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South Birmingham rail passengers get region’s first eco-friendly station

12.06.09: Using green and healthy travel modes to get to Kings Norton rail station has never been easier for passengers after it was officially named the West Midlands first eco-friendly station. Transport authority Centro and rail company London Mid...

Subway Improvements for FCC Stations

15.05.09: Two First Capital Connect stations are to benefit from a £800k investment to refurbish their subway areas The works at Potters Bar (£500k) and Hitchin (£300k) Stations are scheduled to begin during May 2009. The subwa...

75 new recruits for £20m Tay bridge contract

08.05.09: Network Rail has announced the creation of 75 new jobs as part of a £20m contract to help restore the Tay Bridge, the longest bridge on Britain’s rail network and a vital link to the north east of Scotland.     Speakin...

Train companies want to move faster to improve stations

08.05.09: Passengers' requirements at stations across England and Wales are to be reviewed by two 'Stations' Champions' who have been asked by the Government to suggest ways to improve facilities. Transport Minister Andrew Adonis, who has just return...

Work starts on new platform as part of King’s Cross redevelopment

24.04.09: Work to build a new twelfth platform at King’s Cross begins on Friday, marking a major milestone in Network Rail’s £450m redevelopment of the historic London station Over the next decade passenger numbers at King’s C...

New passenger facilities unveiled at stations

17.04.09: Transport bosses have welcomed the arrival of £600,000-worth of new facilities at seven train stations in Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA) has invested the Transport Infrastructure Fund mon...

Station renewals to shed new light on Waverley

Station renewals to shed new light on Waverley

17.04.09: A £130m plan to overhaul Edinburgh’s Waverley station has been submitted to the city council’s planning department with the renewal of the station’s renowned 34,000m2 Victorian glazed roof at the centre of the project. ...

Crossrail announces appointment of Programme Partner

13.03.09: Crossrail Limited today announced that it intends to appoint Transcend, a joint venture between AECOM, CH2M Hill and Nichols Group, as its Programme Partner for the Crossrail project. Following a competitive tender process, this significant appo...

Funding boost for major Bolton train station makeover

13.03.09: Transport chiefs have agreed to fund part of a major £4 million overhaul of passenger facilities at Bolton train station. Members of Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority’s (GMITA) Policy Committee today agreed to co...

HS2 could ‘unite the nation’ – Greening

06.03.09: The Government has managed to cut the cost of phase one of HS2, despite extra tunneling and other mitigation measures. The construction cost of phase one, London to Birmingham, which got the go-ahead from Transport Secretary Justine Greenin...

City centre bridge to be strengthened

City centre bridge to be strengthened

27.02.09: Network Rail is to invest £350,000 strengthening a vital rail bridge across one of the busiest roads in Manchester city centre. ‘Bridge 48A’ is part of a 110-span structure known as the Manchester South Junction & Altrincha...

Transformation of Farringdon begins with Thameslink bridge lift

27.02.09: Network Rail's transformation of Farringdon station into one of the capital’s most important transport interchanges has begun in earnest. The steel and glass bridge, which links the rail and London Underground platforms, will provide much...

New Barriers Just the Ticket for Birmingham Rail Users

20.02.09: Automatic ticket barriers are being installed at five stations in Birmingham as part of a £2.7 million investment by rail operator London Midland. The first barriers will be completed at Five Ways and University in early March, follow...

Park and Ride boost for Lostock train station

13.02.09: Work on a major new Park and Ride at Lostock train station in Bolton has finished nearly two months ahead of schedule. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) has managed the project, which has been jointly funded with Bolt...

New milestones in the £20m transformation of Haymarket Metro station

06.02.09: The £20m redevelopment of Haymarket Metro station edged nearer to completion this week with the installation of a second new escalator and new passenger information display screens. The new screens, four in total, and the new escalato...

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Maritime Transport launch new rail services

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Maritime Transport has launched two new rail services from DP World London Gateway to its rail terminals in Trafford Park and Wakefield. It ... more >
Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

17/07/2019Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

A campaign for a rail link between Windsor and Heathrow Airport is to be revived, after the scheme was turned down by the Department for Transpor... more >
Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

17/07/2019Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

The Conwy Valley line is set to reopen for passengers ahead of the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst, Network Rail has announced. Llandud... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... 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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >