Track construction work in Berlin, New Hampshire. Credit: NHHS Rail.

Train operators awarded $45m contract to run Connecticut-Massachusetts service

The operator of a new commuter train service in New Hampshire, that is due to open in 2018, has been appointed.
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UK Department for Transport to extend East Midlands rail franchise until August 2019

East Midlands Trains will now run services on the UK's East Midlands franchise until at least August 2019 after the Department for Transport took up an option to extend the contract for another year.

Start of new West Midlands franchise delayed

London Midland has received an extension to continue operating its West Midlands franchise services until at least December 2017, the company has announced. The Department for Transport (DfT) had been due to announce the winner...

Arriva Trains Wales invests in bi-mode Class 319s

The Welsh Government and Arriva Trains Wales are investing in five Class 319 Flex bi-mode trains. Due to arrive next year, the four-car trains will be leased from Porterbrook thanks to £1.9 million from the...

Bidders shortlisted for West Coast Partnership and South Eastern franchises

The UK's Department for Transport (DfT) has published bidder shortlists for both the West Coast Partnership (WCP), which will incorporate the first HS2 services, and future South Eastern franchise agreements. The WCP will replace the...
An Aventra train. Credit: First Group.

FirstGroup and MTR place £895m order with Bombardier for new South Western trains

New South Western franchise operators FirstGroup and MTR have signed an £895 million contract with Bombardier for the supply and maintenance of 90 new Aventra trains. The new trains, which will be supplied in five...
Credit: Locomore.

‘Impeding new blood can only lead to sector failure’ – ALLRAIL calls for change...

Locomore’s recent insolvency is a reminder of the difficulties facing new train operating companies. That is the message from ALLRAIL, an association which represents non-incumbent freight operators and open access passenger operators. Locomore was a crowdfunded...

FirstGroup and MTR awarded South Western franchise

First MTR South Western Trains has beaten the incumbent operator, Stagecoach, to the new South West Trains franchise. The new contract, which runs for seven years from August 2017, promises to add tens of thousands...

Shortlist for new East Midlands franchise published

Arriva, Stagecoach and First Trenitalia have been shortlisted for the new East Midlands rail franchise. In 2015, the end date of the current franchise agreement with Stagecoach was extended from October 18 that year to...

Trenitalia to acquire Britain’s c2c

National Express has announced an agreement in principle to sell c2c to Italy's state-owned rail operator, Trenitalia. C2c, which was awarded a new 15-year contract for the Essex Thameside franchise in 2014, will become Trenitalia's first...

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