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Biggest restoration of Barmouth Viaduct in its history

Biggest restoration of Barmouth Viaduct in its history

26 May 2020Network Rail will begin a £25m project on Barmouth Viaduct to upgrade and protect the 1864 bridge for local people and visitors in the future. The work on the Grade II listed structure will involve replacing a large number of the timber and...

Network Rail introduces new non-executive directors

Network Rail introduces new non-executive directors

13 May 2020Network Rail has appointed new non-executive directors to replace recently retired board members. The new members are Mark Bayley, Fiona Ross and, appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport, Michael Harrison as special director. Their new...

NR: Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe

NR: Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe

05 May 2020Network Rail has launched a new awareness-raising campaign to warn of the dangers of trespassing on the railway during the Covid-19 outbreak. The ‘Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe’ campaign will run on commercial radio statio...

Cumbrian Coast line damaged by storm set to reopen in one month

Cumbrian Coast line damaged by storm set to reopen in one month

05 May 2020A section of the Cumbria Coast line, which was badly damaged at the beginning of the year following three consecutive storms, will reopen in one month as repairs come close to completion. High tides, strong winds and heavy rain brought by Storms...

Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

08 April 2020Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has published an open letter to RDG asking the industry to proceed in their work ensuring that rail travel continues to operate throughout the coronavirus outbreak. He opened the letter by thanking them for the...

Network Rail colleagues work together to produce protective gear for NHS

Network Rail colleagues work together to produce protective gear for NHS

07 April 2020Two Network Rail employees have worked together to help one colleague’s partner make protective gowns for NHS nurses in Northamptonshire. In response to the shortage of essential kit at their local Kettering General hospital, David Rose, in...

Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

01 April 2020Staff on nationally critical routes, such as the West Coast and Chiltern main lines, are keeping essential supplies and key workers moving during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the weekend, Network Rail maintenance teams and signallers delivered vit...

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

25 March 2020Despite losing staff to self-isolation and sickness during the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail Southern Region operations team are working to keep signal-boxes and control centres open 24/7. However, with the necessity to keep lines running day...

West Coast main line near Warrington closed due to large landslip

West Coast main line near Warrington closed due to large landslip

02 March 2020Major disruption to follow after Storm Jorge has caused a serious landslip on the West Coast main line near Warrington.   In the interest of passenger safety, the southbound line at Dutton Viaduct has also been closed while Network Rail carr...

Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

25 February 2020Passengers 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 foundat...

Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

25 February 2020After 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 and tr...

Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall

Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall

13 February 2020Network 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 to defe...

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

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

12 February 2020Network 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 the...

Network Rail endorses Bender UK signal system

Network Rail endorses Bender UK signal system

11 February 2020Bender 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 Fa...

More reliable railway through multi-million-pound signalling investments

More reliable railway through multi-million-pound signalling investments

07 February 2020The 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 estimated &po...

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Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

21/09/2020Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

After 24 years, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (21st Sept) announced that rail franchising is to end, form... more >
Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18/09/2020Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has sign... more >
Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18/09/2020Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rai... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >