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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...

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...

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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 >