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Invensys Rail joins WCML power supply upgrade

Invensys Rail joins WCML power supply upgrade

13.03.13: Invensys Rail has been awarded a contract by ABB in support of Network Rail’s £115m Power Supply Upgrade on the West Coast Main Line. The contract covers Phase 3B of the overall project and includes the design, supply and factor...

Balfour Beatty sells European rail arm

Balfour Beatty sells European rail arm

07.03.13: Balfour Beatty is to sell its mainland European rail business, following a fall in profits. The company reported a 70% fall in pre-tax profits to £75m. The UK construction industry remains tough and construction revenue is expected to...

Crossrail contracts worth £5.5bn boost jobs and economy

Crossrail contracts worth £5.5bn boost jobs and economy

04.03.13: Nearly six in ten businesses in Crossrail’s supply chain are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) it has announced this morning, as it highlights that it has already awarded contracts worth more than £5.5bn, creating jobs and bu...

Funding innovation

Funding innovation

28.02.13: RTM talks to Technology Strategy Board lead technologist for the rail sector, Richard Kemp-Harper, about its decision to launch a second innovation competition. From 2011-12, the Technology Strategy Board and RSSB ran the ‘Acceleratin...

‘Pure construction alliance’ to deliver Stafford project

‘Pure construction alliance’ to deliver Stafford project

26.02.13: Network Rail and three of its top contractors are forming a unique ‘pure construction alliance’ to deliver the £250m Stafford Area Improvement Programme (SAIP) on the West Coast Main Line. Network Rail, Atkins, Laing O&rsq...

Suppliers sought for Borders Railway contract

Suppliers sought for Borders Railway contract

25.02.13: BAM Nuttall is searching for local contractors to work on its £220m Borders Railway contract, awarded last year. A ‘meet the buyer’ event will be hosted this Wednesday (27 February) at the National Mining Museum in Newtong...

Whitehorn appointed Transport Systems Catapult chair

Whitehorn appointed Transport Systems Catapult chair

22.02.13: The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has appointed Will Whitehorn as chairman of the new Transport Systems Catapult. The Catapult is a technology and innovation centre set up by the TSB to focus on efficient and sustainable ways to move peop...

RDG appoints Graham Smith as director-general

RDG appoints Graham Smith as director-general

20.02.13: Graham Smith has been appointed the director-general of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). The announcement came as the group was formalised as a company limited by guarantee on February 18. FirstGroup’s Tim O’Toole has been appoint...

Technical specifications for IEP published

Technical specifications for IEP published

20.02.13: The Government has published the technical specification and contracts for the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) with Hitachi’s Agility Trains consortium. The £4.5bn deal was finalised last July and the new trains will replace t...

Howard Smith joining Crossrail from TfL London Rail

Howard Smith joining Crossrail from TfL London Rail

18.02.13: Howard Smith, chief operating officer at TfL London Rail and a member of RTM’s editorial board, is to join Crossrail next month as its new operations director. Smith – widely credited as a driving force behind the success of the...

UK operator to run two German regional rail services

UK operator to run two German regional rail services

08.02.13: National Express has won two contracts to run regional rail services in Germany, in a first for a UK transport company. The services will cover the North Rhine-Westphalia area and will run for 15 years from December 2015. The contract is ex...

TfGM appoints new Metrolink director

TfGM appoints new Metrolink director

29.01.13: Peter Cushing has been appointed as the new Metrolink Director, TfGM has announced. Cushing will succeed Philip Purdy, who is returning to Australia for family reasons, from February 4. Cushing’s was operations director at Centra...

LOROL appoints Peter Austin as MD

LOROL appoints Peter Austin as MD

23.01.13: Peter Austin has been appointed managing director of London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL), its joint shareholders Arriva and MTR have announced. Austin is currently finance director and begins his new role with immediate effect...

Edinburgh Tram project contracts Parkeon Transit

Edinburgh Tram project contracts Parkeon Transit

16.01.13: Parkeon Transit has been awarded a contract to provide ticketing for the Edinburgh Tram project, as part of the overall £742m budget. The contract includes the supply and maintenance of Galexio-Plus ticket machines, Axio platform vali...

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...

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Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23/08/2019Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public co... more >
Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23/08/2019Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldershot, in Hampshire. Ar... more >
Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23/08/2019Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to be... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >