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HS2 forced to rethink £435m Curzon Street station after bidding falls flat

11.07.19: HS2 has been forced to cancel the current bidding process to construct the new Curzon Street station in Birmingham, and restart the process later this year. The rail body had hoped to attract at least four bidders for the contract, but a la... more >

RSSB research creates train seat comfort rating

11.07.19: Research by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has led to the first comfort rating scale for creating an appropriate level of comfort into train seats. Rail experts from across the industry have encouraged designers and specifiers t... more >

Richard Branson calls rail franchising “a real mess”

11.07.19: The owner of Virgin Trains, Richard Branson, has claimed the railway franchising system is "a real mess" and is too constrictive against rail operators. After a dispute with the Department for Transport (DfT) over who should be responsible... more >

Transport apprenticeships’ BAME representation increases over 50%

11.07.19: A report published today shows that the number of transport apprentices from under-represented BAME backgrounds have increased in the past two years. The initiative to increase diversity in the workforce is being led by the Strategic Transp... more >

Network Rail launches safety task force

10.07.19: Network Rail has launched a new task force to improve safety measures for employees that work on the railways, the company announced today. The team of safety experts, expected to cost £70m, will bring together multiple strands of wor... more >

Funding agreed for ‘cutting-edge’ rail research centre in Leeds

10.07.19: The government will help fund one of the most advanced high-speed rail research facilities in the world, the University of Leeds has announced. The University’s Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration (IHSRSI) aims to rev... more >

EWR to begin rolling stock procurement this year

10.07.19: The East West Railway Company (EWR Co) will begin a formal rolling stock procurement process later this year, the company announced earlier this week. The rolling stock market engagement exercise has been underway since November 2018. As pa... more >

GBRf brings back Class 92 to run Caledonian Sleeper service

10.07.19: GB Railfreight (GBRf) have announced that Locomotive 92006 has re-entered service following a £2 million refurbishment at Wabtec’s Brush Traction facility in Loughborough. The Class 92 will be used on the Caledonian Sleeper serv... more >

SWR launches £5.3m fund for community projects

10.07.19: South Western Railway (SWR) have announced a £5.3m fund for community projects across its rail network. The operator has launched a Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF) for projects that will help improve local communities... more >

Testing begins on new ‘state-of-the-art’ Greater Anglia fleet

10.07.19: High-speed testing of a new fleet of UK-built commuter trains has begun, Greater Anglia has announced. The 111 trains, built by Bombardier, are to run on Greater Anglia routes into London from counties across the East of England. The n... more >

TfL begin tracking underground passengers using Wi-Fi

09.07.19: Starting this week, Transport for London (TfL) will begin tracking the movement of their London Underground customers using data from their smartphones. When passengers use the tube’s free Wi-Fi service, TfL will be able to access GPS... more >

TPE hails ‘major milestone’ as Nova 1 trains arrive

09.07.19: TransPennine Express (TPE) have welcomed the first of its new Nova 1 fleet of trains, which the rail operator claims will transform the on-board experience for passengers. The futuristic-looking trains, built by Hitachi, will have more carr... more >

Gatwick Airport station to undergo £150m upgrade

09.07.19: The train station at Gatwick Airport will receive £150m in funding to widen the platforms and double the station’s concourse, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. The renovation aims to reduce delays to services and... more >

Rail electrification of the chase line between Rugeley and Walsall

08.07.19: As part of Network Rail’s track electrification, ABC Electrical Ltd identified MGF’s Vertishore as their preferred solution. Mark Norton, rail sector manager at MGF Ltd, reports. As part of the extensive line electrification wor... more >

Disabled rail passengers set to benefit from £20m accessibility fund

08.07.19: Disabled rail passengers across the UK are set to benefit from a raft of accessibility improvements following the opening of a £20m government fund on 8 July. This fund is open for applications from stations in need of accessibility i... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal mea... 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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that ... 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 >