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ABB consortium awarded £145m rail network upgrade contract

ABB consortium awarded £145m rail network upgrade contract

18.03.14: Network Rail has awarded ABB and its consortium partner UK Power Networks (UKPN) Services a £145m contract to upgrade one of Britain’s oldest and busiest railways, providing better connections between major towns and cities across so...

Design decisions for New Street Station ‘all wrong’

Design decisions for New Street Station ‘all wrong’

14.03.14: Network Rail project managers on the £600m Birmingham New Street Station redevelopment have been attacked by one of its ex-architects for “making design decisions unilaterally and without proper analysis”. Architect Alejan...

Innovation in rail

Innovation in rail

14.03.14: Dr Paul Allen, assistant director of the Institute of Railway Research at the University of Huddersfield, talks to RTM about the newly-launched Centre for Innovation in Rail. A new centre at the University of Huddersfield is set to develop...

Why knowing your suppliers’ suppliers is so critical

Why knowing your suppliers’ suppliers is so critical

14.03.14: Annette Gevaert, Director of Rail and Transport at Achilles, discusses buyer attitudes to supplier risk and corporate reputation.  What visibility do you have of your supply chain beyond the first tier? What risks are rail industry buye...

Students to battle it out in locomotive competition

Students to battle it out in locomotive competition

11.03.14: Five teams of students, apprentices and graduate engineers from across England will compete against each other to design and manufacture the best, most efficient and quietest small-scale locomotive. This year’s Institution of Mechanic...

FutureRailway launches electrification competition

FutureRailway launches electrification competition

10.03.14: FutureRailway has launched a new competition aimed at innovators and engineers who think they can help improve pantograph capability. Electric trains that can run at faster speeds when in multiple could improve both train performance and ne...

Carillion and Buckingham JV wins £87m East West Rail contract

Carillion and Buckingham JV wins £87m East West Rail contract

10.03.14: A joint venture between Carillion and Buckingham Group Contracting has won the £87m contract for the railway upgrade between London Marylebone and Oxford. The works – which form part of the western section ofEast West Rail&ndash...

Civil frameworks awarded for CP5

Civil frameworks awarded for CP5

21.02.14: Network Rail has awarded £300m civils framework agreements for the next five years. The zero-value contracts will cover civil examinations across the entire network, apart from the London North Western route, which will use in-house t...

UKRIA is ‘fantastic showcase’ for industry

UKRIA is ‘fantastic showcase’ for industry

21.02.14: The inaugural UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) celebrated the best of the industry last night, as hundreds of influential professionals came together to raise a total of £89,796.35 to support the next generation of the rail workforce. ...

BS11000 collaborative working accreditation for Thales and Siemens

BS11000 collaborative working accreditation for Thales and Siemens

06.02.14: Thales and Siemens Rail Automation have achieved BS11000 certification for their five-year partnership. The collaboration focused on five areas: engagement, capability, continual improvement, business management and leadership. Enhanced col...

NDS fleet haulage services awarded

NDS fleet haulage services awarded

06.02.14: Five suppliers have been awarded contracts to provide haulage for Network Rail’s National Delivery Service (NDS). DB Schenker, Freightliner Heavy Haul, GBRf, Direct Rail Services and Colas Rail will provide locomotives and drivers for...

£90m haulage contract for Colas Rail

£90m haulage contract for Colas Rail

31.01.14: Network Rail and Colas Rail have signed a £90m freight haulage contract. Colas Rail will provide haulage for daily network services and passenger services, mainly for the Western and Southern regions. Services to the Eastern and North...

Another senior Network Rail director to leave the company

Another senior Network Rail director to leave the company

31.01.14: Finance and commercial director of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects (IP), David McLoughlin, is to leave the company. He has been appointed chief executive at Spencer Rail Group in Hull, although Network Rail has not yet commented on his...

ScotRail awards DAS-EM contract

ScotRail awards DAS-EM contract

31.01.14: TTG Transportation Technology has been awarded the contract to provide an integrated driver advisory and energy metering (DAS-EM) system for ScotRail. The system will be fitted to the Class 334 EMU fleet to optimise driver performance and t...

EGIP major contracts awarded

EGIP major contracts awarded

27.01.14: Morgan Sindall and Costain have been awarded contracts to work on the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Project (EGIP). Working with Network Rail, they will help to electrify the Falkirk Line in a £5m deal. This will also include route cl...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendati... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

19/07/2019TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19/07/2019Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... 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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >