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The new era of station retail

The new era of station retail

17.11.17: Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the customer experience at stations in the UK. Despite a well-publicised range of challenges facing ret...

Bond Street £300m revamp unveiled ahead of Elizabeth Line link next year

Bond Street £300m revamp unveiled ahead of Elizabeth Line link next year

17.11.17: Major refurbishment and connection works at London’s Bond Street station have been completed. TfL announced the completion of the revamp today, including a 30% increase in capacity necessary for the future connection with the Elizabet...

Full steam ahead for Doncaster station upgrade

Full steam ahead for Doncaster station upgrade

16.11.17: Plans to develop Doncaster train station are now formally underway as the council’s planning committee granted approval of the designs and layout of the new station forecourt. Work has already begun on the multimillion-pound project, with...

The first phase of Liverpool Lime Street's major upgrade

The first phase of Liverpool Lime Street's major upgrade

09.11.17: As part of a £340m investment in the city, Liverpool Lime Street station is undergoing the first phase of transformation works and the biggest upgrade it has seen since the 19th century, writes Sean Hyland, senior project manager at Networ...

NR moves into final stage of London Bridge works with track and signalling upgrade

NR moves into final stage of London Bridge works with track and signalling upgrade

07.11.17: A vital piece of track and signalling work at London Bridge has been completed by Network Rail, paving the way forward for Thameslink services to resume through the station next year. Engineers have worked to deliver the improvements betwee...

Community Rail partnerships could be expanded following government consultation

Community Rail partnerships could be expanded following government consultation

06.11.17: The DfT has opened a consultation on expanding the Community Rail initiative with increased funding across the country. Community Rail partnerships have been set up in around 60 stations since the project began in 1993, with £3m inves...

Solihull councils release £1.2bn Hub development framework to capitalise on HS2

Solihull councils release £1.2bn Hub development framework to capitalise on HS2

03.11.17: Councils in Solihull have released a framework outlining infrastructure plans to build on the upcoming HS2 interchange that is set to be built in the area. The ‘Hub’ development would attempt to fulfil the full economic potentia...

Council reveals image of new £82m station masterplan

Council reveals image of new £82m station masterplan

02.11.17: An image showing how the planned £82m Coventry station is expected to look has been released today. Coventry City Council are expected to submit a planning application for the new structure later this year after they received investme...

Northern opens £23m Blackburn depot as part of Great North Rail Project

Northern opens £23m Blackburn depot as part of Great North Rail Project

30.10.17: Northern and Network Rail have spent £23m on a new train maintenance depot in Blackburn, opened by rail minister Paul Maynard last week. The facility has been built with a range of modern equipment and will be used to maintain as many...

Cambridge authorities allot £4m investment for transport infrastructure

Cambridge authorities allot £4m investment for transport infrastructure

27.10.17: The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CA) will spend over £4m on transport schemes in 2017-18. Funds are expected to be spent on a number of shortlisted major infrastructure projects including the development of new...

Rail industry investment greater priority than housing for British public

Rail industry investment greater priority than housing for British public

26.10.17: British people think investment in rail is more important to the country than housing, according to a new report. A survey of 1,004 people aged between 16-65 showed that 46% of people felt rail investment should be prioritised compared to 4...

Campaign for Better Transport calls on DfT for new funding for track and stations

Campaign for Better Transport calls on DfT for new funding for track and stations

26.10.17: A new Rail Development Fund to pay for the construction of new track and stations across the UK has been recommended by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT). The organisation has penned a letter to transport secretary Chris Grayling whic...

Plans revealed for major Stoke station upgrade ahead of HS2

Plans revealed for major Stoke station upgrade ahead of HS2

20.10.17: Plans for a major to upgrade Stoke station into a key central hub for the surrounding HS2 network in the West Midlands have been unveiled. The project includes work to both the interior and exterior areas of the station set to tak...

Services set to return to Liverpool Lime Street

Services set to return to Liverpool Lime Street

20.10.17: Services into Liverpool Lime Street are set to resume full operations this Monday following a period of improvement works at the northern station. Since 30 September many journeys into Liverpool’s main city centre station have been di...

UK should ‘look abroad’ for station advancements

UK should ‘look abroad’ for station advancements

18.10.17: The UK should take the lead from other countries on maximising the benefits of railway stations, argues a new report released today. The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has used the study to highlight the versatility of areas surroundin...

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Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

17/11/2017Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

Network Rail will seek a major cash boost through the sale of its commercial property portfolio in England and Wales, announced today. The i... more >
Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >

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04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... 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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Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

14/11/2017Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

While the HS2 project continues to gain ground and press ahead with major contracts despite recent staffing controversies, today sees its older, considerably smaller sibling turn 10 years old. HS1, the line running between St Pancras International and the Channel Tunnel, was completed at a total cost of £7.3bn a full 16 years after ... more >
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Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >
The new era of station retail

17/11/2017The new era of station retail

Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the cust... more >
Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17/11/2017Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deplo... more >

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Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >