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‘Compelling case’ put forward for £4bn metro network for Cambridgeshire

‘Compelling case’ put forward for £4bn metro network for Cambridgeshire

20 March 2019There is a “compelling case” for a metro scheme for Greater Cambridge after a feasibility report has claimed it could create 100,000 jobs and 60,000 new homes, but could cost £4bn. The feasibility study was commissioned by the C...

RDG calls for new regulator to stop railway ‘being used as a political football’

RDG calls for new regulator to stop railway ‘being used as a political football’

19 March 2019The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has called for a new organisation to regulate the railway and replace the ORR in order to stop the railway “being used as a political football.” Responding to the government’s call for submissions t...

Plans revealed for major redevelopment of Birmingham Moor Street station

Plans revealed for major redevelopment of Birmingham Moor Street station

19 March 2019Birmingham Moor Street station it set to undergo a major transformation to prepare it for HS2 services at Curzon Street and growing passenger demand as new designs are unveiled. Moor Street could be expanded to double its current size and see ano...

Ashington Blyth and Tyne line reopening mulled over in six ‘quick win’ rail projects for northern transport

Ashington Blyth and Tyne line reopening mulled over in six ‘quick win’ rail projects for northern transport

18 March 2019A series of ‘quick wins’ have been identified to fix the “current crisis” in the north’s transport network in a report by the IPPR. Following the publication of Transport for the North’s (TfN) Strategic Transpo...

New Hitachi 385s to replace ScotRail’s ‘happy trains’

New Hitachi 385s to replace ScotRail’s ‘happy trains’

18 March 2019ScotRail has confirmed that it is withdrawing its Class 365 ‘happy trains’ fleet and replacing them with new Hitachi Class 385s. The train operator said the new Class 385s will be introduced on the newly electrified Central Belt, deli...

£200m Edinburgh tram extension given green light despite criticism for ‘arrogant’ plans of ‘unknown financial risk’

£200m Edinburgh tram extension given green light despite criticism for ‘arrogant’ plans of ‘unknown financial risk’

15 March 2019Councillors have rubber-stamped £207m plans to extend Edinburgh’s tram line from the city centre to Newhaven despite major criticism over the project’s rising costs and the disruptions it could cause. Edinburgh City Council vote...

Network Rail reveals winner of final track works contract worth £1.5bn

Network Rail reveals winner of final track works contract worth £1.5bn

14 March 2019Network Rail has announced Balfour Beatty as the preferred bidder to carry out track upgrades across central England for the next decade in a contract worth an estimated £1.5bn. The contract covers the delivery of a wide-ranging programme o...

New electric ‘very light rail’ vehicle planned for Coventry

New electric ‘very light rail’ vehicle planned for Coventry

14 March 2019Engineers have unveiled plans for a battery-powered, lightweight, ‘very light rail’ vehicle to operate in Coventry. A 3D simulation of the innovative light rail vehicle has been developed by engineers and researchers at WMG, Universit...

Liverpool mayor announces commission into new high-speed city centre rail station

Liverpool mayor announces commission into new high-speed city centre rail station

13 March 2019A commission to deliver a new station in Liverpool city centre to connect the region to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) has been unveiled by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Metro mayor Steve Rotherham announced the creation of th...

Rail Alliance and University of Birmingham announce union to ‘co-create the railway of the future’

Rail Alliance and University of Birmingham announce union to ‘co-create the railway of the future’

12 March 2019The Rail Alliance and the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) have announced a formal integration between the two organisations. The combined services of the two rail organisations will “set out a powerful new appro...

Mace and Dragados sign £1.3bn HS2 contract to construct Euston station

Mace and Dragados sign £1.3bn HS2 contract to construct Euston station

11 March 2019Mace and Dragados has signed a £1.3bn contract with HS2 over the construction of Euston station, ending speculation of a legal challenge from rival bidders who lost out on the contract. The announcement comes just over a month after HS2 rev...

SWR and Porterbrook trial new emission-slashing rail technology

SWR and Porterbrook trial new emission-slashing rail technology

08 March 2019Groundbreaking emission-reducing technology is to be fitted to South Western Railway (SWR) train units as part of a new trial aiming to cut down harmful emissions from diesel trains by 80%. Porterbrook is working in partnership with exhaust manuf...

West Midlands Rail Executive appoints executive director to deliver regional ‘rail renaissance’

West Midlands Rail Executive appoints executive director to deliver regional ‘rail renaissance’

08 March 2019West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) has announced the appointment of a new executive director. Malcolm Holmes will permanently lead the WMRE after filling the interim role for the last few years, and alongside this will also report to Transport f...

£50m plans for transport projects to support South Wales metro unveiled

£50m plans for transport projects to support South Wales metro unveiled

07 March 2019A £50m programme of local transport projects to support the South Wales Metro has been proposed. The Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal has produced the plans for the scheme in collaboration with the Welsh Government and Transport for W...

Local politicians ‘incensed’ after council decides not to back Chard Junction reopening

Local politicians ‘incensed’ after council decides not to back Chard Junction reopening

06 March 2019Campaigners and councillors have criticised their local authorities after they said they could back not back the reopening of Chard Junction railway station, likely ending a 30-year campaign. Surrey County Council (SCC) and South Somerset Distric...

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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 >