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Heritage award presented to Network Rail

06.12.19: The National Railway Heritage have presented Network Rail with an award for their refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose. At the award ceremony in London, the National Railway Heritage award was presented to Network Rail and con... more >

£350m contract for Hitachi Rail to build new Avanti West Coast trains

06.12.19: Hitachi Rail awarded a contract worth more than £350m by First Trenitalia, whose new Avanti West Coast rail service starts on the 8th of December, to maintain and prove 23 new intercity trains. The 135 new carriages will bring additio... more >

New Northern trains announced across their routes

05.12.19: Rail operator, Northern, announced yesterday (Dec 4) that more than 50 new northern trains will be in service from Dec 15, with a further 49 to be operational in 2020. Brand new trains will serve Lincoln, Gainsborough, Worksop, Notting... more >

TfL to install over 100 cycle docking points near major rail stations

05.12.19: Before the year is over, Transport for London (TfL) will have installed 105 new Santander Cycles docking points close to Network Rail stations in Central London. It comes as part of an initiative to boost connectivity between different mode... more >

Virgin Trains leads the way with 5G onboard connectivity

05.12.19: Virgin Trains has become the first train operator to trial onboard 5G Wi-Fi. The trial comes in partnership with McLaren Applied and Vodafone, as efforts continue to bring improved broadband speeds onboard trains. Once rolled out, the 5G co... more >

ScotRail timetable changes to add ‘an extra 10,000 seats a day’

04.12.19: ScotRail has announced its newest timetable improvements will see an extra 10,000 seats a day added for passengers across the country. The latest changes, which include a new station in the north of Glasgow at Robroyston, are set to ta... more >

LNER to say goodbye to Intercity 125 High Speed Train

04.12.19: More than four decades of service to be celebrated by London North Eastern Railway from the iconic High-Speed Train (HST) on the East Coast route with a special farewell tour in December. LNER will mark the occasion by operating a four-day... more >

Northern begins removal of Pacer trains

03.12.19: Northern Railway has today (Dec 3) said goodbye to the first three Pacers as they leave the network for good. The rolling stock has been removed and returned to owners Angel Trains, the first of many more to make the same journey over the n... more >

Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex reopened

03.12.19: Following four days of successful improvement work on the Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex, Network Rail have welcome passengers back on board. The major upgrade programme, that took place between Nov 28 and Dec 1, included replacing th... more >

Vital upgrades on Edinburgh’s track this Christmas

02.12.19: As of Christmas Day (25 Dec), engineers at Network Rail will be working to renew Edinburgh’s Haymarket junction. Essential track work will be carried out from the Dec 25 to 29, with major upgrades to renew four sets of points and repl... more >

Govia Thameslink Railway launches Great Sock Appeal

02.12.19: Selected homeless charities and Govia Thameslink are coming together this Christmas to give out socks to rough sleepers through the Great Sock Appeal. Socks are not the first thing comes to mind when you think of donating to the homeless bu... more >

Northamptonshire teens safety film transformed into comic

02.12.19: A new comic book has been produced by Network Rail, based on the safety film ‘18’ with the help of pupils from Kingswood Secondary Academy in Corby. The pupils were visited by Network Rail last summer and took part in safety wor... more >

Rail Delivery Group responds to 2020 rail fares proposal

02.12.19: Saturday (30 Nov) saw the rail fares for 2020 published and an expected rise of an average of 2.7% in price in the coming year, with some staying the same and some reducing. Despite the expected average increase, this is the third year in a... more >

RSSB appoint Arup to review hydrogen trains

29.11.19: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has tasked Arup with developing a case for hydrogen-powered trains on the Great Britain (GB) mainline. The review will move to establish a high-level operational concept, any relevant operational h... more >

Thameslink winter timetable includes new cross-London Saturday services

28.11.19: Additional through-London services every hour between Peterborough and Horsham on Saturdays are to be introduced by Thameslink from Dec 21. To meet capacity demands, the number of direct services to St Pancras International station, central... 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

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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in... 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 >