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Why Europe’s busiest railway collapsed at Rastatt

Around lunchtime on Saturday 12 August, groundwater broke into one of two new high-speed rail tunnels under construction for German Railways (DB) just south of the German town of Rastatt, situated on the very busy Karlsruhe to Basel main line used by up to 200 freight and another 150+ passenger services daily – the busiest […]
A stock photo of Baku railway station. Credit: Andrii Zhezhera/Shutterstock.

A new gateway to China: Europe prepares for the launch of Baku–Tbilisi–Kars railway

A new rail corridor linking Azerbaijan to Turkey via Georgia is set to launch in September, establishing a new freight link between Europe and China.
A stock photo of a Shinkansen train. Credit: David Harding/Shutterstock.

Leaders prepare to pull the trigger on India’s bullet train

Work is to begin on India's first high-speed rail project - known as the Indian Bullet Train - thanks to financial and technical support from Japan.
Photo: Caron Badkin / Shutterstock.com

Midland Metro’s £149m extension to open in 2021

A 2km extension of Transport for West Midlands' Midland Metro has been given the go ahead in the UK.
The new tram extension in Tallinn. Credit: Raepress.

First fruits of Rail Baltica in Estonia

Estonia is celebrating the launch of a new tram line which will support the proposed Trans-European railway Rail Baltica.
Pennsylvania station. Credit: BravoKiloVideo/Shutterstock.

Network Rail and AECOM to review New York’s Penn station

The partnership will start work to assess the station immediately and will make recommendations to improve its design, functionality, communications and coordination.

Class act in the cavern

It was an unlikely venue for a chance meeting that would change popular music forever – the less than salubrious surroundings of a dingy nightclub beneath a Liverpool fruit warehouse. It was here of course, in the Cavern Club, that Brian Epstein, a local record-store owner and music columnist, first encountered The Beatles. The rest […]

UK ditches electrification plans in Wales, the Midlands and the North

The UK government has abandoned plans to electrify the railway between Cardiff and Swansea, the Midland Main Line north of Kettering and the line between Windermere and Oxenholme in favour of bi-mode, or 'alternative-fuel', trains.

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...
A CAF tram on the Midland Metro. Credit: Chris Jenner/Shutterstock.

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF to open train production plant in Wales

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF will open a train production plant in South Wales next year, the company has announced. Around 300 jobs will be created at the site near Newport when it opens in the autumn. Previously,...

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