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Thameslink Programme projects celebrate double success

Thameslink Programme projects celebrate double success

27.09.19: Success for two projects, who make up part of the £7bn Thameslink Programme, who have been shortlisted for Exceptional Achievement Awards (EEA) by CEEQUAL. The celebrated projects are the Bermondsey Dive Under, competing in the Ecolog...

Developing the future of UK infrastructure invested in Southampton

Developing the future of UK infrastructure invested in Southampton

27.09.19: The University of Southampton officially unveils the National Infrastructure Laboratory on its Boldrewood Innovation campus today. The opening of the centre, by chief executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, will see the Southampton’...

‘Local hero’ recognised for his work with homeless in Blackpool

‘Local hero’ recognised for his work with homeless in Blackpool

17.09.19: Chris Conway, a Network Rail signaller, was awarded for his contribution to tackling homelessness last night at an awards ceremony in Blackpool. The event saw 125 ‘Local Heroes’ from around the seaside town celebrated for their...

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...

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Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

14/10/2019Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia have given support to the Rail Delivery Group, who are co-ordinating an industry wide campaign this week (14-20 October) to encour... more >
Transport secretary approves Northampton rail depot plans

14/10/2019Transport secretary approves Northampton rail depot plans

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has given the green light to plans submitted for the Northampton Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange, a h... more >
‘Quick-thinking’ ScotRail employee nominated for lifesaver award

10/10/2019‘Quick-thinking’ ScotRail employee nominated for lifesaver award

Today (October 10), on World Mental Health Day, a ScotRail employee has been nominated for a top award after his rapid response to noticing and h... 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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >