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Network Rail sees more than £200m in retail sales in Q4 2017

Network Rail sees more than £200m in retail sales in Q4 2017

15.03.18: Retail sales at Network Rail managed stations grew by 3.5% in the final quarter of 2017, it was revealed today. Between April and December 2017 over 630 million people travelled through or visited Network Rail managed stations, spending more th...

Council bosses reveal Manchester Piccadilly’s ‘Northern Hub’ HS2 overhaul

Council bosses reveal Manchester Piccadilly’s ‘Northern Hub’ HS2 overhaul

13.03.18: New plans to develop Manchester Piccadilly and the surrounding area in preparation for both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) have been unveiled by city council bosses. Much of the development would be north of the station, with 2.9 mi...

TfL drives forward with ‘hugely exciting’ Tube station development

TfL drives forward with ‘hugely exciting’ Tube station development

06.03.18: TfL has today confirmed that it will be going forward with a transformative programme of upgrade works on the South Kensington Tube station. The organisation has selected a private developer for the project, which will see the area around t...

Croydon station to get major expansion as Brighton Main Line work approved

Croydon station to get major expansion as Brighton Main Line work approved

27.02.18: Network Rail this week revealed plans to expand East Croydon station after the government approved funding for wider upgrades across the Brighton Main Line. The work will see two new platforms built at the station, with the addition of new...

A busy festive period in Scotland

A busy festive period in Scotland

02.02.18: RTM’s Josh Mines reports on the works that have been delivered in Scotland over the festive period as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). While most the country has enjoyed a lazy period of overindulging in foo...

First images of major ‘gateway’ development at Dundee station unveiled

First images of major ‘gateway’ development at Dundee station unveiled

01.02.18: The first phases of redevelopment work at Dundee station were completed this week as part of a wider £1m refurbishment. ScotRail Alliance is responsible for the changes, which have seen an update of the concourse, as well as new floor...

Rail infrastructure work ‘far below expectations’ as UK civils face first drop in five years

Rail infrastructure work ‘far below expectations’ as UK civils face first drop in five years

01.02.18: The UK’s infrastructure sector posted a quarterly decline today for the first time in five years, largely due to a lack of work on the UK’s railways. Figures released by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) show...

Innovation through technology

Innovation through technology

26.01.18: Tom Kelly, programme manager at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), and Andy Smith, project leader at MPact Thales (MPT), explain how their organisations are using digital engineering in the Trafford Park Line scheme to leverage value throu...

Guildford station gets approval for £150m regeneration work

Guildford station gets approval for £150m regeneration work

25.01.18: Plans for regeneration at Guildford station have been given the go-ahead by the local planning inspectorate, meaning work on the long-awaited scheme is a step closer to beginning. Initially put forward in 2014, the plan will involve a new u...

Engineers hit key milestone in delivery of new Maghull North station

Engineers hit key milestone in delivery of new Maghull North station

25.01.18: Construction of the new Maghull North station has hit a number of new milestones this week as engineers announced that lift shafts, a footbridge and stairs had been successfully installed. Work began on the new station back in September, wh...

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...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >