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Huge blaze shuts down all services at Nottingham station

Huge blaze shuts down all services at Nottingham station

12.01.18: Nottingham station has been shut down following a massive fire which began at around 6.30am this morning. The station was evacuated and there were no casualties reported, but services are unable to run through Nottingham until further notic...

DLR station reopens after nearly a year of Elizabeth Line prep

DLR station reopens after nearly a year of Elizabeth Line prep

09.01.18: Custom House DLR station reopened this week following its closure in February last year. The station went through major upgrade work in the time it was shut, preparing for the introduction of Elizabeth Line services which are set to start f...

TfN confirms January release for delayed draft transport strategy

TfN confirms January release for delayed draft transport strategy

15.12.17: Transport for the North has this week announced backing from northern leaders for its 30-year draft transport strategy. The document is expected to be released on 16 January 2018 with infrastructure and improvement plans thought to cost aro...

Strood station reopens after £2m improvements

Strood station reopens after £2m improvements

11.12.17: Southeastern has reopened Strood station following its £2.59m upgrade. The work is part of the National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP) and Medway Council’s plans to regenerate the area. The new station features a much large...

London Bridge station set to open in January as all track is completed

London Bridge station set to open in January as all track is completed

04.12.17: London Bridge station is on course to reopen on 2 January next year following the completion of all track work around the area. There will be a period of 10 days of major re-signalling work, during which major service changes and line closu...

First work starts on ‘modern and vibrant’ £100m South Shields transport hub

First work starts on ‘modern and vibrant’ £100m South Shields transport hub

01.12.17: Demolition work has begun in the centre of South Shields, as the town prepares for the construction of a £100m transport hub. When completed, the hub will provide another major station for the Tyne and Wear Metro system, as well as a...

TfL completes ‘incredibly challenging and complex’ Bakerloo improvement work

TfL completes ‘incredibly challenging and complex’ Bakerloo improvement work

24.11.17: TfL has completed “incredibly challenging and complex” engineering works on the Bakerloo line as part of a £2.3bn tube modernisation programme. Track replacements and junction upgrades are expected to increase reliability...

The new era of station retail

The new era of station retail

17.11.17: Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the customer experience at stations in the UK. Despite a well-publicised range of challenges facing ret...

Bond Street £300m revamp unveiled ahead of Elizabeth Line link next year

Bond Street £300m revamp unveiled ahead of Elizabeth Line link next year

17.11.17: Major refurbishment and connection works at London’s Bond Street station have been completed. TfL announced the completion of the revamp today, including a 30% increase in capacity necessary for the future connection with the Elizabet...

Full steam ahead for Doncaster station upgrade

Full steam ahead for Doncaster station upgrade

16.11.17: Plans to develop Doncaster train station are now formally underway as the council’s planning committee granted approval of the designs and layout of the new station forecourt. Work has already begun on the multimillion-pound project, with...

The first phase of Liverpool Lime Street's major upgrade

The first phase of Liverpool Lime Street's major upgrade

09.11.17: As part of a £340m investment in the city, Liverpool Lime Street station is undergoing the first phase of transformation works and the biggest upgrade it has seen since the 19th century, writes Sean Hyland, senior project manager at Networ...

NR moves into final stage of London Bridge works with track and signalling upgrade

NR moves into final stage of London Bridge works with track and signalling upgrade

07.11.17: A vital piece of track and signalling work at London Bridge has been completed by Network Rail, paving the way forward for Thameslink services to resume through the station next year. Engineers have worked to deliver the improvements betwee...

Community Rail partnerships could be expanded following government consultation

Community Rail partnerships could be expanded following government consultation

06.11.17: The DfT has opened a consultation on expanding the Community Rail initiative with increased funding across the country. Community Rail partnerships have been set up in around 60 stations since the project began in 1993, with £3m inves...

Solihull councils release £1.2bn Hub development framework to capitalise on HS2

Solihull councils release £1.2bn Hub development framework to capitalise on HS2

03.11.17: Councils in Solihull have released a framework outlining infrastructure plans to build on the upcoming HS2 interchange that is set to be built in the area. The ‘Hub’ development would attempt to fulfil the full economic potentia...

Council reveals image of new £82m station masterplan

Council reveals image of new £82m station masterplan

02.11.17: An image showing how the planned £82m Coventry station is expected to look has been released today. Coventry City Council are expected to submit a planning application for the new structure later this year after they received investme...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >