Civils and stations

Hi-tech Pfaff-silberblau depot train lift supports upgrade work

Hi-tech Pfaff-silberblau depot train lift supports upgrade work

01.07.08: A future fleet of eight-car trains will be more efficiently serviced and maintained thanks to a state of the art train lift system recently installed as part of the Victoria Line upgrade on London’s Underground network Metronet Rail...

Milton Keynes project - station works and general civils

Milton Keynes project - station works and general civils

01.07.08: Milton Keynes is the largest new town in England and has been identified as one of four major growth areas in the south east of England. As a consequence of this growth, transport systems must cater to this need. The West Coast Main Line from Lo...

Audley End rated best rail station by mystery shoppers

26.06.08: National Express East Anglia’s station at Audley End is the best station on the Cambridge – London railway line according to a mystery shopper survey. The station scored 99.45% in the most recent quarterly Service and Quality St...

Put staff back on stations for a safer journey, says RMT

26.06.08: Government clueless on how many stations are unstaffed The cost-cutting removal of staff from railway stations by profit-hungry privateers is undermining safety for passengers and rail workers and must be reversed, the industry’s bi...

A more pleasant and welcoming environment for rail passengers at Needham Market

20.06.08: Train operator National Express East Anglia has given Needham Market station a new lease of life following a redecoration programme. The work was undertaken in-house by the train operator’s rural buildings team over a number of weeks....

Safety and security set to be improved for Tube commuters

20.06.08: Tube Lines has begun the refurbishment of Edgware and West Finchley stations on the busiest line in the UK – the Northern line. The work is set to improve the travelling experience of thousands of commuters who use the stations to travel i...

Transport Scotland to invest in rail car parks

06.06.08: Transport Scotland plans to invest around £1.7 million in railway car park expansions in the east to encourage more people to use the train. Projects are scheduled for Cupar, Musselburgh and Stonehaven stations later this year Through...

New Lounge on track at Aberdeen Station

30.05.08: This week (26th May), work gets underway at Aberdeen Station on the installation of a brand new lounge. The £400,000 investment by First ScotRail is scheduled for completion in August. The work follows the opening of the new travel ce...

Crewe gets green-fingered display

23.05.08: Work to transform part of Platform 5 at Crewe rail station into an oasis of calm has been finally completed. The impressive 48 metre square garden has been created as the result of a competition for Reaseheath Horticultural College develope...

Extra funding for rural stations

16.05.08: Passengers on rural and regional rail services across the country are set to benefit from a £60,000 fund for Community Rail Partnerships, Rail Minister Tom Harris has announced. The new Designated Community Rail Development Fund will...

East London Line bridge installed over Great Eastern Railway

East London Line bridge installed over Great Eastern Railway

14.05.08: Commuters travelling into Liverpool Street Station in central London will have noticed the appearance of a new bridge over the railway tracks. International consultancy Scott Wilson, with its partners Benaim, was responsible for the design of th...

Escalator trolleys make light of heavy work

Escalator trolleys make light of heavy work

14.05.08: Escalator trolleys are being used by Tube Lines to enhance the safe working of its track team responsible for upgrading 109 kilometres of track by 2010. The trolley – specifically designed for use on the London Underground network –...

Escalator trolleys make light of heavy work

Escalator trolleys make light of heavy work

14.05.08: Escalator trolleys are being used by Tube Lines to enhance the safe working of its track team responsible for upgrading 109 kilometres of track by 2010. The trolley – specifically designed for use on the London Underground network –...

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...

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‘Backbone’ of high-speed rail in Britain donated to National Railway Museum

12/11/2019‘Backbone’ of high-speed rail in Britain donated to National Railway Museum

Britain’s most influential modern locomotive, Class 43 High-speed train, also known as the InterCity 125 will join the stationary fleet of ... more >
Network Rail takes on more accountability as devolution journey continues

12/11/2019Network Rail takes on more accountability as devolution journey continues

Network Rail geographic regions, established in June, have taken on accountability for delivering all projects within their borders. Yesterd... more >
Leaked HS2 review draft recommends staying on track with the project

12/11/2019Leaked HS2 review draft recommends staying on track with the project

According to an early draft of the HS2 review seen by The Times newspaper, report author Doug Oakervee is set to recommend ministers proceed... 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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NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

18/10/2019NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

Switch up your playlist with the first #WeAreRTM podcast, gain exclusive insight into the leaders running the rail industry their opinions on recent headlines, visions for the future and meet the personalities behind the job titles. It's not your average interview. Anna-Jane Hunter, Network Rail’s director, North of England rai... 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 >

rail industry focus

  • 02/11/2019Monica Barbosa: Women In Rail

    Director of business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, thinks women are missing out on exciting opportunities because the...
  • 01/11/2019The dangers of fatigues

    Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance...
  • 01/11/2019Mind the skills gap

    Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance...
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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 >