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East Midlands Trains announces £20M depot upgrade

20.11.08: East Midlands Trains has announced that it has awarded a contract to carry out the £20M upgrade to its Derby Etches Park depot. The contract has been awarded to C Spencer Limited, a North Lincolnshire based company and work is expected to...

Future of Stratford Regional Station unveiled

Future of Stratford Regional Station unveiled

20.11.08: The Olympic Delivery Authority has released new pictures of the future of Stratford Regional Station as new hoardings outside the station were unveiled recently. The hoardings depict the history of the station and its important role in East...

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...

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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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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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The challenge of completing Crossrail

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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

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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

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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 >