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Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19.07.19: An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in the large cities category, scoring 66 out of 100 based on ten separate criteria. These were tr... more >

Sheffield City Region mayor launches major rail plan

19.07.19: An ambitious new plan for the future of the Sheffield City Region’s rail network was launched today by the city region’s mayor. The Integrated Rail Plan, produced by Sheffield City Region and its local authority partners, sets o... more >

'Midlands time is now' speech brings TransCityRail audience to their feet

18.07.19: This month marks a turning point for the Midlands, today we all here in the Midlands so we can work together and thrive together,” declared Maria Machancoses in a rousing delivery to rail executives from all over the UK. The final spe... more >

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

18.07.19: Unprecedented change and investment is coming to the Midlands, according to a number of high-profile rail leaders speaking at today’s first ever TCR Midlands conference in Birmingham today. With representatives from the West Midlands... more >

HS2 Director says on schedule to get Royal Assent 'by Christmas'

18.07.19: An HS2 Director told delegates at the innovative TransCityRail Midlands event at The Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham that the multi-billion transformation project was “on schedule to get Royal Assent for the 2A phase by Christmas.&rdqu... more >

Supply chain gets offer it cannot refuse from West Midlands Trains

18.07.19: Jane Fisher, Transition and projects Director of West Midlands Trains, appealed for third party suppliers to “Approach us and we’ll try and make it happen” at the packed networking event at The Vox Conference Centre. She p... more >

Story wins contract to build new station in County Durham

18.07.19: Story Contracting has won a contract to design and build a new railway station in Horden, County Durham. The new station, Horden Peterlee, aims to improve transport links in the east of the county, plans to open to passengers in the spring... more >

Maria Machancoses: TCR Midlands drives new way of collaboration

18.07.19: Leading sector figure Maria Machancoses has described the inaugural TransCityRail Midlands conference in Birmingham as a fresh way to “drive a new way of collaboration and new way of thinking.” The director of Midlands Connect e... more >

Date set to cut HS2 Wendover bypass noise

18.07.19: Work to lay a ‘very low noise surface' along Wendover bypass is scheduled to start during August bank holiday week and is expected to take ten days. The £1.51 million scheme, funded by HS2 as mitigation for noise construction tr... more >

Network Rail at TransCityRail Midlands event to deliver solutions

18.07.19: Network Rail executives tagged the prestigious TransCityRail Midlands event at The Vox Conference Centre, Birmingham, as a “key” calendar event and hailed it as a great vehicle for meeting new suppliers. Network Rail&r... more >

SWR announce solar-powered rail project

18.07.19: South Western Railway (SWR) have announced a scheme to power trains through connecting solar panels directly into the railway system as traction current. The innovative project is the first of its kind in the UK rail industry. It aims to ta... more >

Maritime Transport launch new rail services

17.07.19: Maritime Transport has launched two new rail services from DP World London Gateway to its rail terminals in Trafford Park and Wakefield. It marks further efforts to expand into the intermodal market in response to rising customer demand in... more >

Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

17.07.19: A campaign for a rail link between Windsor and Heathrow Airport is to be revived, after the scheme was turned down by the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2017. The Windsor Link Railway (WLR), laid out in several phases, proposes a rail li... more >

Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

17.07.19: The Conwy Valley line is set to reopen for passengers ahead of the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst, Network Rail has announced. Llandudno Junction to Llanrwst North will re-open for passengers tomorrow and the remainder of the line wil... more >

TfW reveal new long-distance Class 175 trains

16.07.19: Transport for Wales (TfW) has revealed their new fleet of Class 175 trains as part of a major investment in Transport for Wales' long-distance trains. Customers will soon be able to use USB, electric charging points and improved seating as... 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 >