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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 >

High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

27.02.20: At the beginning of February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that HS2 will go ahead and the London-Birmingham phase will commence immediately. The PM also confirmed the second phase of HS2, the route to Manchester and Leeds would be... more >

New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

26.02.20: Siemens Mobility Limited and the University of Birmingham have announced a new, academic framework research partnership, strengthening the relationship between the two organisations. The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education... more >

Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

26.02.20: The UK’s smallest rail operator, Hull Trains, is the only company which can promise every journey will be on a brand new, world-class train. Hull Trains’ fleet is less than six months old and has rolled out each new train as soo... more >

£20m government funding to make 124 stations more accessible across GB

26.02.20: Announced today (Feb 26th) by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, disabled passengers across GB are set to benefit from accessibility improvements at approximately 124 stations. The funding comes from the Access for All programme and wil... more >

Railway Benefit Fund launches new ‘Help Pack’ for industry workers

26.02.20: The Railway Benefit Fund have launched a new help and guidance pack this month in aid of encouraging rail industry workers and their families, who might be experiencing difficulties, to seek its expert advice. The charity has made the infor... more >

Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

25.02.20: Passengers that have passed through Network Rail’s biggest and busiest stations have contributed towards the saving of the equivalent of three million plastic bottles with the introduction of free drinking water fountains. The water f... more >

Government campaign launched to increase inclusivity on public transport

25.02.20: Today (Feb 25th) the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has pressed ahead with a new government campaign to improve journeys for disabled passengers on public transport, in light of wanting to make the UK a world leader for accessible travel. ... more >

Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

25.02.20: After four landslips in the last decade, the 9-day closure involved 200 engineers and around the clock work at 17 sits along the railway between Kidbrooke and Barnehurst. The line was closed over half term, in which time 2,500 tones of mud... more >

£21m investment by Grand Central in new North West route

25.02.20: Grand Central has invested more than £21m in trains that will run on their new North West to London route, with the restoration of the first locomotive complete with its iconic livery. Today (Feb 20th) it was revealed the operator has... more >

Improvement work begins across three level crossings in Staffordshire

24.02.20: Network Rail improvement work will begin this week on three level crossings in Staffordshire. Engineers will be replacing the older barrier gates and their components with new ones at Caverswall level crossing in Stoke-on-Trent, Hockley lev... more >

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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

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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 >