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RSSB appoint Arup to review hydrogen trains

RSSB appoint Arup to review hydrogen trains

29 November 2019The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has tasked Arup with developing a case for hydrogen-powered trains on the Great Britain (GB) mainline. The review will move to establish a high-level operational concept, any relevant operational hazards...

Intercity Express Train named after first female MP

Intercity Express Train named after first female MP

28 November 2019Great Western Railway (GWR) has today (Nov 28) released the name of its new Intercity Express Train, named after Nancy Astor, the first women to take her seat as an MP in the House of Commons. It comes after she was nominated for GWR’s sear...

FirstGroup and Trenitalia announce new MDs for partnership

FirstGroup and Trenitalia announce new MDs for partnership

27 November 2019The joint takeover of the West Coast Mainline between FirstGroup and Trenitalia will take place on the 8th of December. They announced yesterday (26 Nov) the appointment of their two Managing Directors. Phil Whittingham, Managing Director of Virg...

Nexus appoints new Chief Operating Officer

Nexus appoints new Chief Operating Officer

25 November 2019Martin Kearney has been appointed as the new chief operating officer for Nexus, the public body which owns the Tyne and Wear Metro, and wider public transport across the North East. Kearney has over 30 years of public transport experience and cur...

Hull Trains appoints new director ahead of £60m fleet arrival

Hull Trains appoints new director ahead of £60m fleet arrival

19 November 2019Hull Trains has made a new appointment, as Anne Somers joins the team as commercial and customer experience director. The appointment comes as a way of strengthening its customer experience, with her roles focussing on listening and responding to...

Virgin Trains set passenger record for choosing rail over air

Virgin Trains set passenger record for choosing rail over air

15 November 2019Virgin Trains have set a new record with the number of people choose to travel by rail over air. The number of people choosing to travel between Glasgow and London on rail instead of air, has resulted in a drop in carbon emissions. The air route...

Network Rail takes on more accountability as devolution journey continues

Network Rail takes on more accountability as devolution journey continues

12 November 2019Network Rail geographic regions, established in June, have taken on accountability for delivering all projects within their borders. Yesterday (Mon 11) saw the second phase of the company’s passenger focused measures as accountability for a...

RIA welcomes new report of EU rail supply chain competitiveness

RIA welcomes new report of EU rail supply chain competitiveness

22 October 2019The UK Rail Industry Association (RIA) has welcomed a new report on the EU rail supply industry as an “important step forward” in developing a competitive European rail supply chain. RIA, the mouthpiece for many UK rail supply compani...

Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17 October 2019The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list. Just 16.4% of the rail industry in made up of women, but today (17 Oct) has seen the international recognition of two of thos...

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

16 October 2019The train operator Northern could be set to be renationalised due to concerns over repeated poor performance and late-running services, the transport secretary Grant Shapps has said today. Speaking at an Oral Evidence Session for the Government&r...

Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

14 October 2019The UK’s rail franchising model is to be overhauled and proposals for railway reform brought forward, the Government has announced in today’s Queens Speech. At the State Opening of Parliament, the Government revealed that it wants to...

Thameslink Programme projects celebrate double success

Thameslink Programme projects celebrate double success

27 September 2019Success for two projects, who make up part of the £7bn Thameslink Programme, who have been shortlisted for Exceptional Achievement Awards (EEA) by CEEQUAL. The celebrated projects are the Bermondsey Dive Under, competing in the Ecology and...

Developing the future of UK infrastructure invested in Southampton

Developing the future of UK infrastructure invested in Southampton

27 September 2019The University of Southampton officially unveils the National Infrastructure Laboratory on its Boldrewood Innovation campus today. The opening of the centre, by chief executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, will see the Southampton’s cont...

‘Local hero’ recognised for his work with homeless in Blackpool

‘Local hero’ recognised for his work with homeless in Blackpool

17 September 2019Chris Conway, a Network Rail signaller, was awarded for his contribution to tackling homelessness last night at an awards ceremony in Blackpool. The event saw 125 ‘Local Heroes’ from around the seaside town celebrated for their respec...

Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23 August 2019Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to benefit from a share of £817,000 through the Local Rail Development Fund (LRDF).

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TfN: New Director for Integrated and Smart Travel programme

10/07/2020TfN: New Director for Integrated and Smart Travel programme

Transport for the North have today (July 10th) announced the appointment of Jeremy Acklam as the new Director for its Integrated and Smart Travel... more >
New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

10/07/2020New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

Today (July 10th), Transport for London’s (TfL’s) new Commissioner, Andy Byford, saw some of the new measures underway to make the tr... more >
Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

09/07/2020Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

Network Rail are currently looking to appoint a main contractor to design and build the new Forth Bridge Experience. Budding partners are be... 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 >