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Maglev rail system fails to roll

01.01.07: The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has released “Which way?” a report recommending that conventional high speed rail technology is used, rather than magnetic levitation (Maglev), to build a UK high speed rail link. As this woul... more >

Major Portsmouth engineering works on track

01.01.07: Network Rail announced the successful completion of the first phase of a major rail engineering project in Portsmouth over the Christmas and New Year period. The £100 million project will see a major overhaul of signalling and track e... more >

Metronet Rail announces appointment of non-executive chairman.

01.01.07: Graham Pimlott (57) has become chairman of Metronet, succeeding Keith Clarke, who was chairman since April 2005. Graham has extensive board experience and has chaired organisations in the public and private sectors. He was a non-executive d... more >

Metronet recruits hundreds to boost engineering strength

01.01.07: In a drive to improve performance on the London Underground, Metronet Rail is adding 550 new staff to its frontline engineering maintenance team, an increase of more than 25 per cent. Metronet, which is investing over £3 million every... more >

Mobile phone ticketing first for UK rail industry

01.01.07: Chiltern Railways has become the first train company in the United Kingdom to sell mobile phone tickets to their passengers following the sale of their first 'mobile tickets' to passengers last week. Chiltern Railways is working alongside Y... more >

Morris ‘AIMS’ to take risk out of equation

01.01.07: ‘AIMS’ (Asset Inspection Management System) is a new and invaluable managed service that the maintenance services division of leading lifting services provider, Morris Material Handling, is actively promoting within the rail sector. ... more >

MRO Software, an IBM Company case study: Tube Lines

01.01.07: Transport investment On 31 December 2002, Tube Lines assumed responsibility for the maintenance and upgrade of the entire infrastructure on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines as part of the largest improvement programme the Tube has eve... more >

Network Rail wins prestigious talent management award

01.01.07: Network Rail beat off stiff competition, including Carphone Warehouse and Deloittes, to win the talent management award at the recent Personnel Today national awards. Peter Bennett, HR director at Network Rail, said, “Network Rail iss... more >

Network Rail's Newtown Abbott depot upgraded

01.01.07: The existing access road to Network Rail’s Depot at Newton Abbott has been upgraded using an environmental solution. Rather than resorting to macadam paving the Grasscrete system was instead selected to provide a self-draining and aestheti... more >

New rail bearing test facilties at Schaeffler

01.01.07: Schaeffler Group Industrial has extended its railway bearing test bay at its Schweinfurt FAG site with new test rigs for wheel set bearings. This will enable the company to carry out testing in compliance with European standard DIN EN 12082, whi... more >

New safety control solution to 'clear the air' in Heathrow loop

01.01.07: Transmitton, part of Siemens Transportation Systems, is to provide a new tunnel ventilation solution for the Heathrow section of the Piccadilly Line, as part of the Terminal 5 project. Transmitton, which has also supplied ventilation contro... more >

Omega on track with earthing and lightning protection

01.01.07: Omega Red is the UK market leader in earthing and lightning protection and has become a leading player in its niche in the rail industry through a combination of expertise, resources and a proven track record. The company operates through a... more >

PCF provides possession visualisation for Network Rail

01.01.07: Possession management is a major challenge for all railway operators worldwide, due to the long lead times associated with track possessions and the need to coordinate the activities of multiple stakeholder communities. PCF’s planning tool... more >

Power supplies and the rail industry

01.01.07: Power supplies are one of the single most expensive components in an electronics assembly yet they are often selected against vague specifications or with little evaluation. It is essential for the potential user to develop a thorough criti... more >

Power4 providing specialist services for the rail industry

01.01.07: Power4 is a specialist provider of power and lighting equipment to the rail industry and has been working with major rail contractors including Network Rail, Amey Rail, Jarvis Rail, Railway Electrical Services, McNicholas Rail and Balfour Beatty... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in... 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 >