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Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

21 September 2020After 24 years, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (21st Sept) announced that rail franchising is to end, forming the early steps towards bringing Britain’s fragmented network back together. Over the coming months, the new system... more >

Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18 September 2020Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase agreement with Bombardier Inc and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). ... more >

Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18 September 2020The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked tenaciously to repair the line which was partially washed away near Polmont when the Union Canal burst its... more >

East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

18 September 2020Following a £216.2m contract awarded by the Rail Electrification Alliance, The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade can move forward into its second phase to enhance the East Coast network. The Rail Electrification Alliance, which is m... more >

Network Rail and Highways England publish ‘New Station Guidance’

17 September 2020Network Rail and Highways England have collaborated to improve Britain’s transport infrastructure for rail passengers and road users, making it easier for other organisations involved in delivering local transport systems to work with them. ... more >

Nexus’ new £362m Metro fleet keeps infamous yellow

17 September 2020Metro’s £362m new train fleet have been revealed to be bright yellow, as Nexus launches a major public consultation on its interior design. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is said to have chosen... more >

£800k new footbridge delivered by Network Rail

17 September 2020Westgate-on-Sea station has received a £800,000 replacement footbridge with stepped access between the station’s two platforms over the tracks of the Chatham Main Line. Network Rail designed, manufactured and erected the new steel bri... more >

£10m boost for Gatwick Airport station upgrade

16 September 2020Platform extensions, across three stations in West and East Sussex, have now been completed by Network Rail through funding from the Department for Transport. Constructed in support of a new timetable during the £150m upgrade of Gatwick Air... more >

Heart of Wales line to partially reopen following storm damage

16 September 2020From November, passengers will again be able to travel on a section of the Heart of Wales line, which runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea, as Network Rail has set out the timescales for repairs to the line after two major incidents within a month. Fo... more >

Grant Shapps calls on Network Rail to help tackle graffiti

16 September 2020Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has published a letter to Network Rail in regards to the prevalence of graffiti on Britain’s rail network. The letter discusses confidence for passengers, trespassing, response time to complaints, longer-ter... more >

HS2’s biggest tunnel site reaches milestone

16 September 2020HS2 has reached another significant milestone at the high-speed rail project’s first tunnel site, with the completion of structural work on the temporary pre-cast factory which will produce wall sections for the 10 mile stretch Chiltern tunn... more >

Scotland’s greener train project progresses

15 September 2020Scotland’s goals of a greener railway are coming ever closer with the next stage of a hydrogen train demonstration project underway. As part of the plan from Scottish Ministers to diminish diesel from passenger rail services within the next... more >

Work begins to restore passenger services to Leven

15 September 2020The first phase of work by Network Rail is set to begin as part of the restoration of passenger services to Leven. Engineers will be carrying out vegetation clearance, site surveys and geological investigations to help the development of the proj... more >

HS2 trials AI solution to diminish carbon emissions

15 September 2020HS2’s plans to reduce its carbon emissions are forming as part of a new carbon and cost estimating solution powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). This is being trialled on a number of HS2 sites managed by the Skanska Costain STRABAG join... more >

TfW launches Supply Chain Platform events

14 September 2020Transport for Wales are launching a series of bi-monthly interactive Supply Chain Platform events alongside Business Wales to help them deliver and grow a diverse and sustainable supply chain. Following recent news over the past few months of sig... 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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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 >