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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...

Qbuzz wins Dutch regional bus and rail concession

Qbuzz, a subsidiary of Italian state-owned rail operator Trenitalia, is to operate the regional railway line between Geldermalsen and Dordrecht in South Holland.

Hitachi begins work on new TransPennine Express trains

Hitachi has announced that work has begun on TransPennine Express' new fleet of intercity trains.

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.

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Irish Rail helping Ireland to reduce carbon footprint

Over 50 of the largest companies in Ireland are signatories to Business in the Community Ireland’s Low Carbon Pledge.

Crucial coastal viaduct on Cumbrian Coast line to receive major investment

A multi-million-pound project to improve Eskmeals viaduct, which carries the railway over the River Esk estuary near Ravenglass in Cumbria, will start...

LNER partners with O2 to improve mobile coverage north of Newcastle

To boost mobile phone coverage along a 45-mile stretch of the East Coast route between Newcastle and Edinburgh, London North Eastern Railway...