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Three Victorian Manchester railway bridges restored

30.10.19: A plaque was revealed in Great Ducie Street last Friday to honour the £3.2m Great North Rail Project work by Network Rail, in partnership with the Railway Heritage Trust. The 175-year-old bridges were thoroughly restored to guarantee... more >

New Azuma train to include six new services to Harrogate

29.10.19: London North Eastern Railway is set to introduce new Azuma services between Harrogate and London’s King Cross from 15 December 2019. The Yorkshire town will benefit from a further five services from mid-December. Allowing extra connec... more >

Keighley station set for £4m upgrade

29.10.19: Network Rail has announced an investment of over £4m into the upgrade of Keighley station, improving services and experiences for the 1.7 million annual passengers. The station building will undergo transformation, as well as the foot... more >

RIA chief executive responds to Keith Williams’ select committee evidence

29.10.19: After Keith Williams, of the Williams Rail Review, gave evidence to the Transport Select Committee confirming a likely recommendation from his report being a restructuring UK rail, the Rail Industry Association (RIA) has praised the de... more >

North East and Highland passengers to benefit from £4.5m investment

28.10.19: Network Rail Scotland has committed to an extra £4.5m of investment for enhanced performance in the North East and Highlands. Regular maintenance budgets still stand; however, this boost will serve as a further addition to Scotland&rs... more >

ScotRail reveals new bike carriages on West Highland Line

25.10.19: Carriages designated for bikes and large sporting equipment are to be introduced on one of Scotland’s most picturesque routes. This pilot, a first for the UK rail industry, will see ScotRail give five Class 153 trains the capacity to... more >

Network Rail uses AR to show the next generation of railway footbridges

24.10.19: Network Rail is using augmented reality (AR) for the first time to show the next generation of railway footbridges. Design data from Network Rail has been contributed to an app that allows passengers to see replacement footbridges at statio... more >

Thirteen Borderlands railway stations set for £280k upgrade

24.10.19: Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced thirteen railway stations, stretching from north Wales to Merseyside, will benefit from a £280,000 revamp. The improvements will form part of a £194m improvement programme for all 247... more >

RIA welcomes new report of EU rail supply chain competitiveness

22.10.19: The UK Rail Industry Association (RIA) has welcomed a new report on the EU rail supply industry as an “important step forward” in developing a competitive European rail supply chain. RIA, the mouthpiece for many UK rail supply c... more >

Lincoln to London Azuma services transformation

21.10.19: A new Azuma service between Lincoln and London King’s Cross has been launched today (Oct 21) by London North Eastern Railway (LNER). The inaugural Azuma service departed Lincoln at 11:18 this morning following a special event held at... more >

Knaresborough railway station upgrade complete

21.10.19: Network Rail has carried out a £150,000 upgrade to Knaresborough railway station, improving the roof of the Grade II listed building and bringing benefits for passengers, visitors and businesses in the local area. As part of the... more >

Billingham Railway station to receive £2m for disabled access

21.10.19: Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, has announced a £1m investment to help add disabled access to Billingham Railway Station. The station, built in the 1960’s, is currently the only railway station in the Tees Valley with no disable... more >

Sheffield City Region mayor backs compensation for rail passengers

21.10.19: Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis has called on Northern Rail to provide passengers compensation and cheaper fares on routes still where Pacer trains will be retained in the region into 2020 – long past the initial deadline... more >

Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

18.10.19: Arup, in partnership with Network Rail, have published their ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ report, exploring the exciting part that stations will play in our towns and cities. The report outlines the importance of evolu... more >

North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

17.10.19: The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review warning against cancelling the major infrastructure projects without viable alternatives. The review... 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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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 >
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 >