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DfT awards East Midlands rail franchise to Abellio

DfT awards East Midlands rail franchise to Abellio

10 April 2019Abellio has won the next East Midlands rail franchise and will take over from Stagecoach in August 2019 until 2027. The DfT announced that the ScotRail operator has been named as the successful bidder “after they presented a strong, complia...

Glasgow Airport’s tram-train link is ‘dead’ with shuttle pod system preferred

Glasgow Airport’s tram-train link is ‘dead’ with shuttle pod system preferred

09 April 2019Plans for a direct tram-train link to Glasgow airport have been branded “dead” by the leader of the city council. Local politicians have been calling for a direct rail link between Glasgow city centre and its airport “as a matte...

Bristol’s MetroWest scheme receives final £32m funding from DfT

Bristol’s MetroWest scheme receives final £32m funding from DfT

09 April 2019The DfT has announced its backing for the MetroWest railway line between Portishead and Bristol after confirming the final £32m funding for the “nationally-significant” project. The Portishead branch line shut in 1964, but is no...

Hull Trains loans another high-speed train as it waits for arrival of new £60m Hitachi fleet

Hull Trains loans another high-speed train as it waits for arrival of new £60m Hitachi fleet

08 April 2019Hull Trains has agreed to loan another high-speed train as it tries to avoid service disruption before the arrival of its new £60m fleet in November. The train operator has loaned an additional intercity 125 HST from Great Western Railway (...

University buys land for ‘game-changing’ high-speed rail institute in Leeds

University buys land for ‘game-changing’ high-speed rail institute in Leeds

08 April 2019A 10-acre plot of land has been acquired by the University of Leeds in order to build a brand-new Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration which will be co-located with HS2 eastern leg’s rolling stock depot. Aire Valley Land, a...

Birmingham New Street becomes UK’s first 5G train station

Birmingham New Street becomes UK’s first 5G train station

08 April 2019A live trial of 5G has been launched at Birmingham New Street, making it the first train station to trial the “lightning-quick network tech” in the UK. The 5G cellular mobile communication technology will allow passengers to load web...

DfT’s £300m scheme to see disabled access at 73 railway stations improved

DfT’s £300m scheme to see disabled access at 73 railway stations improved

04 April 2019The DfT has announced a £300m investment to see disabled access improved at 73 UK rail stations. Lifts, adjustable ticket counters, and footbridges will be among the new measures announced by transport accessibility minister Nusrat Ghani to...

Wales and Border rail franchise in £200m deal for new metro fleet

Wales and Border rail franchise in £200m deal for new metro fleet

02 April 2019The Wales and Borders rail franchise has received £200m from the financial services giant Legal & General to provide new rolling stock on the south Wales Metro. The funding will see a new Wales and Borders rail fleet replace the current...

Network Rail buys up old Croydon sites in plans to fix Britain’s busiest railway bottleneck

Network Rail buys up old Croydon sites in plans to fix Britain’s busiest railway bottleneck

02 April 2019Network Rail has bought two old Royal Mail depots and Volkswagen sites next to East Croydon Station as part of its plans to “unblock the London-Brighton railway bottleneck at Croydon.” The purchase of the old Royal Mail building site...

HS2 workers win £1m in back pay after ‘underpayment scandal’

HS2 workers win £1m in back pay after ‘underpayment scandal’

02 April 2019A HS2 contractor has agreed to back pay over £1m to hundreds of its construction workers after Unite claimed they were being “systematically denied” their entitled holiday and agreed overtime pay. Last week it was reported that...

Network Rail unveils £2bn CP6 investment for Wales and Borders railway

Network Rail unveils £2bn CP6 investment for Wales and Borders railway

01 April 2019Plans for a £2bn investment over the next five years across the Wales and Borders have been published by Network Rail. This includes investing £176m on track renewals and refurbishments, £135m to improve signalling in west Wales...

Funding sign-off for first half of HS2 construction delayed by ministers

Funding sign-off for first half of HS2 construction delayed by ministers

01 April 2019Ministers have delayed signing off on the first half of funding for HS2 over concerns about the flagship rail project’s spiralling costs. A formal ‘notice to proceed’ on the major construction works for the first phase of the pr...

UK Government announces support for feasibility study into Borders Railway extension

UK Government announces support for feasibility study into Borders Railway extension

01 April 2019The UK Government has announced its backing for a feasibility study into an extension of the Borders Railway. The plans could see the 30-mile route between Edinburgh and Tweedbank extended a further 18 miles to Hawick, Newcastleton and Carlisle. ...

‘Absolutely scandalous’: union claims HS2 workers denied holiday and overtime pay

‘Absolutely scandalous’: union claims HS2 workers denied holiday and overtime pay

29 March 2019Hundreds of staff working on the London Euston station for HS2 are being “systematically denied” their entitled holiday and agreed overtime pay, according to Unite union. Unite said it had received multiple payslips from employees of...

Deutsche Bahn to offload rail and bus operator Arriva

Deutsche Bahn to offload rail and bus operator Arriva

29 March 2019Arriva, which runs UK rail franchises including Northern and the London Overground, is to be put up for sale by its owner Deutsche Bahn (DB). The German state rail operator, which has debts of more than €20bn, has begun exploring a sale or p...

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HS2 signs R&D agreement with leading UK rail researchers

14/08/2020HS2 signs R&D agreement with leading UK rail researchers

Today (14 Aug) HS2 Ltd have revealed that as part of its innovation programme they have signed a revolutionary agreement with leading railway res... more >
Network Rail promises direct action following Stonehaven derailment

13/08/2020Network Rail promises direct action following Stonehaven derailment

Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, has pledged to get to the bottom of the cause and put immediate additional safety measures in pla... more >
Coulsdon South station made more accessible for passengers

13/08/2020Coulsdon South station made more accessible for passengers

Construction of a new footbridge and lifts at Coulsdon South station has been completed by Network Rail, alongside the installation of platform e... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >