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Mural commemorates Kinder Scout mass trespass

Mural commemorates Kinder Scout mass trespass

20.11.08: Northern Rail has teamed up with High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership, Derbyshire County Council and East Midlands Tourism to create a lasting memorial of the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass at New Mills Central station. Local ar...

Night cleaning helping to provide a better environment at West Anglia route stations

20.11.08: Train operator National Express East Anglia is working in partnership with contractor ‘Railscape’ on their West Anglia route to further improve cleanliness standards at stations. ‘Railscape’ will be undertaking heavy clea...

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit

20.11.08: Suddenstrike Ltd has many years experience of handling pest control situations and wildlife problems for the rail network. The company is a registered user and trainer in the use of phosphine gas and equipment used in the clearing of rabbits fro...

Shepherd's Bush station re-opens

20.11.08: Shepherd’s Bush Tube station has re-opened after an eight month renovation to increase the station’s capacity. The 108-year-old station now has a much larger ticket hall and has brand new escalators for the first time in 80 year...

New lifts at Haslemere station provide access for all

14.11.08: New passenger lifts at Haslemere station are now making access much easier for everyone, particularly for people with reduced mobility. The £2.7m access improvement project, managed by Network Rail and funded under the Department for...

South West Trains providing a vital link for visitors to Southampton Airport

14.11.08: In excess of £2.5million is being invested at Southampton Airport (Parkway) station to install a modern and spacious footbridge. With more and more people using the train to get to Southampton Airport this new footbridge will provide...

Tube Lines up safer travel

03.11.08: One of the busiest stations, on London’s busiest Tube line, the Northern line, has undergone an extensive makeover. The station at West Finchley benefits from new customer information systems, and the new public address systems installed i...

St Pancras international wins the crown estate conservation award

20.10.08: St Pancras International station in London, by Alastair Lansley, has won The Crown Estate Conservation Award 2008. The prize is awarded to the best work of conservation which demonstrates successful restoration or adaptation of an architecturall...

A day’s work for 120 years of rail benefits

10.10.08: It may have been standing for over a century, but thanks to a new method of bridge replacement, the Pill Bridge, in Avonmouth was replaced by Network Rail in just eight hours. This technique, being piloted in the West Country for the first time...

Modernisation complete as Shepherd's Bush Tube station re-opens

10.10.08: Shepherd’s Bush (Central line) Tube station has re-opened after an eight month renovation to increase the station’s capacity. The 108-year-old station now has a much larger ticket hall and has brand new escalators for the first...

Railway depot at heart of Olympic Park cleared to make way for new pedestrian bridge

03.10.08: A railway depot at the heart of the Olympic Park has been completely cleared to make way for the construction of a new pedestrian land-bridge between the Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Stadium. The huge bridge will be the biggest in the Olympic...

Interactive road signs to protect ‘bashed’ bridge

26.09.08: Network Rail is funding a £48,000 project to protect Scotland Street railway bridge from enduring further damage and destruction. The bridge, which is located in Ashton-under-Lyne, has gained a reputation as the most ‘bashed&rsq...

Trains on time, but what about drivers?

26.09.08: New Tube and Overground stations and more bus routes are expected to help get things moving around Shepherds Bush, which is soon to become home to Britain’s second largest shopping centre. A brand new Hammersmith & City line stati...

New lift begins work at Sunderland

17.09.08: A new passenger lift at Sunderland station’s south concourse came into service today, 16 September 2008. The new lift is the latest stage in the £7 million refurbishment of the station’s platform areas, funded by Nexus. ...

Customer improvements unveiled at Cambridge station

12.09.08: A package of station improvements has been opened at Cambridge station by train operator National Express East Anglia. The improvements include a new Travel Centre, situated at the front of the station for customers making advance purchase ticke...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >