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FULL SPEECH - PM pledges Manchester-Leeds Rail Route

29.07.19: A new Trans-Pennine rail route between Manchester and Leeds has been confirmed, after the Prime Minister set out a domestic agenda to turbo-charge regional growth and prosperity. In a speech in Manchester, Boris Johnson reaffirmed that one... more >

ORR publish guidance to support older and disabled passengers

27.07.19: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published its new Accessible Travel Policy (ATP) guidance for train and station operators which they say will lead to older and disabled passengers being able to travel by rail with greater confide... more >

Doncaster area could be turbo-charged by new Integrated Rail Plan

26.07.19: Wide ranging improvements to rail services are being lined up for the Doncaster area following the launch of the new Integrated Rail Plan by the Sheffield City Region. The plan, which has been welcomed by the Department for Transport, sets... more >

Crossrail Ltd appoint three new board members to strengthen governance

25.07.19: Crossrail Ltd have appointed three new board members to strengthen the governance of the organisation. Steve Livingstone has been appointed to the Crossrail Board as independent Non-Executive Director from 18 July 2019, while Baroness Jo Va... more >

Metrolink projects rated as excellent after new assessment

25.07.19: Two major city centre Manchester Metrolink projects have been rated as excellent after an investigation into their sustainability. The assessment, carried out over several years, highlighted positive aspects relating to the projects. S... more >

TransPennine Express introduce first Nova 2 train

25.07.19: TransPennine Express (TPE) has accepted the first of their new Nova 2 trains from Spanish manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF). The acceptance of the first Nova 2 unit means TPE has now accepted trains from eac... more >

Punctuality on South Glasgow services reaches 22-month high

25.07.19: Train punctuality has reached its highest level for almost two years on ScotRail services running to and from stations in south Glasgow, the latest figures reveal. South Glasgow services saw 95.8% of trains meet the rail industry standard p... more >

Massive 29% rise in rail over last decade uncovered by survey

25.07.19: Rail has been described as ‘a runaway success story’ in an influential national transport survey which examines trends over the past decade. Fewer commutes per person, reduced car use in major urban centres and rapidly falling b... more >

New railway station to be built in Ayr to replace historic stop

24.07.19: A new station is set to be built in Ayr town centre to replace the current railway stop, part of which had been housed in the historic Station Hotel – which was declared unsafe in August last year. Transport Scotland called the erecti... more >

Government sets out vision for biodiverse railway lineside

23.07.19: The Department for Transport (DfT) has set out a clear strategy for how it expects Network Rail to protect and enhance the UK’s lineside environment, while ensuring the safety of passengers and services. The strategy follows reco... more >

ORR annual assessment of Network Rail Scotland highlights progress

23.07.19: In its final annual assessment of Network Rail Scotland for Control Period 5 (2014-19), the Office for Rail and Road (ORR) highlighted good progress in its delivery of enhancements and freight performance but continued poor passenger train servi... more >

Up to £58m funding commitment for Cardiff Central Station upgrade

22.07.19: Up to £58m funding to upgrade Cardiff Central Station has been confirmed today, 22 July, by the transport secretary. Subject to the necessary assurances that the scheme represents value for money, these upgrades will ease crowdin... more >

RSSB: Railways crucial in UK becoming net zero-carbon by 2050

22.07.19: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has said that Britain’s railways have a crucial role to play in helping the UK economy decarbonise by 2050. The announcement came as part of a new rail task force report, published today... more >

Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19.07.19: A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendations following the timetabling crisis last summer. The report focuses on internal management and... more >

TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

19.07.19: Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of the Jubilee line will get full mobile connectivity within station platforms and tunnels for the firs... 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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Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

29/08/2019Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and the success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the net... 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 >