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Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

12 August 2020Rail Delivery Group have submitted proposals to influence the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan in hope of encouraging passengers to make greener choices when travelling in Britain or to international destinations that are reachabl...

Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

12 August 2020South Western Railways staff members are using an unlikely voice to spread the message to passengers about face coverings. New station announcement has been recorded by two children of SWR staff members to remind passengers to wear face coverings...

TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

12 August 2020Today (12 Aug) Transport for the North has revealed its blueprint for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-year investment plan of infrastructure projects to reinforce greener Northern growth. This £5bn pipeline includes rail, roa...

Siemens Mobility installs new signalling system at Hither Green

Siemens Mobility installs new signalling system at Hither Green

11 August 2020Following the final contracts being confirmed for the Hither Green Area Resignalling Project, Siemens Mobility Limited are set to provide the technology to improve passenger services. The new signalling system will create greater reliability and...

£5m upgrade for Crumlin’s River Ebbw railway bridge

£5m upgrade for Crumlin’s River Ebbw railway bridge

11 August 2020Network Rail are set to begin upgrade work on River Ebbw railway bridge in Crumlin, South Wales next month. The £5m upgrade work will take place on weekends throughout September. The current bridge deck will be replaced, which is only capab...

HS2 tunnelling machines named Florence and Cecilia

HS2 tunnelling machines named Florence and Cecilia

11 August 2020Today HS2 has revealed (11 Aug) the first images and publicly voted for names of the first two completed giant Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) that will dig the 10-mile-long twin-bore Chiltern tunnel on the first phase of the UK’s new low carb...

HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

10 August 2020A 65-metre bridge was installed in just two days and ahead of schedule as the motorway opened 22 hours earlier than planned. The works near Interchange Station move Solihull closer to the arrival of HS2, Britain’s new low carbon high speed...

Network Rail’s Southern Region completes installation of secure radio channels

Network Rail’s Southern Region completes installation of secure radio channels

07 August 2020A new digitally secure radio system has been successfully rolled out across Network Rail’s Southern region. As their Wessex route joins Sussex and Kent in introducing Airwave to its front-line responders, speeding up response times to impro...

Network Rail repairs lifeboat ramp during Cumbrian Coast line work

Network Rail repairs lifeboat ramp during Cumbrian Coast line work

07 August 2020Railway engineers have rebuilt a section of public walkway at St. Bees beach which is used to launch lifeboats to rescue those in distress at sea. Network Rail is securing the Cumbrian Coast line from extreme weather and erosion as part of an &po...

HS2’s Birmingham Curzon Street station: 55% carbon reduction

HS2’s Birmingham Curzon Street station: 55% carbon reduction

05 August 2020The HS2 project, Curzon Street station, which has been designed by a team in Birmingham, is hoped to reduce carbon emissions by an unprecedented 55% and achieve net zero carbon emissions from controlled energy consumption and use a variety of tech...

Further funding for Middlesbrough station redevelopment

Further funding for Middlesbrough station redevelopment

05 August 2020The revamp of Middlesbrough station is now fully funded after a further £9m was by the Government to the initial £35m. Now £9.65m has been committed from a fund announced by Prime Minster Boris Johnson earlier this year for &lsq...

£66m package for West Midlands economic recovery

£66m package for West Midlands economic recovery

04 August 2020£66m of Government funding has been secured for the West Midlands, with projects such as Very Light Rail developments set to benefit. The money from the Government’s Getting Building Fund is aimed at projects which can get underway pr...

Transformative Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan revealed

Transformative Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan revealed

04 August 2020Today (4 Aug) Network Rail, Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh have released their concept designs for renovating the capital’s main station as part of the Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan. The designs illustrate a station that is a vit...

Rail passengers benefit from £40m Stevenage station platform

Rail passengers benefit from £40m Stevenage station platform

03 August 2020A new £40m platform and track improvement made at Stevenage station has seen significant improvements to the frequency and reliability of services, as well as allowing better long-distance connections for passengers.

Network Rail partners with Cycling UK for new initiative

Network Rail partners with Cycling UK for new initiative

03 August 2020Network Rail and Cycle UK have launched a partnership today (Aug 8) in light of a fifth of Brits saying they would consider cycling to work. A new YouGov study, commissioned by Network Rail has revealed that 20% of people are now likely to consid...

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Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

12/08/2020Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

Rail Delivery Group have submitted proposals to influence the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan in hope of encouraging passengers... more >
Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

12/08/2020Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

South Western Railways staff members are using an unlikely voice to spread the message to passengers about face coverings. New station annou... more >
TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

12/08/2020TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

Today (12 Aug) Transport for the North has revealed its blueprint for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-year investment plan of infr... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >