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Planning approved for HS2 station set to be largest newly built station

20 May 2020HS2’s west-London super hub, Old Oak Common, had its planning application approved by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) yesterday (May 19). Work can now progress on building what is set to be the largest new railway... more >

DfT responds to the Public Accounts Committee report

19 May 2020On Sunday (May 17th) the Public Accounts Committee published a report, stating that the High Speed 2 rail project has gone “badly off course” and demanded that Government gives regular, accurate and open updates on the problems the pro... more >

Construction Commissioner to manage HS2 Phase 2a

19 May 2020Sir Mark Worthington OBE will now be responsible for managing issues and relationships between HS2 Ltd and individuals or bodies relating to construction work on both Phase One, from London to Birmingham, and Phase 2a, West Midlands to Crewe. In... more >

Bedfordshire bridge upgrade progress continues

19 May 2020Network Rail has made significant progress on a project to upgrade Bromham Road bridge in Bedfordshire and it is now open for pedestrians and cyclists, which will help to maintain social distancing. NR has opened the footpath on the south side of... more >

Victorian-era tunnel closure allows for West Coast main line improvement work

19 May 2020Kilsby Tunnel near Daventry reopened yesterday (May 18th) following major upgrades to drainage and track on a vital section of one of Europe’s busiest mixed-use passenger and freight railway lines. It’s thought by Network Rail to be t... more >

£35m to protect vital freight routes

18 May 2020Crucial freight routes out of, into and around the UK will continue to operate thanks to multi-million-pound government scheme to help ensure critical goods, such as food and medical supplies, can move freely. The government has signed agreements... more >

TfL tube and rail services increased

18 May 2020Transport for London (TfL) will from May 18th , following discussing with the Government before the announcement of the lockdown restrictions being lifted, increase public transport service levels to make journeys as safe as possible for people wh... more >

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Rail Baltica, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

18 May 2020The Railway Industry Association (RIA), in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), held the second instalment of its Export Outreach webinar series on Tuesday (May 12th), which provided a forum for the UK rail industry to he... more >

TfL to receive £1.9bn bailout from Government

15 May 2020Since lockdown began Transport for London has continued to run services to provide transport for key workers or for anyone needing to carry out an essential journey. Despite this, due to lockdown measures, passenger demand has fallen, with a 95%... more >

Multi-billion-pound railway investment to aid national recovery

14 May 2020Journeys on railways set to be smoother and safer following a multi-billion-pound infrastructure package announced today (May 14th) by Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary. Major improvement works have already taken place over the past month. In Apr... more >

Network Rail: 1,024 trespass incidents since lockdown began

14 May 2020New figures released by Network Rail reveal that trespassers disrupted vital passenger and freight services a shocking 1,024 times during the first month of the Government’s Covid-19 lockdown. People depending on the railway to get to work... more >

Network Rail introduces new non-executive directors

13 May 2020Network Rail has appointed new non-executive directors to replace recently retired board members. The new members are Mark Bayley, Fiona Ross and, appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport, Michael Harrison as special director. Their new... more >

Gatwick Airport station improvements on track despite Covid-19 outbreak

13 May 2020The £150m Gatwick Airport transformation will begin the next stage next week (May 17th) thanks to innovative ways of working within Covid-19 social distancing safeguards. Enabling works have continued, as Network Rail continues their progre... more >

SWR depot begins next major phase

13 May 2020Engineering work at South Western Railway’s (SWR) flagship £60m Feltham depot have proceeded onto the next significant phase ahead of the Class 701 train rollout. The bank holiday weekend saw the preliminary phase of crucial new cabli... more >

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria

12 May 2020The Railway Industry Association (RIA) in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), begun a series of Export Outreach webinars, on May 6th, as a forum for the UK rail industry to hear from international markets. During the fir... more >

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The challenge of completing Crossrail

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Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

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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 >