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HS1: Going international

HS1: Going international

03.07.18: Wendy Spinks OBE, commercial director of HS1 Ltd, discusses the potential of new, direct international train services from the UK. Passengers value international  train  travel and want new direct destinations. That should come as...

NR stations to tackle plastic use to become greener

NR stations to tackle plastic use to become greener

06.06.18: Network Rail is to ban retailers from supplying plastic cutlery and cups in its managed stations from 2020. The move forms part of the organisation’s plans to tackle three significant environmental issues in the country’s biggest an...

£3m pledged for Darlington Station project

£3m pledged for Darlington Station project

05.06.18: The progress of renovation plans for Darlington Station has been given a boost after the local council has committed £3m to finance the proposals. After a meeting of the Tees Valley Combined Authority cabinet, the cash was agreed to t...

Bridge plans at dangerous Wareham crossing rejected by council

Bridge plans at dangerous Wareham crossing rejected by council

04.06.18: Amended plans to install a ramped bridge at the dangerous Wareham Level Crossing have been refused by the district council. In a meeting last week, Purbeck District Council’s planning committee ruled that the amended plans have not addres...

Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

18.05.18: Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Siemens Mobility Division, explains how the company plans to make Yorkshire the base for the new UK rail industrial revolution. The prosperity of the Northern Powerhouse is crucial to the growt...

Old Oak Common depot begins operations ahead of Elizabeth Line launch

Old Oak Common depot begins operations ahead of Elizabeth Line launch

11.05.18: The new depot at Old Oak Common has begun operations in a major milestone for London’s new Elizabeth Line, which is due to launch in seven months’ time. The new facility, which will be capable of housing and maintaining up to 42...

Royal reopening for London Bridge

Royal reopening for London Bridge

10.05.18: The Duke of Cambridge has reopened London Bridge station following its £1bn transformation. Prince William officially reopened the country’s fourth busiest railway station yesterday after a five year rail and building programme that...

First milestone in £120m Queen Street revamp reached

First milestone in £120m Queen Street revamp reached

10.05.18: Work has been completed on the extension of Glasgow Queen Street’s platform 1. The completion of the six month project is the first key milestone in the £120m redevelopment of the station. Work to extend the platform by 50m began...

Next stop, Bradford

Next stop, Bradford

09.05.18: The impact of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) on Bradford will be immense. It’s vital that the opportunity is capitalised on in order to transform travel and leave a lasting positive legacy for years to come, writes Kersten England, chief e...

South Kensington: Building on a legacy

South Kensington: Building on a legacy

09.05.18: Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, says the redevelopment of the iconic South Kensington station will revitalise what is already a gateway to some of the world’s most treasured institutions. South Kensington Tube...

Birmingham International station set for £286m revamp

Birmingham International station set for £286m revamp

03.05.18: The plans for a £286m revamp of Birmingham International station have been revealed after it secured more than £9m for a redesign project in preparation for the arrival of HS2. Over £9m has been awarded to the Urban G...

NR takes over Guildford and Clapham Junction stations to aid redevelopment

NR takes over Guildford and Clapham Junction stations to aid redevelopment

11.04.18: Network Rail has taken over Guildford and Clapham Junction stations in order to support the major upgrades planned for both structures as part of its wide-reaching Railway Upgrade Plan. Guildford station has had a £150m redevelopment appr...

Virgin unveils new Newark Northgate forecourt as part of £1.2m scheme

Virgin unveils new Newark Northgate forecourt as part of £1.2m scheme

10.04.18: Virgin Trains has unveiled Newark Northgate’s new forecourt, representing the latest stage of a £1.2m station improvement project. The train operator has delivered a series of upgrades to the station, improving access and easing con...

Team Orange completes drainage work at Potters Bar station

Team Orange completes drainage work at Potters Bar station

27.03.18: Major work to improve the drainage at Potters Bar station to reduce the risk of flooding to the subway. Network Rail completed the work using a £300,000 investment as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan. Engineers replaced old pieces of...

Doncaster Sheffield Airport announces ambition to build rail station connected to ECML

Doncaster Sheffield Airport announces ambition to build rail station connected to ECML

26.03.18: Doncaster Sheffield Airport has outlined plans to build a new rail station connected to the East Coast Main Line (ECML) in its 20-year vision for the future. The airport’s Masterplan sets out ambitions to create an ‘Aerotropolis...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >