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New Metrolink bridge swings into place

23.08.07: Engineers lifted a new 50 tonne road bridge into place over the Bury Metrolink line on Wednesday as part of a £100 million project to improve the network. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) replaced the bridge, o...

Park Street bridge brought up to strength

23.08.07: Work will soon start on a £250,000 project by Network Rail and Birmingham City Council to strengthen Park Street bridge in Birmingham to ensure it meets current standards for roads passing over railway lines. A scheme is under way to...

King Street bridge brought up to strength

02.08.07: Work will soon start on a £1.6 million project by Network Rail to ensure King Street bridge on the A627 in Dukinfield, known locally as The White Bridge, meets current standards for roads passing over railway lines. A scheme is under...

Lindapter fixings provide high-integrity solution for 'adventure walk' addition to Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge

Lindapter fixings provide high-integrity solution for 'adventure walk' addition to Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge

24.07.07: Lindapter steelwork fixings provided the ideal solution for safely attaching much of the flooring and walkway structures required to create the new 'Story Bridge Adventure Climb' — a recent addition to Brisbane's tourist attractions. ...

Scientifics go Forth

Scientifics go Forth

24.07.07: Bridges are one of the most striking aspects of the UK’s rail network, none more so than the 2.5 km. (1.5 mile) Forth Railway Bridge, the world’s first major steel bridge. Completed in 1890, it ranks as one of the great feats of...

Works underway on Monkwearmouth Bridge

Works underway on Monkwearmouth Bridge

24.07.07: Restrengthening and refurbishment works are underway on Monkwearmouth railway bridge in Sunderland. Network Rail has appointed Amalgamated Construction Co. Ltd (AMCO) as the main contractor on the project and Pyeroy Group has been sub-contr...

Metronet demonstrates improved environmental performance with new CEEQUAL plans

07.06.07: To mark World Environment Day, Metronet Rail has announced that three new embankment stabilisation projects are to take part in CEEQUAL (the Civil Engineering Environment Quality Assessment and Awards scheme). Metronet, responsible for the...

Largest ever corrugated tunnel

31.05.07: World’s largest span, corrugated steel rail tunnel to be lifted into place in the UK The first section of what will be the world’s largest span, corrugated steel rail tunnel was lifted into place in the UK on May 19/20th. The tu...

Christmas doesn’t stop West Coast Main Line progress

01.01.07: The Christmas period was used to undertake several major bridge replacements on the Trent Valley four tracking project which will increase the capacity on the West Coast Main Line from two to four tracks between Tamworth and Armitage with Handsa...

EIB loan of £450 million for Olympic transport

01.01.07: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a £450 million (660 million Euro) loan to Transport for London (TfL), in support of the East London Line project (ELLP). The ELLP is a key component of the Mayor of London and TfL’s...

Kilburn High Road bridge project completed

01.01.07: Network Rail has been responsible for the design and construction of a £6.5m project with Galliford Try to replace a four span overbridge at Kilburn High Road in north London which is owned by Network Rail. The structure carries the A5 ove...

Leven viaduct

01.01.07: Network Rail were responsible for the design and construction of a £13m competitively tendered project with Carillion to reconstruct the superstructure on a 49 span viaduct. The viaduct is located on the Carnforth to Barrow-in-Furness rail...

Leven viaduct

01.01.07: Network Rail were responsible for the design and construction of a £13m competitively tendered project with Carillion to reconstruct the superstructure on a 49 span viaduct. The viaduct is located on the Carnforth to Barrow-in-Furness rail...

Maglev rail system fails to roll

01.01.07: The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has released “Which way?” a report recommending that conventional high speed rail technology is used, rather than magnetic levitation (Maglev), to build a UK high speed rail link. As this woul...

Morris ‘AIMS’ to take risk out of equation

01.01.07: ‘AIMS’ (Asset Inspection Management System) is a new and invaluable managed service that the maintenance services division of leading lifting services provider, Morris Material Handling, is actively promoting within the rail sector. ...

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ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

20/09/2018ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

A scathing report into the May timetable chaos has blasted transport secretary Chris Grayling, Network Rail, and the DfT’s handling of the ... more >
Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

20/09/2018Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it intends to achieve&rdquo... more >
DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

20/09/2018DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

The government has decided to pull the plug on the CrossCountry franchise competition as a result of its rail review announcement today. Bec... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >