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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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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as min... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough&... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >