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HS2 Ltd: Five tech firms join Innovation Accelerator initiative

HS2 Ltd: Five tech firms join Innovation Accelerator initiative

11 September 2020HS2 Ltd have announced today (11 Sept) the first five revolutionary tech firms that will join HS2 Ltd’s Innovation Accelerator programme. The chosen five focus on HS2’s innovation challenges such as productivity; the environment; and...

Network Rail publish Decarbonisation Plan

Network Rail publish Decarbonisation Plan

11 September 2020Network Rail have released their interim Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy, illustrating its preliminary recommendations for decarbonising the rail network, including plans for 12,000 kilometres of electrification by 2050 and a key role fo...

Trains kept moving by AWC despite damaged overhead wires

Trains kept moving by AWC despite damaged overhead wires

11 September 2020Avanti West Coast have taken an unlikely option to allow their timetable to run, without delays, despite damaged overhead wires. The operator successfully ran their Pendolino fleet without power under damaged overhead wires for the first time. T...

GTR spreads messages of support on Suicide Prevention Day

GTR spreads messages of support on Suicide Prevention Day

10 September 2020As today (10 Sept) mark the annual World Suicide Prevention Day, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), have revealed ‘Affirmation Art’ clusters across some of its busiest stations to raise awareness of the company’s ongoing support and...

Major station improvements and electric vehicle charging hubs

Major station improvements and electric vehicle charging hubs

09 September 2020Following the announcement of Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) programme to develop numerous stations, today (9 Sept) on World Electric Vehicle (EV) Day, GTR welcomed Secretary of State Grant Shapps to open rail’s largest dedicated EV...

Contract awarded by Network Rail to strengthen bridges

Contract awarded by Network Rail to strengthen bridges

09 September 2020Three contracts have been awarded by Network Rail to carry out strengthening work to three railway bridges across the Wessex route in the South of England. The contract with Dyer and Butler, part of M Group Services, includes all aspects from des...

New electric train fleet revealed for Birmingham’s Cross-City Line

New electric train fleet revealed for Birmingham’s Cross-City Line

09 September 2020The electric train fleet set to transform travel on Birmingham’s Cross-City Line has been revealed to rail passengers in the West Midlands. A sneak-peak was provided for some members of the public, where they witnessed the dozens of new sta...

Network Rail engineers reopen bridge ahead of schedule

Network Rail engineers reopen bridge ahead of schedule

08 September 2020Following a fast response by Network Rail engineers, a Cambridgeshire bridge has reopened to rail services ahead of schedule after it was hit by a lorry yesterday (7 Sept). The lorry caused widespread damage to the bridge in Coldhams Lane, Cambri...

SWR awards £5m in community improvement schemes

SWR awards £5m in community improvement schemes

08 September 2020A total of £5m in funding is now set to benefit 67 local schemes supported by the South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF). Designed to help boost the local economy and recovery, SWR invited bids from its CCIF...

Network Rail begin work to recover railway at Stonehaven

Network Rail begin work to recover railway at Stonehaven

08 September 2020This week Network Rail are beginning the careful procedure of recovering the carriages involved in the tragic accident that occurred on the 12th of Aug at Stonehaven. The ScotRail service derailed after striking a landslip and heartbreakingly, th...

Major investment for signalling upgrade in Manchester

Major investment for signalling upgrade in Manchester

07 September 2020Manchester’s railway signalling system is set to be brought into the 21st century as part of the Great North Rail Project. Tens of millions of pounds is to be used to improve journeys for passengers and freight, with the nearly 40-year-old...

Hitachi Rail: Five years at flagship factory in the North East

Hitachi Rail: Five years at flagship factory in the North East

07 September 2020September marks five years of operation for Hitachi Rail’s North East home in Newton Aycliffe.   Since then, the team has since built 192 trains, which are now in service in the UK. This includes the Class 800/801/802 Intercity Expres...

LNER boost services as passengers return

LNER boost services as passengers return

07 September 2020As many people begin their usual commute again today, whether that’s back to work or back to school, many rail franchisers have increased their timetable accordingly. One of these is London North Eastern Railway (LNER) who are introducing a...

ORR and the rail industry are working together to improve passenger info

ORR and the rail industry are working together to improve passenger info

04 September 2020The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the rail industry are working together to develop passenger information. Following ORR’s call earlier this year for the rail industry to improve passenger information, particularly during disruption, th...

HS2 construction begins with 22,000 jobs expected

HS2 construction begins with 22,000 jobs expected

04 September 2020Europe’s largest infrastructure project has today (4 Sept) reached a momentous milestone with the start of construction on the project, highlighting the large number of jobs the project will be recruiting for in the coming months and years. ...

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Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

21/09/2020Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

After 24 years, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (21st Sept) announced that rail franchising is to end, forming the early steps towar... more >
Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18/09/2020Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase ... more >
Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18/09/2020Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked t... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >