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HS2 kicks off the bid race to build Curzon Street station

HS2 kicks off the bid race to build Curzon Street station

19.11.18: HS2 has announced the start of its search for contractors to build its new £435m Curzon Street station. Around four contractors will be shortlisted for the design and build deal ahead of the arrival of HS2 in Birmingham in 2026. ...

Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15.11.18: HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre terminal stations at Manchester and Leeds rather than using the existing conventional railway. ...

Arcadis lands £7m Old Oak Common HS2 station systems design deal

Arcadis lands £7m Old Oak Common HS2 station systems design deal

13.11.18: Arcadis Consulting has been awarded a £7m contract to design the rail systems at the new Old Oak Common HS2 station. The contract encompasses the design services for the railway systems in and around the proposed station and integrate...

Cheshire council launches action plan for enhanced HS2 Crewe hub station

Cheshire council launches action plan for enhanced HS2 Crewe hub station

12.11.18: Cheshire East Council has launched an action plan to create an enhanced HS2 hub station in Crewe in order to maximise its potential benefits and engage with local businesses. The development framework includes growth and regeneration opport...

Coventry Station’s £82m masterplan up for approval

Coventry Station’s £82m masterplan up for approval

08.11.18: An £82m masterplan for Coventry’s train station has been recommended for approval by the city council. The proposals include the construction of a new station building, providing a second entrance at the western end of the stati...

Archaeologists begin UK’s biggest ever excavation work at HS2 London Euston site

Archaeologists begin UK’s biggest ever excavation work at HS2 London Euston site

26.10.18: Archaeological work on the HS2 rail link between London and Birmingham to remove 45,000 skeletons from a burial site has begun. Over 1,000 archaeologists, specialists, scientists and conservators will be exploring and recording over 60 arch...

Historic Victorian rail bridge given facelift in restoration project

Historic Victorian rail bridge given facelift in restoration project

18.10.18: A historic Victorian-era railway bridge in Wandsworth at Earlsfield station has been restored by engineers. A team of Network Rail engineers spent 36 nights upgrading the bridge by removing rust, defective paintwork, and accumulated wa...

New transparent roof ‘first of several’ upgrades announced for Leeds station

New transparent roof ‘first of several’ upgrades announced for Leeds station

18.10.18: Network Rail and the East Coast Main Line Railway board have announced a new state-of-the-art roof will be installed at Leeds station as part of the next step of upgrades. A new transparent roof made of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) w...

HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

18.10.18: Nottingham County Council has agreed to go into partnership with a regeneration specialist to prepare the region for the new East Midlands HS2 station. Nottinghamshire’s selection as the location of the East Midlands HS2 rail hub offe...

HS2 recruits ex-St Pancras boss as new director for stations

HS2 recruits ex-St Pancras boss as new director for stations

02.10.18: HS2 has appointed Mike Luddy, the former director of St Pancras’ restoration, as the co-ordinator of commercial development at all four HS2 phase one stations. Luddy joined HS2 this week from the Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDM...

Aberdeen station gets new glass roof in £9m upgrade

Aberdeen station gets new glass roof in £9m upgrade

28.09.18: Work to upgrade Aberdeen station as part of a £9m investment to replace the glass roof has begun. Network Rail says this will make the station brighter, improve drainage and enhance the overall appearance of the station, as well as sa...

Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21.09.18: Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed by Doncaster Council and London Eastern Railway (LNER), to completely revitalise the station and cons...

Firefighters called to station as control room batteries release hazardous fumes

Firefighters called to station as control room batteries release hazardous fumes

17.09.18: Firefighters from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attended an indecent yesterday at Colchester station after reports of hazardous fumes had caused someone to fall ill. The local fire service said: “On arrival firefighters reporte...

Repoint: A way out of the perfect storm

Repoint: A way out of the perfect storm

11.09.18: The Repoint project was originally created to examine capacity constraints at junctions. But fast-forward seven years and the radical scheme has completely changed every aspect of the track switch as we know it. Sam Bemment, senior research and...

HS2 Leeds depot: Driving more than just trains

HS2 Leeds depot: Driving more than just trains

04.09.18: In July, the government confirmed Leeds as the site of the new HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot. Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) board member, explains how her region is ready...

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Clapham Junction disaster lessons are ‘fading’ from rail industry following London Waterloo collision last year, RAIB finds

19/11/2018Clapham Junction disaster lessons are ‘fading’ from rail industry following London Waterloo collision last year, RAIB finds

Errors made during the derailment of a London Waterloo train last year showed lessons learned from the 1988 Clapham Junction disaster were &ldquo... more >
Wales and Borders rail to receive £2bn government funding

19/11/2018Wales and Borders rail to receive £2bn government funding

Network Rail Wales and Borders has announced £2bn in government funding to be spent on a project to maintain and renew the Wales and Border... more >
HS2 kicks off the bid race to build Curzon Street station

19/11/2018HS2 kicks off the bid race to build Curzon Street station

HS2 has announced the start of its search for contractors to build its new £435m Curzon Street station. Around four contractors will b... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >