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ScotRail announces new train station retail opportunities

ScotRail announces new train station retail opportunities

05.12.18: ScotRail has announced a range of new retail opportunities at train stations across the country as it looks improve the quality of facilities at stations. Over 20 stations, including Aviemore and Bathgate, are being made available for new v...

Overhaul of Tees Valley’s two biggest stations gets £45m boost, but DfT help still needed

Overhaul of Tees Valley’s two biggest stations gets £45m boost, but DfT help still needed

04.12.18: Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) has approved a £45m investment to “dramatically overhaul” Darlington and Middlesbrough stations as part of improvements which mayor Ben Houchen told RTM would be “central” to th...

Private sector deal ‘very close to fruition,’ industrial strategy minister says

Private sector deal ‘very close to fruition,’ industrial strategy minister says

28.11.18: The government’s private sector deal with the rail industry is “very close to fruition,” the industry strategy minister has said. Speaking at the Railway Industry Association parliamentary reception in Westminster last nig...

Shadow transport secretary McDonald considers extending control periods to 7 years

Shadow transport secretary McDonald considers extending control periods to 7 years

28.11.18: The shadow transport secretary has suggested increasing the current spending period length by an extra two years to give the supply industry greater time for planning. Andy McDonald said that increasing the control period length, which is c...

Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27.11.18: Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of the University of Southampton, discuss the work and research that’s helped the rail sector in...

Coventry station £82m masterplan given the go-ahead by city council

Coventry station £82m masterplan given the go-ahead by city council

21.11.18: Groundbreaking plans to transform Coventry city centre and Coventry station have been given the official green light from the city’s council. Coventry City Council announced it has granted permission for the £11.8m scheme to imp...

Introducing iPort

Introducing iPort

20.11.18: Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail freight terminal for 10 years – iPort Rail – is now open and operational. It is ano...

HS2 kicks off bid race to build Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

HS2 kicks off bid race to build Birmingham’s 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...

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ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

18/02/2019ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

ScotRail’s new Hitachi electric trains are to be rolled out across Glasgow as the operator extends its £475m investment into rolling ... more >
40-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

18/02/201940-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

Northern has assured passengers that it will replace all of its 40-year-old Pacer trains on the East Lancashire line by the end of year. Con... more >
Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

18/02/2019Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

Train operators have called for a major reform of the rail fare system which would scrap peak and off-peak ticket pricing and support the rollout... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >