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First Group-Trenitalia JV pulls out of East Midlands franchise bidding

The joint venture - 70 per cent First Group, 30 per cent Trenitalia - has pulled out to focus on its bid for the West Coast Partnership franchise, according to a spokesperson.

British train operator FirstGroup rejects buyout bid

British rail operator FirstGroup has rejected a takeover bid from US equity firm Apollo Management.

Major disruption to train services in France as three months of rail strikes begin

April 3, or "Black Tuesday" as French media have labelled it, marked the start of three months of rolling nationwide strikes, which will see SNCF staff strike two days in every five until June 28.

GWR announces plans to replace Class 332s as it takes over Heathrow Express service

Great Western Railway (GWR) is to take over the operation of the Heathrow Express rail service later this year.

Renfe and NTV approved to bid for British rail franchises

Spain's national rail operator, Renfe, and the Italian open access operator NTV have received the necessary paperwork from the UK's Department for Transport (DfT) to bid for future passenger rail franchises.

Virgin Trains given contract extension for West Coast franchise

UK transport secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed that Virgin Trains has been given a short, direct award for the West Coast franchise.

Bidders shortlisted for East Midlands franchise

Abellio, Arriva, Stagecoach and a FirstGroup/Trenitalia joint venture have been shortlisted for the new East Midlands rail franchise.

Alstom to join Stagecoach’s Southeastern franchise bid

Stagecoach has announced that Alstom is to become part of its bid for the new Southeastern franchise.

Chris Grayling says Stagecoach ‘got its sums wrong’ as he prepares to terminate East Coast franchise early

The situation on the UK's East Coast franchise has become "much more urgent" as Virgin Trains East Coast is set to run out of money and will only continue for a matter of "a very small number of months".

First look at Greater Anglia’s new Stadler carriages

Greater Anglia has released the first pictures of its new Stadler carriages. The trains are the first off the production line and have been transported from Stadler's factory in Hungary to Bussnang, Switzerland. They will now be fitted with seats, lighting and...
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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

New train protection system for Irish Rail

Above - CPC commercial manager John Mogridge and Egis systems integration lead François Pignard looking at the in-cab display for the...

Stuart Calvert to be new Digital Railway head

Stuart Calvert, director of programme technical services and supply chain at Network Rail’s Group Digital Railway (GDR), has been announced as its new managing...