Network Rail regulation and performance

Going greener

23.07.07: According to a Department of Trade and Industry report, transport has been the biggest single energy user in the UK for the past 17 years, accounting for 34 per cent of final energy use in 2003. But how green is the Tube compared to other modes...

Rail industry signals new approach to sustainability

23.07.07: There is a huge opportunity for the rail sector to develop a much more compelling case for sustainability within the industry. This is the conclusion of recent work initiated by Forum for the Future, the UK’s leading sustainable developmen...

Virgin purify burgeoning biodiesel market

23.07.07: In a climate of carbon offsetting, CO2 reduction and the promotion of environmentally friendly travel and transportation, Tony Collins, CEO of Virgin Trains leads a host of speakers for this year’s biofuels conference Expo in Newark, 17-18...

Virgin Trains launches biodiesel train

23.07.07: Sir Richard Branson and Gordon Brown launched Europe's first biodiesel blend train in scheduled passenger service on 7 June – the 11:27 from London Euston to Llandudno. The train is the first in Europe to use a practicable blended fue...

ORR grants Network Rail exemption for the removal of TPWS at specified permanent speed restrictions

21.06.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has granted Network Rail an exemption from the provision of the Railway Safety Regulations 1999 (RSR) concerning removal of the train protection and warning system (TPWS) at certain permanent speed restriction...

Halfway point reached in major sub stations project

19.06.07: Siemens Transportation Systems has reached a major milestone with the delivery of half of twenty-four 25kV sub stations as part of an ongoing major contract with Network Rail to upgrade power substations across the network. With all the ins...

Network Rail chief executive visits flood sites

13.06.07: Network Rail's chief executive, John Armitt, has seen some of the devastation caused by floods in South Yorkshire first hand. Mr Armitt arranged the visit to thank Network Rail people who have been working around the clock to restore servic...

NR engineers repair flood damage

13.06.07: Freight trains through the West Midlands were on the move again as Network Rail reopened the Water Orton to Walsall route following a massive landslip at Bosty Lane in Aldridge. The incident occurred on June 15 on a day when the West Midlands su...

ORR's Rail Review

07.06.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published its National rail review and Network Rail monitor covering the fourth quarter of 2006-07. The look back on the last quarter shows an industry in which train operators have built upon improve...

First phase of Basingstoke Engineering Project completed on time

01.06.07: Network Rail has announced the successful completion of the first phase of a major £130 million rail engineering project in Basingstoke. The ambitious project, which will run until 2008, is the one of the biggest being undertaken by Netw...

Early weed warning

01.03.07: After such a mild winter, weeds such as, Japanese knotweed, bramble, buddleia and other woody species will have had a kick start, and could be a real safety hazard on the railways later this year if left unchecked. These weeds are widesprea...

Network Rail seeks engineering apprentices

01.03.07: Up to 26 new recruits are being sought by Network Rail in the North West for its industry-leading advanced apprenticeship scheme. Now in its third year, the programme will take on 240 aspiring engineers. For the first time, in 2007, Network Rail...

EDF Energy secures £1m rail power works

01.01.07: EDF Energy has secured two new contracts worth almost £1million for electrification work on Network Rail infrastructure. The first contract relates to the modification of existing high voltage switchgear at locations on the Basingstok...

Major Portsmouth engineering works on track

01.01.07: Network Rail announced the successful completion of the first phase of a major rail engineering project in Portsmouth over the Christmas and New Year period. The £100 million project will see a major overhaul of signalling and track e...

Network Rail wins prestigious talent management award

01.01.07: Network Rail beat off stiff competition, including Carphone Warehouse and Deloittes, to win the talent management award at the recent Personnel Today national awards. Peter Bennett, HR director at Network Rail, said, “Network Rail iss...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ wh... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on t... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry med... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >