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Work begins on new Maghull North station

Work begins on new Maghull North station

20.09.17: Construction of a new station in the north west has started this week, which will give increased travel options for passengers in the region. When finished, the new Maghull North station will be just off School Lane, adjacent to the formaer...

NR station shops enjoy revenue boost higher than other retailers

NR station shops enjoy revenue boost higher than other retailers

14.09.17: Total retail at all of Network Rail’s managed stations went up by 5.29% between April and June 2017, new figures released by the organisation have shown. This compares well to British Retail consortium figures, which have shown an ave...

Developing London’s stations key to catering for population growth

Developing London’s stations key to catering for population growth

13.09.17: Developing London’s rail and tube stations could provide an innovative and sustainable solution to accommodating the capital’s huge population growth, a new report has found. Think tank Centre for London said that immediate acti...

Trains will not run through Bolton ‘until further notice’ after bridge collapse

Trains will not run through Bolton ‘until further notice’ after bridge collapse

25.08.17: Northern Rail will not be running trains through Bolton “until further notice” after a burst water pipe caused a section of Moses Gate bridge to collapse onto the railway. As well as debris falling on the railway, the damage cre...

RSSB launches framework to improve nation’s stations

RSSB launches framework to improve nation’s stations

23.08.17: A new framework has this week been released that assesses and compares the performance of railway stations around the country. Led by the RSSB, the framework will give users quick and easy access to information about local stations across t...

NR reveals mock-ups of Edinburgh Waverley platform extension

NR reveals mock-ups of Edinburgh Waverley platform extension

23.08.17: New pictures released by Network Rail today have shown how extended platforms at Edinburgh’s Waverley station could look when works are complete. The computer-generated images show how Scotland’s second busiest station will look...

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

18.08.17: The alliance taking forward the Ordsall Chord under a multidisciplinary partnership approach has been celebrated as the chief reason behind the scheme’s punctual progress towards the last stages of work before its December debut. Spea...

NR states ambition to keep Liverpool moving during major Lime Street work

NR states ambition to keep Liverpool moving during major Lime Street work

17.08.17: Liverpool Lime Street will remain “open for business” whilst it undergoes major work this autumn, Network Rail has today reassured passengers in the region. The latest stage of work will take place between 30 September and 22 Oc...

Ordsall Chord close to completion as steel bands installed

Ordsall Chord close to completion as steel bands installed

15.08.17: The Ordsall Chord is now moving into the final stages of construction as two steel bands have been moved into place on the structure. On 14 August, the final cascade weighing 40 tonnes was installed by Network Rail engineers, marking the co...

Carlisle station’s £14.5m roof renewal work takes shape

Carlisle station’s £14.5m roof renewal work takes shape

08.08.17: New pictures released this week by Network Rail of improvements being made to Carlisle station’s roof have shown that passengers are benefiting from the new look. The works, costing £14.5m, are part of the Great North Rail Proje...

Grayling: Cambridge North station a core part of creating UK’s own Silicon Valley

Grayling: Cambridge North station a core part of creating UK’s own Silicon Valley

07.08.17: Cambridge North was officially opened by transport secretary Chris Grayling today, who said that the station would lead to the creation of the UK’s own ‘Silicon Valley’. The station was opened for passenger service back in...

DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

28.07.17: The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Stations Fund, which will serve as extra padding to build five new stations across England and Wales – all guaranteed to be ac...

East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

28.07.17: East Midlands Airport has today offered details of a £2.5m deal designed to improve station services as part of the next franchise in the region. The airport has said that it wants to put the cash into transforming services at its nea...

Transport investment must be ‘fairly weighted towards small stations’

Transport investment must be ‘fairly weighted towards small stations’

25.07.17: Investment in transport infrastructure and passenger experience in London needs to be spread more evenly across the system and focus on small stations as well as medium and large ones, a new report has argued. In the study, published by con...

Railway bridge condition monitoring

Railway bridge condition monitoring

10.07.17: Liam J Butler and Nicholas de Battista, from the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at the University of Cambridge, discuss their innovative work on the Stafford Area Improvements Programme to condition monitor two...

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Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

20/09/2017Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

Virgin Trains has launched a world first app that allows passengers to bid for First Class upgrades for as low as £5. The app, Seatfro... more >
RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

20/09/2017RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

October is set to be another tough month for commuters across the country as the RMT announced a tranche of strikes across four operators. F... more >
Work begins on new Maghull North station

20/09/2017Work begins on new Maghull North station

Construction of a new station in the north west has started this week, which will give increased travel options for passengers in the region. ... 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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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

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UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

19/09/2017UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

With just under a week left to get your applications in for the rail industry’s biggest awards event, UKRIA, it seems like the perfect time to introduce the huge names that are making up our judging panel this year. The most exciting addition to the senior pan-industry panel this year is one of the most recognisable names in the ind... more >
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A network of training excellence

18/09/2017A network of training excellence

Writing on behalf of the Training Alliance, Simon Rennie runs through the early results of a tight-knit collaboration agreement between key rail ... more >
Do you feel heard in the workplace?

18/09/2017Do you feel heard in the workplace?

Much of what we do at CIRAS is about listening to the health and safety concerns of people in safety critical roles. Often people approach CIRAS ... more >
Enabling the Great North Rail Project

18/09/2017Enabling the Great North Rail Project

Mark Bellew writing on behalf of Network Rail discusses progress on the company’s Great North Rail Project, and the signalling that underpi... more >
A challenge for the rail industry?

18/09/2017A challenge for the rail industry?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the opportunities and challenges the draft mayor’s Tra... more >

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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >