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Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

12 August 2020South Western Railways staff members are using an unlikely voice to spread the message to passengers about face coverings. New station announcement has been recorded by two children of SWR staff members to remind passengers to wear face coverings... more >

TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

12 August 2020Today (12 Aug) Transport for the North has revealed its blueprint for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-year investment plan of infrastructure projects to reinforce greener Northern growth. This £5bn pipeline includes rail, roa... more >

Siemens Mobility installs new signalling system at Hither Green

11 August 2020Following the final contracts being confirmed for the Hither Green Area Resignalling Project, Siemens Mobility Limited are set to provide the technology to improve passenger services. The new signalling system will create greater reliability and... more >

£5m upgrade for Crumlin’s River Ebbw railway bridge

11 August 2020Network Rail are set to begin upgrade work on River Ebbw railway bridge in Crumlin, South Wales next month. The £5m upgrade work will take place on weekends throughout September. The current bridge deck will be replaced, which is only capab... more >

HS2 tunnelling machines named Florence and Cecilia

11 August 2020Today HS2 has revealed (11 Aug) the first images and publicly voted for names of the first two completed giant Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) that will dig the 10-mile-long twin-bore Chiltern tunnel on the first phase of the UK’s new low carb... more >

Northern supports song writing workshops in the community

10 August 2020As part of the Northern supported project Lyric and Line, singer-song writer Gareth Davies-Jones has been working with three groups with additional needs, using music to explore the adventure of traveling by train, and the obstacles they may face... more >

HS2 searching for high voltage power supply systems

10 August 2020With the green light for construction given a few weeks ago, HS2 have today (10 Aug) began the search for expert contractors to deliver the high voltage power supply systems. These systems will transfer electricity to the UK’s new high-spee... more >

HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

10 August 2020A 65-metre bridge was installed in just two days and ahead of schedule as the motorway opened 22 hours earlier than planned. The works near Interchange Station move Solihull closer to the arrival of HS2, Britain’s new low carbon high speed... more >

HS2 publish annual equality, diversity and inclusion report

07 August 2020Today (8 Aug) HS2 Ltd have released their annual report which details their equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work. The report also illustrates the impact of their work across their workforce, supply chain, design and operations, and commun... more >

Network Rail’s Southern Region completes installation of secure radio channels

07 August 2020A new digitally secure radio system has been successfully rolled out across Network Rail’s Southern region. As their Wessex route joins Sussex and Kent in introducing Airwave to its front-line responders, speeding up response times to impro... more >

Network Rail repairs lifeboat ramp during Cumbrian Coast line work

07 August 2020Railway engineers have rebuilt a section of public walkway at St. Bees beach which is used to launch lifeboats to rescue those in distress at sea. Network Rail is securing the Cumbrian Coast line from extreme weather and erosion as part of an &po... more >

£195,000 for rail freight trial

06 August 2020Funding has been allocated by the Scottish Government to Victa Railfreight to carry out a test to transport timber by rail in the North of Scotland. £195,000 has been contributed through the Scottish Strategic Rail Freight Fund. This is ope... more >

HS2’s Birmingham Curzon Street station: 55% carbon reduction

05 August 2020The HS2 project, Curzon Street station, which has been designed by a team in Birmingham, is hoped to reduce carbon emissions by an unprecedented 55% and achieve net zero carbon emissions from controlled energy consumption and use a variety of tech... more >

Further funding for Middlesbrough station redevelopment

05 August 2020The revamp of Middlesbrough station is now fully funded after a further £9m was by the Government to the initial £35m. Now £9.65m has been committed from a fund announced by Prime Minster Boris Johnson earlier this year for &lsq... more >

£66m package for West Midlands economic recovery

04 August 2020£66m of Government funding has been secured for the West Midlands, with projects such as Very Light Rail developments set to benefit. The money from the Government’s Getting Building Fund is aimed at projects which can get underway pr... 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 >

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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s... 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 would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >