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Van Elle stabilise Willenhall embankment

Van Elle stabilise Willenhall embankment

08.04.08: Van Elle recently carried out piling works to improve the stability of an existing 10m high Network Rail embankment at Willenhall, Coventry, West Midlands for clients Story Rail. This was no ordinary job as the Bromsgrove sandstone ground c...

Network Rail and Kier announce multi-site development joint venture

04.04.08: Revamped stations and new facilities for passengers in London and the South East have been signalled as Network Rail selected a preferred development partner for its innovative multi-site joint venture. Network Rail and Kier Property Limite...

First ScotRail wants to introduce eco power at Leuchars Station in Fife

28.03.08: The train operator has lodged a planning application for a 6kw wind turbine which would supply all electricity needs for the station building, including heating and lighting. The wind turbine would also be connected to the national grid &nd...

Heathrow T5 opens with empty train platforms

28.03.08: Heathrow's new train station for Terminal 5 opened to the public with two unused platforms, showing that public transport needs higher priority at this major international gateway, says the South East England Regional Transport Board. The p...

ACE launches new Engineering Excellence Awards

26.03.08: ACE has launched a new Engineering Excellence Awards to give consultancy and engineering firms a national platform to showcase and promote their work. The call for entries for the nine, mainly project-based awards is now open and submission...

Praise for station’s £5 million transformation

26.03.08: Passengers at Salford Central train station have praised its recent £5 million transformation and asked for more of the same in the future. In a survey carried out by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE), over 90%...

Work gets underway at Greenfield train station

26.03.08: Changes will be afoot at Greenfield train station next weekend as work begins on a new ticket office and waiting areas on the Manchester bound platform. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) is funding the improvements, w...

Work starts on new station car parks in Bolton

14.03.08: Work has started to create more than 70 parking spaces at Daisy Hill train station in Bolton. A total of 74 spaces will be created at the popular station, providing official park-and-ride facilities for the first time. Greater Manchest...

New look for Runcorn station

29.02.08: Runcorn railway station has a new look following the completion of a £650,000 refurbishment programme. The work reflects the importance of the station to a growing number of business and leisure customers. A First Class Lounge and Sta...

Tube Lines starts upgrade of one of London’s busiest stations

29.02.08: The second busiest station on the London Underground is to undergo major refurbishment work. Waterloo Tube station carries over 70m passengers every year and together with the rail station forms a key interchange and artery into and out of Londo...

The end of a myth - Forth Bridge painters set to hang up their brushes

The end of a myth - Forth Bridge painters set to hang up their brushes

22.02.08: • New £18.5m annual contract will bring painting work to a close by 2012 • No disruption to passenger or freight services Network Rail is set to mark the end of a modern myth, when the painting of the Forth Bridge comes...

Transformation of Stalybridge train station begins

22.02.08: Work has started on a £675,000 project to transform Stalybridge train station’s ticket office and waiting area. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) and train operator First TransPennine Express are jointly f...

Bank slip needs long term fix

20.02.08: Around 100,000 tonnes of material will have to be removed from a bank in West Yorkshire which has caused disruption to rail services on the Hebden Bridge to Wakefield line. Around 40 tonnes of trees and earth have slipped down the bank at E...

Call for feasibility study into Woodhead Tunnel

Call for feasibility study into Woodhead Tunnel

20.02.08: The chair of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority has backed calls for a feasibility study into the future of a disused rail link at Woodhead Tunnel near Glossop in the Peak District. Councillor Roger Jones is urging National Gr...

Crewe rail bridge to be replaced

20.02.08: Network Rail is investing £1.4m in a project to completely replace the bridge that carries Wistaston Road in Crewe over the railway line to Chester. Work started in the New Year and will take up to six months to complete. The work is...

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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 >