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Virgin Trains to increase number of body cameras worn by staff

Virgin Trains to increase number of body cameras worn by staff

09 October 2019Virgin Trains, the first UK train operator to equip all frontline teams with body worn cameras, are rolling out 250 more across the network. Station staff and on-board teams have another layer of protection with body worn cameras issued to a furt...

Passengers and freight will see improvement in Cumbria following major investment

Passengers and freight will see improvement in Cumbria following major investment

08 October 2019From October 19, the Cumbrian Coast line will feel seven Sundays of disruption as Network Rail continue their major improvements. Just under two miles of worn out track will be removed and replaced between Drigg and Bootle as part of the £2...

Community invited to Helpston signal box to get insider view of level crossing safety

Community invited to Helpston signal box to get insider view of level crossing safety

07 October 2019More than 200 residents were given an exclusive insight to the workings of Helpston signal box at a level crossing north of Peterborough. A number of public open days ran by signallers last month (16th-21st September) gave people the opportunity...

Car share scheme rolled out at Tring station

Car share scheme rolled out at Tring station

04 October 2019London Northwestern Railway have introduced an innovative car share scheme to save their passengers money while helping the environment. Passengers travelling to Tring station are being invited to use a new scheme of sharing their journey to the...

 Life-saving defibrillators to be put in trains and stations across the north of England

Life-saving defibrillators to be put in trains and stations across the north of England

02 October 2019Life-saving defibrillators are to be installed at TransPennine Express (TPE) railway stations and in new trains across the north of England and Scotland. The defibrillators will be the first port of call for anyone who suffers a heart attack or c...

Network Rail to provide station WiFi for millions of passengers

Network Rail to provide station WiFi for millions of passengers

30 September 2019Netwok Rail have announced a ‘significant digital investment’ today to provide fast, free and reliable WiFi to Britain’s biggest and busiest railways. In a bid to keep passengers at the heart of all rail improvements, Network Ra...

Thameslink Programme projects celebrate double success

Thameslink Programme projects celebrate double success

27 September 2019Success for two projects, who make up part of the £7bn Thameslink Programme, who have been shortlisted for Exceptional Achievement Awards (EEA) by CEEQUAL. The celebrated projects are the Bermondsey Dive Under, competing in the Ecology and...

The importance of edge infrastructure

The importance of edge infrastructure

26 September 2019The world is in the midst of a digital revolution, bringing with it a new level of opportunity for innovation in the rail industry. Vertiv is at the centre of this digitalisation and, ahead of next month’s TransCityRail North event, RTM&rsqu...

‘My mission is now complete’ - Ex train driver succeeds in 17-year pursuit of lost railway history

‘My mission is now complete’ - Ex train driver succeeds in 17-year pursuit of lost railway history

24 September 2019A lost piece of railway history is on its way home thanks to dedicated, retired train driver and his transport police friend. The Manchester & Birmingham Railway plaque was a high-quality copy of the 1839 original, which resides in the Nation...

Doncaster station to celebrate engineering, speed and connectivity through art

Doncaster station to celebrate engineering, speed and connectivity through art

17 September 2019Rail users are in for a treat as plans for public art at Doncaster train station are revealed. The art will be a key part of the station’s transformation and will celebrate engineering, speed and connectivity. The impressive plans include 4...

Transport for Wales reveal £194m railway station upgrade plan

Transport for Wales reveal £194m railway station upgrade plan

16 September 2019All 247 railway stations in Wales are to feel the benefit of a new £194m investment plan, Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced. TfW has unveiled plans for 1,500 extra car parking spaces across Wales to encourage people to leave their car...

New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

12 September 2019Plans for a new railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton looks set to go ahead following backing from councillors.

Additive Manufacturing within the Rail Industry

Additive Manufacturing within the Rail Industry

05 September 2019Dr Ian J. Coleman, principal engineer, safety, technical and engineering at Network Rail, describes the benefits brought about by additive manufacturing and 3D printing within rail. Network Rail’s Safety, Technical & Engineering (STE) d...

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

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

23 August 2019Major 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 consultation on a major upgrade to the TransPennine route. The plans form part of the £2.9bn Tran...

New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

20 August 2019As part of a major £218m regeneration of Chelmsford, a new train station is set to be constructed at Beaulieu to improve transport infrastructure in the area.

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New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

09/07/2020New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

Following new agreements being signed earlier this week (July 7th) a direct high-speed train service from Amsterdam and London could be a possibi... more >
National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

09/07/2020National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) have today (July 9th) announcement the appointment of their new Chair, Dyan Crowther, Chief Executive... more >
The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

09/07/2020The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

Yesterday (July 8th) Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the details of his ‘Plan for Jobs’ that will enhance the UK&... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >