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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...

HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

18.10.18: Nottingham County Council has agreed to go into partnership with a regeneration specialist to prepare the region for the new East Midlands HS2 station. Nottinghamshire’s selection as the location of the East Midlands HS2 rail hub offe...

HS2 recruits ex-St Pancras boss as new director for stations

HS2 recruits ex-St Pancras boss as new director for stations

02.10.18: HS2 has appointed Mike Luddy, the former director of St Pancras’ restoration, as the co-ordinator of commercial development at all four HS2 phase one stations. Luddy joined HS2 this week from the Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDM...

Aberdeen station gets new glass roof in £9m upgrade

Aberdeen station gets new glass roof in £9m upgrade

28.09.18: Work to upgrade Aberdeen station as part of a £9m investment to replace the glass roof has begun. Network Rail says this will make the station brighter, improve drainage and enhance the overall appearance of the station, as well as sa...

Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21.09.18: Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed by Doncaster Council and London Eastern Railway (LNER), to completely revitalise the station and cons...

Firefighters called to station as control room batteries release hazardous fumes

Firefighters called to station as control room batteries release hazardous fumes

17.09.18: Firefighters from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attended an indecent yesterday at Colchester station after reports of hazardous fumes had caused someone to fall ill. The local fire service said: “On arrival firefighters reporte...

Repoint: A way out of the perfect storm

Repoint: A way out of the perfect storm

11.09.18: The Repoint project was originally created to examine capacity constraints at junctions. But fast-forward seven years and the radical scheme has completely changed every aspect of the track switch as we know it. Sam Bemment, senior research and...

HS2 Leeds depot: Driving more than just trains

HS2 Leeds depot: Driving more than just trains

04.09.18: In July, the government confirmed Leeds as the site of the new HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot. Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) board member, explains how her region is ready...

Track work up for grabs on Nexus Tyne & Wear Metro

Track work up for grabs on Nexus Tyne & Wear Metro

23.08.18: Track renewal works are amongst the civils contracts up for grabs as Nexus issues its latest contract tender for work on its Tyne & Wear Metro lines. The contract will focus on certain track assets between Gateshead Stadium and Felling...

Leeds South Bank plans rubber-stamped, finalising £500m transformation of train station

Leeds South Bank plans rubber-stamped, finalising £500m transformation of train station

21.08.18: Major plans to develop the South Bank in Leeds city centre have been formally adopted by Leeds City Council, paving the way for a £500m renovation of the train station in the city. The South Bank regeneration, ambitious plans which ai...

Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31.07.18: As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the watchdog’s crucial involvement in helping to shape the programme since its early days. The...

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

27.07.18: Passengers could connect from Heathrow to Gatwick in just 15 minutes with new £10bn plans to create a high-speed HS4 line. Proposals developed by engineering consultants Expedition say that “HS4Air” (High Speed for Air) wi...

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19.07.18: HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the high-speed line to serve the South Yorkshire areas as a whole. In a major report released toda...

Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

18.07.18: A 276-acre site in Yorkshire could be transformed into a major rail-connected hub servicing the north of England as part of proposals put forward to Selby District Council today. Harworth Group, a land regeneration and property investment s...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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 >