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Thameslink winter timetable includes new cross-London Saturday services

Thameslink winter timetable includes new cross-London Saturday services

28.11.19: Additional through-London services every hour between Peterborough and Horsham on Saturdays are to be introduced by Thameslink from Dec 21. To meet capacity demands, the number of direct services to St Pancras International station, central...

Intercity Express Train named after first female MP

Intercity Express Train named after first female MP

28.11.19: Great 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’...

Network Rail to carry out signalling upgrade to Lewes to Seaford line

Network Rail to carry out signalling upgrade to Lewes to Seaford line

26.11.19: The line between Lewes and Seaford in Sussex is reaching the end of its transformation this weekend as engineers work around the clock to carry out the end of the commissioned project. The line will be more modern, more reliable and have be...

£15m passenger benefit investment by GTR in first phase

£15m passenger benefit investment by GTR in first phase

20.11.19: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have pledged a range of passenger benefits as part of a £15m station investment programme. The first phase of the investment programme includes life-saving heart restarters, LED lighting and landscaping...

Cardiffians asked for their view on new £120m Cardiff Parkway station

Cardiffians asked for their view on new £120m Cardiff Parkway station

20.11.19: Following the release of new artist’s impressions a public consultation has been launched on the plans for a new mainline railway station and buisness park at St Mellons.  The huge project, which could be home to 5,000 staff, tak...

Network Rail to improve accessibility at Spalding station

Network Rail to improve accessibility at Spalding station

19.11.19: Work to improve Spalding station’s accessibility will begin next month (Dec 3). Improvements to the station include step free access to platform two, more lighting on the footbridge and additional CCTV across the station. More ta...

Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

14.11.19: Today (14 Nov) is the 25th anniversary of the Eurostar train, the high-speed service linking the south of England with France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The service has carried over 200 million passengers since its launch in 1994. To cel...

100 years after first memorial service, South Western Railway worker pays respect to his great-grandfather

100 years after first memorial service, South Western Railway worker pays respect to his great-grandfather

08.11.19: Team member at Putney station, Matthew Philips, has a special connection to the railway. His great-grandfather worked on the same rail route, which was then called the London and South Western Railway, over a century ago as a parcel porter in So...

Perry Barr railway station transformation revealed

Perry Barr railway station transformation revealed

07.11.19: Perry Barr railway station in Birmingham will undergo transformation as part of a wider £500m regeneration of the area. The creation of a new rail and bus interchange will see a landmark station building constructed in place of the cu...

New timetable sees Victoria line services increase during commuting times

New timetable sees Victoria line services increase during commuting times

04.11.19: New timetables, released by Transport for London (TfL), will see trains arriving every 100 seconds for around three hours during weekday morning and evening commuting peaks on the Victoria line. The change sees the length of time the increa...

Edenbridge station refurbishment completed as part of £1.25bn Kent upgrade

Edenbridge station refurbishment completed as part of £1.25bn Kent upgrade

01.11.19: A £500,000 upgrade at Edenbridge station in Kent has been completed by Network Rail. Edenbridge station, one of two stations serving this area in Kent, carries well over 2,000 trains and 300,000 passengers every weekday and is among t...

Grand Central announces further details of £2.6m stations investment

Grand Central announces further details of £2.6m stations investment

31.10.19: Grand Central Railway Company has outlined further details of a collection of station investment schemes along the North East and West Riding routes. The company has committed to the communities it serves by investing in improved customer e...

Keighley station set for £4m upgrade

Keighley station set for £4m upgrade

29.10.19: Network Rail has announced an investment of over £4m into the upgrade of Keighley station, improving services and experiences for the 1.7 million annual passengers. The station building will undergo transformation, as well as the foot...

Thirteen Borderlands railway stations set for £280k upgrade

Thirteen Borderlands railway stations set for £280k upgrade

24.10.19: Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced thirteen railway stations, stretching from north Wales to Merseyside, will benefit from a £280,000 revamp. The improvements will form part of a £194m improvement programme for all 247...

Lincoln to London Azuma services transformation

Lincoln to London Azuma services transformation

21.10.19: A new Azuma service between Lincoln and London King’s Cross has been launched today (Oct 21) by London North Eastern Railway (LNER). The inaugural Azuma service departed Lincoln at 11:18 this morning following a special event held at...

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Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

10/12/2019Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

London North Eastern Railway’s Highland Chieftain route between Inverness and London King’s Cross has welcomed the arrival of the new... more >
RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

09/12/2019RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

As the second week of South Western Railway’s safety strike commences, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has... more >
Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

09/12/2019Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9), marking the start of a... 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 >