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Community Rail partnerships could be expanded following government consultation

Community Rail partnerships could be expanded following government consultation

06.11.17: The DfT has opened a consultation on expanding the Community Rail initiative with increased funding across the country. Community Rail partnerships have been set up in around 60 stations since the project began in 1993, with £3m inves...

Solihull councils release £1.2bn Hub development framework to capitalise on HS2

Solihull councils release £1.2bn Hub development framework to capitalise on HS2

03.11.17: Councils in Solihull have released a framework outlining infrastructure plans to build on the upcoming HS2 interchange that is set to be built in the area. The ‘Hub’ development would attempt to fulfil the full economic potentia...

Council reveals image of new £82m station masterplan

Council reveals image of new £82m station masterplan

02.11.17: An image showing how the planned £82m Coventry station is expected to look has been released today. Coventry City Council are expected to submit a planning application for the new structure later this year after they received investme...

Northern opens £23m Blackburn depot as part of Great North Rail Project

Northern opens £23m Blackburn depot as part of Great North Rail Project

30.10.17: Northern and Network Rail have spent £23m on a new train maintenance depot in Blackburn, opened by rail minister Paul Maynard last week. The facility has been built with a range of modern equipment and will be used to maintain as many...

Cambridge authorities allot £4m investment for transport infrastructure

Cambridge authorities allot £4m investment for transport infrastructure

27.10.17: The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CA) will spend over £4m on transport schemes in 2017-18. Funds are expected to be spent on a number of shortlisted major infrastructure projects including the development of new...

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...

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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 >