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Cost management solution sets new benchmark for rail industry

19.02.08: Accurate estimating is fundamental to ensuring that major rail projects are delivered on time, within budget and to the required quality. RIB, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated software solutions, is providing valuable sup... more >

Cut the cost of cable marker installation

19.02.08: Siegrist-Orel, a leading supplier of high performance cable marking solutions, has developed a bespoke marker kit system to drive down the time and cost of trackside cable marker installation. Customers simply supply Siegrist-Orel with thei... more >

Four Square Metal on track at Heathrow terminal 5

19.02.08: With the opening of Heathrow terminal five imminent, the next time you travel by Tube take a glance down at the driver’s end of the platform where you will see Four Square’s metalwork in all its glory. The picture below shows their p... more >

Geotechnical problems on railway infrastructure and the influence of climate change

19.02.08: A review of the many publications on climate change and transport show, understandably, a preoccupation with the measures taken to limit or reduce carbon emissions. The government's recently published climate change bill has a target of at least... more >

Getting on the right track

19.02.08: Despite a claimed commitment to tackling climate change, the government are still doing little to encourage a modal shift towards more environmentally sustainable modes of transport, says Norman Baker, shadow secretary of state for transport for... more >

ORR issues updated environmental guidance to the railway industry

19.02.08: The Office of Rail Regulation published updated guidance to the rail industry to help each regulated enterprise take appropriate account of the environment as part of its everyday operations. The guidance provides advice on the issues that each... more >

Rugged – the right track for the rail industry

19.02.08: The railway industry is a long time user of ruggedised computers for both onboard and maintenance crews. As railway workers can’t always control the environment they work in, the importance of handheld computers that can withstand a great... more >

STATS joins RSK Group

19.02.08: In January 2008, STATS joined the RSK Group to form the UK’s largest privately owned environmental consultancy with around 900 combined staff spread across 39 locations worldwide. Explaining the move, STATS chairman Adrian Marsh says:... more >

Tube Lines reels in a beauty

19.02.08: New machine makes moving cable safer and faster Tube Lines has overcome the challenge of moving massive amounts of cabling into its London Underground stations, some as deep as 60m below ground. A new machine developed with Data Techniques... more >

Victoria Line closing early for more improvement work

19.02.08: The Victoria Line is closing early between Mondays and Thursdays from 4th February until late November 2008. Upgrading the Victoria line is one of London Underground's largest investment projects and part of a £10bn programme of inves... more >

Working with wildlife needn’t be an issue for infrarail projects

19.02.08: With the growing number of rail infrastructure projects in the pipeline there are bound to be a significant number that will impact on ecology and wildlife. With good ecological management and advanced planning this needn’t necessarily be... more >

Lincoln signallers to strike in support of colleague

15.02.08: RMT threatens to escalate dispute to defend transfer agreement More than 50 RMT signallers in the Lincoln area are to take two separate days of strike action after voting by more than four to one for action in support of a colleague treat... more >

National Express East Coast to relocate to new HQ in York

15.02.08: York-based train operator National Express East Coast is to relocate its headquarters to new premises in central York this summer, reaffirming its commitment to the city. The company, which started running rail services on the East Coast Ma... more >

Network Rail to launch new pension scheme

15.02.08: A third pension scheme, widening the choice for its 34,000 employees, has been unveiled by Network Rail. The pension scheme will be a defined benefit arrangement, based on the average of an employees earnings, known as Career Average Revalu... more >

Network Rail's rock solid investment in new ballast cleaner

15.02.08: Network Rail took another significant step in its drive to improve the way it carries out engineering and maintenance works this month by ordering a new ballast cleaning system. Built by Austrian rail engineering firm Plasser and Theurer, t... more >

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >
Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >
Taking to the skies

30/10/2018Taking to the skies

Network Rail’s commitment to driving innovation is best encapsulated by its latest scheme involving high-definition imagery drones, or UAVs... more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >