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Work begins on new Maghull North station

Work begins on new Maghull North station

20.09.17: Construction of a new station in the north west has started this week, which will give increased travel options for passengers in the region. When finished, the new Maghull North station will be just off School Lane, adjacent to the formaer...

NR station shops enjoy revenue boost higher than other retailers

NR station shops enjoy revenue boost higher than other retailers

14.09.17: Total retail at all of Network Rail’s managed stations went up by 5.29% between April and June 2017, new figures released by the organisation have shown. This compares well to British Retail consortium figures, which have shown an ave...

Developing London’s stations key to catering for population growth

Developing London’s stations key to catering for population growth

13.09.17: Developing London’s rail and tube stations could provide an innovative and sustainable solution to accommodating the capital’s huge population growth, a new report has found. Think tank Centre for London said that immediate acti...

Trains will not run through Bolton ‘until further notice’ after bridge collapse

Trains will not run through Bolton ‘until further notice’ after bridge collapse

25.08.17: Northern Rail will not be running trains through Bolton “until further notice” after a burst water pipe caused a section of Moses Gate bridge to collapse onto the railway. As well as debris falling on the railway, the damage cre...

RSSB launches framework to improve nation’s stations

RSSB launches framework to improve nation’s stations

23.08.17: A new framework has this week been released that assesses and compares the performance of railway stations around the country. Led by the RSSB, the framework will give users quick and easy access to information about local stations across t...

NR reveals mock-ups of Edinburgh Waverley platform extension

NR reveals mock-ups of Edinburgh Waverley platform extension

23.08.17: New pictures released by Network Rail today have shown how extended platforms at Edinburgh’s Waverley station could look when works are complete. The computer-generated images show how Scotland’s second busiest station will look...

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

18.08.17: The alliance taking forward the Ordsall Chord under a multidisciplinary partnership approach has been celebrated as the chief reason behind the scheme’s punctual progress towards the last stages of work before its December debut. Spea...

NR states ambition to keep Liverpool moving during major Lime Street work

NR states ambition to keep Liverpool moving during major Lime Street work

17.08.17: Liverpool Lime Street will remain “open for business” whilst it undergoes major work this autumn, Network Rail has today reassured passengers in the region. The latest stage of work will take place between 30 September and 22 Oc...

Ordsall Chord close to completion as steel bands installed

Ordsall Chord close to completion as steel bands installed

15.08.17: The Ordsall Chord is now moving into the final stages of construction as two steel bands have been moved into place on the structure. On 14 August, the final cascade weighing 40 tonnes was installed by Network Rail engineers, marking the co...

Carlisle station’s £14.5m roof renewal work takes shape

Carlisle station’s £14.5m roof renewal work takes shape

08.08.17: New pictures released this week by Network Rail of improvements being made to Carlisle station’s roof have shown that passengers are benefiting from the new look. The works, costing £14.5m, are part of the Great North Rail Proje...

Grayling: Cambridge North station a core part of creating UK’s own Silicon Valley

Grayling: Cambridge North station a core part of creating UK’s own Silicon Valley

07.08.17: Cambridge North was officially opened by transport secretary Chris Grayling today, who said that the station would lead to the creation of the UK’s own ‘Silicon Valley’. The station was opened for passenger service back in...

DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

28.07.17: The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Stations Fund, which will serve as extra padding to build five new stations across England and Wales – all guaranteed to be ac...

East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

28.07.17: East Midlands Airport has today offered details of a £2.5m deal designed to improve station services as part of the next franchise in the region. The airport has said that it wants to put the cash into transforming services at its nea...

Transport investment must be ‘fairly weighted towards small stations’

Transport investment must be ‘fairly weighted towards small stations’

25.07.17: Investment in transport infrastructure and passenger experience in London needs to be spread more evenly across the system and focus on small stations as well as medium and large ones, a new report has argued. In the study, published by con...

Railway bridge condition monitoring

Railway bridge condition monitoring

10.07.17: Liam J Butler and Nicholas de Battista, from the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at the University of Cambridge, discuss their innovative work on the Stafford Area Improvements Programme to condition monitor two...

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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 >