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Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23.08.19: Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to benefit from a share of £817,000 through the Local Rail Development Fund (LRDF). The Scotti...

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick backs Midlands investment

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick backs Midlands investment

01.08.19: Having been named the new ministerial champion for the Midlands Engine, local government secretary Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed he will lead ambitious plans to boost prosperity across the Midlands. The Midlands plays an essential ro...

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

18.07.19: Unprecedented change and investment is coming to the Midlands, according to a number of high-profile rail leaders speaking at today’s first ever TCR Midlands conference in Birmingham today. With representatives from the West Midlands...

Story wins contract to build new station in County Durham

Story wins contract to build new station in County Durham

18.07.19: Story Contracting has won a contract to design and build a new railway station in Horden, County Durham. The new station, Horden Peterlee, aims to improve transport links in the east of the county, plans to open to passengers in the spring...

TfL announce new managing director of London Underground

TfL announce new managing director of London Underground

15.07.19: Transport for London (TfL) has announced Andy Lord as the new managing director of London Underground and TfL Engineering from November 2019. Mr Lord was previously Executive Vice President for Menzies Aviation, where he led on negotiating...

Worksop station wins award after £1.1m restoration

Worksop station wins award after £1.1m restoration

15.07.19: Worksop railway station has won a National Railway Heritage Award following a £1.1million investment to restore and preserve parts of the station. The Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award was given to the station following work c...

HS2 forced to rethink £435m Curzon Street station after bidding falls flat

HS2 forced to rethink £435m Curzon Street station after bidding falls flat

11.07.19: HS2 has been forced to cancel the current bidding process to construct the new Curzon Street station in Birmingham, and restart the process later this year. The rail body had hoped to attract at least four bidders for the contract, but a la...

Richard Branson calls rail franchising “a real mess”

Richard Branson calls rail franchising “a real mess”

11.07.19: The owner of Virgin Trains, Richard Branson, has claimed the railway franchising system is "a real mess" and is too constrictive against rail operators. After a dispute with the Department for Transport (DfT) over who should be responsible...

Sellafield director joins Crossrail independent advisory panel

Sellafield director joins Crossrail independent advisory panel

05.07.19: The supply chain director of Sellafield, the nuclear fuel processing and decommissioning site, Martin Chown, is joining the independent advisory at Crossrail. The government announced the appointment earlier today, saying that he will use h...

Network Rail award £2.6m drone repair contracts

Network Rail award £2.6m drone repair contracts

05.07.19: Network Rail has handed contracts totalling £2.6m to several firms to supply, maintain and repair its drones. The company has a fleet of 24 drones to assist maintenance teams in surveying the railways for repairs. Supplying the e...

Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

25.06.19: Grand Central will run a new route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020, the train operator announced today. The new InterCity services are expected to give a significant boost to the economy in the North West of England and London as...

Transport for Wales awards first ECI contracts for £700m South Wales Metro

Transport for Wales awards first ECI contracts for £700m South Wales Metro

25.06.19: Transport for Wales (TfW) has awarded three companies to begin preparatory works on the £738m South Wales Metro, the organisation announced today. Balfour Beatty, Alun Griffiths and Siemens are being tasked with building the Metro&rsq...

Leading Women in Rail campaigner Anna Delvecchio honoured with portrait plaque at London Transport Museum

Leading Women in Rail campaigner Anna Delvecchio honoured with portrait plaque at London Transport Museum

20.06.19: Anna Delvecchio, the Rail Sector Deal co-lead and Amey’s commercial account director, has received unique recognition from the Rail Supply Group with a portrait of her unveiled at the London Transport Museum. Sir Peter Hendy, chairman...

Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

20.06.19: RTM talks exclusively to one of the rising stars of the industry and Transport’s Woman of the Year 2018, Anna Delvecchio. Amey’s commercial account director, TransCityRail panellist and Rail Sector Deal co-lead, Delvec...

TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12.06.19: TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled to enter passenger service from 2023. CAF has been chosen to design, manufacture and supply the...

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Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23/08/2019Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public co... more >
Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23/08/2019Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldershot, in Hampshire. Ar... more >
Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23/08/2019Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to be... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >