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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. ...

Restoration complete at art deco station

Restoration complete at art deco station

08.04.08: An original signboard has been restored and returned to its former home at Hoylake station – 70 years to the day it was first hung The sign was originally erected when the art deco station was rebuilt and reopened on March 14th 1938...

Tube Lines starts Waterloo upgrade

08.04.08: The second busiest station on the London Underground is to undergo major refurbishment work. Waterloo Tube station carries over 70m passengers every year and together with the rail station forms a key interchange and artery into and out of Londo...

Van Elle stabilise Willenhall embankment

Van Elle stabilise Willenhall embankment

08.04.08: Van Elle recently carried out piling works to improve the stability of an existing 10m high Network Rail embankment at Willenhall, Coventry, West Midlands for clients Story Rail. This was no ordinary job as the Bromsgrove sandstone ground c...

Network Rail and Kier announce multi-site development joint venture

04.04.08: Revamped stations and new facilities for passengers in London and the South East have been signalled as Network Rail selected a preferred development partner for its innovative multi-site joint venture. Network Rail and Kier Property Limite...

First ScotRail wants to introduce eco power at Leuchars Station in Fife

28.03.08: The train operator has lodged a planning application for a 6kw wind turbine which would supply all electricity needs for the station building, including heating and lighting. The wind turbine would also be connected to the national grid &nd...

Heathrow T5 opens with empty train platforms

28.03.08: Heathrow's new train station for Terminal 5 opened to the public with two unused platforms, showing that public transport needs higher priority at this major international gateway, says the South East England Regional Transport Board. The p...

ACE launches new Engineering Excellence Awards

26.03.08: ACE has launched a new Engineering Excellence Awards to give consultancy and engineering firms a national platform to showcase and promote their work. The call for entries for the nine, mainly project-based awards is now open and submission...

Praise for station’s £5 million transformation

26.03.08: Passengers at Salford Central train station have praised its recent £5 million transformation and asked for more of the same in the future. In a survey carried out by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE), over 90%...

Work gets underway at Greenfield train station

26.03.08: Changes will be afoot at Greenfield train station next weekend as work begins on a new ticket office and waiting areas on the Manchester bound platform. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) is funding the improvements, w...

Work starts on new station car parks in Bolton

14.03.08: Work has started to create more than 70 parking spaces at Daisy Hill train station in Bolton. A total of 74 spaces will be created at the popular station, providing official park-and-ride facilities for the first time. Greater Manchest...

New look for Runcorn station

29.02.08: Runcorn railway station has a new look following the completion of a £650,000 refurbishment programme. The work reflects the importance of the station to a growing number of business and leisure customers. A First Class Lounge and Sta...

Tube Lines starts upgrade of one of London’s busiest stations

29.02.08: The second busiest station on the London Underground is to undergo major refurbishment work. Waterloo Tube station carries over 70m passengers every year and together with the rail station forms a key interchange and artery into and out of Londo...

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...

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Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

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The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the needs of colleagues on th... more >
Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

03/04/2020Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

The viaduct, which you can see in the Harry Potter series of films, joined other famous attractions and venues like Glasgow’s SSH Hydro in ... more >
Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02/04/2020Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by declaring a move to imme... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >