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A rail centre fit for the future

A rail centre fit for the future

23.01.18: Alstom UK’s new modernisation facility in Widnes has made fantastic progress on the Class 390 fleet since opening its doors in June, writes Nick Crossfield, the company’s managing director. The north west has a rich history of e...

Plans finalised for GWR’s new £40m Exeter depot

Plans finalised for GWR’s new £40m Exeter depot

22.01.18: Contract negotiations have been completed on plans for a £40m train maintenance depot in Exeter developed by GWR, Network Rail and the DfT. The new depot will be built at GWR’s current Exeter Olds View Depot site, expanding the...

Cardiff Central set for upgrade in £180m transport hub redevelopment

Cardiff Central set for upgrade in £180m transport hub redevelopment

16.01.18: Cardiff Central station could be involved in major redevelopment work as plans to redevelop the city’s transport hub are set to be agreed. The deal was agreed in principle today by the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) – a group resp...

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...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >