All TransPennine Express articles

  • Three Hitachi-built electro-diesel trainsets of Class 800 and 802 meet at Plymouth.
    Rail Business UK

    Fatigue and stress led to Hitachi train cracks, finds ORR

    2021-09-10T15:00:00Z

    UK: Both fatigue and stress corrosion led to the cracks that resulted in Hitachi-built Class 80x trainsets and Class 385 EMUs being withdrawn from service earlier this year, according to an interim review released by the Office of Rail & Road.

  • TransPennine Express Class 185 DMU (Photo: Siemens Mobility)
    Rail Business UK

    Digital upgrade for Siemens Mobility’s Class 185 DMU fleet

    2021-09-09T10:00:00Z

    UK: The 51 Class 185 diesel multiple-units which TransPennine Express leases from Eversholt Rail are to be equipped with Siemens Mobility’s Railigent cloud-based reporting tools, which are expected to improve reliability significantly while reducing overall maintenance and whole-life costs. The cloud-based digital tools will enable the ...

  • Class 68 & Nova 3 set Scarborough
    Rail Business UK

    TransPennine Express pauses overnight servicing at Scarborough depot

    2021-09-08T10:00:00Z

    UK: TransPennine Express has ceased the overnight servicing of its Nova 3 push-pull trainsets at Scarborough depot, following repeated complaints from nearby residents about the noise created by the Class 68 locomotives. People living near the £7m facility which opened in 2019, were particularly concerned about ...

  • TransPennine Express 802201 at Lamburton (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Additional Edinburgh – Newcastle services from December 2021 timetable

    2021-09-07T11:00:00Z

    UK: TransPennine Express has signed an agreement with Transport Scotland and the Rail North Partnership which will see it operate five services each way per day between Edinburgh and Newcastle from the December 2021 timetable change. The trains will serve Edinburgh Waverley, Dunbar, Reston, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth, ...

  • TransPennine Express Nova 3 Class 68 (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Trans-Pennine electrification hopes rise

    2021-07-06T11:18:00Z

    UK: Industry sources report that there is now ‘every chance’ of the entire trans-Pennine route between Manchester and Leeds being electrified, rather than only the western portion as far as Stalybridge and then east from Huddersfield to Leeds. Passenger and freight operators are understood to be ...

  • Passenger using a mobile phone.
    Rail Business UK

    Passenger information lessons learned from the cracking crisis

    2021-07-02T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road has released a review into the impact on passengers from the emergency withdrawal of all Class 80x Hitachi trains and the way the crisis was subsequently handled by operators Great Western Railway, LNER, TransPennine Express and Hull Trains. ...

  • TransPennine Express accepts final Nova 3 at Manchester__ International Depot
    Rail Business UK

    TransPennine Express mulls fleet strategy as final CAF trainset accepted

    2021-06-25T05:24:00Z

    UK: TransPennine Express held a ceremony at the Manchester International Depot in Longsight on June 16 to celebrate acceptance of the final train under its fleet renewal programme. The last train to arrive is one of the 13 CAF MkVa push-pull inter-city trainsets, branded Nova 3 by the operator.

  • TransPennine Express 802201 at Lamburton (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    East Coast Main Line changes in planned May 2022 timetable

    2021-06-15T05:00:00Z

    UK: LNER and TransPennine Express have begun public consultation over plans to change timetables and service patterns on the East Coast Main Line from the May 2022 timetable. LNER says its proposed new timetable ‘builds on over a decade of planning and investment’ in Azuma trains ...

  • The Office of Rail & Road is undertaking a review to understand the lessons the industry can learn from the discovery of cracks on Hitachi Rail AT200 (Class 385) and AT300 (classes 800, 801 and 802) trainsets during May.
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Lessons learned’ review of Hitachi train crack issue

    2021-06-09T15:34:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road is undertaking a review to understand the lessons the industry can learn from the discovery of cracks on Hitachi Rail AT200 (Class 385) and AT300 (classes 800, 801 and 802) trainsets during May. ORR said it would ...

  • One of TPEs new Express Help Points
    Rail Business UK

    New way to get in touch from station help points

    2021-06-07T05:00:00Z

    UK: TransPennine Express is testing Everdelta station help points, which have a QR code which customers can scan with a mobile phone to obtain a link which enables them to connect with staff to obtain information or assistance. The service is currently being trialled at ...

  • gb Transpennine Express Class 185 between Stalybridge and Huddersfield (Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Rail needs to be ‘relevant and wanted’ in an era of changed travel demand

    2021-05-28T06:00:00Z

    UK: ‘How we go about our daily lives and conduct our businesses has changed for a lot of people’, said Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail business at the TransPennine Express RE-Connect 2021 conference. Before the coronavirus ‘we were seeing customer numbers at ...

  • TransPennine Express train (Photo: Tony Miles).
    Rail Business UK

    FirstGroup agrees National Rail Contracts for SWR and TransPennine Express

    2021-05-24T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has finalised the first of the National Rail Contracts under which formerly franchised passenger services are to be operated over the next few years. The directly-awarded NRCs are envisaged as an interim step between the current Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements ...

  • Matthew Golton
    Rail Business UK

    Matthew Golton to lead TransPennine Express

    2021-05-21T10:52:00Z

    UK: FirstGroup has announced the appointment of Matthew Golton as Managing Director of TransPennine Express from June 1. He will take over from Acting Managing Director Liz Collins, who is retiring from her current full-time role and taking up a new part-time position as Finance ...

  • Hitachi is supplying GWR with trainsets under two contracts.
    Rail Business UK

    Class 80x recovery plan takes shape

    2021-05-13T08:00:00Z

    UK: Industry insiders report that progress is being made towards the reinstatement of some of the Class 80x Hitachi units currently out of service following the discovery of cracks ‘behind the lifting (jack) pocket bolster’.

  • FirstGroup has reached agreement with the Department for Transport on the fee payable for termination of the TransPennine Express franchise (Photo: Tony Miles).
    Rail Business UK

    FirstGroup agrees £6m termination fee for TransPennine Express

    2021-05-12T09:44:00Z

    UK: FirstGroup plc announced on May 11 that it had reached agreement with the Department for Transport on the fee payable for termination of the TransPennine Express franchise. The move is part of the process agreed with DfT as the Covid-19 pandemic saw operators moving ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ​Mass cancellations as Hitachi trains grounded by cracks

    2021-05-09T19:26:00Z

    UK: A significant number of train services were cancelled over the weekend of May 8-9 after cracks were discovered in electric and electro-diesel trains constructed by Hitachi Rail for several operators.

  • Passenger services began using Manchester’s Ordsall Chord on December 10 (Photo: Tony Miles).
    Rail Business UK

    DfT consults on options to decongest Manchester’s railways

    2021-01-14T16:48:00Z

    UK: A public consultation on options for a recast of services around Manchester to improve performance and reliability was announced by the Department for Transport and Transport for the North on January 14.

  • FirstGroup and the Department for Transport have reached agreement on the termination of the South Western Railway and West Coast Partnership franchise agreements
    Rail Business UK

    South Western and West Coast franchise termination payments agreed

    2020-12-10T11:21:00Z

    UK: FirstGroup and the Department for Transport have reached agreement on payments for the termination of the South Western Railway and West Coast Partnership franchise agreements, which were signed before the pandemic, and are negotiating new directly-awarded management contracts which would come into effect when the current ...

  • ·The government has announced the end of rail franchising, with Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps saying ‘the model of privatisation adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is
    Rail Business UK

    UK government announces the end of rail franchising

    2020-09-21T08:38:00Z

    UK:·The government has announced the end of rail franchising, with Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps saying ‘the model of privatisation adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is no longer working’.

  • EMT sets on Nor to Liv service
    Rail Business UK

    EMR set to retain Liverpool – Nottingham service

    2020-08-24T17:08:00Z

    Photos: Tony Miles UK: The Department for Transport has confirmed to East Midlands Railway that, for the time being at least, it is no longer planning to transfer the Liverpool Lime Street – Nottingham service to TransPennine Express from the December 2021 timetable change. This ...