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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...

Greater Manchester takes next step in major transport funding bid

01.01.07: Greater Manchester leaders met recently to consider a report on the next step towards their July bid to the Government’s Transport Innovation Fund, which could be worth over £1 billion in transport improvements for the city region. ...

ICE calls for high speed link study

01.01.07: A report by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has urged the Government to recognise the need for integrated long term transport planning and for planning of all transport systems along the lines of Transport 21, the Republic of Ireland&rs...

TransLink invests in IndigoVision’s IP video technology

01.01.07: IndigoVision has won a prestigious contract for TransLink in Vancouver, Canada to upgrade the 880 camera CCTV system on SkyTrain, the world’s largest automated light rapid transit system. SkyTrain transports 200,000 passengers a day along...

Silverlink franchise extended until November 2007

01.09.06: The Department for Transport has confirmed that Silverlink's train franchise will be extended from 15 October 2006 to 11 November 2007. There will be an investment of £97 million in services. New terms have been introduced to encourag...

Four bidders short-listed for London Rail Concession

01.07.06: Transport for London (TfL) has announced that four companies have been short-listed to proceed to the next phase of the bidding process for the London Rail Concession, a project, due for completion in 2010, which will comprise the operation of t...

Three new rail franchises proposed

01.07.06: The Department of Transport has launched consultations on key specifications regarding three new rail franchises. The consultations will seek views on proposals for the minimum levels of service that future operators of the East Midlands, W...

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RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

09/12/2019RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

As the second week of South Western Railway’s safety strike commences, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has... more >
Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

09/12/2019Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9), marking the start of a... more >
Heritage award presented to Network Rail

06/12/2019Heritage award presented to Network Rail

The National Railway Heritage have presented Network Rail with an award for their refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose. At the... 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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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 >