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EDF Energy to supply electricity to Network Rail

EDF Energy to supply electricity to Network Rail

11.01.13: Network Rail has awarded EDF Energy a ten-year contract for the supply of electricity to power the rail network. EDF Energy will supply around 3.2TWh of electricity a year, and has pledged to ensure 100% of it is ‘matched’ by lo...

A call to fully engage

A call to fully engage

01.01.13: Annette Gevaert, director, rail and transport at Achilles, explains more about Link-up Engage. In spring 2013 Achilles Link-up, the UK rail industry’s supplier registration and qualifi cation scheme, will make an important transition...

Engaging the Tier 2s

Engaging the Tier 2s

01.01.13: Network Rail held the latest in its series of conferences with key players in the supply chain on December 7 at its Westwood centre in Coventry. The Tier 2 Supplier Conference explored a number of burning issues, including the Fair Payment Chart...

Hitachi announces TRE acquisition

Hitachi announces TRE acquisition

20.12.12: Hitachi Europe Ltd has bought The Railway Engineering Company Ltd (TRE) in a £25.5m deal expected to be completed by the end of the month. TRE supplies traffic operators’ training and assessment simulators, as well as automatic...

Commercial close on Thameslink deal expected this week

Commercial close on Thameslink deal expected this week

17.12.12: Any remaining chances of Bombardier winning the £1.4bn Thameslink rolling stock contract back from Siemens have taken a knock, as the German company and the DfT prepare to reach commercial close, probably this week. In October, the De...

Borders Railway contract awarded to Bam Nuttall

Borders Railway contract awarded to Bam Nuttall

13.12.12: Bam Nuttall has been awarded a £220m contract for the design and construction of the Borders Railway. Network Rail is delivering the project on behalf of the Scottish Government, and it is due to open in 2015. The project will re-esta...

David Tonkin named RIA chairman

David Tonkin named RIA chairman

30.11.12: David Tonkin has been appointed the chairman for the Railway Industry Association (RIA). He will lead the organisation’s council, formed of senior representatives of member companies, and direct the activities of the association. ...

Siemens buys Invensys rail division for £1.74bn

Siemens buys Invensys rail division for £1.74bn

29.11.12: Invensys has sold its rail business to its competitor Siemens for £1.74bn. The shock sale came after a failed takeover earlier this year by Emerson Electric. Siemens and Invensys have been working together recently to provide signalli...

Morgan Sindall wins £20m North Doncaster Chord project

Morgan Sindall wins £20m North Doncaster Chord project

20.11.12: Network Rail has awarded Morgan Sindall a £20m contract as part of the North Doncaster Chord project, to remove a freight bottleneck from the East Coast Main Line (ECML). The work will be carried out by a new alliance of Network Rail...

Network Rail Consulting appoints Keith Ludeman

Network Rail Consulting appoints Keith Ludeman

16.11.12: Keith Ludeman has been appointed as a non-executive director of Network Rail Consulting. Ludeman most recently worked as the chief executive of Go-Ahead Group, from 2006-2011, and has also served as a non-executive director of Network Rail....

NDS-Plant to be sold to TXM-Plant

NDS-Plant to be sold to TXM-Plant

06.11.12: The sale of Network Rail’s heavy plant business is due to be completed this week. Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd is to complete the sale of NDS-Plant to TXM-Plant, it has announced. The sale will see the transfer of all associated as...

Transport Scotland transfers Borders to Network Rail

Transport Scotland transfers Borders to Network Rail

06.11.12: An agreement on the transfer of responsibility for the Borders railway deal is due to be signed today. At a ceremony in Newtongrange, Midlothian, Scotland’s transport secretary Keith Brown will officially hand over the project from Tr...

Railtex 2013 announces keynote speaker

Railtex 2013 announces keynote speaker

05.11.12: Network Rail chairman professor Richard Parry-Jones CBE has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at Railtex 2013. It will take place on the second day of the major rail infrastructure show at London’s Earls Court. Professor Parry...

DfT ‘considering alternatives’ to Siemens over Thameslink

DfT ‘considering alternatives’ to Siemens over Thameslink

31.10.12: Doubts have been raised over the controversial Thameslink rolling stock contract, with transport minister Simon Burns indicating that alternatives to Siemens were being considered in case financial close cannot be achieved. Steve Scrimshaw...

New senior team for Hitachi Rail Europe

New senior team for Hitachi Rail Europe

24.10.12: Hitachi has announced a range of new appointments to its senior management team, to meet the challenges of the Intercity Express Programme contract. Chiaki Ueda, former chairman of Hitachi Rail Europe, is retiring. His replacement, Alistair...

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

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastruct... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve performance. The Rai... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new Lond... 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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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >