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Britain’s rail companies have published a joint investment report for 2020. In it, they have committed to more than 1,000 additional services per week and to introducing 1,000 extra carriages. The total investment in running and improving the British railway in 2020 will be around 20 billion GBP (23.2 billion euros | 25.9 billion USD).
The original rail industry plan was published in 2017. Since then, 2,500 new carriages have already entered service with more than 4,000 additional weekly services. Since that time, train operating companies have made further commitments. As a result, there will be more than 11,300 extra trains per week by the mid-2020s. This is equivalent to an overall increase of nearly 10 percent.
In addition, operators will introduce 8,000 new carriages over the same period. Previous plans had set a figure of 7,000. This effectively will replace more than half of the country’s oldest trains.
“People want a better railway and we are investing in a long-term plan to make that happen. Next year, our passengers and the communities that rely on rail can expect more trains to more places and new carriages with more seats and better wifi. Those improvements will drive economic growth, increase productivity and help set Britain up for success in the long term.”
This new investment plan is published in anticipation of the publication of the independently-led Williams review. The rail industry together made a submission to the review, suggesting proposals to reorganise the railway, increase accountability and make the fares system easier. Boris Johnson meanwhile has suggested doing away with the franchising model.
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Spanish train manufacturer Talgo has established Talgo UK with Jon Veitch as its new MD. It aims to build an 'all Britain' supply chain.
Network Rail and Arup have published a report entitled Tomorrow's Living Station to investigate how Britain's stations might evolve.
The first Stadler train for Merseyrail has been transported to Germany where it will undergo dynamic testing before entering service in 2020.
Matt Byrne is the new president for the UK region of Bombardier Transportation and the Chair of Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd.
CAF has won a contract to supply 21 Urbos 3 trams for Birmingham. Just like the city's existing Urbos fleet, they can run without catenaries.
An in-brief look at current rail policy in Europe and the United Kingdom issued by the European Commission, the BAV and more.
One major complaint of rail passengers in Wales has been capacity. In response, TfW is introducing 6500 extra spaces per week from December.
UK rail franchise operator GTR has completed a 5-year transformation programme that has seen the introduction of 1,500 new carriages.
The NCHSR rebrands to reflect its broader remit. It will now be known as the National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure.
The Mayor of Manchester has published his vision for rail for the city, to double passenger numbers to 200,000 by 2040 and other goals.
The Rail Delivery Group has published proposals for rail fare reforms following the largest-ever passenger survey in the country.
Following a successful six-month trial ScotRail is now rolling out the use of GSM-R to give passengers more detailed real-time information.
The Northern refurbishment works are now two thirds complete. As part of its franchise agreement Northern is refurbishing 243 trains.
Eurotunnel is one of the eight freight carriers chosen by the UK government to be a preferred carrier of vital goods following Brexit.
The British rail regulator, the ORR, has implemented a new measure to record train punctuality: the 'On Time' punctuality measure.
Transport for Wales has published its Station Improvement Vision stating that it will invest £194 in modernising all 247 stations in Wales.
Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA joint venture wins construction management contract for HS2's Old Oak Common station worth 1 billion GBP.
ScotRail amongst other organisations are engaging passengers in conversations about mental health issues on trains and in stations.
A giant animatronic red hare and a steel band were the star attractions as Greater Anglia launched their brand-new Stadler trains.
One week after the cancellation of the new South Eastern franchise, DfT has awarded First Trenitalia with the West Coast Partnership.
Northern continues its fleet roll-out with the introduction of new trains for Blackpool starting 9 September, running services to Liverpool.
The UK government has launched the Oakervee Review into HS2 to determine whether and how the high-speed line should proceed.
Operating as East Midlands Railway, Abellio has taken over the East Midlands franchise, which it will run for eight years, until 2027.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 33: all the latest rail news, including rolling stock and signalling contracts and station technology.
Northern has introduced an additional 15 CAF Civity diesel trains on its network as part of its programme to replace its Pacer train fleet.
HS2 has received approval on their plans for Euston's 'sugar cube'. The structure will house a substation, electrical equipment and more.
First-Trenitalia are awarded the West Coast Partnership. The operator will take over services on the West Coast Main Line in December 2019.
Given the DfT's policy that all trains must meet accessibilty requirements by 1 January 2020, Northern Pacer trains are being retired.
HS2 will trial augmented reality training for its staff for Old Oak Common, which will serve both HS2 and the Elizabeth Line once built.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 31: Alstom supply 10 additonal Coradia trains to various French regions, launch the Citadis and more.
Abellio UK, franchisee of East Midlands Railway (EMR), invests £400 million in new Hitachi trains for East Midlands Railway.
New Accessible Travel Policy Guidance sets out commitments for operators to help older and disabled people to travel by rail.
One of the new Greater Anglia intercity electric multiple units manufactured by Stadler has successfully completed a daylight test run.
UK: Rail Minister Andrew Jones has reaffirmed the government's commitment to zero-emission technology for greener rail journeys.
Network Rail’s Eastern Region managing director has appointed several Route Directors who will make up a new senior management team.
On the 16 July 2019 HS2 revealed the designs for its new automated people mover (APM). The APM will link Birmingham interchange station...
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 29: Stadler celebrate the roll-out of the new KISS train and supply 80 TRAMLINK trams to Milan.
Investments are paying off says UK rail infrastructure manager Network Rail, with new seats and services benefitting millions of passengers.
The first of the 27 Class 175 DMUs manufactured by Alstom between 1999 and 2001 has been upgraded and has re-entered passenger service.
Transport for Wales is hiring: it is creating 60 new jobs as part of its 5 billion GBP investment that focuses on the South Wales Metro.
Rail sector diversity: 3-year report on diversity in transport by the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce finds strong progress.
Network Rail will invest 70 million GBP in a new task force to improve track worker safety, following two fatalities earlier this month.
UK: The Department for Transport has announced it will make 150 million GBP available for vital upgrades to Gatwick Airport station.
The UK government has agreed to contribute 11 million GBP in funding towards the new Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration.
The first Bombardier Aventra train for Greater Anglia has started testing, for performance and safety, and will enter service later this year.
Vivarail's Class 320 battery train and fast charging system have won the 2019 Rail Industry Innovation Award in the Environment category.
First nine trains for Northern will enter service on 1 July. These are from a total order of 101 trains with CAF, a mix of EMUs and DMUs.
For International Women in Engineering Day 2019, we look at the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) talk given by Mark Lomas from HS2.
CAF has been awarded a contract by TfL for 43 new driverless metro trains to operate on the DLR. The first trains will enter service in 2023.
The ORR has issued its approval for the new 24 4-car Stadler bi-mode multiple units, which will enter service for Greater Anglia this summer.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 23: Alstom, Bombardier/Hitachi and Siemens mobility release their proposed train designs for HS2.
Siemens Mobility joins Alstom and Bombardier-Hitachi in submitting a bid to design and manufacture the high-speed trains for HS2 in the UK.
Bombardier and Hitachi have unveiled the first image of their proposed HS2 train design. They will submit their bid to HS2 Ltd today.
Alstom has unveiled its design for the HS2 trains. HS2 is the new high-speed railway line for the UK. HS2 Ltd will award the contract in 2020.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 22: Alstom delivers the first MP16 metro train and begins production of locomotives in Kazakhstan.
Network Rail has run a worksite in South Wales that was 97 percent diesel-free, demonstrating the viability of solar technologies.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 21: Alstom wins a contract for 27 fuel cell trains and installs its incremental train control system.
The House of Lords EU Committee has published its report "Brexit: road, rail and maritime transport". What are the key findings for rail?
British Steel, a major supplier to the rail industry, has gone into liquidation following Brexit-related financial trouble.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 20: highlights of Railtex 2019 with Siemens showcasing its Velaro Novo and Alstom its hydrogen Breeze.
To become more passenger-oriented, Network Rail is devolving responsibilities and has created new regional managing directors.
Network Rail has announced the winners of contracts worth £800 million. The companies will provide rail haulage and seasonal services in CP6.
Creating more diversity and equality in rail is vital in order to meet the skills shortage and bring about more resilient businesses.
The first Hitachi Azuma trains have entered service on the East Coast Main Line between London and Leeds for franchise operator LNER.
One of the highlights of the Siemens Mobility stand at Railtex 2019 is the model of its new high-speed train, the Velaro Novo.
Railtex Day 3 highlights: a talk on hydrogen power in rail to move away from diesel, as well as a talk about Labour's plans for rail.
Alstom is presenting its to-scale model of its Breeze hydrogen train at Railtex. Mike Muldoon will also give a talk on the technology.
Railtex has been running since 1993, and since the very beginning RIA has been involved as an important partner.
Railtex Day 2: find out about all the events in the Seminar Theatre, the Knowledge Hub and the Future Focus Conference at a glance.
Railtex Day 1 kicks off today with the opening ceremony at 10:30am, though doors open to the NEC, Birmingham at 10am. See 400+ exhibitors.
Vivarail has announced a long-term partnership with Arcola Energy to develop a hydrogen train for the UK following the success of its D-Train.
Network Rail has awarded the final contracts for upgrades and construction works at Crossrail stations. The works should be complete by 2020.
The Railway-News Industry Insider Week 18 with all the rail news from 29 Apr to 3 May, including the new 'explosion-proof' train for Tel Aviv.
The CCC has published its Net Zero report, outlining how the UK can help stop climate change by 2050. We look at the tranport aspect.
We have just published our Railtex magazine 2019. One of the biggest rail shows in the UK, Railtex will take place in Birmingham 14–16 May.
The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has proposed changing its name to reflect the wider remit of its training activities.
A direct rail link between London and Bordeaux by 2022, reducing journey times to 5 hours between the cites, is becoming increasingly likely.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 17: a summary of the global rail news, including new rolling stock orders from Hungary and Canada.
Following criticism because of lengthy delays, Crossrail Ltd has published its plans to get back on track with the Elizabeth line in London.
Railtex 2019, the complete showcase of railway equipment, systems and services, is now less than one month away, and professionals from...
Plans for the Siemens rail manufacturing facility in Goole are progressing well with the outline planning application now submitted.
The Railway-News Industry Insider week 16: Stadler presents its new Capricorn train and wins locomotive contract in Finland.
The Chief Executive of Transport for the North (TfN) visited Hitachi Rail as part of TfN's vision for the future of the North's economy.
The Railway-News Industry Insider Week 15, with all the week's rail news, including problems with the ICE 4 and new trains for South Africa.
The Siemens Bogie Service Centre in the UK has reached a milestone: it has overhauled its 100th Eurostar bogie within 4 months of opening.
Global railway news summary: our Industry Insider week 14, with rail news from Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and the UK.
The Rail Minister Andrew Jones MP has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for Railtex, the international exhibition of railway equipment...
In the Industry Insider Week 13: Deutsche Bahn considers sale options for DB Arriva and Stadler wins its biggest vehicle order to date.
Deutsche Bahn is looking at options for a DB Arriva sale. The UK-based passenger transport company was fully acquired by DB in 2010.
The Industry Insider week 12 featuring all the must-read rail news stories from 18–22 March, including the Eurotunnel shuttle refurbishment.
In order to release funds of up to 1 billion GBP, TfL has entered a deal with Rail Leasing to sell and lease back its Class 345 fleet.
The CP6 Launch Event to mark the start of Network Rail's 2019–2024 funding period, was held in Liverpool on 14 March and attended by 200+ industry members.
Eurotunnel has awarded Bombardier a contract to refurbish 9 of its PAX shuttles as part of its 2018–2026 mid-life refurbishment programme.
Britain's first full-sized hydrogen train is to star at Rail Live, which opens at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre (QRTC) on June 19. The ‘HydroFLEX’...
Vivarail has successfully demonstrated its fast charging system for its battery-powered D-train. This, with its battery bank, make it a versatile product.
After announcing its preferred bidders for the South of England and Scotland, Network Rail has now announced its preferred bidders for Central England.
In this week's Railway-News Industry Insider: Alstom wins signalling upgrade contract in Boston, and Switzerland to reduce price of using rail network.
Siemens UK has published its Gender Pay Gap report for 2018, which has found that the median pay gap between men and women is almost 20 percent.
Colas Rail celebrates International Women's Day. Men are key to achieving equality between the sexes. Colas Rail men explain why the IWD matters to them.
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