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New timetable sees Victoria line services increase during commuting times

New timetable sees Victoria line services increase during commuting times

04.11.19: New timetables, released by Transport for London (TfL), will see trains arriving every 100 seconds for around three hours during weekday morning and evening commuting peaks on the Victoria line. The change sees the length of time the increa...

Edenbridge station refurbishment completed as part of £1.25bn Kent upgrade

Edenbridge station refurbishment completed as part of £1.25bn Kent upgrade

01.11.19: A £500,000 upgrade at Edenbridge station in Kent has been completed by Network Rail. Edenbridge station, one of two stations serving this area in Kent, carries well over 2,000 trains and 300,000 passengers every weekday and is among t...

Grand Central announces further details of £2.6m stations investment

Grand Central announces further details of £2.6m stations investment

31.10.19: Grand Central Railway Company has outlined further details of a collection of station investment schemes along the North East and West Riding routes. The company has committed to the communities it serves by investing in improved customer e...

Keighley station set for £4m upgrade

Keighley station set for £4m upgrade

29.10.19: Network Rail has announced an investment of over £4m into the upgrade of Keighley station, improving services and experiences for the 1.7 million annual passengers. The station building will undergo transformation, as well as the foot...

Thirteen Borderlands railway stations set for £280k upgrade

Thirteen Borderlands railway stations set for £280k upgrade

24.10.19: Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced thirteen railway stations, stretching from north Wales to Merseyside, will benefit from a £280,000 revamp. The improvements will form part of a £194m improvement programme for all 247...

Lincoln to London Azuma services transformation

Lincoln to London Azuma services transformation

21.10.19: A new Azuma service between Lincoln and London King’s Cross has been launched today (Oct 21) by London North Eastern Railway (LNER). The inaugural Azuma service departed Lincoln at 11:18 this morning following a special event held at...

Knaresborough railway station upgrade complete

Knaresborough railway station upgrade complete

21.10.19: Network Rail has carried out a £150,000 upgrade to Knaresborough railway station, improving the roof of the Grade II listed building and bringing benefits for passengers, visitors and businesses in the local area. As part of the...

Billingham Railway station to receive £2m for disabled access

Billingham Railway station to receive £2m for disabled access

21.10.19: Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, has announced a £1m investment to help add disabled access to Billingham Railway Station. The station, built in the 1960’s, is currently the only railway station in the Tees Valley with no disable...

Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

18.10.19: Arup, in partnership with Network Rail, have published their ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ report, exploring the exciting part that stations will play in our towns and cities. The report outlines the importance of evolu...

£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

16.10.19: The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Oct 16) released its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) outlining plans that span over £10bn and 58 projects. The Control Period 6 (CP6) will provide the funding for the 5...

Railway workforce celebrated on #StationsDay today

Railway workforce celebrated on #StationsDay today

15.10.19: Today (Oct 15) is #StationDay in the UK, dedicated to celebrating British railways, its stations and the hard-working staff and volunteers who keep it running day after day. A £48bn investment was announced by Government back in 2017...

Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

14.10.19: Greater Anglia have given support to the Rail Delivery Group, who are co-ordinating an industry wide campaign this week (14-20 October) to encourage passengers to move away from paper tickets.  ‘Smart Week’ will see events...

‘Quick-thinking’ ScotRail employee nominated for lifesaver award

‘Quick-thinking’ ScotRail employee nominated for lifesaver award

10.10.19: Today (October 10), on World Mental Health Day, a ScotRail employee has been nominated for a top award after his rapid response to noticing and helping a vulnerable person. Christopher Harvie, customer service team leader, has been nominate...

Virgin Trains to increase number of body cameras worn by staff

Virgin Trains to increase number of body cameras worn by staff

09.10.19: Virgin Trains, the first UK train operator to equip all frontline teams with body worn cameras, are rolling out 250 more across the network. Station staff and on-board teams have another layer of protection with body worn cameras issued to...

Passengers and freight will see improvement in Cumbria following major investment

Passengers and freight will see improvement in Cumbria following major investment

08.10.19: From October 19, the Cumbrian Coast line will feel seven Sundays of disruption as Network Rail continue their major improvements. Just under two miles of worn out track will be removed and replaced between Drigg and Bootle as part of the &p...

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Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

16/01/2020Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

Vivarail achieved a UK first yesterday (Jan 15) as their Class 230 train travelled 40 miles on battery power alone. It comes during a time o... more >
South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

16/01/2020South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

South Western Railway customers will now be able to see the new ‘Class 442’ refurbished trains across passenger services. These ... more >
£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

16/01/2020£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

The viaduct which was been featured in the Harry Potter series, is the latest Network Rail project. Work has begun the protect the railway from p... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >