Network Rail regulation and performance

Is perception reality?

27.09.07: Network Rail and their suppliers must work in harmony to select the right technology and to resource and programme signalling work so as to deliver sustainable solutions, says J.D. Francis, former president of The Institution of Railway Signal E...

Minimising Ecological Impact

27.09.07: The Thameslink programme will provide a much needed upgrade to principal commuter routes across the south east. Ecology Consultancy Ltd (ECL) has been on hand to help minimise the ecological impact of the proposed works. The Thameslink prog...

Network Rail scoops The People Management Award with innovative apprenticeships to develop highly skilled engineers

27.09.07: Network Rail has beaten stiff competition to scoop The People Management Award 2007 for the delivery of its advanced apprenticeship scheme. This was announced at the Gala Dinner in Harrogate, at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Developme...

One for the environment

27.09.07: WWP Consultants Limited have been commissioned by Network Rail to carry out the mechanical, electrical and public health building services design elements for Square One, Manchester, their world class corporate office facility. Located in the he...

ORR welcomes Network Rail's continuing progress

20.09.07: ORR today publishes its fourth annual statement on Network Rail's performance. The assessment covers April 2006 to March 2007, and examines how the company has operated, maintained, renewed and developed the mainline rail network, and prote...

Turf's up for rail passengers

13.09.07: Newcastle station goes green - literally! Passengers boarding trains at Newcastle railway station this week were able to enjoy a piece of countryside on the concourse. GNER, the East Coast rail operator, turfed a large area of the stat...

Major tunnel improvement works completed

30.08.07: Network Rail has completed a £2m project to renew tracks in Grove Hill Tunnel in Tunbridge Wells. The three and a half week project was completed on time and will ensure that passengers on the Tonbridge to Hastings Line will experienc...

Passenger travel continues to rise as Network Rail increases expenditure

30.08.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published its National rail review and Network Rail monitor covering the first quarter of 2007-08. The main trends for the 1st quarter show yet more growth in passenger usage, improving punctuality, a...

Flood Hit Tewkesbury needs rail slope work

02.08.07: Long reach excavator specialist WM Plant Hire are using their 25m reach CAT 375 machine to work on the emergency stabilisation of the rail cutting east of Tewkesbury flooding area. Heavy rain has led to several landslips along this length o...

Network Rail faces penalty for poor planning

02.08.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has announced its intention to impose a penalty of £2.4m on Network Rail for the weaknesses in the planning and execution of the Portsmouth resignalling scheme. ORR concluded last month that Network...

Environment and the rail industry: challenges from the past and opportunities for the future

24.07.07: With perhaps one of the largest legacy land holdings in the UK, the rail industry has been confronting the issues of managing contaminated land for a long period. Whether at a national or local level, the obligation to provide safe and comprehen...

Government proposes new measures to encourage sustainable biofuels

24.07.07: Transport secretary Douglas Alexander has underlined the government's commitment to sustainable biofuels as he launched a consultation on an environmental reporting system for this type of fuel and a package of measures to complement the reporti...

Huge environmental benefits of the new Docklands Light Railway extension

24.07.07: A new report has shown that the Docklands Light Railway extension to London City Airport has brought huge environmental benefits with around 120,000 fewer taxi rides and 288,000 fewer car journeys having been necessary, reducing carbon dioxide e...

Network Rail launches new suite of contracts

24.07.07: Suppliers and contractors should find doing business with Network Rail more straightforward and efficient with the implementation of a new suite of contracts. Starting from July, the contracts will provide more consistency and clarity on key iss...

Network Rail-probably the UK’s largest reuser of waste tyres, thanks to HoldFast

24.07.07: One of Network Rail’s least well known environmental achievements is that, without any UK or EC subsidies or grants, it is probably the UK’s largest reuser of waste rubber tyres, thanks to its innovative supplier HoldFast Level Cross...

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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 world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

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After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

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Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

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RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >