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SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02 July 2020South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn transformation of suburban travel. The 10 car ‘Train 6’ will become the focus of training... more >

Horden station open to passengers

02 July 2020Following the Transport Secretary’s announcement earlier this week that thousands of passengers in the North East of England are set to see more regular services and better connections, the new Horden station is now open to passengers. The... more >

Newhaven Marine station increases freight capacity

02 July 2020Following recent modifications and refurbishments at Newhaven Marine Station by Network Rail, the site is now ready for welcoming an increase in rail freight capacity. Subsequently, supporting a low-carbon economy by removing the need for heavy go... more >

London Victoria approaching 85% recycling target

01 July 2020The second busiest train station in Britain has begun a trial to recycle 85% of all waste created on site.   Network Rail’s London Victoria is working alongside its train operators and waste specialist The Green Block, to take the numb... more >

Queen Street project to restart after £64m investment

01 July 2020Network Rail Scotland is resuming work on major construction across Scotland’s Railway following a three-month standstill due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Reconstructive work on Glasgow Queen Street station, the new £14m Kintore station... more >

HS2 recruiting for hundreds of construction jobs

30 June 2020Hundreds of new jobs have been announced today (June 30) at HS2 Ltd, across a broad range of disciplines, from engineering and project management to land and property, procurement and commercial. These are just a few amongst those to be advertise... more >

Calls from England and Wales to restore Beeching lines

30 June 2020Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has today (June 30) announced fifty bids have been received from across England and Wales to build or reopen lines and stations closed by British Rail chief Dr Richard Beeching from 1963, with the potential to l... more >

West Midlands Trains reveals thousands of extra seats following extended timetable

29 June 2020From Monday (July 6th) West Midlands Trains is adding thousands of extra seats to its timetable as the surge and demand for train travel grows following the easing of lockdown restrictions. Despite the increased services, the advice remains the s... more >

Soham station given the go-ahead

29 June 2020On Friday (June 26th) proposals to construct a new station for Soham were confirmed by East Cambridgeshire District Council. Working alongside with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, led by Mayor James Palmer, who have provid... more >

£15m funding towards better rail journeys in the North East

29 June 2020The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced today (June 29th) that thousands of passengers in the North East of England are set to see more regular, reliable services and better connections thanks to £15m of government investment. ... more >

£250m HS2 work package puts firms on alert

26 June 2020High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd has placed ground investigation firms on alert for a £250m package of work for phase two of the project, north of Birmingham. HS2 is planning to brief firms about the package in a webinar on July 9th ahead of inviti... more >

Avanti West Coast adopts Sunflower scheme

26 June 2020Avanti West Coast has this month partnered with the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme. The scheme gives customers with hidden disabilities a lanyard, wristband or wallet card with a recognisable sunflower logo. They can then show this item to... more >

HS2 Minister responds to Transport Select Committee

25 June 2020Following a letter from the Transport Select Committee back in May, Andrew Stephenson, HS2 Minister yesterday (June 24th) responded and published his letter of response. Mr. Stephenson began his later by discussing the challenge of transparency.... more >

Newcastle Central Station set for renovation

24 June 2020Last year Newcastle City Council and partners announced plans to open-up access to the Victorian station, accommodate more passengers, improve traffic flows in front, change taxi pick-up points and short stay parking. City residents, taxi drivers... more >

Ep.13 Innovation is about people, David Rowe

23 June 2020David Rowe, Head of Strategy at Network Rail in the newly established Technical Authority, joins host Ailsa Cowen for episode 13 of Rail Technology Magazine’s podcast, Track Talk, to talk all things innovation in the rail industry. David di... more >

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