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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 >

Network Rail awards £257m contract for portable plant

05.02.20: Network Rail has awarded a contract to VP Plc worth £257m for the hire, supply and maintenance of portable plant. The agreed contract covers all 13 of Network Rail’s routes, and the maintenance and repair of 28,000 items of port... more >

Ep 7. A system built around passengers, Robert Nisbet

04.02.20: Regional Director for the Rail Delivery Group and former journalist for Sky News and the BBC, Robert Nisbet joins us in the studio to discuss his career move into the rail industry and how technology is improving Britain’s railways year on... more >

Government announces preferred route for East West Rail

04.02.20: The government has announced the preferred route for the central section of East West Rail (EWR), which would greatly increase the connectivity across the Oxford Cambridge Arc. After consultation in 2019, the route could see trains running... more >

Amey teams up with University for railway engineering apprenticeship

04.02.20: Amey Consulting has teamed up with Sheffield Hallam University to deliver a trailblazing Railway Engineering degree apprenticeship scheme to help attract new talent into the railway industry. The new apprenticeship, announced during Nationa... more >

Grant Shapps welcomes new direct Amsterdam-London rail service

04.02.20: Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has today (Jan 4) welcomed the new direct Eurostar rail service between Amsterdam and London, set to launch in April 2020. Since Early 2018 passengers have been able to make this journey on the Eurostar, bu... more >

Network Rail’s Andrew Haines to speak at RIA dinner

03.02.20: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has announced today (Jan 3) that the Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines OBE will deliver a keynote speech at the Annual RIA Gala Dinner. The event will take place on February 13 2020 and wi... more >

Digital Displacement project on track to reduce rail emissions

31.01.20: Source: RTM Dec/Jan   With challenging targets to radically reduce railway CO2 emissions, Artemis Intelligent Power is looking at the potential of Digital Displacement® hydraulics as a novel route to lower emissions for freigh... more >

Norwood Junction station upgrade receives significant support

30.01.20: The development of Norwood Junction station has been given the green light by residents, passengers and businesses in the area. With a 94% backing, the upgrade would allow trains to run more dependably and more frequently. The proposals to... more >

Northern to come under government control from March

29.01.20: Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced troubled train operating company will be brought under government control from March 1, 2020. The announcement comes after a final decision was reached over stripping Arriva Rail North, the leg... more >

Avanti West Coast model train set to be auctioned for children’s charity

29.01.20: To raise money for children’s charity, Action for Children, the very first Hornby Avanti West Coast Pendolino is set to be auctioned off and expected to rise hundreds of pounds. Model train enthusiasts have their chance to bid for the... more >

Nexus unveils new £362m trains for Tyne and Wear Metro

28.01.20: Nexus have announced Swiss company Stadler as their preferred bidder for a £362m contract to build new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro. It is hoped the new fleet of trains will transform performance, passenger experience and deliver... more >

Bid submitted for £100m Darlington station regeneration

28.01.20: Tees Valley Combined Authority has submitted a bid to government for the funds needed to ‘dramatically overhaul’ Darlington railway station. Announced by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen yesterday (Jan 27), the business case for th... 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 >