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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 >

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

27.03.20: As retired signallers are called out of retirement to help keep our country’s railways moving during this pandemic, members of the rail industry have expressed their support for the country’s response. Network Rail’s Comme... more >

RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

26.03.20: As the UK comes to an end of its first week under lockdown to tackle this pandemic, members of the rail industry have voiced their support for the country’s response.   Darren Caplan, The Railway Industry Association Chief Execut... more >

GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

25.03.20: As the UK and the world comes under lockdown of varying degrees to tackle this pandemic, rail services must continue, and perhaps more than ever. GB Railfreight, Managing Director, John Smith, released a statement today (Mar 25th) exemplify... more >

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

25.03.20: Debbie Francis, Direct Rail Services, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from a freight perspective. Debbie is a rail fanatic, leading the way in a male dominated area of the rail industry. With hosts Matt Roberts... more >

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

25.03.20: Despite losing staff to self-isolation and sickness during the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail Southern Region operations team are working to keep signal-boxes and control centres open 24/7. However, with the necessity to keep lines runnin... more >

Lord Berkeley calls for six month delay to HS2

25.03.20: In light of the current coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation and the world, Lord Berkeley has published a letter to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps calling for HS2 to be paused for six months. ... more >

Birmingham New Street has opened an NHS outpatient clinic

24.03.20: From today (Mar 24th), Network Rail has opened an empty shop at Birmingham New Street station for an NHS outpatient clinic. This will allow patients to have routine blood tests away from hospitals. The space will be open for medics for sixt... more >

Children and parents reminded of the dangers around the railway

23.03.20: Following the news on Friday that schools will be closed for the foreseeable future, British Transport Police and Network Rail are urging parents and careers to have a conversation with their children and loved ones about the dangers of trespass... more >

Network Rail announces new action to support retailers and tenants

23.03.20: Network Rail have announced (Mar 20th) substantial measures aimed at supporting retailers in Britain’s busiest and biggest stations, and small business tenants across their commercial estate, as the Coronavirus pandemic begins to harshly i... more >

Government announces rail emergency measures

23.03.20: The Government have announced today (Mar 23rd) that they are taking emergency measures to sustain and withstand necessary rail services as operators face momentous drops in their income. The Department for Transport is temporarily suspendin... more >

Rail timetables to be reduced to help tackle the spread of COVID-19

20.03.20: The UK rail industry and the government have constructed a plan that will see a steady reduction in train services across the country due to lower passenger demand, while keeping vital rail services running. From Monday 23rd March, services... more >

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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

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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

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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 >