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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...

Limehouse Link tunnel closure for essential safety improvements

20.12.07: The Limehouse Link Tunnel will be closed during the day on four consecutive weekends in January and February 2008 to test state-of-the-art safety equipment newly installed as part of a refurbishment of the tunnel. A high-tech public address...

'White Bridge' reopens to road vehicles

13.12.07: A £1.6m project by Network Rail to strengthen the road-over-rail bridge on King Street, Dukinfield was completed at the weekend and the road reopened to traffic following a 12-week closure. Work was carried out after the structure, kn...

Signs up for Bromsgrove’s bridge bashers

15.11.07: Rail passengers travelling between Birmingham, Worcestershire and the West Country are set to benefit following an initiative by Network Rail and Worcestershire County Council to reduce delays caused by high vehicles hitting railway bridges. ...

Making the right connections

Making the right connections

13.11.07: The first train will enter service in only a matter of weeks time and probably the last thing on the mind of passengers speeding to Europe on High Speed 1 is “will the power supply to the train fail and interrupt my journey?” Fine wi...

FRP railway bridge is a UK first

25.10.07: The UK rail network's first self-supporting fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge was lifted into position over a railway line at St Austell, Cornwall at the weekend. The innovative footbridge, which crosses the Paddington to Penzance main...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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 >