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Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

25.02.20: Passengers that have passed through Network Rail’s biggest and busiest stations have contributed towards the saving of the equivalent of three million plastic bottles with the introduction of free drinking water fountains. The water f...

Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

25.02.20: After four landslips in the last decade, the 9-day closure involved 200 engineers and around the clock work at 17 sits along the railway between Kidbrooke and Barnehurst. The line was closed over half term, in which time 2,500 tones of mud...

Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall

Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall

13.02.20: Network Rail’s plan to protect the vital rail line to the south west from rising sea levels and extreme weather has taken a big step forward despite challenging storm conditions. A large sea wall is being installed in Dawlish, Devon t...

Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

12.02.20: Network Rail has awarded places on four Lots to Jacobs for their prestigious Design Services Framework (DSF), to deliver multi-disciplinary technical and professional services, including geotechnical, civils and structures capability. This is th...

Network Rail endorses Bender UK signal system

Network Rail endorses Bender UK signal system

11.02.20: Bender UK’s Innovative RS4 Signalling Power Protection system has been approved by Network Rail. The system delivers heightened sensitivity for first fault location and allows compliance with Network Rail’s Insulation Monitoring and...

More reliable railway through multi-million-pound signalling investments

More reliable railway through multi-million-pound signalling investments

07.02.20: The reliability of Britain’s railways is set for a regeneration over the next five years with billions of pounds to be invested in railway signalling. The north and midlands investment will benefit from the new investments. An estimat...

Network Rail’s Andrew Haines to speak at RIA dinner

Network Rail’s Andrew Haines to speak at RIA dinner

03.02.20: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has announced today (Jan 3) that the Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines OBE will deliver a keynote speech at the Annual RIA Gala Dinner. The event will take place on February 13 2020 and wi...

Ep. 005 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

Ep. 005 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

22.01.20: Director of Business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from an SME perspective. Monica is a cheerleader for small and medium enterprises and explains how t...

EIC announces Network Rail collaboration to optimise UK railways

EIC announces Network Rail collaboration to optimise UK railways

08.01.20: The Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) has announced a new collaboration with Network Rail which will see it support the rail company in continuing to deliver reliable and sustainable power to its infrastructure. The EIC will look to draw...

Network Rail seeking £2.8m worth of contracts for technological solutions

Network Rail seeking £2.8m worth of contracts for technological solutions

20.12.19: Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation have today (Dec 20) announced that Network Rail is looking for organisations to apply for contracts worth £2.8m. Organisations can apply for a share of £2.8m for projects that tackle te...

Heritage award presented to Network Rail

Heritage award presented to Network Rail

06.12.19: The National Railway Heritage have presented Network Rail with an award for their refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose. At the award ceremony in London, the National Railway Heritage award was presented to Network Rail and con...

RIA and Network Rail launch supply chain survey

RIA and Network Rail launch supply chain survey

25.11.19: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has today (Nov 25) launched a survey in partnership with Network Rail to gather views from the supply chain on the product acceptance process. The aim of the survey is to gain insight into how the indu...

Network Rail and BTP launch alcohol-related safety campaign

Network Rail and BTP launch alcohol-related safety campaign

20.11.19: A national campaign launched by Network Rail and British Transport Police is urging the public to take care on railways when drinking alcohol. Alcohol-related incidents on the railways have reached record levels as newly-released figures sh...

Network Rail to improve accessibility at Spalding station

Network Rail to improve accessibility at Spalding station

19.11.19: Work to improve Spalding station’s accessibility will begin next month (Dec 3). Improvements to the station include step free access to platform two, more lighting on the footbridge and additional CCTV across the station. More ta...

A workforce which reflects society

A workforce which reflects society

15.11.19: Loraine Martins MBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, joins us in the studio for the third episode of our RTM podcast, talking at length about her role and how it came about – Loraine was the first person to hold her cu...

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New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

26/02/2020New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

Siemens Mobility Limited and the University of Birmingham have announced a new, academic framework research partnership,... more >
Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

26/02/2020Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

The UK’s smallest rail operator, Hull Trains, is the only company which can promise every journey will be on a bra... more >
£20m government funding to make 124 stations more accessible across GB

26/02/2020£20m government funding to make 124 stations more accessible across GB

Announced today (Feb 26th) by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, disabled passengers across GB are set to benefit fr... 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 TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... 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 >