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Longer trains for Southern passengers

Longer trains for Southern passengers

24 June 2014

West London Line rail users are benefiting from longer services thanks to the introducton of 40 new carriages and platform lengthening at several key stations.

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More Ecofrets on the way for British freight operators

More Ecofrets on the way for British freight operators

24 June 2014.

After the recent announcement that GB Railfreight is to order VTG's Ecofret design, Freightliner has returned for a follow on order of wagons, which it calls the Shortliner.

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Government awards WCML direct award deal to Virgin

Government awards WCML direct award deal to Virgin

22 June 2014.

Virgin Trains and the Department for Transport announce that the future promises better journeys for passengers on the West Coast Main Line after a new contract was signed that will bring £35 million worth of  benefits, including 5500 extra standard-class seats per day.

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Direct Blackpool and Huddersfield to London rail services to begin in 2017/18

Direct Blackpool and Huddersfield to London rail services to begin in 2017/18

15 June 2014.

Open access operator GNWR, a subsidiary of Alliance Rail Holdings, and Network Rail has agreed a plan to commence two direct trains on the WCML serving Blackpool as well as Huddersfield, Leeds and Manchester Victoria, using a new build of 'Pendolino' trainsets.

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First freight operator to use new Doncaster North Chord is FLHH

First freight operator to use new Doncaster North Chord is FLHH

5 June 2014.

Freightliner Heavy Haul Limited was the first rail freight operator to utilise the new Doncaster North Chord for commercial service when it opened for use on June 1.

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Caledonian Sleeper joins Serco family

Caledonian Sleeper joins Serco family

28 May 2014.

The international service company Serco has won the new Caledonian Sleeper rail franchise, which will run for 15 years from April 2015, and promises new trains 'emblematic of the best of Scotland' to be built by Spanish manufacturer CAF.

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New TSGN franchise awarded to Go-Ahead/Keolis partnership

New TSGN franchise awarded to Go-Ahead/Keolis partnership

23 May 2014.

Three new train fleets and 10,000 additional morning peak seats into London have been promised by the new managers of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise.

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Additional 1000 seats announced by EMT for Le Tour

Additional 1000 seats announced by EMT for Le Tour

21 May 2014.

The Tour de France visits East Anglia and Northern England for three days in early July and East Midlands Trains has revealed its plans for extra and extended services to cater for the additional traffic.

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FCC shows off refreshed Class 365

FCC shows off refreshed Class 365

21 May 2014.

The Great Northern commuter operator has released images showing the work undertaken on its fleet of 'Networker' trains as part of a £31 million programme of upgrades.

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RDG: Rail freight saves money and provides numerous benefits

19 May 2014.

The Rail Delivery Group – formed in 2011 to provide leadership to Britain's rail industry – has found that rail freight alone adds £1.5 billion every year to UK economic growth.

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