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NR moves into final stage of London Bridge works with track and signalling upgrade

NR moves into final stage of London Bridge works with track and signalling upgrade

07.11.17: A vital piece of track and signalling work at London Bridge has been completed by Network Rail, paving the way forward for Thameslink services to resume through the station next year. Engineers have worked to deliver the improvements betwee...

Community Rail partnerships could be expanded following government consultation

Community Rail partnerships could be expanded following government consultation

06.11.17: The DfT has opened a consultation on expanding the Community Rail initiative with increased funding across the country. Community Rail partnerships have been set up in around 60 stations since the project began in 1993, with £3m inves...

Solihull councils release £1.2bn Hub development framework to capitalise on HS2

Solihull councils release £1.2bn Hub development framework to capitalise on HS2

03.11.17: Councils in Solihull have released a framework outlining infrastructure plans to build on the upcoming HS2 interchange that is set to be built in the area. The ‘Hub’ development would attempt to fulfil the full economic potentia...

Council reveals image of new £82m station masterplan

Council reveals image of new £82m station masterplan

02.11.17: An image showing how the planned £82m Coventry station is expected to look has been released today. Coventry City Council are expected to submit a planning application for the new structure later this year after they received investme...

Northern opens £23m Blackburn depot as part of Great North Rail Project

Northern opens £23m Blackburn depot as part of Great North Rail Project

30.10.17: Northern and Network Rail have spent £23m on a new train maintenance depot in Blackburn, opened by rail minister Paul Maynard last week. The facility has been built with a range of modern equipment and will be used to maintain as many...

Cambridge authorities allot £4m investment for transport infrastructure

Cambridge authorities allot £4m investment for transport infrastructure

27.10.17: The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CA) will spend over £4m on transport schemes in 2017-18. Funds are expected to be spent on a number of shortlisted major infrastructure projects including the development of new...

Rail industry investment greater priority than housing for British public

Rail industry investment greater priority than housing for British public

26.10.17: British people think investment in rail is more important to the country than housing, according to a new report. A survey of 1,004 people aged between 16-65 showed that 46% of people felt rail investment should be prioritised compared to 4...

Campaign for Better Transport calls on DfT for new funding for track and stations

Campaign for Better Transport calls on DfT for new funding for track and stations

26.10.17: A new Rail Development Fund to pay for the construction of new track and stations across the UK has been recommended by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT). The organisation has penned a letter to transport secretary Chris Grayling whic...

Plans revealed for major Stoke station upgrade ahead of HS2

Plans revealed for major Stoke station upgrade ahead of HS2

20.10.17: Plans for a major to upgrade Stoke station into a key central hub for the surrounding HS2 network in the West Midlands have been unveiled. The project includes work to both the interior and exterior areas of the station set to tak...

Services set to return to Liverpool Lime Street

Services set to return to Liverpool Lime Street

20.10.17: Services into Liverpool Lime Street are set to resume full operations this Monday following a period of improvement works at the northern station. Since 30 September many journeys into Liverpool’s main city centre station have been di...

UK should ‘look abroad’ for station advancements

UK should ‘look abroad’ for station advancements

18.10.17: The UK should take the lead from other countries on maximising the benefits of railway stations, argues a new report released today. The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has used the study to highlight the versatility of areas surroundin...

TfL seeks views on two new Old Oak stations

TfL seeks views on two new Old Oak stations

17.10.17: The Old Oak and Park Royal site in London is being considered by TfL as the site of two new stations that would link to the Elizabeth Line and HS2 as part of a five-week consultation. The consultation asks for views on two potential London...

NR launches first multi-site land package for homes

NR launches first multi-site land package for homes

12.10.17: Network Rail has launched the first in a planned series of multi-site land packages as part of its land for homes programme. The multi-site packages will streamline the process of unlocking land for homes. The first package includes two sites i...

Liverpool Lime Street reopens first two platforms in £340m upgrade

Liverpool Lime Street reopens first two platforms in £340m upgrade

09.10.17: Network Rail has reopened two platforms at Liverpool Lime Street as the £340m investment in the Liverpool City Region continues. The platforms had been closed as part of the redevelopment which will upgrade the station’s signall...

Construction begins on Kirkdale depot to maintain new Merseyrail fleet

Construction begins on Kirkdale depot to maintain new Merseyrail fleet

28.09.17: Work has started on a new state-of-the-art depot at Kirkdale that will accommodate for Merseyrail’s new fleet. The rolling stock, which is due to be introduced by the TOC in 2020, will be fixed and maintained at the depot. BAM Nu...

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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 >