

Longer Platform 3 for Wigan

Platform 3 at Wigan station is being extended so it will take four-carriage trains, so train operator Northern can provide extra capacity for passengers and move more trains in and out of its newly built £46...

Electronic scarecrow installed at Longsight depot

Network Rail has installed a solar-powered scarecrow that mimics the calls of a hawk to ward off birds causing delays to passengers travelling between Manchester and London Euston. Recently, large numbers of...

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First apprentices for new Siemens train factory begin training at Selby College

The first 12 apprentices to be employed by Siemens Mobility for its planned rail facility in Goole,...

Alstom signs agreement to purchase Bombardier Transportation

The takeover of Bombardier Transportation by Alstom moved closer as Alstom announced that it signed the sale and purchase agreement with Bombardier...

£216.2 million contract awarded for East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade

The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade is to power forward into its second phase to enhance the East Coast...

Edinburgh-Glasgow line, shut by flooding, to reopen 21 September

The line between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk, which was partially washed away near Polmont when the Union Canal burst its banks...

Bodies excavated from Euston to clear space for HS2 to be reburied at Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey.

Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey has been chosen for the site of reburials for those exhumed during excavations at St James’s Gardens in...