Civils and stations

Robroyston first new station to be funded through Scottish Stations Fund

Robroyston first new station to be funded through Scottish Stations Fund

27.09.16: Plans for a new railway station at Robroyston, a suburb of Glasgow, have received a boost after the Scottish government committed to meet 50% of the costs. The project will be the first new station to be funded through the £30m Scotti...

Additional £20m funding needed to expand Salford Central station

Additional £20m funding needed to expand Salford Central station

26.09.16: Plans to expand Salford Central station in order to accommodate longer trains are due to be approved at a Greater Manchester Combined Authority meeting on Friday, although they will require more funding than initially thought. According to...

Drones are the future of asset inspection

Drones are the future of asset inspection

15.09.16: Richard Butterfield, an AmeyVTOL director, highlights the many benefits of drone technology to the rail network through more precise and secure asset management. I remember reading an article in The Telegraph a couple of years ago that said...

The station of today and of tomorrow

The station of today and of tomorrow

15.09.16: As Cambridge North station finally begins to take shape, RTM speaks to Eliane Algaard, director of route asset management for Anglia at Network Rail, to find out more about the latest developments. For a station that has been plagued with d...

Taking back flood control

Taking back flood control

05.09.16: Network Rail’s commercial scheme sponsor, Joanna Grew, talks to RTM about the recent flood alleviation works carried out at Hinksey. Over the last 14 years, flooding on the Didcot to Oxford railway line between Hinksey has led to 11 c...

Scottish councils increase funding bids for reopening stations

Scottish councils increase funding bids for reopening stations

26.08.16: More money has been offered to support the reopening of two stations on the East Coast Main Line in Scotland. Following talks with transport minister Humza Yousaf and the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), Scottish Bord...

c2c launches energy-saving programme

c2c launches energy-saving programme

24.08.16: c2c is seeking to save the equivalent of enough electricity to power its entire fleet for a week by installing LED lighting at its stations. The lighting, which will be installed at all stations, is more energy-efficient than the existing l...

Network Rail holds discussions about new station at Norwich

Network Rail holds discussions about new station at Norwich

23.08.16: Norwich could get a second railway station after Broadland District Council and Network Rail confirmed they are considering the option of improving rail connections to a local business park. Broadland District Council said it was interested...

Early Glasgow Queen Street tunnel completion paves the way for electric trains

Early Glasgow Queen Street tunnel completion paves the way for electric trains

08.08.16: Transport minister Humza Yousaf joined engineers on Friday to celebrate the early completion of the major £60m refurb project at Glasgow Queen Street tunnel, as part of preparations for the Glasgow-Edinburgh main line electrification next...

Cambridge North ‘beginning to take shape’

Cambridge North ‘beginning to take shape’

01.08.16: The new Cambridge North station is on track to open next year as building work progresses. The £50m station is being built as part of Network Rail’s Rail Upgrade Plan in order to relieve pressures on Cambridge station and encour...

New London Bridge concourse to open next month

New London Bridge concourse to open next month

27.07.16: Parts of London Bridge’s new concourse will be accessible for passengers from 29 August following extensive upgrades. The new and larger concourse is designed to offer passengers more space, easier connections between services and mor...

Old Oak and Park Royal gearing up for new ‘super-hub’ station

Old Oak and Park Royal gearing up for new ‘super-hub’ station

28.06.16: West London is set to have the largest new station ‘super-hub’ built in the UK for over a century by 2026. Victoria Hills, chief executive officer of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), runs through the early devel...

Bromsgrove railway station to open on 12 July

Bromsgrove railway station to open on 12 July

28.06.16: Bromsgrove’s £24m station development, designed to attract business to the town and improve integration with other transport facilities, is complete and will open on 12 July. The new station features a staffed ticket office, pas...

Paving the way for a modern Glasgow Queen Street

Paving the way for a modern Glasgow Queen Street

24.06.16: Ahead of the major redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station next year, Rodger Querns, programme director for the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), runs through the ongoing preparation works taking place at the tunnel and throa...

Khan launches review of Old Oak and Park Royal Corporation

Khan launches review of Old Oak and Park Royal Corporation

24.06.16: The mayor of London has launched a formal review of the organisation charged with regenerating the area around the planned Old Oak Common ‘super-station’ hub. The review of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) a...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >