Network Rail regulation and performance

Progress on East West Rail project will allow building to begin next year

Progress on East West Rail project will allow building to begin next year

08.10.18: Progress on enabling works for the East West Rail (EWR) line are near completion, with the transport secretary arguing the new rail line between Oxford and Cambridge will “transform” travel for passengers. Transport secretary Ch...

Leaf-busting trains launched to prepare railways for autumn

Leaf-busting trains launched to prepare railways for autumn

03.10.18: Network Rail is rolling out its fleet of 61 Railhead Treatment Trains (RHTT) and Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPV), amongst other measures, to combat leaves on railway tracks this autumn. Despite opposition from environmental groups, Network Rai...

Hundreds of London railway arches to be opened after Network Rail’s £1.46bn sale

Hundreds of London railway arches to be opened after Network Rail’s £1.46bn sale

11.09.18: The new owners of over 5,200 properties following Network Rail’s £1.46bn sale of commercial property portfolio have announced plans to invest in reopening up to 430 of the empty arches in London. Adam Dakin, the managing directo...

New Network Rail boss tells MPs he will put passengers’ interests first

New Network Rail boss tells MPs he will put passengers’ interests first

11.09.18: The new chief executive of Network Rail Andrew Haines has told MPs he will put “passenger’s interests front and centre” following “seven sustained years of decline in performance.” Haines outlined his prioritie...

3D printing: from virtual to real

3D printing: from virtual to real

11.09.18: Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial application, to increasingly becoming a common industry tool and even a reality in the home. David Shipman, in...

Network Rail agrees to £1.46bn sale of railway arches

Network Rail agrees to £1.46bn sale of railway arches

10.09.18: Network Rail has agreed to terms for its widely-publicised £1.46bn sale of commercial estate portfolio made up of 5,200 properties and railway arches. The company’s announcement to sell off the assets were met with considerable...

NR seeks ‘true long-term partner’ for ECML digital railway roll-out

NR seeks ‘true long-term partner’ for ECML digital railway roll-out

06.09.18: Network Rail has launched the first stage of its procurement process to find a partner to deliver the first inter-city digital railway on the East Coast Main Line (ECML). In what has been described as “an entirely new way of working,&...

First stage of repairs to Nottingham station complete

First stage of repairs to Nottingham station complete

03.09.18: The first stage of repairs to Nottingham train station after damage caused by a fire has been completed by Network Rail, whose engineers have been on site since January. Most of the repairs are now complete, but Network Rail will now carry...

Network Rail: We have been listening

Network Rail: We have been listening

30.08.18: Network Rail has heard you – and now, it is easier to work with. Mona Sihota, the organisation’s national professional head of asset protection and optimisation (ASPRO), a brand-new role within the company, talks about what’s i...

Network Rail completes major upgrades on Norwich to London mainline

Network Rail completes major upgrades on Norwich to London mainline

29.08.18: Engineers at Network Rail have completed improvements on the Norwich to London mainline over the three-day bank holiday as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan. Amongst the improvements are the completion of the 120m track, one set of points, o...

NR and Southeastern apologise for trains stranded in freezing weather, outline major action plan

NR and Southeastern apologise for trains stranded in freezing weather, outline major action plan

24.08.18: Network Rail and Southeastern have unveiled an action plan on how they plan to respond to major incidents after an independent investigation identified a series of problems with how the two organisations deal with this issue. The investigat...

DfT calls for intensified monitoring of Network Rail’s CP6 readiness to avoid repeat of CP5 ‘stasis’

DfT calls for intensified monitoring of Network Rail’s CP6 readiness to avoid repeat of CP5 ‘stasis’

23.08.18: The DfT has outlined its views in response to the ORR’s Periodic Review 2018 draft determination today, noting that it is “absolutely critical” that Network Rail is held to account for value for money deliverance of services &n...

£4bn deal up for grabs as Network Rail looks for civils work in west and Wales

£4bn deal up for grabs as Network Rail looks for civils work in west and Wales

22.08.18: Network Rail is on the lookout for contractors to work on infrastructure in the west of England and Wales as part of a framework deal worth up to £4bn. Issuing the tender yesterday, the CP6 framework will look to contract work to cove...

Design services framework launched by Network Rail in deal worth £650m

Design services framework launched by Network Rail in deal worth £650m

21.08.18: Suppliers are being invited to provide engineering, design, and technical consultancy services to Network Rail in a framework deal worth up to £650m. Network Rail, publishing a prior information notice yesterday, called on contractors...

Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13.08.18: Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. The improvements include a new rail line running underneath the ECML— linki...

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported fai... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks betw... more >
Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19/10/2018Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable chang... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >