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Innovative imagery survey set to improve passenger journeys

17 August 2020Funded with a £394,000 grant from the Department for Transport through the First of a Kind 2020 programme, a ground breaking way of inspecting the railways is to be used this summer. Using high-quality imagers across the Thames valley, west... more >

HS2 signs R&D agreement with leading UK rail researchers

14 August 2020Today (14 Aug) HS2 Ltd have revealed that as part of its innovation programme they have signed a revolutionary agreement with leading railway research centres in UK universities that will allow it to access world-leading research capabilities, kno... more >

Network Rail promises direct action following Stonehaven derailment

13 August 2020Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, has pledged to get to the bottom of the cause and put immediate additional safety measures in place following yesterday’s derailment near Stonehaven in which three people sadly died and six wer... more >

Coulsdon South station made more accessible for passengers

13 August 2020Construction of a new footbridge and lifts at Coulsdon South station has been completed by Network Rail, alongside the installation of platform edge tactile paving and upgrade to the station power supply. This work forms part of the Department fo... more >

Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

12 August 2020Rail Delivery Group have submitted proposals to influence the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan in hope of encouraging passengers to make greener choices when travelling in Britain or to international destinations that are reachabl... more >

Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

12 August 2020South Western Railways staff members are using an unlikely voice to spread the message to passengers about face coverings. New station announcement has been recorded by two children of SWR staff members to remind passengers to wear face coverings... more >

TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

12 August 2020Today (12 Aug) Transport for the North has revealed its blueprint for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-year investment plan of infrastructure projects to reinforce greener Northern growth. This £5bn pipeline includes rail, roa... more >

Siemens Mobility installs new signalling system at Hither Green

11 August 2020Following the final contracts being confirmed for the Hither Green Area Resignalling Project, Siemens Mobility Limited are set to provide the technology to improve passenger services. The new signalling system will create greater reliability and... more >

£5m upgrade for Crumlin’s River Ebbw railway bridge

11 August 2020Network Rail are set to begin upgrade work on River Ebbw railway bridge in Crumlin, South Wales next month. The £5m upgrade work will take place on weekends throughout September. The current bridge deck will be replaced, which is only capab... more >

HS2 tunnelling machines named Florence and Cecilia

11 August 2020Today HS2 has revealed (11 Aug) the first images and publicly voted for names of the first two completed giant Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) that will dig the 10-mile-long twin-bore Chiltern tunnel on the first phase of the UK’s new low carb... more >

Northern supports song writing workshops in the community

10 August 2020As part of the Northern supported project Lyric and Line, singer-song writer Gareth Davies-Jones has been working with three groups with additional needs, using music to explore the adventure of traveling by train, and the obstacles they may face... more >

HS2 searching for high voltage power supply systems

10 August 2020With the green light for construction given a few weeks ago, HS2 have today (10 Aug) began the search for expert contractors to deliver the high voltage power supply systems. These systems will transfer electricity to the UK’s new high-spee... more >

HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

10 August 2020A 65-metre bridge was installed in just two days and ahead of schedule as the motorway opened 22 hours earlier than planned. The works near Interchange Station move Solihull closer to the arrival of HS2, Britain’s new low carbon high speed... more >

HS2 publish annual equality, diversity and inclusion report

07 August 2020Today (8 Aug) HS2 Ltd have released their annual report which details their equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work. The report also illustrates the impact of their work across their workforce, supply chain, design and operations, and commun... more >

Network Rail’s Southern Region completes installation of secure radio channels

07 August 2020A new digitally secure radio system has been successfully rolled out across Network Rail’s Southern region. As their Wessex route joins Sussex and Kent in introducing Airwave to its front-line responders, speeding up response times to impro... 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

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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s... 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 >