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Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

08.04.20: Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has published an open letter to RDG asking the industry to proceed in their work ensuring that rail travel continues to operate throughout the coronavirus outbreak. He opened the letter by thanking them f... more >

Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

07.04.20: Network Rail’s station teams are inviting the public to send in home-made pictures of rainbows with a railway theme, which will be displayed at Bristol Temple Meads, Reading and London Paddington. The railway rainbow-themed images are... more >

90% decrease in King’s Cross station users

07.04.20: Network Rail has thanked the public who would usually pass through King’s Cross station for following government guidance and only travelling when essential as new statistics show that footfall at the station has significantly decreased. ... more >

Network Rail colleagues work together to produce protective gear for NHS

07.04.20: Two Network Rail employees have worked together to help one colleague’s partner make protective gowns for NHS nurses in Northamptonshire. In response to the shortage of essential kit at their local Kettering General hospital, David Ro... more >

Cabinet Office releases procurement guidance to support suppliers

06.04.20: In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabinet Office has changed the way procurement cards may be used. The outbreak has placed increased pressure on commercial and finance teams and increased importance on maintaining cashflow to suppl... more >

Key railway workers keep Britain moving

06.04.20: As the country enters its third week of lockdown the rail industry has been working tirelessly to keep the country moving. A condensed passenger timetable came into effect last month (March) to allow a reliable service to resume to get key... more >

Public consultation extended by Network Rail on major upgrade to railway in West Yorkshire

06.04.20: Network Rail has lengthened the public consultation period in which residents and passengers can express their opinions and give feedback on proposals to upgrade the railway between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury) until Thursday, 30 April.... more >

Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

03.04.20: The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the needs of colleagues on the front line, who are helping keep services running for key workers during the Coronavirus outbreak.... more >

Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

03.04.20: The viaduct, which you can see in the Harry Potter series of films, joined other famous attractions and venues like Glasgow’s SSH Hydro in lighting up in the colours of the NHS to recognise the efforts of healthcare workers in the fight ag... more >

Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02.04.20: During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by declaring a move to immediate payments for its suppliers. This means payment could be up to seven days quicker for SMEs and... more >

Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

01.04.20: Staff on nationally critical routes, such as the West Coast and Chiltern main lines, are keeping essential supplies and key workers moving during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the weekend, Network Rail maintenance teams and signallers deliver... more >

LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

31.03.20: London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is continuing to support its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak by giving out fresh sandwiches that would have been served onboard LNER services to a charity fighting food hunger. 5,00... more >

Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

30.03.20: Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations have made their parking free of charge for NHS and care workers during the coronavirus crisis. Network Rail has relinquished parking charges to display their support and appreciation... more >

370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

30.03.20: Last week alone key workers from Network Rail helped more than 370,000 tonnes of freight to be moved between west London and Cornwall and into and across Wales to support the economy, the NHS, petrol at the pumps and food in shops. The dema... more >

Scottish Enterprise: There’s never been a greater challenge than right now

30.03.20: As the UK enters its second official week of lockdown, members of the rail industry have voiced their support for the country’s response. Scottish Enterprise told RTM they were proud to see how, “companies here have diversified... more >

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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 >