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NR extends platform at Liverpool South Parkway ahead of Lime Street upgrade

NR extends platform at Liverpool South Parkway ahead of Lime Street upgrade

26.09.17: Important work to temporarily extend platform 4 at Liverpool South Parkway has been completed this week in preparation for the major upgrade happening at Lime Street station later on this month. The redesigned platform will accommodate long...

Lincolnshire bridge replacement to ‘greatly benefit’ freight

Lincolnshire bridge replacement to ‘greatly benefit’ freight

25.09.17: Network Rail is to upgrade a railway bridge in Vernatts Drain, Lincolnshire, as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan. The project, which will see a £1.5m investment into the network, will demolish the structure and replace it with a new...

£120m Glasgow Queen Street redevelopment moves into next phase

£120m Glasgow Queen Street redevelopment moves into next phase

22.09.17: The major £120m development of Glasgow Queen Street has this week entered its next phase as work is now underway to prepare redundant buildings at the front of the station for demolition. Protective scaffolding will be put up around t...

TfGM gets to work on upgrades at 25 GM stations

TfGM gets to work on upgrades at 25 GM stations

21.09.17: Major work to upgrade stations across Manchester’s heavy rail network has kicked off this week. This first phase will see customer information screens, public address systems, CCTV, help points and induction loops installed at 25...

Work begins on new Maghull North station

Work begins on new Maghull North station

20.09.17: Construction of a new station in the north west has started this week, which will give increased travel options for passengers in the region. When finished, the new Maghull North station will be just off School Lane, adjacent to the formaer...

NR station shops enjoy revenue boost higher than other retailers

NR station shops enjoy revenue boost higher than other retailers

14.09.17: Total retail at all of Network Rail’s managed stations went up by 5.29% between April and June 2017, new figures released by the organisation have shown. This compares well to British Retail consortium figures, which have shown an ave...

Developing London’s stations key to catering for population growth

Developing London’s stations key to catering for population growth

13.09.17: Developing London’s rail and tube stations could provide an innovative and sustainable solution to accommodating the capital’s huge population growth, a new report has found. Think tank Centre for London said that immediate acti...

Trains will not run through Bolton ‘until further notice’ after bridge collapse

Trains will not run through Bolton ‘until further notice’ after bridge collapse

25.08.17: Northern Rail will not be running trains through Bolton “until further notice” after a burst water pipe caused a section of Moses Gate bridge to collapse onto the railway. As well as debris falling on the railway, the damage cre...

RSSB launches framework to improve nation’s stations

RSSB launches framework to improve nation’s stations

23.08.17: A new framework has this week been released that assesses and compares the performance of railway stations around the country. Led by the RSSB, the framework will give users quick and easy access to information about local stations across t...

NR reveals mock-ups of Edinburgh Waverley platform extension

NR reveals mock-ups of Edinburgh Waverley platform extension

23.08.17: New pictures released by Network Rail today have shown how extended platforms at Edinburgh’s Waverley station could look when works are complete. The computer-generated images show how Scotland’s second busiest station will look...

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

18.08.17: The alliance taking forward the Ordsall Chord under a multidisciplinary partnership approach has been celebrated as the chief reason behind the scheme’s punctual progress towards the last stages of work before its December debut. Spea...

NR states ambition to keep Liverpool moving during major Lime Street work

NR states ambition to keep Liverpool moving during major Lime Street work

17.08.17: Liverpool Lime Street will remain “open for business” whilst it undergoes major work this autumn, Network Rail has today reassured passengers in the region. The latest stage of work will take place between 30 September and 22 Oc...

Ordsall Chord close to completion as steel bands installed

Ordsall Chord close to completion as steel bands installed

15.08.17: The Ordsall Chord is now moving into the final stages of construction as two steel bands have been moved into place on the structure. On 14 August, the final cascade weighing 40 tonnes was installed by Network Rail engineers, marking the co...

Carlisle station’s £14.5m roof renewal work takes shape

Carlisle station’s £14.5m roof renewal work takes shape

08.08.17: New pictures released this week by Network Rail of improvements being made to Carlisle station’s roof have shown that passengers are benefiting from the new look. The works, costing £14.5m, are part of the Great North Rail Proje...

Grayling: Cambridge North station a core part of creating UK’s own Silicon Valley

Grayling: Cambridge North station a core part of creating UK’s own Silicon Valley

07.08.17: Cambridge North was officially opened by transport secretary Chris Grayling today, who said that the station would lead to the creation of the UK’s own ‘Silicon Valley’. The station was opened for passenger service back in...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >