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Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall

13.02.20: Network Rail’s plan to protect the vital rail line to the south west from rising sea levels and extreme weather has taken a big step forward despite challenging storm conditions. A large sea wall is being installed in Dawlish, Devon t... more >

Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

12.02.20: Network Rail has awarded places on four Lots to Jacobs for their prestigious Design Services Framework (DSF), to deliver multi-disciplinary technical and professional services, including geotechnical, civils and structures capability. This is th... more >

Nexus and Stadler contract officially signed off

12.02.20: The Swiss train builder Stadler has officially been awarded the contract to produce the new train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro. Following an 18-month global search by Nexus for the best manufacturing partner, Stadler will produce the 4... more >

Network Rail endorses Bender UK signal system

11.02.20: Bender UK’s Innovative RS4 Signalling Power Protection system has been approved by Network Rail. The system delivers heightened sensitivity for first fault location and allows compliance with Network Rail’s Insulation Monitoring and... more >

Government gives the green light for HS2

11.02.20: This afternooon Boris Johnson annouced in the House of Commons that HS2 will go ahead. He said: "We face a historic choice, we can try to get by with existing routes from north to south or we can have the guts to take a decision, no matter... more >

£46m depot unveiled in Wigan

10.02.20: Officially opened on Friday (Feb 7th) the new £46m state-of-the-art train depot in Wigan has been built by Network Rail alongside Arriva Rail North. The depot will provide a home for many of Northern’s new trains that will be cl... more >

Transport for the South East welcomes new partners

10.02.20: Network Rail, Highways England and Transport for London (TfL) have agreed to join the board for Transport for the South East, whilst working together with civic and business leaders representing more than 7.5m people and 300,000 businesses to fo... more >

Government action on poor West Midlands Trains

10.02.20: Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has today (Feb 9th) called for West Midlands Trains to invest an extra £20m on improving services for passengers after consistent poor services. The funding is set to help passengers across the West M... more >

More reliable railway through multi-million-pound signalling investments

07.02.20: The reliability of Britain’s railways is set for a regeneration over the next five years with billions of pounds to be invested in railway signalling. The north and midlands investment will benefit from the new investments. An estimat... more >

Birmingham Eastside Metro extension set for approval

07.02.20: The next development to the West Midlands Metro network is set to be given the go ahead by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) next week. When the extension from Birmingham Eastside is complete the line will run from the current Met... more >

Northern on the hunt for new apprentices

06.02.20: Arriva Rail North (Northern) has announced it is looking for apprentice applicants to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week. The scheme will enable 16 of these apprentices to train as engineering technicians and five to focus more specific... more >

National Accreditation for Community Rail Partnership

06.02.20: The Community Rail Partnership (CRP) on Fenland’s Hereward railway line, has been given official accredited status from the Department of Transport. The accreditation shows that the government has recognised the CRP’s ability to... more >

Lord Berkeley addresses government in letter to Grant Shapps over HS2

05.02.20: Debate around HS2 remains constant and divisive, with both sides arguing potential benefits to the Northern region should the project either go ahead or be shelved. That conversation continued as one of the most prominent dissenting voices... more >

Heritage Great Britain invests £1.1m into Snowdon hybrid locomotives

05.02.20: Heritage Great Britain, who are responsible for operating Snowdon Mountain Railway, have invested £1.1m in their new hybrid diesel locomotives to service the popular Welsh tourist destination. Having unveiled the plans for greener tra... more >

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street unveils £15bn transport plan

05.02.20: As part of his re-election campaign, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has unveiled his ambitious £15bn transport plan for the region. The plans would represent a huge expansion of the West Midlands’ metro and rail services, creat... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

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

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 >