Civils and stations

Huddersfield station fit for the future

Huddersfield station fit for the future

23.06.16: As part of its new franchise programme, TransPennine Express (TPE) unveiled a refurbished Huddersfield station in mid-June. Here, its head of customer experience, Steve Lee, runs through the major customer upgrades this investment entails. ...

GTR to close ticket offices, but promises staff will remain at stations

GTR to close ticket offices, but promises staff will remain at stations

09.06.16: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is to close ticket offices or reduce the hours they are available at 83 stations, but has promised the reforms will be subject to consultation with Transport Focus and London Travel Watch. GTR said that the cl...

TOCs defend themselves against ‘ticket machine jargon’ criticisms

TOCs defend themselves against ‘ticket machine jargon’ criticisms

03.06.16: TOCs have promised improvements to the self-service ticket selling process after a report by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) found that too many passengers are still experiencing difficulties using ticket vending machines. The first ORR &...

Next phase of construction work on Ilkeston station begins

Next phase of construction work on Ilkeston station begins

27.05.16: Work to build the first railway station at Ilkeston for fifty years is set to begin from next week. Network Rail will start installing foundations for the west and east platforms of the station in the Derbyshire town from 31 May. Screw...

£11.6m development fund allows Lea Bridge station to reopen after 31 years

£11.6m development fund allows Lea Bridge station to reopen after 31 years

16.05.16: Trains are running today from Lea Bridge in Leyton, East London, the capital’s latest station, as it reopened ahead of time. Lea Bridge is situated on the line between Bishops Stortford and Stratford and offers six-minute journeys to...

NR asset sales must safeguard future rail requirements – Perry

NR asset sales must safeguard future rail requirements – Perry

09.05.16: Network Rail asset sales by the newly-created Network Rail Property will still be subject to overview by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the transport secretary, rail minister Claire Perry has confirmed. Lilian Greenwood MP, the shado...

Network Rail sets up property company to maximise estate income

Network Rail sets up property company to maximise estate income

27.04.16: A property company has been set up by Network Rail to help increase income from its estate. Network Rail Property, previously Network Rail’s specialist transport property business, will be established as a company with its own board i...

Railway stations celebrate Queen’s birthday

Railway stations celebrate Queen’s birthday

21.04.16: As the Queen celebrates her real birthday today, railway stations across the country have announced plans to host celebrations of her official birthday in June. The Queen was born 90 years ago today, but traditionally also has an official b...

Looking to the future at Victorian Paddington

Looking to the future at Victorian Paddington

21.04.16: Natalie Holden, senior commercial scheme sponsor for the Paddington project at Network Rail, talks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the ongoing work to replace the station’s intricate glass roof, upgrade its retail hub, and of the changes...

Understanding asset behaviour to maximise budget performance

Understanding asset behaviour to maximise budget performance

18.04.16: Panayioti Yianni, Luis Neves, Dovile Rama and John Andrews from the University of Nottingham explore methods to manage large portfolio of assets. A common theme in many sectors today is facing increased demand on assets whilst enduring budg...

Network Rail join partnership to build up to 10,000 new homes near railway stations

Network Rail join partnership to build up to 10,000 new homes near railway stations

11.04.16: Up to 10,000 new houses and businesses will be built near railway stations under a new agreement between Network Rail and the Homes and Communities Agency. Local councils are being called on to take part in the scheme, which aims to contrib...

Ordsall Chord delivery needs certainty as work starts to progress

Ordsall Chord delivery needs certainty as work starts to progress

16.03.16: Martyn Angus, LNW route senior programme sponsor at Network Rail, talks to RTM about how work is progressing on the Ordsall Chord. Delivering the much-delayed £85m Ordsall Chord by December 2017 is achievable but certainty over the pr...

Rail vibration: An increasing factor in construction

Rail vibration: An increasing factor in construction

14.03.16: Mitigating noise and vibration from trains is becoming an integral part of construction projects, says Julie Dakin, divisional director in the metros and civils division at Mott MacDonald. Population growth, urbanisation, social development...

Winning concept designs for new Oxford station revealed

Winning concept designs for new Oxford station revealed

09.03.16: The winners of a competition to develop a concept design for Oxford station have been unveiled. Wilkinson Eyre, Allies & Morrison and AHR won the competition, which was managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects and judged by...

Major stations could be sold off to plug Network Rail debt

Major stations could be sold off to plug Network Rail debt

22.02.16: Privatisation options are already starting to take shape across Network Rail as a source told national press that the infrastructure owner has hired Citigroup bankers to look at the possibility of selling off 18 major stations nationwide. R...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >