Network Rail regulation and performance

Network Rail takes on more accountability as devolution journey continues

Network Rail takes on more accountability as devolution journey continues

12.11.19: Network Rail geographic regions, established in June, have taken on accountability for delivering all projects within their borders. Yesterday (Mon 11) saw the second phase of the company’s passenger focused measures as accountability...

Network Rail apprenticeship scheme open

Network Rail apprenticeship scheme open

07.11.19: Network Rail is looking for its next generation of rail leaders with a Level 3 Engineering apprenticeship scheme. The three-year course is taking applications from now and will remain open until all places have been filled ready for March 2...

Network Rail charity partner says workforce mental health is paramount

Network Rail charity partner says workforce mental health is paramount

06.11.19: The Health and Safety Executive’s annual figures for Great Britain, the Managing Director of Mates in Mind, has urged employers to ensure that they are investing in their work force following a recent report. Mates in Mind, who work i...

Three Victorian Manchester railway bridges restored

Three Victorian Manchester railway bridges restored

30.10.19: A plaque was revealed in Great Ducie Street last Friday to honour the £3.2m Great North Rail Project work by Network Rail, in partnership with the Railway Heritage Trust. The 175-year-old bridges were thoroughly restored to guarantee...

Network Rail uses AR to show the next generation of railway footbridges

Network Rail uses AR to show the next generation of railway footbridges

24.10.19: Network Rail is using augmented reality (AR) for the first time to show the next generation of railway footbridges. Design data from Network Rail has been contributed to an app that allows passengers to see replacement footbridges at statio...

Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

18.10.19: Arup, in partnership with Network Rail, have published their ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ report, exploring the exciting part that stations will play in our towns and cities. The report outlines the importance of evolu...

Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17.10.19: The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list. Just 16.4% of the rail industry in made up of women, but today (17 Oct) has seen the international recognition of two o...

ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

17.10.19:  New research shows a huge ‘surge’ in ScotRail trains arriving on time, the biggest year-on-year increase in punctuality since 2015. Scotland’s Railways delivered 36,200 more trains on time since April 1 2019, compare...

RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

16.10.19: The RAIB has delivered a new set of safety recommendations after a passenger suffered fatal injuries after leaning out of a window of a moving train last year. The rail safety branch has made four recommendations and identified two learning...

Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

14.10.19: Greater Anglia have given support to the Rail Delivery Group, who are co-ordinating an industry wide campaign this week (14-20 October) to encourage passengers to move away from paper tickets.  ‘Smart Week’ will see events...

Jet-washing trains begin work in Kent and Sussex to remove leaves on the line

Jet-washing trains begin work in Kent and Sussex to remove leaves on the line

08.10.19: Network Rail have deployed jet-washing trains onto the lines in Kent and Sussex, where they will be travelling the equivalent of four times round the Earth in order to clean the railway. Thousands of tonnes of leaves are dropped onto the tr...

Car share scheme rolled out at Tring station

Car share scheme rolled out at Tring station

04.10.19: London Northwestern Railway have introduced an innovative car share scheme to save their passengers money while helping the environment. Passengers travelling to Tring station are being invited to use a new scheme of sharing their journey t...

Network Rail to provide station WiFi for millions of passengers

Network Rail to provide station WiFi for millions of passengers

30.09.19: Netwok Rail have announced a ‘significant digital investment’ today to provide fast, free and reliable WiFi to Britain’s biggest and busiest railways. In a bid to keep passengers at the heart of all rail improvements, Netw...

Thameslink Programme projects celebrate double success

Thameslink Programme projects celebrate double success

27.09.19: Success for two projects, who make up part of the £7bn Thameslink Programme, who have been shortlisted for Exceptional Achievement Awards (EEA) by CEEQUAL. The celebrated projects are the Bermondsey Dive Under, competing in the Ecolog...

Developing the future of UK infrastructure invested in Southampton

Developing the future of UK infrastructure invested in Southampton

27.09.19: The University of Southampton officially unveils the National Infrastructure Laboratory on its Boldrewood Innovation campus today. The opening of the centre, by chief executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, will see the Southampton’...

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Virgin Trains set passenger record for choosing rail over air

15/11/2019Virgin Trains set passenger record for choosing rail over air

Virgin Trains have set a new record with the number of people choose to travel by rail over air. The number of peop... more >
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 ... more >
Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

14/11/2019Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

Today (14 Nov) is the 25th anniversary of the Eurostar train, the high-speed service linking the south of England with F... 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 >

rail industry focus

  • 02/11/2019Monica Barbosa: Women In Rail

    Director of business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, thinks women are missing out on exciting opportunities because the...
  • 01/11/2019The dangers of fatigues

    Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance...
  • 01/11/2019Mind the skills gap

    Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance...
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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 >