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Multi-million pound roling stock order for GB Railfreight

01.02.06: GB Railfreight (GBRf) has placed a multi-million pound order for new locomotives and wagons. The order is for 5 Class 66 locomotives, 140 ‘Falcon’ box wagons, 10 Autoballasters and 22 FEA flat wagons, with 63 modules to convert... more >

Railway safety – all change?

01.02.06: Responsibility for railway safety regulation will soon transfer to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) from the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and Executive (HSE). This will enact the Government's intention to bring all aspects of rail regul... more >

Woolwich Arsenal extension moves forward

01.02.06: Work has begun on the tunnelling that will form part of the 2.5km Woolwich Arsenal extension on the Dockland Light Railway. As part of the preparatory work, a 540 tonne boring machine was lowered into a launch chamber in North Woolwich, in... more >

Yorkshire Forward invests to boost region’s transport

01.02.06: Yorkshire Forward is investing more than £8 million to increase train capacity by 6% on three of the region’s busiest lines. Developed in partnership with Northern Rail and Metro, the investment will provide 12 extra carriages o... more >

£52 million of contracts from Network Rail

01.01.06: Network Rail has awarded multi-million, long term steel contracts to two suppliers, with a third in the final negotiations. A corner stone of Network Rail’s rail renewal programme, the contracts will deliver over 100,000 tonnes of hig... more >

EMC training

01.01.06: Electromagnetic compatibility is a major issue in the railway environment. In order to ensure that electrical/electronic equipment does not produce interference in other electrical/electronic systems, it is vital that design engineers and system... more >

Network Rail’s £10 million IT project

01.01.06: Network Rail has completed one of the UK’s largest technology upgrades of 2005. 17,500 IT users, in over 460 locations around the UK, have been migrated to the latest versions of Microsoft Office applications under XP/SP2. The program... more >

Safety is more than skin deep

01.01.06: Although safety is very much part of the rail sector’s DNA, there are still areas in which technology could be used to reduce accidents further and improve project efficiencies. So says Bob Tallentire, managing director of Adien, the utili... more >

Stabilising the Metropolitan Line

01.01.06: A close look at Cementation Foundation Skanska’s work in London Work to stabilise an ageing earth structure for Metronet between Northwick Park and Preston Road Underground Stations has now been completed. The contract to reinfor... more >

Time for a change after one hundred and ten years.

01.01.06: Modern materials now offer a change in the way that detonators can be attached to a rail head. After observing the old practice of re-securing broken lead straps to detonators, the concept of a bespoke plastic clip was born for use in T3 Possess... more >

Wimslow and Sandbach’s £200 million improvements

01.01.06: A major engineering project between Sandbach and Wilmslow, Cheshire, began in December to upgrade the railway infrastructure and improve train services throughout the area. The £200 million scheme will see Network Rail engineers repla... more >

Bowstring arch bridge removed

01.12.05: The Paddington Bridge Project team have successfully lowered and moved the bowstring arch bridge. In 2004 the bridge was raised by ten metres by means of four strand jacks located in steel support towers in each corner of the bowstring. The... more >

British Transport Police awarded £3.6 billion

01.12.05: Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling, has announced a £3.6 million funding allocation for British Transport Police (BTP). The British Transport Police covers the rail systems across Britain, including London Underground and some tram... more >

Emergency training for Hull Trains

01.12.05: A new training scheme introduced by Hull Trains in November has been a great success. The programme, designed to help staff develop the skills needed to cope in emergency situations, has been running on Saturdays since November, with the he... more >

EWS awarded Sleeper contract

01.12.05: First ScotRail has awarded EWS a new contract to provide drivers and locomotives for the operation of the Caledonian Sleeper services between Scotland and London. EWS has a long association with the Caledonian Sleeper and has been providing... more >

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

18/12/2018Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

The transformation of Glasgow Queen Street has been revealed as engineers have finished the installation of the west truss and have begun buildin... more >
Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

18/12/2018Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

Passengers will have the choice of choosing which train operators they travel with under new plans to allow rival TOCs to operate on the same rou... 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 >