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Transport Select Committee chair Lilian Greenwood visits KeTech

Transport Select Committee chair Lilian Greenwood visits KeTech

29 March 2019KeTech had the pleasure of welcoming Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South and Chair of the Transport Select Committee to their Nottingham site last Friday. Greenwood has spent the past nine years as the chair of the Transport Select Committe...

Network Rail to spend £42bn on railway improvements to ‘restore public trust’

Network Rail to spend £42bn on railway improvements to ‘restore public trust’

28 March 2019Network Rail is to spend £42bn on the railway over the next five years in a bid to improve poor punctuality in “the biggest modernisation of our rail network in over a century.” The arm’s length body has published detailed...

‘Unacceptable’: Northern’s extra half-hourly trains from Cheshire to Manchester delayed for second time

‘Unacceptable’: Northern’s extra half-hourly trains from Cheshire to Manchester delayed for second time

27 March 2019The introduction of two additional train services between Cheshire and Manchester every hour has been postponed for the second time, according to the DfT. Northern promised half-hourly train services on the Mid-Cheshire Line in its bid for the fr...

Transport secretary threatens ScotRail with franchise termination if it misses improvement targets

Transport secretary threatens ScotRail with franchise termination if it misses improvement targets

27 March 2019The Scottish transport secretary has warned ScotRail could be stripped of its franchise if it fails to meet the targets of its remedial plan as the operator’s managing director tells MSPs that services could get worse. Under-fire train oper...

WMCA approves £450m funding for ‘game-changing’ Midlands Metro extension

WMCA approves £450m funding for ‘game-changing’ Midlands Metro extension

27 March 2019Funding for a “trailblazing” metro rail link linking Dudley with Birmingham and Wolverhampton has been given final approval by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Work will start later this year on the £450m scheme afte...

GTR replaces UK’s oldest electric fleet with new £240m Class 717 trains

GTR replaces UK’s oldest electric fleet with new £240m Class 717 trains

26 March 2019A new £240m fleet of Class 717 trains has been entered into service by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to replace the UK’s oldest electric rail fleet. GTR has deployed the first two of its new Class 717 rolling stock from Siemens, with...

TfL agrees £1bn sale and leaseback of new Crossrail trains to rail consortium

TfL agrees £1bn sale and leaseback of new Crossrail trains to rail consortium

26 March 2019TfL has completed a £1bn deal to sell and lease back new Crossrail-bound Class 345 trains, releasing the capital to reinvest into London’s transport network. The trains will be sold to the 345 Rail Leasing Consortium under a 20-year &...

Government indicates support for Crossrail to Ebbsfleet extension with £5m feasibility funding

Government indicates support for Crossrail to Ebbsfleet extension with £5m feasibility funding

26 March 2019The government has indicated it is open to an extension of the delayed Crossrail project to Ebbsfleet, with £5m committed to help fund preparations for the new route in a  “landmark moment” for Bexley and north west Kent. I...

ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

25 March 2019Under-fire train operator ScotRail has unveiled an £18m remedial plan to recruit more staff and bring in additional high-speed trains in response to the government’s improvement demands last month. Transport Scotland issued ScotRail w...

Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

25 March 2019Network Rail has launched a consultation on a multi-million long-term redevelopment plan for Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. With annual passengers expected to double to nearly 50 million, Waverley Station is set to undergo a major renovation...

Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22 March 2019A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastructure. The new proposed development, led by Translink, is set to replace the Great Victoria Street trai...

FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22 March 2019FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new London-to-Edinburgh rail link. FirstGroup said it had secured the rights to a new “open-access&rdqu...

Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

21 March 2019The government will look “very carefully” at a £218m funding bid for a new railway station in Chelmsford, Theresa May has said. Essex County Council has bid for £218m from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund...

New plans for major improvements to York station submitted in ‘long-overdue masterplan’

New plans for major improvements to York station submitted in ‘long-overdue masterplan’

21 March 2019Plans to make major changes to York railway station have been submitted in a “long-overdue” masterplan. The £23.5m proposals will see the layout and chaotic entrance of York Central completely reorganised, and the removal of the...

Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

20 March 2019Kier has appointed Andrew Davies as its new chief executive, two months after the building contractor ousted Hayden Mursell on the back of debt issues. Davies had been appointed to lead the British outsourcing giant Carillion, but it became solve...

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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 >