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Engineers hit key milestone in delivery of new Maghull North station

Engineers hit key milestone in delivery of new Maghull North station

25.01.18: Construction of the new Maghull North station has hit a number of new milestones this week as engineers announced that lift shafts, a footbridge and stairs had been successfully installed. Work began on the new station back in September, wh...

A rail centre fit for the future

A rail centre fit for the future

23.01.18: Alstom UK’s new modernisation facility in Widnes has made fantastic progress on the Class 390 fleet since opening its doors in June, writes Nick Crossfield, the company’s managing director. The north west has a rich history of e...

Plans finalised for GWR’s new £40m Exeter depot

Plans finalised for GWR’s new £40m Exeter depot

22.01.18: Contract negotiations have been completed on plans for a £40m train maintenance depot in Exeter developed by GWR, Network Rail and the DfT. The new depot will be built at GWR’s current Exeter Olds View Depot site, expanding the...

Cardiff Central set for upgrade in £180m transport hub redevelopment

Cardiff Central set for upgrade in £180m transport hub redevelopment

16.01.18: Cardiff Central station could be involved in major redevelopment work as plans to redevelop the city’s transport hub are set to be agreed. The deal was agreed in principle today by the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) – a group resp...

Huge blaze shuts down all services at Nottingham station

Huge blaze shuts down all services at Nottingham station

12.01.18: Nottingham station has been shut down following a massive fire which began at around 6.30am this morning. The station was evacuated and there were no casualties reported, but services are unable to run through Nottingham until further notic...

DLR station reopens after nearly a year of Elizabeth Line prep

DLR station reopens after nearly a year of Elizabeth Line prep

09.01.18: Custom House DLR station reopened this week following its closure in February last year. The station went through major upgrade work in the time it was shut, preparing for the introduction of Elizabeth Line services which are set to start f...

TfN confirms January release for delayed draft transport strategy

TfN confirms January release for delayed draft transport strategy

15.12.17: Transport for the North has this week announced backing from northern leaders for its 30-year draft transport strategy. The document is expected to be released on 16 January 2018 with infrastructure and improvement plans thought to cost aro...

Strood station reopens after £2m improvements

Strood station reopens after £2m improvements

11.12.17: Southeastern has reopened Strood station following its £2.59m upgrade. The work is part of the National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP) and Medway Council’s plans to regenerate the area. The new station features a much large...

London Bridge station set to open in January as all track is completed

London Bridge station set to open in January as all track is completed

04.12.17: London Bridge station is on course to reopen on 2 January next year following the completion of all track work around the area. There will be a period of 10 days of major re-signalling work, during which major service changes and line closu...

First work starts on ‘modern and vibrant’ £100m South Shields transport hub

First work starts on ‘modern and vibrant’ £100m South Shields transport hub

01.12.17: Demolition work has begun in the centre of South Shields, as the town prepares for the construction of a £100m transport hub. When completed, the hub will provide another major station for the Tyne and Wear Metro system, as well as a...

TfL completes ‘incredibly challenging and complex’ Bakerloo improvement work

TfL completes ‘incredibly challenging and complex’ Bakerloo improvement work

24.11.17: TfL has completed “incredibly challenging and complex” engineering works on the Bakerloo line as part of a £2.3bn tube modernisation programme. Track replacements and junction upgrades are expected to increase reliability...

The new era of station retail

The new era of station retail

17.11.17: Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the customer experience at stations in the UK. Despite a well-publicised range of challenges facing ret...

Bond Street £300m revamp unveiled ahead of Elizabeth Line link next year

Bond Street £300m revamp unveiled ahead of Elizabeth Line link next year

17.11.17: Major refurbishment and connection works at London’s Bond Street station have been completed. TfL announced the completion of the revamp today, including a 30% increase in capacity necessary for the future connection with the Elizabet...

Full steam ahead for Doncaster station upgrade

Full steam ahead for Doncaster station upgrade

16.11.17: Plans to develop Doncaster train station are now formally underway as the council’s planning committee granted approval of the designs and layout of the new station forecourt. Work has already begun on the multimillion-pound project, with...

The first phase of Liverpool Lime Street's major upgrade

The first phase of Liverpool Lime Street's major upgrade

09.11.17: As part of a £340m investment in the city, Liverpool Lime Street station is undergoing the first phase of transformation works and the biggest upgrade it has seen since the 19th century, writes Sean Hyland, senior project manager at Networ...

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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 >