Civils and stations

Sonic windows help restoration of historic Huntingdon Station

Sonic windows help restoration of historic Huntingdon Station

14.05.08: Sympathetic restoration work was recently completed on Huntingdon station, a designated Grade II listed building. The station, built in 1849, is believed to have been designed by Lewis Cubitt, whose family included Thomas Cubitt the master build...

Stannah scoop national railway heritage award for lift modernisation on Hove Station

Stannah scoop national railway heritage award for lift modernisation on Hove Station

14.05.08: Stannah Lift Services Ltd is delighted to have been awarded the London Underground Accessibility Award for their lift modernisation work at Hove station. The award, in the form of a blue plaque, was fixed for permanent display at a ceremony...

Station enhancements boost performance while slashing crime

Station enhancements boost performance while slashing crime

14.05.08: Since unveiling almost £500,000 worth of brand new passenger information and security systems at stations on the West Coast, First ScotRail has reported its best performance and reliability figures since 1999. The railway is also carrying...

Suppliers onboard station renewals contracts

14.05.08: Network Rail’s programme to renew and improve stations has received a boost with the appointment of three specialist contractors The firms, May Gurney, J Murphy and G Osborne signed new framework agreements with Network Rail which c...

Colchester station subway refurbishment complete

01.05.08: National Express East Anglia has finished improvement work on the passenger subway at Colchester station. The newly re-furbished subway will be officially opened at Colchester Station on Wednesday 30th April at 10.30am, by Graham Male, Chairman...

Imperial Wharf station saved

25.04.08: If Hammersmith & Fulham Council agrees the multi-million funding package that will mean that Imperial Wharf Overground Station, which has been talked about for nearly twenty years, will finally be built. An H&F Council spokesman sai...

Three bridges in a row for East London Line extension

25.04.08: A spectacular new bridge for Transport for London's East London Line extension is to be installed in May. The bridge is due to be the last of three new East London Line bridges to be installed within six weeks. The 600 tonne truss steel str...

More car parking spaces for Runcorn railway station

18.04.08: Virgin Trains in partnership with Network Rail is to increase the number of car parking spaces available for rail passengers at Runcorn station. When completed it will provide an additional 198 car parking spaces. The new 558-space car park is e...

Twelve stations have new fencing installed

18.04.08: Twelve of South West Trains’ stations have had new fencing installed in a £200,000 joint project with Network Rail. Life-expired fencing at Raynes Park, Feltham, Bedhampton, Virginia Water, Wandsworth Town, New Malden, Farnham...

Better station just the ticket for Warrington Bank Quay

11.04.08: People using Warrington Bank Quay station will gain much better and more attractive facilities when a £650,000 improvement project is completed in August this year. Whatever form of transport people use to arrive to begin their train...

DLR Limehouse station link on the way

11.04.08: Docklands Light Railway (DLR), part of Transport for London (TfL), has confirmed that it will build a connecting footbridge between Limehouse DLR and c2c stations. The £1.9m link, funded by TfL and the Department for Transport (DfT)...

Improvements to South West Trains’ stations

11.04.08: Twelve of South West Trains’ stations have had new fencing installed in a £200,000 joint project with Network Rail. Life-expired fencing at Raynes Park, Feltham, Bedhampton, Virginia Water, Wandsworth Town, New Malden, Farnham...

Cross Engineering brightens up Liverpool Lime Street

Cross Engineering brightens up Liverpool Lime Street

08.04.08: Cross Services Engineering Limited has played a central role in lighting up Liverpool’s famous Lime Street station. The multi discipline engineering company carried out a series of electrical and mechanical engineering projects during the...

Mound Tunnel lowering & Waverley Bridge girder works

08.04.08: Network Rail's Transport Scotland funded £150million upgrade of Edinburgh Waverley Station's tracks and platforms was completed on schedule and within budget on 16th November 2007. The work provided half a mile of new and extended platform...

Pfaff upgrades Etches Park Depot

Pfaff upgrades Etches Park Depot

08.04.08: It was an extraordinary order from the UK which gave Pfaff-silberblau Verkehrstechnik GmbH & Co. KG, based in Kissing, Germany, the chal-lenge and opportunity once again to prove how they can easily cope with stringent time constraints. ...

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Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23/08/2019Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public co... more >
Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23/08/2019Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldershot, in Hampshire. Ar... more >
Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23/08/2019Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to be... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

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

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

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

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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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

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >