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£3m investment in new GB Railfreight Peterborough offices

13.03.20: GB Railfreight have announced plans for a new £3 million new operational and training facility in Peterborough. Originating in 1999 and headquartered in London, GB Railfreight is the third largest rail freight operator in the UK, with... more >

Network Rail volunteers support Borders Forest Trust

13.03.20: Network Rail have furthered their efforts to help the environment by staff members using their volunteer leave to plant trees. Working in partnership with the Borders Forest trust over two days, the team planted 1,200 dwarf silver birch tre... more >

New Kintore station set to encourage greener electric vehicles

12.03.20: Scottish Government has secured additional funding to increase the number of electric charging bays at the new Kintore station, leading the way in encouraging greener commutes. In total 24 out of the 168 spaces at the new transport hub will... more >

Railway Industry Association responds to the 2020 budget

11.03.20: Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the 2020 budget. Among his announcements, he confirmed reports that the government will increase spending on infrastructure. "We’re going to build broadband, railway... more >

The importance of SMEs to HS2 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

10.03.20: In light of TransCityRail Midlands coming up in July, we asked our strategic partner Xrail’s Director of Business Development and Communications Monica Barbosa, what they have planned for discussion at the conference. To start things... more >

Metrolink Trafford Park Line start date announced

09.03.20: Greater Manchester’s new £350m Trafford Park line will launch on Sunday 22nd March. The date comes directly after the successful completion of the project and delivery of the new line to the operator, KeolisAmey Metrolink, whose... more >

Alstom’s world first hydrogen train completes tests in the Netherlands

09.03.20: After ten days of successful tests, Alstom’s Coradia iLint train ran 65 kilometres of line between Groningen and Leeuwarden in the northern area of the Netherlands. The tests follow 18 successful months of passenger service on the Bux... more >

Britain's first all female operated train service runs today

06.03.20: In light of International Women’s Day, today (March 6th) Network Rail and Southeastern Railway join forces to launch the first ever passenger service run entirely by women. A rush hour Southeastern service will leave London for Kent s... more >

Work has begun on HS2’s Interchange station site near Birmingham Airport

06.03.20: The site is situated within a triangle of land between the M42, A45 and A452. Current work includes construction of linked bridges over the M42 and A446, and reshaping of the road network in the area to facilitate access to the new station, as w... more >

New electric London Overground trains introduced at London Liverpool Street

03.03.20: Passengers who use the London Overground routes from Cheshunt, Chingford and Enfield Town into London Liverpool Street today (March 3rd) saw a boost in capacity, as the first of the new state-of-the-art trains were introduced. The new elect... more >

Network Rail invests over £100m to upgrade network over Easter

02.03.20: Network Rail is encouraging passengers to check and plan their journeys in advance over Easter this year due to planned improvement works. Thousands of rail workers will carry out 420 projects over the Easter period to improve the reliabili... more >

Northern franchise enters government control

02.03.20: Following the news back in January that Northern would be stripped of its franchise and come under government control, yesterday (March 1st) marked a new start for the future of the franchise. To show their commitment to rebuilding passenge... more >

West Coast main line near Warrington closed due to large landslip

02.03.20: Major disruption to follow after Storm Jorge has caused a serious landslip on the West Coast main line near Warrington.   In the interest of passenger safety, the southbound line at Dutton Viaduct has also been closed while Network Rai... more >

£20m Northern train depot refurb in Manchester

28.02.20: The £20m refurbishment of Arriva Rail North’s (Northern) Newton Heath train depot in Manchester is almost completed. Northern’s brand new diesel trains will be kept at Newton Heath and the team of 300 staff will also be re... more >

£20m funding for new railway stations across the country

28.02.20: The Rail Minister has announced today (Feb 28th) a £20m fund boost for rail connections across the country. The new £20m funding is the third round of the New Stations Fund and comes off the back of the £500m Reversin... 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 >