Network Rail regulation and performance

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...

Practical ecological solutions from Keystone Environmental

24.07.07: Railways, which served to open up the UK, have coalesced into essential biological corridors and reserves for flora and fauna, largely because they have not been ploughed, fertilised or subject to the disturbance experienced by surrounding farml...

Preparatory work starts on Glasgow Airport Rail Link

24.07.07: Preparatory work on the Glasgow Airport Rail Link was due to start this month. Between 1 July and 16 November 2007, Network Rail will install portal frames for the overhead line electrification along a stretch of track between Shields Junct...

Using simulators to measure energy saving techniques

24.07.07: RSSB is currently assisting the rail industry to ensure a ‘sustainable future’ for the railways by promoting a number of initiatives to protect the environment and minimise the impact of climate change. Part of this process will be t...

Climate must be central to transport spending, say green groups

23.07.07: A package of measures, including a carbon reduction fund, is desperately needed to cut rising emissions from transport sector, a coalition of green groups has told the government. The environmental campaign groups met officials in Whitehall...

ECL helping to reconnect Wales

23.07.07: Ebbw Vale is in line for an upgraded rail network and Ecology Consultancy is the company providing vital ecological expertise. Ecology Consultancy Ltd (ECL) is a specialist consultancy with a team of ecologists with extensive rail industry...

Environmental compliance – is it enough?

23.07.07: The role of vegetation management companies in environmental sustainability The environment is becoming increasingly prominent in our industry and particularly in the minds of policy makers, politicians and the public. Tenders and bids all...

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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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

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Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

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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

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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

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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

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

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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 >