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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...

Mayor sets out initial decisions for the construction and operation of Crossrail

19.10.07: Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, has set out some of the detailed implications of the construction of Crossrail for London and confirmed arrangements for the project’s management. Ken Livingstone, said: "I have already outli...

Construction of new Ely rail bridge begins

04.10.07: Network Rail has begun to rebuild the rail bridge across the River Ouse at Ely which was damaged following a derailment of a freight train on 22 June. It is hoped that the bridge will be open for passenger and freight services before Christ...

FARO joins British Engineering Manufacturers’ Association

27.09.07: FARO, the world market leader in portable computer-aided measurement arms and laser tracker sales, has announced that it has joined the British Engineering Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA). BEMA is the largest engineering trade associatio...

Bow river bridge to get makeover

20.09.07: The railway bridge over the River Lea and Bow Creek in East London is getting a £2 million makeover this autumn. Graffiti and rust will disappear when the steelwork is grit-blasted and repainted. This will transform the 120m long brid...

New Metrolink bridge swings into place

23.08.07: Engineers lifted a new 50 tonne road bridge into place over the Bury Metrolink line on Wednesday as part of a £100 million project to improve the network. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) replaced the bridge, o...

Park Street bridge brought up to strength

23.08.07: Work will soon start on a £250,000 project by Network Rail and Birmingham City Council to strengthen Park Street bridge in Birmingham to ensure it meets current standards for roads passing over railway lines. A scheme is under way to...

King Street bridge brought up to strength

02.08.07: Work will soon start on a £1.6 million project by Network Rail to ensure King Street bridge on the A627 in Dukinfield, known locally as The White Bridge, meets current standards for roads passing over railway lines. A scheme is under...

Lindapter fixings provide high-integrity solution for 'adventure walk' addition to Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge

Lindapter fixings provide high-integrity solution for 'adventure walk' addition to Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge

24.07.07: Lindapter steelwork fixings provided the ideal solution for safely attaching much of the flooring and walkway structures required to create the new 'Story Bridge Adventure Climb' — a recent addition to Brisbane's tourist attractions. ...

Scientifics go Forth

Scientifics go Forth

24.07.07: Bridges are one of the most striking aspects of the UK’s rail network, none more so than the 2.5 km. (1.5 mile) Forth Railway Bridge, the world’s first major steel bridge. Completed in 1890, it ranks as one of the great feats of...

Works underway on Monkwearmouth Bridge

Works underway on Monkwearmouth Bridge

24.07.07: Restrengthening and refurbishment works are underway on Monkwearmouth railway bridge in Sunderland. Network Rail has appointed Amalgamated Construction Co. Ltd (AMCO) as the main contractor on the project and Pyeroy Group has been sub-contr...

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Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

18/10/2019Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

Arup, in partnership with Network Rail, have published their ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ report, exploring the exciting part th... more >
North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

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The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review warnin... more >
Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17/10/2019Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list. Just 16.4% of the r... 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 >

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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 >