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Business owners face closure as Network Rail pushes on with billion-pound asset sale

Business owners face closure as Network Rail pushes on with billion-pound asset sale

04.06.18: Business owners based in railway arches around the UK face closure as Network Rail goes ahead with plans to sell off infrastructure assets in a billion-pound sale. A buyer will purchase all 5,500 arches by the end of the year, which wi...

Communication with passengers ‘woeful’ after timetable changes

Communication with passengers ‘woeful’ after timetable changes

01.06.18: The major disruption faced by passengers following rail timetable changes could be investigated by MPs. Lilian Greenwood, chair of the Transport Committee, said that the transport secretary, Network Rail and the train operating companies have q...

NR and Northern to review failures of recent timetable shake-up ahead of December changes

NR and Northern to review failures of recent timetable shake-up ahead of December changes

25.05.18: Network Rail and Northern will commission an independent report and recommendations into the processes that led up to the TOC’s recent timetable change which, despite its long-term goal of improving services, has delivered an unacceptable am...

Bromham Road Bridge rebuild plans revised following community feedback

Bromham Road Bridge rebuild plans revised following community feedback

23.05.18: Network Rail has updated its proposals for the reconstruction of Bromham Road Bridge as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade. The work will allow all of the railway lines through Bedford to be electrified. Since the first meeting of the for...

NR starts £9.5m flood defence scheme

NR starts £9.5m flood defence scheme

21.05.18: Network Rail has commenced work on a £9.5m flood defence scheme in the south west. The scheme, which will protect the railway line between Exeter and Salisbury, will see two 550 tonne underground bridge structures installed beneath the ra...

NR found guilty of safety failure after signaller breaks neck

NR found guilty of safety failure after signaller breaks neck

14.05.18: Network Rail has been found guilty of an offence under the Health and Safety Work Act following a level crossing accident. Signaller, Douglas Caddell, suffered life-changing injuries after he was struck by a car as he tried to close the level c...

Engineers commence studies to safeguard Devon and Cornwall railway

Engineers commence studies to safeguard Devon and Cornwall railway

11.05.18: Expert engineers have begun detailed studies along the route between Teignmouth and Dawlish in order to safeguard the railway in Devon and Cornwall. Network Rail has been devising plans to safeguard the railway since 2014, when the railway line...

Network Rail seeks more views on Heathrow rail link

Network Rail seeks more views on Heathrow rail link

08.05.18: Network Rail is seeking views on a potential new rail link that would connect the Great Western Main Line (GWML) to London Heathrow Airport from the west. The consultation, which will run for six weeks, will build on the 1,000 responses receive...

High-speed handbacks could save NR £250,000 a week

High-speed handbacks could save NR £250,000 a week

25.04.18: New approaches to engineering could potentially save £250,000 a week by allowing trains to run at higher speeds once work is complete, Network Rail has said. When a tamping machine is used alone to place track into position and consolidat...

Great North Rail Project sees £46m spent on Wigan train depot

Great North Rail Project sees £46m spent on Wigan train depot

24.04.18: Wigan is to gain a new £46m train depot as part of the Great North Rail Project. The number of passengers in the north is set to double over the next 25 years, and so more depots are needed to enable the more frequent services and additio...

Network Rail plans flood alleviation scheme for Hele

Network Rail plans flood alleviation scheme for Hele

23.04.18: Network Rail plans to carry out a flood resilience project in Hele, it has announced. Flooding has been a longstanding problem in the area around Station Road, and so a scheme has been developed which is expected to reduce the risk of flooding...

Supervisory board established to drive rail improvements in Anglia

Supervisory board established to drive rail improvements in Anglia

19.04.18: A new dedicated Route Supervisory Board has been formed to drive improvements to Anglia’s regional rail network. The board has been formed through Network Rail joining Anglia’s passenger, train and freight organisations, and will be...

Failure to stop events increased by 10,000 in four years

Failure to stop events increased by 10,000 in four years

17.04.18: Trains in Britain miss scheduled stops an average of 160 times a day, according to recent figures from Network Rail. A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the BBC revealed that in the financial year up to 23 February, over 52,000 services o...

Suppliers invited to challenge ‘rigorous’ NR standards for incentives

Suppliers invited to challenge ‘rigorous’ NR standards for incentives

13.04.18: Network Rail is encouraging contractors, suppliers and stakeholders to propose changes to its standards, or the detailed requirements that underpin how the railway and improvement projects are run and delivered – all in exchange for incent...

ScotRail accepts 20 action points to improve performance in new plan

ScotRail accepts 20 action points to improve performance in new plan

05.04.18: The ScotRail Alliance has published a performance improvement plan that it says will drive up standards and help to build “the best railway Scotland has ever had.” According to recent figures, nine out of 10 ScotRail trains arrive w...

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DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

12/12/2018DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

The strategic outline business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which was due to be submitted to the government ... more >
TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

12/12/2018TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

Plans to upgrade major parts of London Underground will be put on hold and Crossrail 2 is now in doubt after TfL has dis... more >
Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

12/12/2018Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

Hitachi and Spencer Group have launched a joint bid to win a £500m contract to build new trains and a maintenance ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >