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Wherry Lines signalling modernisation work announced

Wherry Lines signalling modernisation work announced

14.08.19: Network Rail has announced planned engineering work to be undertaken in Norfolk, as part of a modernisation programme on the Wherry Lines between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. The planned engineering work, due to take place in...

Scottish Government approve £75m Levenmouth rail link

Scottish Government approve £75m Levenmouth rail link

08.08.19: A rail link to the Levenmouth area has been approved by the Scottish Government, as part of a £75m investment plan announced this morning. The link will feature stops in Leven and Cameron Bridge, linking the east of Fife with Edinburg...

Reopening of Black Country rail stations given £10m funding

Reopening of Black Country rail stations given £10m funding

05.08.19: Plans to reopen two new railway stations on the Walsall to Wolverhampton line have moved a major step forward following the award of £10m funding from the Government. The Department of Transport (DfT) grant will go towards the co...

Work on £27m East of England upgrades set to begin

Work on £27m East of England upgrades set to begin

02.08.19: A £27m project aimed at tackling congestion on peak train services in the East of England is set to begin later this year. The upgrades, between Cambridge and King’s Lynn, will include two platform extensions at Waterbeach...

New Camp Hill Line stations receive £15m funding boost

New Camp Hill Line stations receive £15m funding boost

01.08.19: Construction on the three new rail stations being built on the Camp Hill line, in Birmingham, is closer than ever before following a £15m funding boost from the Department for Transport. The funding is an important step in g...

Multi-million-pound Metro Station opens in South Tyneside

Multi-million-pound Metro Station opens in South Tyneside

31.07.19: A multi-million-pound transport interchange in South Tyneside is set to welcome its first passengers after a major refit. The £21million facility in South Shields, which incorporates a relocated Metro station will open this weekend. ...

University Station redevelopment plan launched in Birmingham

University Station redevelopment plan launched in Birmingham

30.07.19: University Station at Edgbaston, Birmingham is one of the West Midlands’ busiest railway stations, being situated at the entrance of both the University of Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Built in 1978, the station was or...

Metrolink projects rated as excellent after new assessment

Metrolink projects rated as excellent after new assessment

25.07.19: Two major city centre Manchester Metrolink projects have been rated as excellent after an investigation into their sustainability. The assessment, carried out over several years, highlighted positive aspects relating to the projects. S...

New railway station to be built in Ayr to replace historic stop

New railway station to be built in Ayr to replace historic stop

24.07.19: A new station is set to be built in Ayr town centre to replace the current railway stop, part of which had been housed in the historic Station Hotel – which was declared unsafe in August last year. Transport Scotland called the erecti...

Up to £58m funding commitment for Cardiff Central Station upgrade

Up to £58m funding commitment for Cardiff Central Station upgrade

22.07.19: Up to £58m funding to upgrade Cardiff Central Station has been confirmed today, 22 July, by the transport secretary. Subject to the necessary assurances that the scheme represents value for money, these upgrades will ease crowdin...

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

18.07.19: Unprecedented change and investment is coming to the Midlands, according to a number of high-profile rail leaders speaking at today’s first ever TCR Midlands conference in Birmingham today. With representatives from the West Midlands...

Story wins contract to build new station in County Durham

Story wins contract to build new station in County Durham

18.07.19: Story Contracting has won a contract to design and build a new railway station in Horden, County Durham. The new station, Horden Peterlee, aims to improve transport links in the east of the county, plans to open to passengers in the spring...

Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

17.07.19: The Conwy Valley line is set to reopen for passengers ahead of the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst, Network Rail has announced. Llandudno Junction to Llanrwst North will re-open for passengers tomorrow and the remainder of the line wil...

Worksop station wins award after £1.1m restoration

Worksop station wins award after £1.1m restoration

15.07.19: Worksop railway station has won a National Railway Heritage Award following a £1.1million investment to restore and preserve parts of the station. The Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award was given to the station following work c...

Crossrail rushes to make Bond Street ready for testing

Crossrail rushes to make Bond Street ready for testing

15.07.19: Crossrail want to make Bond Street ready for trial running by early next year, project leaders have said. The station is currently running behind others on the Crossrail line, and is expected to open later than the line itself. The pro...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >