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MAINTEC broadens its industry appeal

MAINTEC broadens its industry appeal

20.02.08: The latest innovations in hazard detection and predictive maintenance technology will be unveiled when the UK’s pre-eminent plant specialists gather at Birmingham’s NEC in March for easyFairs® MAINTEC 2008. Minimising down t...

TIF funding-enhancing and improving existing rail and light rail networks

20.02.08: In the July 2004 White Paper, ’The Future of Transport’, the Department for Transport announced the creation of the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF). TIF represents a new approach by the DfT to allocating some of its budget, enabling...

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...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... 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 >