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Cumbria Coastal line plans secure over £8m funding

03.07.19: Plans to improve the railway line across the Cumbrian coast have secured over £8.5m in funding, including £7.5m to prepare the next stage of the project. Network Rail propose to use the money to carry upgrades that aim to improv... more >

RAIB investigate fatal accident on Port Talbot line

03.07.19: Two inspectors from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) are investigating a fatal accident involving rail workers between Port Talbot Parkway and Bridgend stations. It is believed that three people working on the tracks were invol... more >

TfW starts work on £100m South Wales Metro depot

03.07.19: Transport for Wales (TfW) has begun work on a £100m depot for the South Wales Metro to support vehicles on the system. The depot at Taff’s Well is set to play a key part in the network which aims to be running from 2022, part of... more >

Can grass tracks transform Britain’s train and tram routes?

03.07.19: Chris Haworth, partner and infrastructure lead at multidisciplinary property and construction consultancy Ridge and Partners LLP (Ridge), explains why the UK has been slow on the uptake of grass tracks and what benefits they could bring. Gr... more >

Greater Anglia shows off their new intercity trains

02.07.19: The first of a new set of Greater Anglia intercity trains have arrived, and the train operator claims they will help transform main-line services between Norwich and London. There will be ten of the 12-carriage vehicles, three of which were... more >

Network Rail submits indicative bid for troubled British Steel

01.07.19: Railway infrastructure company Network Rail have submitted an indicative bid to take over parts of British Steel in an attempt to save the troubled business. The state-owned company are concerned about disruption to the rail network if Brit... more >

Local SMEs key for Midland Metro Alliance's head of procurement Paula Gray

28.06.19: Paula Gray, head of procurement, explains how the Midland Metro Alliance continues to establish partnerships with innovative local SMEs. The Midland Metro Alliance, working on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority, is expanding the... more >

Rail Delivery Group outlines what rail companies want for the future

28.06.19: As we await the outcome of the government’s Rail Review, Paul Plummer, chief executive of Rail Delivery Group, outlines what rail companies want for the future. The rail network is under the kind of pressure that was never foreseen wh... more >

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, outlines the company's future vision

27.06.19: The chief executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, outlines his vision for the railway's infrastructure manager and gives an overview of its reorganisation. Network Rail is changing into an organisation that puts passengers and freight use... more >

Rise in passenger satisfaction due to new trains, says survey

27.06.19: National satisfaction with Britain’s railways rose to 83% in spring, according to the National Rail Passenger Survey. Happiness with punctuality and reliability was 77%; an increase of five per cent compared to last spring. Antho... more >

Major railway suppliers join forces to form ‘Rail Innovation Family’

26.06.19: The UK’s major rail suppliers have joined forces to form a ‘Rail Innovation Family’ that will help provide greater and clearer support for suppliers seeking to bring innovation into the rail industry. The Rail Innovation F... more >

Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

25.06.19: Grand Central will run a new route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020, the train operator announced today. The new InterCity services are expected to give a significant boost to the economy in the North West of England and London as... more >

Transport for Wales awards first ECI contracts for £700m South Wales Metro

25.06.19: Transport for Wales (TfW) has awarded three companies to begin preparatory works on the £738m South Wales Metro, the organisation announced today. Balfour Beatty, Alun Griffiths and Siemens are being tasked with building the Metro&rsq... more >

Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

25.06.19: The Rail Delivery Group plans to make travelling by train easier than ever before by making trains and stations more accessible and developing a new app. Robert Nisbet, Director of Regions and Nations at the Rail Delivery Group, tells June/... more >

Diversity, inclusion and marking 100 years of Women in Engineering

24.06.19: 100 years of Women in Engineering, and transforming the future too One hundred years on from the birth of the Women in Engineering Society (WES), members of the rail and wider engineering industry gathered today at the Science and Industry... 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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail... 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 >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in the Midlands. He said: “It’s very... more >