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PAC questions role of Office of Rail and Road. The Public Accounts Committee questioned the role of the ORR, with PAC member Nigel Mills asking ORR Chief Executive Richard Price why the regulator was needed.

EXCLUSIVE: Plans unveiled for £237m King’s Cross remodelling

King’s Cross is to partially close for three months in early 2020 to allow for major track remodelling and asset renewal, RAIL can exclusively reveal. Network Rail has confirmed that up to 50% of the UK’s ninth busiest station will be shut between January and March 2020, to complete the £237

UK's stored locomotives - Rail Magazine

On January 16 2013 there were 343 stored locomotives. Twelve months ago there were 389 stored, suggesting there are now 46 fewer stored locomotives. However, that is not strictly the case, because last year 29 of those locomotives were scrapped or preserved. Over the year a further 147 were stored

Timetable for withdrawal of Class 91s -

The first LNER Class 91s will be withdrawn from the end of July. It has been speculated that 91108/120/132 will be the first three withdrawn, followed by 91103 in August, with the process then starting again at the end of January. The final two (91105/109) would go on June 30 2020. LNER spokesman

Does Great Western Railway's Class 800 IET pass the test?

This feature appeared in RAIL 841, published on December 6-December 19 2017. It is available digitally on Android and iPad. Great Western Railway’s Intercity Express Programme Class 800s entered traffic on October 16, in a launch marred by technical failures - air-conditioning poured water on unsuspecting passengers on the first run from ...

The pros and cons of Driver Only Operation - Rail Magazine

There is perhaps an over-simplistic argument doing the rounds in the industry at present that Driver Only Operation (DOO) is simply about cost-cutting in an age of austerity - and a need for Britain’s passenger railway to provide value for money. There is a second argument in favour of retaining

Autumn start for TPE’s new locomotive-hauled Mk 5A stock

The first Class 68/Mk 5A trains for TransPennine Express will enter traffic this autumn, the operator confirmed on April 12. TPE unveiled the first set of five coaches at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic. Invited guests were able to sample the interiors of the CAF-built stock, and it will

VIDEO: Dawlish Sea Wall cab ride - Rail Magazine

On September 26 2014, RICHARD CLINNICK travelled in the cab of First Great Western 150243 as it worked an Exeter St David's-Penzance. This is the view of the iconic Brunel sea wall between Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth, filmed from the cab.

Off-lease fleets - Rail Magazine

Note: There is a pre-contracted and still-current option for VTEC to retain six ‘short rakes’ (each comprising 1x Class 91+6 Mk 4 coaches and one DVT) plus a spare Class 91, all to the end of the ICEC franchise. This would mean the number of off-lease IC225 elements could reduce to: 24 Class 91

Freightliner’s 50 years - Rail Magazine

While Dr Beeching is rarely remembered as a promoter of rail freight, one of the recommendations in his infamous 1963 report The Reshaping of British Railways was the setting up of a national network of liner trains, designed to replace the then archaic wagonload system. The Doctor envisaged a

Moorgate…the unresolved tragedy -

"As darkness came, there was a very loud noise, metal and glass breaking, no screams, all in the fraction of the second one takes to breathe in. It was all over in no time.” Javier Gonzalez was speaking to the BBC, after surviving the crash that claimed more lives on the Tube than any other single

Ballasted and non-ballasted track - Rail Magazine

A high proportion of existing high speed tracks have been constructed using ballast. Several such systems have now been in operation for many years, including ballasted high-speed tracks in Belgium (SNCB), France (SNCF), Germany (DB), China (MOR) and parts of the network in Japan (CJR/EJR/WJR). PROS

First Trenitalia to operate West Coast Partnership from ...

First Trenitalia has today (August 14) been announced as the successful bidder to operate the West Coast Partnership, set to provide passengers with new trains, more seats, simplified fares and more frequent services on the West Coast Main Line.

Past, present and future as Siemens and SWR open Northam ...

Siemens Mobility and South Western Railway are to host a free open day at Northam Traincare Depot on September 28. Members of the public will be able to learn more about the trains, sit in driver’s cabs, and walk underneath trains in the inspection pit. Bookings can be made at

Nottingham tram extension plan - Rail Magazine

A four-mile double-track extension of the Nottingham tram network from Phoenix Park to Kimberley and Giltbrook Retail Park “appears technically feasible to construct” at around £150 million, according to a report prepared for Broxtowe Borough Council and Nottingham City Council by Mott

More than 1,300 new coaches either stored or on test in UK

Sixteen different train types are represented in more than 1,300 new passenger vehicles that are undergoing various testing and commissioning in the UK, as manufacturers continue to deliver new trains to operators. The single biggest number is 423 Class 345 vehicles (47 nine-car sets). These

Discussions on Norwich-Liverpool route split continue

Uncertainty continues over plans to split the Norwich-Liverpool Lime Street service at Nottingham. When Abellio was confirmed as the new East Midlands franchise operator in April, Government announced that the route would be split at Nottingham, with trains from East Anglia to run to Derby from 2021

No decision yet on future use of East Midlands Railway HSTs

A firm decision has yet to be made regarding the use of High Speed Trains from the end of the year on the Midland Main Line. The current HST fleet (nine eight-car sets owned by Porterbrook and three six-car sets owned by Angel Trains) does not meet accessibility standards, and must be modified by the end of the year or withdrawn.

Older fleets cascaded or set for scrapping -

The arrival of new trains means the end of the line for some fleets, while others will be cascaded. North of the border, the introduction of Hitachi Class 385 electric multiple units has enabled ScotRail to start withdrawing Class 314s (five have been scrapped). All of the veteran EMUs, first

EXCLUSIVE: Off-lease High Speed Trains running out of time ...

Owners of off-lease High Speed Trains have warned that scrapping the iconic trains is a realistic proposition if new uses cannot be found for them. More than 200 Mk 3 coaches and 22 Class 43 power cars are currently off-lease, having been replaced on Great Western Railway by Intercity Express Trains

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Greater connectivity to boost productivity

This interview was published in RAIL 850 (published April 11-April 24 2017). April 1 was not only a significant date in the history of sub-national transport body Transport for the North (TfN), it was of equal importance for both Northern and TransPennine Express.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Testing TPE Mk 5As in the Czech Republic

This feature was published in RAIL 851 (April 25-May 8 2018). TransPennine Express is going back to the future with one of the three fleets of new trains it will introduce. Between now and the end of 2019, 44 new trains will enter traffic with TPE, serving Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Scarborough

Progress on new train fleets continues -

While many fleets are currently being delivered, construction is under way on even more new trains. Bombardier is building Aventras for South Western Railway (750 vehicles) and West Midlands Trains (333 vehicles), and will soon start work on 60 units for c2c. It has almost completed the final Class

ScotRail's ‘385s’ face further delay as new windscreens to ...

Hitachi has confirmed to RAIL that new windscreens are to be fitted to ScotRail’s new Class 385s, which are already late entering traffic because of infrastructure problems. The Japanese manufacturer is building 70 electric multiple units for SR. These were due to enter traffic last year, but

Fleet - Rail Magazine

No decision yet on future use of East Midlands Railway HSTs. The future of East Midlands Railway's HST fleet remains uncertain

New Greater Anglia Class 755 enters traffic.

Greater Anglia 755410 entered traffic today (July 29), the first of the operator’s £1.4 billion fleet of 169 new trains. The four-car bi-mode was built by Stadler in Poland, and is one of 24 Class 755/4s on order. Its first train was the 0747 Lowestoft-Norwich, replacing Class 37-hauled stock

23-day blockade for Wherry Lines resignalling

A 23-day blockade will be required next February to complete the Wherry Line resignalling scheme, which will be delivered nearly a year late. Network Rail is replacing the semaphore signalling on the Norwich-Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft routes. However, this should have been completed by March this year

Hitachi wins £400 million deal for East Midlands Railway ...

Thirty-three five-car bi-mode trains will be built by Hitachi for East Midlands Railway. The £400 million deal will be funded by Rock Rail, with the trains in traffic in 2022. They will replace the current High Speed Trains and Class 222s on the Midland Main Line. Although built as five-car trains

September 16 launch for Class 801 Azumas on London-Leeds route

Class 801/1 Azumas will make their passenger debut on September 16, when a pair is introduced on the London King’s Cross-Leeds route. From August 1 there were expected to be seven nine-car Class 800/1 Azumas in daily passenger traffic, the maximum available, LNER Managing Director David Horne told RAIL on July 31.