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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19.02.19: Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot’s planned closure in parliament. A delegation of Unite representatives and some of the dep...

Scheme to double train capacity on West Norfolk line awarded funding

Scheme to double train capacity on West Norfolk line awarded funding

15.02.19: The capacity on West Norfolk’s trains is set to double after funding for an extension of trains running between Lynn and Cambridge has been given government approval. Political and business leaders have been calling for eight-coach tr...

Battered Dawlish rail line gets £80m for new protective sea wall

Battered Dawlish rail line gets £80m for new protective sea wall

15.02.19: A new taller sea wall is to be built at Dawlish as the DfT announced that up to £80m is being made available to build it – five years on from the storms which wreaked havoc on the rail line. Around £40m was spent by Networ...

New TfW director appointed for north Wales

New TfW director appointed for north Wales

14.02.19: Transport for Wales (TfW) has appointed Lee Robinson as its new development director for north Wales. Robinson will lead the business unit in the north of Wales as it supports the delivery of the new franchise and several major schemes in t...

TfL awards £220m contract to Balfour Beatty for tube track renewals

TfL awards £220m contract to Balfour Beatty for tube track renewals

14.02.19: Balfour Beatty has won a £220m contract from TfL to carry out track renewals on the London Underground. The four-year contract encompasses all aspects of track renewals including track, points and crossings, and trackside drainage acr...

Stagecoach secures East Midlands Trains franchise extension with DfT until August

Stagecoach secures East Midlands Trains franchise extension with DfT until August

12.02.19: Stagecoach has reached a new agreement with the DfT to continue running East Midlands Trains for at least another five months. With the current East Midlands Trains franchise due to end at the beginning of March, Stagecoach will now run the...

Decision due on Edinburgh tram extension as cost rises to £207m

Decision due on Edinburgh tram extension as cost rises to £207m

12.02.19: The business case for extending Edinburgh’s tram network in a £196m project has entered its final stage, with councillors in the Scottish capital scrutinising the case ahead of a decision next month. Originally estimated to cost...

HS2 unveils construction teams for major Euston and Old Oak Common station builds

HS2 unveils construction teams for major Euston and Old Oak Common station builds

06.02.19: HS2 has revealed the construction teams awarded contracts to deliver the London Euston terminus and the super-hub Old Oak Common station. In deals worth £2.56bn that are expected to bring up to 4,000 jobs to the UK, the construction p...

Strikes suspended as Northern and RMT reach an agreement in bitter guards dispute

Strikes suspended as Northern and RMT reach an agreement in bitter guards dispute

06.02.19: Northern Rail and the RMT have reached a “major breakthrough” in their long-running dispute over guards on trains, bringing an end to nearly two years of industrial action and 47 separate days of strikes. The union confirmed it...

Siemens-Alstom merger blocked by EU Commission in landmark decision

Siemens-Alstom merger blocked by EU Commission in landmark decision

06.02.19: The EU Commission has officially blocked a merger between Siemens and Alstom, stating that the companies “were not willing to address our serious competition concerns.” Despite months of negotiations and both the French and Germ...

Glasgow Airport rail link plans could be ditched for rapid shuttle pod system

Glasgow Airport rail link plans could be ditched for rapid shuttle pod system

31.01.19: A long-awaited rail link to Glasgow Airport could be ditched in favour of a shuttle pod system between the airport and Paisley. Instead of a full tram-train rail link, a ‘personal rapid transit’ shuttle pod system such as the on...

Network Rail unveils winners of 10-year contracts for £5bn rail system upgrades

Network Rail unveils winners of 10-year contracts for £5bn rail system upgrades

30.01.19: Network Rail has announced its preferred bidders to deliver track and rail system upgrades over the next 10 years in the south of England and in Scotland, worth an estimated £5bn. The contracts, initially five years with the option to...

Operator revealed for flagship rail freight interchange in the East Midlands

Operator revealed for flagship rail freight interchange in the East Midlands

29.01.19: Maritime Transport has been named by Sergo as the operator of a new flagship rail freight interchange in the East Midlands ahead of its construction by the end of 2019. The company has signed a 25-year lease with Maritime Transport to...

Alstom and Siemens backtrack and submit new concessions for rail merger ahead of European Commission vote

Alstom and Siemens backtrack and submit new concessions for rail merger ahead of European Commission vote

28.01.19: Alstom and Siemens have offered new concessions to try to satisfy antitrust demands from the European Commission over their plans to merge and create a European rail champion, forcing Margrethe Vestager to reassess the merger at the last minute....

Rail freight deal unveiled by DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport

Rail freight deal unveiled by DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport

28.01.19: DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport have agreed to launch a joint intermodal division and contract out work to each other in bid to increase rail freight capacity and competition in the intermodal market. The deal will see DB Cargo contracte...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >