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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...

Huddersfield station fit for the future

Huddersfield station fit for the future

23.06.16: As part of its new franchise programme, TransPennine Express (TPE) unveiled a refurbished Huddersfield station in mid-June. Here, its head of customer experience, Steve Lee, runs through the major customer upgrades this investment entails. ...

GTR to close ticket offices, but promises staff will remain at stations

GTR to close ticket offices, but promises staff will remain at stations

09.06.16: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is to close ticket offices or reduce the hours they are available at 83 stations, but has promised the reforms will be subject to consultation with Transport Focus and London Travel Watch. GTR said that the cl...

TOCs defend themselves against ‘ticket machine jargon’ criticisms

TOCs defend themselves against ‘ticket machine jargon’ criticisms

03.06.16: TOCs have promised improvements to the self-service ticket selling process after a report by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) found that too many passengers are still experiencing difficulties using ticket vending machines. The first ORR &...

Next phase of construction work on Ilkeston station begins

Next phase of construction work on Ilkeston station begins

27.05.16: Work to build the first railway station at Ilkeston for fifty years is set to begin from next week. Network Rail will start installing foundations for the west and east platforms of the station in the Derbyshire town from 31 May. Screw...

£11.6m development fund allows Lea Bridge station to reopen after 31 years

£11.6m development fund allows Lea Bridge station to reopen after 31 years

16.05.16: Trains are running today from Lea Bridge in Leyton, East London, the capital’s latest station, as it reopened ahead of time. Lea Bridge is situated on the line between Bishops Stortford and Stratford and offers six-minute journeys to...

NR asset sales must safeguard future rail requirements – Perry

NR asset sales must safeguard future rail requirements – Perry

09.05.16: Network Rail asset sales by the newly-created Network Rail Property will still be subject to overview by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the transport secretary, rail minister Claire Perry has confirmed. Lilian Greenwood MP, the shado...

Network Rail sets up property company to maximise estate income

Network Rail sets up property company to maximise estate income

27.04.16: A property company has been set up by Network Rail to help increase income from its estate. Network Rail Property, previously Network Rail’s specialist transport property business, will be established as a company with its own board i...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities a... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region’s rail companies, s... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key routes as “not reall... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... 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 >