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'Midlands time is now' speech brings TransCityRail audience to their feet

'Midlands time is now' speech brings TransCityRail audience to their feet

18 July 2019The influential Speakers Panel consisted of Maria Machancoses, Director, Midlands Connect, Chris Rayner, Director of Infrastructure, HS2, Tim Shoveller, Managing Director, North West & Central Region, Network Rail, Mark Ferrer, Operations Director...

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

18 July 2019Unprecedented change and investment is coming to the Midlands, according to a number of high-profile rail leaders speaking at today’s first ever TCR Midlands conference in Birmingham today. With representatives from the West Midlands Rail E...

Maria Machancoses: TCR Midlands drives new way of collaboration

Maria Machancoses: TCR Midlands drives new way of collaboration

18 July 2019Leading sector figure Maria Machancoses has described the inaugural TransCityRail Midlands conference in Birmingham as a fresh way to “drive a new way of collaboration and new way of thinking.” The director of Midlands Connect enthuse...

Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

17 July 2019A campaign for a rail link between Windsor and Heathrow Airport is to be revived, after the scheme was turned down by the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2017. The Windsor Link Railway (WLR), laid out in several phases, proposes a rail link conn...

Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

16 July 2019Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed anger at the government for pushing through phase 2a of HS2 through the House of Commons. The Phase 2a High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill passed with 263 votes in favour to only 17 against.

Gatwick Airport station to undergo £150m upgrade

Gatwick Airport station to undergo £150m upgrade

09 July 2019The train station at Gatwick Airport will receive £150m in funding to widen the platforms and double the station’s concourse, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. The renovation aims to reduce delays to services and stop...

Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

18 June 2019The Office of Rail and Road recorded record figures of passenger journeys in 2018-19, in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the most recent report, as well as a four-year high in rail revenue.

No excuse for derailing station IT

No excuse for derailing station IT

10 June 2019Marie Clutterbuck, CMO at Tectrade, discusses the rail sector’s IT vulnerabilities, particularly at stations, and outlines the benefits of zero-day recovery IT architecture. Are you truly a commuter until you’ve reached a mainline sta...

Birmingham Moor Street vision embraces the future and celebrates the past

Birmingham Moor Street vision embraces the future and celebrates the past

31 May 2019Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, looks forward to what the Birmingham Moor Street's redevelopment will mean for the region. Over the years, many of Birmingham’s beautiful, historic buildings have been lost to the bulldozers....

Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

23 May 2019Scrapping HS2 would be a “disaster” and would undermine Britain’s “national prosperity for decades to come,” more than 20 prominent local government leaders from the north and the midlands have warned. In a letter to...

Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14 May 2019Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “getting stronger by the day” a new report from the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has claimed. ...

DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14 May 2019The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with disgust” to its suggestions that travel apps can replace staff. Jessie Norman, the future of m...

First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13 May 2019HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project “very difficult,” the head of the government spending watchdog has said. Sir Amyas Morse has w...

Arriva Rail becomes second operator to sue DfT over East Midlands franchise

Arriva Rail becomes second operator to sue DfT over East Midlands franchise

13 May 2019Arriva Rail has launched legal action against the DfT over its handling of the East Midlands rail franchise, the second operator in a week to sue the government. Arriva, owned by Germany’s state-backed Deutsche Bahn, is suing the government...

Council backs plans for £100m global centre of rail excellence in Wales

Council backs plans for £100m global centre of rail excellence in Wales

10 May 2019A £100m train testing site on the border of Neath Port Talbot and Powys has taken a major step forward after the local council voted to approve the joint venture. Neath Port Talbot Council leader Rob Jones called it an “important step...

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Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

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East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

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Following a £216.2m contract awarded by the Rail Electrification Alliance, The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade can move forward i... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >