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Isle of Wight rail line receives £26m investment

17.09.19: Government has unveiled a £26m investment package into the Isle of Wight railway line, to help modernise and improve the line and its outdated fleet. The Island Line service, which runs between the communities of Ryde and Shankli... more >

Doncaster station to celebrate engineering, speed and connectivity through art

17.09.19: Rail users are in for a treat as plans for public art at Doncaster train station are revealed. The art will be a key part of the station’s transformation and will celebrate engineering, speed and connectivity. The impressive plans inc... more >

Network Rail confirms route director appointments

16.09.19: Today (Monday 16 September) will see Network Rail’s 14 new routes go live. Meanwhile, the company directors each have confirmed a number of senior management appointments to their teams. This comes after the announcement of a &lsqu... more >

Transport for Wales reveal £194m railway station upgrade plan

16.09.19: All 247 railway stations in Wales are to feel the benefit of a new £194m investment plan, Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced. TfW has unveiled plans for 1,500 extra car parking spaces across Wales to encourage people to leave the... more >

New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

12.09.19: Plans for a new railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton looks set to go ahead following backing from councillors. Nuneaton Parkway Station has been proposed as a multi-modal facility, set to be built as part of the Warwickshire Draft... more >

New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

09.09.19: Louise Cheeseman, managing director of Hull Trains, describes how a new fleet of rolling stock looks set to revolutionise the operator and their service. For Hull Trains, 2019 marks what will be our most exciting year since we launched some... more >

Investing in the country’s future workforce

05.09.19: Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, talks about addressing the skills gap and investing in new talent across the transport sector. With the UK rail and engineering industries facing a critical skills... more >

Additive Manufacturing within the Rail Industry

05.09.19: Dr Ian J. Coleman, principal engineer, safety, technical and engineering at Network Rail, describes the benefits brought about by additive manufacturing and 3D printing within rail. Network Rail’s Safety, Technical & Engineering (... more >

Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

29.08.19: Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and the success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the net... more >

Anglia rail upgrades set to improve passenger journeys

28.08.19: Following major upgrades to the Anglia rail network, carried out by Network Rail, passengers are set to benefit from greatly improved journeys. The improvements were made as part of the company’s Rail Upgrade Plan across Essex an... more >

Rail Freight Group’s Maggie Simpson on supply chain opportunities, Digital Railway, and HS2

27.08.19: Rail freight is vital to Britain’s economic success. Contributing £1.7bn to the economy, it is a vibrant, growing sector. As Director of the Rail Freight Group, Maggie Simpson, plays a key part in ensuring the voices of Rail Freight... more >

Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23.08.19: Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public consultation on a major upgrade to the TransPennine route. The plans form part of the £2.9b... more >

Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23.08.19: A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldershot, in Hampshire. Around 100 solar panels have been installed at a site trackside, and will supply renewable electricity... more >

Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23.08.19: Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to benefit from a share of £817,000 through the Local Rail Development Fund (LRDF). The Scotti... more >

Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

21.08.19: The government is set to launch a review into the HS2 project, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The review into the high-speed rail link will conclude a “go or no-go” decision by the end of the year, confirming, r... more >

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