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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...

Network Rail to outline business case for Clapham Junction redevelopment

Network Rail to outline business case for Clapham Junction redevelopment

15.07.19: Network Rail have timetabled their plans to publish a strategy outline business case (SOBC) for the redevelopment of Clapham Junction station. The public body told delegates at a rail conference in London that it intends to lay out the stra...

Competition opens to convert retiring Pacer trains in the North

Competition opens to convert retiring Pacer trains in the North

12.07.19: Community groups in the North of England can now submit their plans on how to renovate retiring Pacer train carriages. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced the scheme earlier this year, and argues that instead of scrapping the...

SWR launches £5.3m fund for community projects

SWR launches £5.3m fund for community projects

10.07.19: South Western Railway (SWR) have announced a £5.3m fund for community projects across its rail network. The operator has launched a Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF) for projects that will help improve local communities...

TfL begin tracking underground passengers using Wi-Fi

TfL begin tracking underground passengers using Wi-Fi

09.07.19: Starting this week, Transport for London (TfL) will begin tracking the movement of their London Underground customers using data from their smartphones. When passengers use the tube’s free Wi-Fi service, TfL will be able to access GPS...

Gatwick Airport station to undergo £150m upgrade

Gatwick Airport station to undergo £150m upgrade

09.07.19: The train station at Gatwick Airport will receive £150m in funding to widen the platforms and double the station’s concourse, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. The renovation aims to reduce delays to services and...

Disabled rail passengers set to benefit from £20m accessibility fund

Disabled rail passengers set to benefit from £20m accessibility fund

08.07.19: Disabled rail passengers across the UK are set to benefit from a raft of accessibility improvements following the opening of a £20m government fund on 8 July. This fund is open for applications from stations in need of accessibility i...

TfGM announces contactless payments on Metrolink trams

TfGM announces contactless payments on Metrolink trams

04.07.19: Passengers will be able to ‘touch-in’ using their contactless cards on Manchester Metrolink trams from July 15, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced today. The introduction of the new payment option represents the f...

£80m Plymouth station refurbishment plan revealed

£80m Plymouth station refurbishment plan revealed

04.07.19: Masterplans for a major refurbishment of Plymouth’s railway station have been revealed. Plymouth City Council approved a £26m funding package in 2018, working with Great Western Railway (GWR), Network Rail and the University of...

Can grass tracks transform Britain’s train and tram routes?

Can grass tracks transform Britain’s train and tram routes?

03.07.19: Chris Haworth, partner and infrastructure lead at multidisciplinary property and construction consultancy Ridge and Partners LLP (Ridge), explains why the UK has been slow on the uptake of grass tracks and what benefits they could bring. Gr...

Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

25.06.19: The Rail Delivery Group plans to make travelling by train easier than ever before by making trains and stations more accessible and developing a new app. Robert Nisbet, Director of Regions and Nations at the Rail Delivery Group, tells June/...

Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10.06.19: Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region of the Midlands. The last time the residents of Darlaston or Willenhall could board a train on t...

Birmingham Moor Street vision embraces the future and celebrates the past

Birmingham Moor Street vision embraces the future and celebrates the past

31.05.19: Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, looks forward to what the Birmingham Moor Street's redevelopment will mean for the region. Over the years, many of Birmingham’s beautiful, historic buildings have been lost to the bulld...

Network Rail awards final west London station upgrade contracts for Crossrail

Network Rail awards final west London station upgrade contracts for Crossrail

08.05.19: Network Rail has awarded the final contracts for upgrades to stations in west London as part of the delayed flagship Crossrail project. The upgraded stations will benefit from improved passenger flow, new ticket halls and enhanced accessibi...

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Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23/08/2019Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public co... more >
Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23/08/2019Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldershot, in Hampshire. Ar... more >
Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23/08/2019Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to be... 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 >