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Northern opens £23m Blackburn depot as part of Great North Rail Project

Northern opens £23m Blackburn depot as part of Great North Rail Project

30.10.17: Northern and Network Rail have spent £23m on a new train maintenance depot in Blackburn, opened by rail minister Paul Maynard last week. The facility has been built with a range of modern equipment and will be used to maintain as many...

Cambridge authorities allot £4m investment for transport infrastructure

Cambridge authorities allot £4m investment for transport infrastructure

27.10.17: The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CA) will spend over £4m on transport schemes in 2017-18. Funds are expected to be spent on a number of shortlisted major infrastructure projects including the development of new...

Rail industry investment greater priority than housing for British public

Rail industry investment greater priority than housing for British public

26.10.17: British people think investment in rail is more important to the country than housing, according to a new report. A survey of 1,004 people aged between 16-65 showed that 46% of people felt rail investment should be prioritised compared to 4...

Campaign for Better Transport calls on DfT for new funding for track and stations

Campaign for Better Transport calls on DfT for new funding for track and stations

26.10.17: A new Rail Development Fund to pay for the construction of new track and stations across the UK has been recommended by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT). The organisation has penned a letter to transport secretary Chris Grayling whic...

Plans revealed for major Stoke station upgrade ahead of HS2

Plans revealed for major Stoke station upgrade ahead of HS2

20.10.17: Plans for a major to upgrade Stoke station into a key central hub for the surrounding HS2 network in the West Midlands have been unveiled. The project includes work to both the interior and exterior areas of the station set to tak...

Services set to return to Liverpool Lime Street

Services set to return to Liverpool Lime Street

20.10.17: Services into Liverpool Lime Street are set to resume full operations this Monday following a period of improvement works at the northern station. Since 30 September many journeys into Liverpool’s main city centre station have been di...

UK should ‘look abroad’ for station advancements

UK should ‘look abroad’ for station advancements

18.10.17: The UK should take the lead from other countries on maximising the benefits of railway stations, argues a new report released today. The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has used the study to highlight the versatility of areas surroundin...

TfL seeks views on two new Old Oak stations

TfL seeks views on two new Old Oak stations

17.10.17: The Old Oak and Park Royal site in London is being considered by TfL as the site of two new stations that would link to the Elizabeth Line and HS2 as part of a five-week consultation. The consultation asks for views on two potential London...

NR launches first multi-site land package for homes

NR launches first multi-site land package for homes

12.10.17: Network Rail has launched the first in a planned series of multi-site land packages as part of its land for homes programme. The multi-site packages will streamline the process of unlocking land for homes. The first package includes two sites i...

Liverpool Lime Street reopens first two platforms in £340m upgrade

Liverpool Lime Street reopens first two platforms in £340m upgrade

09.10.17: Network Rail has reopened two platforms at Liverpool Lime Street as the £340m investment in the Liverpool City Region continues. The platforms had been closed as part of the redevelopment which will upgrade the station’s signall...

Construction begins on Kirkdale depot to maintain new Merseyrail fleet

Construction begins on Kirkdale depot to maintain new Merseyrail fleet

28.09.17: Work has started on a new state-of-the-art depot at Kirkdale that will accommodate for Merseyrail’s new fleet. The rolling stock, which is due to be introduced by the TOC in 2020, will be fixed and maintained at the depot. BAM Nu...

NR extends platform at Liverpool South Parkway ahead of Lime Street upgrade

NR extends platform at Liverpool South Parkway ahead of Lime Street upgrade

26.09.17: Important work to temporarily extend platform 4 at Liverpool South Parkway has been completed this week in preparation for the major upgrade happening at Lime Street station later on this month. The redesigned platform will accommodate long...

Lincolnshire bridge replacement to ‘greatly benefit’ freight

Lincolnshire bridge replacement to ‘greatly benefit’ freight

25.09.17: Network Rail is to upgrade a railway bridge in Vernatts Drain, Lincolnshire, as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan. The project, which will see a £1.5m investment into the network, will demolish the structure and replace it with a new...

£120m Glasgow Queen Street redevelopment moves into next phase

£120m Glasgow Queen Street redevelopment moves into next phase

22.09.17: The major £120m development of Glasgow Queen Street has this week entered its next phase as work is now underway to prepare redundant buildings at the front of the station for demolition. Protective scaffolding will be put up around t...

TfGM gets to work on upgrades at 25 GM stations

TfGM gets to work on upgrades at 25 GM stations

21.09.17: Major work to upgrade stations across Manchester’s heavy rail network has kicked off this week. This first phase will see customer information screens, public address systems, CCTV, help points and induction loops installed at 25...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >