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Team Orange completes drainage work at Potters Bar station

Team Orange completes drainage work at Potters Bar station

27.03.18: Major work to improve the drainage at Potters Bar station to reduce the risk of flooding to the subway. Network Rail completed the work using a £300,000 investment as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan. Engineers replaced old pieces of...

Doncaster Sheffield Airport announces ambition to build rail station connected to ECML

Doncaster Sheffield Airport announces ambition to build rail station connected to ECML

26.03.18: Doncaster Sheffield Airport has outlined plans to build a new rail station connected to the East Coast Main Line (ECML) in its 20-year vision for the future. The airport’s Masterplan sets out ambitions to create an ‘Aerotropolis...

Network Rail sees more than £200m in retail sales in Q4 2017

Network Rail sees more than £200m in retail sales in Q4 2017

15.03.18: Retail sales at Network Rail managed stations grew by 3.5% in the final quarter of 2017, it was revealed today. Between April and December 2017 over 630 million people travelled through or visited Network Rail managed stations, spending more th...

Council bosses reveal Manchester Piccadilly’s ‘Northern Hub’ HS2 overhaul

Council bosses reveal Manchester Piccadilly’s ‘Northern Hub’ HS2 overhaul

13.03.18: New plans to develop Manchester Piccadilly and the surrounding area in preparation for both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) have been unveiled by city council bosses. Much of the development would be north of the station, with 2.9 mi...

TfL drives forward with ‘hugely exciting’ Tube station development

TfL drives forward with ‘hugely exciting’ Tube station development

06.03.18: TfL has today confirmed that it will be going forward with a transformative programme of upgrade works on the South Kensington Tube station. The organisation has selected a private developer for the project, which will see the area around t...

Croydon station to get major expansion as Brighton Main Line work approved

Croydon station to get major expansion as Brighton Main Line work approved

27.02.18: Network Rail this week revealed plans to expand East Croydon station after the government approved funding for wider upgrades across the Brighton Main Line. The work will see two new platforms built at the station, with the addition of new...

A busy festive period in Scotland

A busy festive period in Scotland

02.02.18: RTM’s Josh Mines reports on the works that have been delivered in Scotland over the festive period as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). While most the country has enjoyed a lazy period of overindulging in foo...

First images of major ‘gateway’ development at Dundee station unveiled

First images of major ‘gateway’ development at Dundee station unveiled

01.02.18: The first phases of redevelopment work at Dundee station were completed this week as part of a wider £1m refurbishment. ScotRail Alliance is responsible for the changes, which have seen an update of the concourse, as well as new floor...

Rail infrastructure work ‘far below expectations’ as UK civils face first drop in five years

Rail infrastructure work ‘far below expectations’ as UK civils face first drop in five years

01.02.18: The UK’s infrastructure sector posted a quarterly decline today for the first time in five years, largely due to a lack of work on the UK’s railways. Figures released by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) show...

Innovation through technology

Innovation through technology

26.01.18: Tom Kelly, programme manager at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), and Andy Smith, project leader at MPact Thales (MPT), explain how their organisations are using digital engineering in the Trafford Park Line scheme to leverage value throu...

Guildford station gets approval for £150m regeneration work

Guildford station gets approval for £150m regeneration work

25.01.18: Plans for regeneration at Guildford station have been given the go-ahead by the local planning inspectorate, meaning work on the long-awaited scheme is a step closer to beginning. Initially put forward in 2014, the plan will involve a new u...

Engineers hit key milestone in delivery of new Maghull North station

Engineers hit key milestone in delivery of new Maghull North station

25.01.18: Construction of the new Maghull North station has hit a number of new milestones this week as engineers announced that lift shafts, a footbridge and stairs had been successfully installed. Work began on the new station back in September, wh...

A rail centre fit for the future

A rail centre fit for the future

23.01.18: Alstom UK’s new modernisation facility in Widnes has made fantastic progress on the Class 390 fleet since opening its doors in June, writes Nick Crossfield, the company’s managing director. The north west has a rich history of e...

Plans finalised for GWR’s new £40m Exeter depot

Plans finalised for GWR’s new £40m Exeter depot

22.01.18: Contract negotiations have been completed on plans for a £40m train maintenance depot in Exeter developed by GWR, Network Rail and the DfT. The new depot will be built at GWR’s current Exeter Olds View Depot site, expanding the...

Cardiff Central set for upgrade in £180m transport hub redevelopment

Cardiff Central set for upgrade in £180m transport hub redevelopment

16.01.18: Cardiff Central station could be involved in major redevelopment work as plans to redevelop the city’s transport hub are set to be agreed. The deal was agreed in principle today by the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) – a group resp...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >