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Sunday, May 31, 2020


Return of the Rail Partnership Awards

From state ownership under British Rail to its break-up into more than 100 privately owned companies and the transfer back of infrastructure to the arms-length public body Network Rail, the control of Britain’s railways has a long and well...

Eurostar’s first direct service to Amsterdam launched in London

The very first direct Eurostar service between London and Amsterdam departed earlier this morning following months of testing. A special preview service left London St Pancras at 08.31 this morning bound for the Dutch capital. Commercial service is due to start...

Testing of Saudi Arabia’s first high-speed railway reaches Mecca

The first test run has been completed between Jeddah and Mecca on Saudi Arabia's Haramain high-speed railway.

Hitachi rolls out first UK-built Class 385

Hitachi presented the first Class 385 for ScotRail to be built at its Newton Aycliffe plant during a ceremony earlier today.

Aberdeen launch for Scotland’s first HST

ScotRail has officially welcomed the first of its cascaded HSTs.

First look: Class 68 in TPE colours

TransPennine Express (TPE) has issued the first photo of one of its newly liveried Class 68 locomotives.

Class 707s enter service on Windsor routes

The first two Class 707s have entered passenger service on the Windsor routes - a few days before the franchise is handed over to First/MTR.

DB Cargo places 100-locomotive framework order with Siemens

DB Cargo has signed a framework agreement with Siemens worth a quarter of a billion euros for up to 100 new Vectron locomotives.

New Sydney tram unveiled

The first new Citadis X05 tram for Sydney has been delivered by Alstom. The French manufacturer is supplying 60 Citadis light rail vehicles (LRVs) to the city for its CBD and South East Light Rail network. The LRVs are designed to...

HS2 awards £6.6bn Phase One construction contracts

HS2 has awarded construction contracts worth £6.6 billion for the first phase of the high-speed line between London and Birmingham. Four of the nine contractors which bid for the seven construction packages have been successful. A breakdown of the winning bidders...

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Well-known public figures thank rail workers – and remind us all to ‘be safe, be patient, be kind’

A host of well-known politicians, sports stars and media personalities have said “thank you” to railway staff...

Transport for London to extend use of RISQS supplier qualification scheme

Transport for London (TfL) has extended its use of rail-industry body RSSB’s Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS), which will now be...

BTP praised for cracking down on County Lines gangs

Priti Patel MP, the Home Secretary, has praised the impact of a nationwide crackdown on county lines drug dealing by forces including...

First large HS2 structure starts to come together

Components for one of the first large structures to be built as part of the HS2 high-speed rail project have arrived on...

GTR staff cover over 800 miles for NHS

To raise cash for NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients, a group of railway workers has cycled, walked and jogged...