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Ambitious £10bn plans for Gatwick Heathrow HS4Air rail service rejected

Ambitious £10bn plans for Gatwick Heathrow HS4Air rail service rejected

04.01.19: Plans to build a new £10bn high-speed rail service connecting HS1 with HS2 via Gatwick and Heathrow airports have been rejected by the DfT. The ambitious plans would see passengers able to travel between Heathrow and Gatwick in under...

TfL awards £196m contract for Barking Riverside Overground extension

TfL awards £196m contract for Barking Riverside Overground extension

03.01.19: TfL has awarded a £196m contract to build a 4.5km rail extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside to a joint venture of Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure and VolkerFitzpatrick (MSVF). The overground extensi...

National competition regulators write to oppose Siemens-Alstom merger

National competition regulators write to oppose Siemens-Alstom merger

21.12.18: The UK’s competition watchdog has written to the EU Commission with the backing of several European regulators in a bid to halt the Siemens-Alstom merger unless the two companies make much bigger concessions. The Competition and Marke...

Network Rail announces winners of multibillion-pound CP6 contracts

Network Rail announces winners of multibillion-pound CP6 contracts

20.12.18: Network Rail has awarded one of its largest deals under CP6, with three companies winning multibillion-pound contracts for both renewals and enhancements for the south of England. The contracts, worth a collective £4.4bn, to deliver r...

Siemens and Alstom offer to sell high-speed train technology to address EU antitrust concerns

Siemens and Alstom offer to sell high-speed train technology to address EU antitrust concerns

18.12.18: Engineering giants Siemens and Alstom have offered to sell their high-speed train technology as part of a concession package to address EU antitrust objections over the proposed merger. The German and French train companies submitted their...

Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14.12.18: The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW), a role which will see the publicly-owned body assist with the deliv...

HS1 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

HS1 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14.12.18: Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1 and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with the goal of increasing prices and reducing competition in the drainage market. The Competition and Ma...

New chair and deputy nominated for Crossrail amidst further delays

New chair and deputy nominated for Crossrail amidst further delays

10.12.18: Tony Meggs has been nominated as the new chair of Crossrail, replacing Sir Terry Morgan as the head of the £15.4bn project. The news comes at a turbulent day for the scheme, with TfL announcing a £1.4bn bailout and pushing back...

Ex-Atkins chair made HS2 boss as Sir Terry Morgan resigns from two roles

Ex-Atkins chair made HS2 boss as Sir Terry Morgan resigns from two roles

06.12.18: Sir Terry Morgan has resigned as chairman of both HS2 and Crossrail, days after he revealed that he expected to be sacked this week. The government has announced that former Atkins chair Allan Cook will replace Morgan as the new chair of HS...

Spanish infrastructure group looking to sell Amey

Spanish infrastructure group looking to sell Amey

05.12.18: Spanish construction giant Ferrovial is looking to sell its UK subsidiary Amey. Ferrovial is putting its global support services division, which includes the Oxford-based Amey, up on the market. Investment bank Goldman Sachs has been appoin...

First CP6 contracts awarded by Network Rail in major £645m deal

First CP6 contracts awarded by Network Rail in major £645m deal

05.12.18: The first major contracts for CP6 have been awarded by Network Rail, worth a combined £645m. Story Contracting has been announced as the winner of ‘Lot 2,’ which covers renewals and enhancement work in Scotland and is wort...

May timetable crisis: GTR hit with government profit sanctions and told to spend £15m on improvements

May timetable crisis: GTR hit with government profit sanctions and told to spend £15m on improvements

04.12.18: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has been told that it must contribute £15m towards service improvements for passengers as the government announced that the TOC will be hit with sanctions, capping its profits for the remainder of its franchi...

Bombardier and Hitachi commit to high-speed rail learning programme if HS2 bid is successful

Bombardier and Hitachi commit to high-speed rail learning programme if HS2 bid is successful

30.11.18: Hitachi and Bombardier are to work closely together in developing a high-speed rail learning programme as part of their joint bid to build trains for HS2. The companies, meeting in Doncaster, say they’re discussing the development of...

Private sector deal ‘very close to fruition,’ industrial strategy minister says

Private sector deal ‘very close to fruition,’ industrial strategy minister says

28.11.18: The government’s private sector deal with the rail industry is “very close to fruition,” the industry strategy minister has said. Speaking at the Railway Industry Association parliamentary reception in Westminster last nig...

DfT denies ‘experimenting’ with new East Coast Partnership, promises better franchise bids assessment

DfT denies ‘experimenting’ with new East Coast Partnership, promises better franchise bids assessment

27.11.18: The DfT has defended its reportedly experimental plans for the refreshed East Coast Main Line franchise, arguing that its process for assessing bids is now “more robust” after a critical report into the failings that led to the colla...

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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 >