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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...

Engineering a solution to water penetration

20.02.08: KIM waterproofing admixture solves water penetration problems for more and more UK and Irish engineers. Since ICCT Ltd first imported this innovative concrete waterproofing admixture almost ten years ago, it continues to meet or exceed all...

Footbridge replacement in Chichester

Footbridge replacement in Chichester

20.02.08: Network Rail has started work on a £900,000 project to replace Stirling Road footbridge in Chichester and provide pedestrians with an easier and more pleasant route over the railway. The existing bridge span and approach ramps will be...

New bridge lifted into place over rail lines

New bridge lifted into place over rail lines

20.02.08: A delicate operation to lift a giant new steel footbridge into place over Metro and rail lines at Felling near Gateshead took place recently. The three spans of the 48 metre footbridge – weighing 25 tonnes – were lifted into pla...

Station improvements at Cambridge

20.02.08: National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway and First Capital Connect are investing in a number of station improvements at Cambridge, one of the busiest stations in the region. In a joint partnership the train operators have op...

Stay on the rails regarding lifting regulations

20.02.08: The Work at Height Regulations have particular implications for the rail industry Every manager needs to be aware of the Work at Height Regulations that came into force in April 2005. These regulations clarify precisely what “work&rdq...

Take off for East Midlands railway

20.02.08: Passengers across the East Midlands will soon have more choice in how they travel after Network Rail kicked off the construction of the new East Midlands Parkway station. The £25m project, primarily funded by Network Rail with a contributi...

Train lifting gear deals won

20.02.08: A new Hitachi traincare centre at Ashford and upgraded DLR depot at Beckton have generated substantial orders for Sheffield-based heavy-handling gear specialist Mechan Limited. New depot action is not confined to the UK and Mechan has also been...

Train strikes footbridge

20.02.08: A 31 year old East Midlands Trains driver was in a stable condition at Leicester Royal Infirmary hospital after his train struck a footbridge (known as Barrow Old Station footbridge) in the area of Grove Lane, Barrow Upon Soar, Loughborough, Lei...

ACE calls for engineering disciplines to be added to skills shortages list

08.02.08: Leading business association the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has continued its drive to have more engineering disciplines included on the UK government’s list of professions suffering from skills shortages. In di...

RAIB Report released into a derailment at King Edward bridge in Newcastle

01.02.08: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report today on a derailment of a freight train at King Edward Bridge in Newcastle on Tyne on 10 May 2007. The full report into the incident is available here: http://www.raib.gov.uk...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendati... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

19/07/2019TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19/07/2019Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... 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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >