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Cambridge North 80% complete following Christmas work

Cambridge North 80% complete following Christmas work

04.01.17: The new station at Cambridge North is due to open on schedule after major construction work over Christmas. Network Rail engineers built platforms, installed tracks for a new bay platform and fitted overhead wires over the festive season. T...

Green light given for £3m refurbishment of Middlesbrough station

Green light given for £3m refurbishment of Middlesbrough station

21.12.16: Middlesbrough station has gained approval to have its roof and stonework repaired as the first stage in a programme of upgrades. The project, which costs £2.7m, will begin in spring 2017 and take 13 months to complete. Lisa McGui...

Significant investment promised for Sutton Coldfield stations

Significant investment promised for Sutton Coldfield stations

15.12.16: Stations in the Sutton Coldfield area will receive over a million pounds of investment from Network Rail and London Midland. At a meeting with Andrew Mitchell, the MP for Sutton Coldfield, Network Rail said that it is investing £1.2m...

New £41m Edinburgh Gateway station now open

New £41m Edinburgh Gateway station now open

12.12.16: The new £41m Edinburgh Gateway train-tram interchange was officially opened by the Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf last Friday (9 December). The new station, in the west of Edinburgh, will be of great benefit to passengers fr...

Plans for three new Leeds railway stations unveiled

Plans for three new Leeds railway stations unveiled

05.12.16: Leeds is set to get three new railway stations as part of a £270m transport strategy set to be unveiled tomorrow. A new parkway station will be built on the existing Leeds to Harrogate line at Leeds Airport, while new stations will al...

Geophysical condition assessment of railway earthworks

Geophysical condition assessment of railway earthworks

22.11.16: Dr Shane Donohue from Queen’s University Belfast discusses the findings of a recent project that used time-lapse monitoring of climate effects on earthworks using surface waves. A recent DfT review on infrastructure resilience highlig...

£5m upgrades completed at Whitton station

£5m upgrades completed at Whitton station

21.11.16: A £5m upgrade programme at Whitton station was completed today with the opening of a fully accessible footbridge, featuring two lifts for passengers. The refurbishment programme, which began in March 2015, has provided the station wit...

Ilkeston, 50 years on

Ilkeston, 50 years on

18.11.16: The town of Ilkeston is finally getting another rail station after almost 50 years without tracks. Geoff Pickford, service director for highways at Derbyshire County Council, gives an update on the latest developments taking place at the site. ...

Virgin Trains unveils futuristic changes at Birmingham International

Virgin Trains unveils futuristic changes at Birmingham International

14.11.16: Virgin Trains has unveiled its new-look Birmingham International station, calling the transformed open-plan station its vision for ‘stations of the future’. An investment of over £1m has transformed the station’s tic...

Lighting the way in energy consumption reduction

Lighting the way in energy consumption reduction

07.11.16: RTM’s David Stevenson speaks to Ben Martin, head of asset management at c2c, about the energy-saving programme being rolled out at the operator’s stations. In an effort to significantly reduce energy consumption, National Expres...

Retail revamp for Waterloo Eurostar terminal given green light

Retail revamp for Waterloo Eurostar terminal given green light

03.11.16: Lambeth Council have given the green light to a new shopping centre at the disused Waterloo International Terminal (WIT) as part of a wider project to expand the station. The venture, organised by LCR, the DfT and Network Rail, will create...

Edinburgh’s £41m tram-train interchange  to open next month

Edinburgh’s £41m tram-train interchange to open next month

03.11.16: Rail passengers travelling to Edinburgh will be able to transfer directly to the tram for onward travel to the airport at a new interchange from next month. The £41m Edinburgh Gateway interchange, situated between South Gyle and Dalme...

Wolverhampton to get new station as part of £120m redevelopment

Wolverhampton to get new station as part of £120m redevelopment

01.11.16: Wolverhampton station will be demolished and replaced with a more modern development as part of a £120m investment. Wolverhampton City Council approved the plans from the Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership for the new station, whic...

New exit opened as part of Birmingham New Street redevelopment

New exit opened as part of Birmingham New Street redevelopment

31.10.16: The £750m redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station has neared completion as a new pedestrian exit opened. The southern hub will provide exit-only access to Hill Street from all platforms via the Navigation Street footbridge. ...

South West Trains opens first video customer contact centre

South West Trains opens first video customer contact centre

28.09.16: South West Trains passengers will be able to seek support in buying tickets via video screens at the first specialised customer contact centre in the UK, officially opened at Basingstoke today. The centre is linked to video ticket machines...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >