Monthly Archives: January 2023

HS2 completes foundation work for UK’s longest railway bridge

The last of 292 concrete piles that will form the foundations for the UK’s longest railway bridge were installed this week at the site of HS2’s Colne Valley Viaduct, marking a successful end to the first phase of the record-breaking project. Once complete, the 2.1 miles (3.4km) bridge will carry the new high-speed rail line […]

Alstom wins contract for the mid-life modernisation of 34 metro trains in Copenhagen, Denmark

Alstom, global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, has been awarded a contract valued at circa 30 million euro with Metroselskabet for the mid-life fleet modernisation of the M1 and M2 metro trains in Copenhagen, Denmark. The programme includes renovations of 34 metros, which have been in operation for almost 20 years in the city.  […]

GWR to provide more than 60 trains for Wales’ opening Six Nations fixture

More than 60 Great Western Railway trains will serve Cardiff on Saturday for Wales’ Six Nations opener against Ireland, providing nearly 30,000 seats. The train operator expects to run a normal Saturday timetable following Friday’s industrial action, with 17 additional trains helping to get rugby fans to and from the Welsh capital. GWR will operate […]

Time-lapse and drone shots show Banbury train depot upgrade

New railway sidings have been opened on the Chiltern main line to keep passengers moving during construction of Britain’s new zero carbon, high-speed railway, HS2.  The first trains used the new tracks on Saturday (28 January) after a 6-month depot upgrade. Network Rail has today (Monday 30 January) released impressive time-lapse video of the new […]

ÖBB Rail Cargo Group achieves “B” rating in significant environmental ranking

“Carbon Disclosure Project” ranking upgrades RCG from C to B rating Improvement in one of the world’s most important ratings RCG is the sustainable logistics backbone of the European economy ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) significantly improved its environmental performance last year. As a result, the leading railway logistics company has now received a “B” […]

First brand new Transport for Wales trains unveiled

The first of Transport for Wales’ (TfW) brand new £800m fleet of trains was officially launched by Lesley Griffiths MS at a ceremony in North Wales yesterday (26 January). Built in Wales by leading train manufacturer CAF, the 77 (51 two-car and 26 three-car) new Class 197 trains will become the backbone of TfW’s services […]

New rail freight services successfully launched in Wilhelmshaven

TX Logistik AG has successfully launched its new hinterland connections between Wilhelmshaven and southern Germany. Since mid-January, the rail logistics company, which is part of Mercitalia Logistics, has been running one round trip per week between the Jade-Weser Port and the rail terminals in Nuremberg and Kornwestheim. Both routes are operated as direct connections and […]

£48 million of funding to transform Peterborough’s Station Quarter approved by Government

A total of £48 million is on its way to Peterborough, following a successful Levelling Up Fund bid for the first phase of regeneration of the area around Peterborough station – known as Station Quarter. Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority received the official confirmation from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing […]

HS2 launches fast-track employment scheme for unemployed Bucks and Northants residents

HS2’s construction partner, Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall (EKFB), is launching an employment scheme to help local people who are out of work develop new skills and progress into paid employment. The first training programme aims to upskill candidates ready for work on Britain’s new railway in just two weeks, and there are […]

Improving journeys with reliability-boosting track upgrade between Scarborough and Hull this month

Almost three miles of railway tracks are set to be upgraded this month in a £3.2million investment to bring smoother, on-time journeys for passengers travelling through Scarborough. Over four days, Network Rail engineers will remove the rails and wooden sleepers between Willerby Carr and Seamer, which haven’t had any major work for around 50 years, […]