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At the Easter blockades

19.02.08: Agency staff and poor performing contractors are facing cuts as a result of the New Year engineering over-runs at Rugby and Liverpool Street. Network Rail’s investigation into the causes of the overruns found that the work planned to...

10th annual historic civil engineering infrastructure excellence awards announced

29.11.07: The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has announced the four winners of the Historic Bridge and Infrastructure Awards 2007 (HBIA), with four more conservation projects receiving Commendations. The awards, now in their tenth year, celebrate ci...

What price Crossrail?

13.11.07: The government’s announcement that Crossrail has been given the go-ahead with a £16bn funding deal to secure its construction has been warmly welcomed by most interested parties. “Crossrail should bring huge benefits to Lo...

Belt up-but not on the train

27.09.07: Research by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) into seat belts, windows and the industry approach to escape from passenger trains has produced a surprising finding. Analysis of seven train accidents in Britain going back to 1996 had...

Improve Your Business Performance

Improve Your Business Performance

27.09.07: Improve Your Business Performance at Softworld Business Performance & Project Management 17 & 18 October NEC, Birmingham Managing change. Improving productivity and profitability. Staying ahead of competitors. These a...

Interpipe to install latest technology at Niko Tube

27.09.07: Leading steel company Interpipe has commenced the upgrade of its finishing lines at the Interpipe Niko Tube facility as part of its ongoing programme of investment in its production facilities. This investment will involve the replacement of exi...

What passengers want

What passengers want

27.09.07: Peter Ryder often travels by train between Preston and London. As the journey takes two and a half hours, Peter spends his time on the train working and reading papers for meetings. Peter usually tries to buy his tickets in advance using the int...

Department for Transport announces shortlist for Intercity express programme

23.08.07: The Department for Transport has announced the shortlisted applicants for the flagship Intercity Express Programme (IEP). They are: - Alstom-Barclays Rail Group - Express Rail Alliance (a consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation, Si...

Infrarail and Railtex team strengthened

23.08.07: Infrarail and Railtex show organiser, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, has made two new appointments in a move to develop greater content and value through its major UK based rail industry trade shows. Richard Joslin joins the company as Exhibition Dire...

ATOC Welcomes Government’s Rail Strategy

26.07.07: ATOC Welcomes Government’s Rail Strategy as Positive Step Forward for Passengers The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) says that train operators welcome the Government’s renewed commitment to providing more capacit...

Resurgent railway gets strategy for 30 years of growth

26.07.07: A railway that will expand to carry at least 180 million more passengers is at the heart of the Department for Transport's rail White Paper. Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly announced that capacity will increase to cope with more than 20 per...

The truth is out there

23.07.07: Once upon a time, Siemens Transportation Systems won a £50 million Network Rail contract to provide replacement signalling, telecommunications and electrical supply works for the Portsmouth Area Infrastructure Project. The project inv...

Performance and efficiency continue to improve-ORR

19.07.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published its national rail review and Network Rail monitor covering the fourth quarter of 2006-07. The look back on the last quarter shows an industry in which train operators have built upon improve...

Suppliers still critical of Network Rail

01.05.07: RTM has recently received a number of complaints from suppliers about the way in which Network Rail has managed the product approval process. One of the main complaints is about very long delays in processing applications and products not being...

Accessibility to improve at more stations

01.03.07: Accessibility is to improve at 161 stations in England and Wales, Rail Minister Tom Harris has announced. Over £6 million has been allocated in the third round of the Department for Transport's Access for All small schemes funding programm...

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Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22/01/2019Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition pa... more >
Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

22/01/2019Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just outside Ipswich station. ... more >
Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22/01/2019Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their use on the Heathrow Express... 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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >