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Electrification opens up more Scotland – NW England services

11.03.11: Direct and frequent trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow to Liverpool and Manchester could be reintroduced thanks to the electrification project in the North West of England. The new services would re-establish a link cut in 2002, with Network...

Putting local real ale on the right tracks

08.05.09: A new Yorkshire real ale has been launched to celebrate the Penistone Line, one of the country’s most famous railway lines. The 37 mile long Penistone Line runs through picturesque scenery between Huddersfield and Sheffield. The Penis...

First Merseyrail Trials for Intelligent Wheel Flange Lubrication System on Network Rail Track

06.03.09: The first live trials of Intelligent Wheel Flange Lubrication (iWFL) on a Merseyrail 507 electric multiple unit will begin in March. The iWFL system has been developed by rail systems specialist Rowe Hankins of Bury. The trial was prompted...

Network Rail approval for TIPS printing system

20.11.08: HellermannTyton has been given the seal of approval from Network Rail for its thermal identification printing system (TIPS) product range. The TIPS system, appropriate markers (TIPTAGS) and printer ribbons have been awarded parts and docume...

Rail Door Solutions awarded RISAS certification

20.11.08: Rail Safety and Standards Board has announced that Halcrow Group Limited has approved Rail Door Solutions for door maintenance services under the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS). RISAS is a cross-industry scheme which prov...

Rail Door Solutions awarded RISAS certification

20.11.08: Rail Safety and Standards Board has announced that Halcrow Group Limited has approved Rail Door Solutions for door maintenance services under the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS). RISAS is a cross-industry scheme which prov...

Battery-powered wireless sensor from SPPS remotely monitors movement

16.07.08: SP Property Services (SPPS), one of the largest independent suppliers of crack and level monitoring services in the UK, now offers a battery-powered wireless sensor that remotely monitors movement of any structure. Already well-established...

For speed of application and quick turnaround, Zipcoat has it covered

16.07.08: Zipcoat from Corrocoat is a single coat, fast cure product which is already revolutionising the coating of steel structures across the globe. For many years, multi-coat systems (mainly epoxy-based) have been specified to protect steel bridg...

Avoiding the trap

13.11.07: For decades, the insertion of site workers hands inside the splices of heavy suspended rebar pile cages for the fitment of U bolts (“bulldogs”) has been common practice. Whilst the lower rebar cage may be securely attached to the pil...

Fone-Alarm Installations announce Network Rail type approval of telephone concen-trator

01.10.07: FAI has recently completed its first major order to supply Hawk Concentrator units. The Hawk is a compact, easily installed, and competitively priced concentrator that ranges from 4 lines to 60 lines with a single MMI panel, which can be either...

EAO makes TOCs tick

03.04.07: How refurbishment projects can reduce the performance pressures on train operators. It’s no surprise that Train Operating Companies are looking all the way down the supply chain to maximise reliability. The growing pressures of provid...

Powerful new 3M support for Community Rail partnerships

03.04.07: Providing a sustainable future for rural rail networks is at the heart of all Community Rail initiatives. In partnership with local authorities, train operators can achieve key Government objectives relating to the environment, economic developm...

Ashwood pumping station emergency work

01.01.07: It was August, and three failures due to turbidity had occurred at Ashwood, forcing emergency action to be taken. The turbidity was due to iron, but there was no iron in the boreholes or the contact tank they supplied. This meant that the s...

Does China have all the answers?

01.01.07: We live in an age of just in time deliveries. Whether it is in business or our personal lives, we must have it now with improved quality and performance. And looming ever larger is the China effect. Over the last five to ten years, Chinese...

Fibertex - approved geotextiles for line specification NR-SP-TRK-010

01.01.07: Correct design and maintenance of embankments and drainage systems is vital if the effects of increased rainfall and changes to soil conditions are to be minimised. Network Rail approved Fibertex geotextiles used under ballast in track work...

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West Midlands HS2 interchange station development granted up to £20m

18/09/2019West Midlands HS2 interchange station development granted up to £20m

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has agreed to fund up to £20m for a UK Central Hub in Solihull alongside the HS2 station develo... more >
‘Local hero’ recognised for his work with homeless in Blackpool

17/09/2019‘Local hero’ recognised for his work with homeless in Blackpool

Chris Conway, a Network Rail signaller, was awarded for his contribution to tackling homelessness last night at an awards ceremony in Blackpool. ... more >
Isle of Wight rail line receives £26m investment

17/09/2019Isle of Wight rail line receives £26m investment

Government has unveiled a £26m investment package into the Isle of Wight railway line, to help modernise and improve the line and its ... 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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >

rail industry focus

  • 11/09/2019The next generation of rail infrastructure

    How the rail industry delivers the next generation of complex infrastructure will rely heavily on the people tasked with leading the projects, and the...
  • 11/09/2019Putting passengers first

    How does the rail industry design the railways for the next 40 years, and when it does, how do we make sure it’s all done with the passenger in mind?...
  • 10/09/2019Cleaning up the railways

    Jim Knox, director of Gard Chemicals, explains how the company is helping the rail industry ensure they have the best cleaning and maintenance...
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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 >