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Porto, Warsaw and Melbourne pick up international light rail awards

20.06.08: Last week during its international conference on light rail in Istanbul, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) handed out its prestigious awards for commendable light rail projects. The criteria for selecting the winners...

ORR decision is bad news for freight

14.05.08: ORR’s decision to allow Network Rail to close the West Coast Main Line for longer and more frequent periods than were planned last year in order to complete the planned route upgrade by December means that services will continue to be disr...

It’s grim up north for rail

08.04.08: Two recent reports highlight the need for better links between northern towns and cities to boost prosperity. According to the City Links report from the Centre for Cities, small northern towns and cities must improve their transport and ec...

Rail charity goes back to its roots

26.03.08: It’s an event that would make the charity’s founding members proud - the Railway Benefit Fund is holding a special Dickensian dinner in October to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The event will not only pay tribute to one of th...

Planning for future expansion

29.02.08: Planning for future expansion The prospects for the UK rail sector have never looked better with passenger numbers at their highest level for sixty years. Consequently, industry members must decide how best to accommodate this record growth...

Manchester Town Hall hosts public rail seminar

22.02.08: Local rail passengers are being given the chance to discuss developments on the train network at a public meeting next week. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) is holding a seminar on Wednesday 27 February to discuss t...

Council wins major concessions on Shepherds Bush

20.02.08: Hammersmith & Fulham council has won major concessions from TfL over the botched closure of Shepherds Bush Underground Station. Concessions already won by the council include persuading TfL to cough-up a seven figure sum to pay for extr...

DfT sets standards for new intercity trains

20.02.08: Bidders have been asked to start designing a fleet of new intercity trains which will be lighter, greener and carry up to 70 per cent more passengers. The Department for Transport has issued its invitation to tender for the Intercity Expres...

Independent Glass shines at Railway Interior awards

20.02.08: Independent Glass were recognised at the Railway Interior Innovation and Excellence Awards 2007 recently held at the Railway Interiors exhibition in Cologne. Presented at a gala evening, the awards recognise the rapidly increasing sophistic...

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...

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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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >