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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 >

Transformative Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan revealed

04 August 2020Today (4 Aug) Network Rail, Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh have released their concept designs for renovating the capital’s main station as part of the Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan. The designs illustrate a station that is a vit... more >

Overhead electric line overhaul to improve passenger journeys

03 August 2020Passenger and freight journeys are set to be made more reliable in Lancashire and Cumbria as part of a £3.4m investment into the overhead 25,000-volt electric cables which power trains. more >

Rail passengers benefit from £40m Stevenage station platform

03 August 2020A new £40m platform and track improvement made at Stevenage station has seen significant improvements to the frequency and reliability of services, as well as allowing better long-distance connections for passengers. more >

Network Rail partners with Cycling UK for new initiative

03 August 2020Network Rail and Cycle UK have launched a partnership today (Aug 8) in light of a fifth of Brits saying they would consider cycling to work. A new YouGov study, commissioned by Network Rail has revealed that 20% of people are now likely to consid... more >

Ep.14 Leaving a lasting legacy, Harriet Glen

30 July 2020Harriet Glen, Head of Programme Close Out at Crossrail, joins us on this week’s episode of RTM’s Track Talk to discuss the largest construction project in Europe. Harriet gives us an update on the project that was brought to a standst... more >

£81m signalling scheme hits halfway marker in South London

30 July 2020As the London Bridge Area Signalling Centre ends operations, an £81m scheme by Network Rail (NR) to renew infrastructure in the Hither Green area of South London reaches the halfway mark and is on track to deliver an improved railway for pas... more >

Rehome a SWR Island Line train

29 July 2020South Western Railway’s (SWR) 5 Class 483 trains, built in 1938 for the London Underground, have been serving the Isle of Wight since 1989. But, as announced in September 2019, following a £26 investment to secure the future of Island... more >

UK Government urged to collaborate on Global Centre of Rail Excellence

29 July 2020Welsh Government tell UK Government to be quick if they want to play a part in the delivery of the world leading project. The Global Centre for Rail Excellence would generate a world leading facility for research, growth and testing of rail techn... more >

Network Rail continue work to secure street next to West Coast main line

28 July 2020Multi-million-pound work to secure land next to the West Coast main line in Stoke-on-Trent begins its second phase next month to make freight and passengers more reliable. The £4m Railway Upgrade Plan investment will stop a suburban street... 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 >