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Northern franchise enters government control

Northern franchise enters government control

02 March 2020Following the news back in January that Northern would be stripped of its franchise and come under government control, today (March 1st) marked a new start for the future of the franchise. To show their commitment to rebuilding passenger confiden...

£20m Northern train depot refurb in Manchester

£20m Northern train depot refurb in Manchester

28 February 2020The £20m refurbishment of Arriva Rail North’s (Northern) Newton Heath train depot in Manchester is almost completed. Northern’s brand new diesel trains will be kept at Newton Heath and the team of 300 staff will also be responsi...

£20m funding for new railway stations across the country

£20m funding for new railway stations across the country

28 February 2020The Rail Minister has announced today (Feb 28th) a £20m fund boost for rail connections across the country. The new £20m funding is the third round of the New Stations Fund and comes off the back of the £500m Reversing Beec...

New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

26 February 2020Siemens Mobility Limited and the University of Birmingham have announced a new, academic framework research partnership, strengthening the relationship between the two organisations. The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE...

Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

26 February 2020The UK’s smallest rail operator, Hull Trains, is the only company which can promise every journey will be on a brand new, world-class train. Hull Trains’ fleet is less than six months old and has rolled out each new train as soon as t...

Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

25 February 2020After four landslips in the last decade, the 9-day closure involved 200 engineers and around the clock work at 17 sits along the railway between Kidbrooke and Barnehurst. The line was closed over half term, in which time 2,500 tones of mud and tr...

£21m investment by Grand Central in new North West route

£21m investment by Grand Central in new North West route

25 February 2020Grand Central has invested more than £21m in trains that will run on their new North West to London route, with the restoration of the first locomotive complete with its iconic livery. Today (Feb 20th) it was revealed the operator has lease...

Improvement work begins across three level crossings in Staffordshire

Improvement work begins across three level crossings in Staffordshire

24 February 2020Network Rail improvement work will begin this week on three level crossings in Staffordshire. Engineers will be replacing the older barrier gates and their components with new ones at Caverswall level crossing in Stoke-on-Trent, Hockley level cro...

£2.5m government funding set to improve CrossCountry

£2.5m government funding set to improve CrossCountry

24 February 2020Announced today (Feb 24th) by the Rail Minister a £2.5m investment is set to benefit passengers across CrossCountry rail services. From May 2020, passengers travelling from Birmingham to Nottingham, Leicester and Cardiff will start to see l...

HS2’s latest designs for Old Oak Common Station revealed

HS2’s latest designs for Old Oak Common Station revealed

20 February 2020HS2 Ltd yesterday (Feb 19th) revealed designs for Old Oak Common Station, as part of the Schedule 17 submission to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). The station, which is situated in West London, will deliver a world-clas...

Northern reaches milestone in new train introduction

Northern reaches milestone in new train introduction

19 February 2020Following a £500m investment in rail in the north of England, this week nine new trains were integrated into Arriva Rail North’s fleet. 75 per cent of the 101 trains ordered are now transporting Northern customers, travelling to more...

Alstom to take over Bombardier

Alstom to take over Bombardier

18 February 2020Alstom, French multinational company who operate worldwide in rail transport markets, are set to take over Canadian train producer Bombardier. Bombardier has numerous rail-related sites in Britain, in particular its Derby factory where 2,000 peop...

Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

12 February 2020Network Rail has awarded places on four Lots to Jacobs for their prestigious Design Services Framework (DSF), to deliver multi-disciplinary technical and professional services, including geotechnical, civils and structures capability. This is the...

Nexus and Stadler contract officially signed off

Nexus and Stadler contract officially signed off

12 February 2020The Swiss train builder Stadler has officially been awarded the contract to produce the new train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro. Following an 18-month global search by Nexus for the best manufacturing partner, Stadler will produce the 42 new...

Network Rail endorses Bender UK signal system

Network Rail endorses Bender UK signal system

11 February 2020Bender UK’s Innovative RS4 Signalling Power Protection system has been approved by Network Rail. The system delivers heightened sensitivity for first fault location and allows compliance with Network Rail’s Insulation Monitoring and Fa...

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Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

21/09/2020Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

After 24 years, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (21st Sept) announced that rail franchising is to end, forming the early steps towar... more >
Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18/09/2020Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase ... more >
Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18/09/2020Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked t... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >