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Dinner at the Roundhouse resounding success

Dinner at the Roundhouse resounding success

12.10.12: Last night saw the annual black tie dinner held at the famous Derby Roundhouse, where industry professionals came together to share their successes and forge new connections. Held by Mainspring and headline sponsors Garrandale, the event wa...

Sellafield Ltd appoints Morgan Sindall and Arup

Sellafield Ltd appoints Morgan Sindall and Arup

12.10.12: A joint venture Morgan Sindall and Arup has been selected as the preferred delivery partner by Sellafield Ltd for a contract worth potentially £1.1bn. The JV will provide a range of essential infrastructure asset services to the Sella...

Six companies shortlisted to build 13 Crossrail stations

Six companies shortlisted to build 13 Crossrail stations

04.10.12: An invitation to tender has been issued for the design and construction of 13 stations on the western section of the Crossrail route. Network Rail has issued invitations to Morgan Sindall, Costain, Geoffrey Osborne, Vinci, Balfour Beatty an...

Six training providers rated 'outstanding' – NSARE conference

Six training providers rated 'outstanding' – NSARE conference

27.09.12: NSARE has revealed the results of the external inspections of 88 rail industry training providers and assessment providers this summer. The inspections were conducted by Tribal, whose inspectors have a high level of expertise in educational...

Crossrail awards £7m signalling contract

Crossrail awards £7m signalling contract

20.09.12: Network Rail has awarded the contract for over £7m signalling enabling works for Crossrail’s western section. Osborne has been appointed to cover the west outer signalling renewal, with civil’s works covering a 17 mile section...

Hitachi selects MTU to supply IEP engines

Hitachi selects MTU to supply IEP engines

20.09.12: MTU has been selected as the preferred supplier to design, develop and service 250 Powerpacks for the Hitachi’s IEP Super Express trains. The contract is worth over €200m, and MTU will supply Powerpacks with 700kW engines of the...

Further delays for Thameslink possible – RMT

Further delays for Thameslink possible – RMT

06.09.12: The Thameslink fleet contract could suffer yet more delays, according to the RMT. The RMT union says that the fact winning bidder Siemens is to pay the Greek government £262m in a settlement of bribery allegations around the Athens Ol...

Souter to move to chairman role at Stagecoach

Souter to move to chairman role at Stagecoach

23.08.12: Sir Brian Souter, chief executive of Stagecoach, is to step down from his role and become chairman of the company. He will be replaced by finance director Martin Griffiths from May. The move from chief executive to chair is against the corp...

Virgin offered WCML ‘deliverability’ – DfT scoring system

Virgin offered WCML ‘deliverability’ – DfT scoring system

17.08.12: Virgin Rail was assessed as the top bidder for ‘deliverability’ in the DfT scoring matrix for the WCML, reports today suggest, but lost out to FirstGroup on other measures, such as customer service and fleet delivery. The Telegr...

Industry reaction to FirstGroup West Coast win

Industry reaction to FirstGroup West Coast win

16.08.12: Passenger groups, MPs and unions have responded to the award of the West Coast franchise to FirstGroup over rival bidder Virgin Trains.  Whilst some have raised concerns over the operator’s ability to deliver such a high-value bi...

West Coast franchise awarded to FirstGroup

West Coast franchise awarded to FirstGroup

15.08.12: FirstGroup has been awarded the West Coast franchise, the Government has announced. Rival bidder Virgin Trains, which will lose its last UK rail contract, has warned that FirstGroup’s financially impressive bid is unachievable, and will le...

FirstGroup win could lead to rail fare increases

FirstGroup win could lead to rail fare increases

09.08.12: Train operator FirstGroup is set to win the west coast rail franchise, with a higher bid than competitor Virgin Rail, reports indicate.  This could lead to fare rises from 2020, insiders fear.  The Department for Transport ha...

Award for train cleaner who found family’s missing Games tickets

Award for train cleaner who found family’s missing Games tickets

07.08.12: A train cleaner at Liverpool Street station who volunteered to sort through its bins to find a family’s missing Olympics tickets has been given a ‘Champions’ award by Greater Anglia. The mother and son realised they had mi...

Thameslink contract sign-off delayed until autumn

Thameslink contract sign-off delayed until autumn

06.08.12: The Thameslink rolling stock deal will be subject to further delays, Siemens has admitted.  The £1.4bn deal to make 1,200 carriages for the route was subject to fierce criticism when Siemens was named preferred bidder over Derby...

DfT announces £1.9m passenger-counting contract

DfT announces £1.9m passenger-counting contract

26.07.12: The Department for Transport has awarded a £1.9m contract to design, develop, implement and manage a Rail Passenger Counts Database (RPCD). Capita Symonds has been appointed to develop the database, to collate, manage and report on ra...

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Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

03/04/2020Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the needs of colleagues on th... more >
Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

03/04/2020Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

The viaduct, which you can see in the Harry Potter series of films, joined other famous attractions and venues like Glasgow’s SSH Hydro in ... more >
Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02/04/2020Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by declaring a move to imme... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >