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Tube Lines renews 763 metres of Piccadilly Line track

01.10.06: Tube Lines, the company re-building the Tube’s busiest lines, successfully replaced 763 metres of track on the Piccadilly line over the August Bank Holiday. The work was carried out over 76-hours between Park Royal and North Ealing station... more >

Victoria Line Upgrade takes another step forward

01.10.06: A mock up carriage from the new Victoria line fleet, due to be introduced from 2009 as part of Transport for London’s Victoria Line Upgrade (VLU), has been put on display at Euston Square Gardens. Between 21 July and 4 August the carriage... more >

AB Connectors supplies new harness design to Transys Projects

01.09.06: Leading connector manufacturer, AB Connectors, has secured a major contract to supply inter-car jumper harnesses to turnkey enhancements provider, Transys Projects. The harnesses will be fitted to class 321 and 315 trains for ONE and will allow... more >

AEA Technology Rail and Faiveley Transport awards

01.09.06: Rail Safety and Standards Board has accredited AEA Technology Rail as a Railway Industry Supplier Approval Body (RISAB) under the new Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS) to encourage quality, safety and reliability improvement in t... more >

Different approach by Skanska UK delivers success at Half Year

01.09.06: Skanska UK Plc has announced its results for the half year of 2006. Revenue at £424 million for the first six months of 2006 is a 27 percent improvement on that at the same period in 2005. Operating Income at £19.5 million represents... more >

ESG to fit GSM-R to freight locomotives

01.09.06: UK railway consultancy, Engineering Support Group, has won a contract from Siemens Transportation Systems on behalf of Network Rail to fit Global Systems for Mobile communications for Railways (GSM-R) signalling equipment to locomotives. GS... more >

Fastline Freight launches second service to Midlands

01.09.06: Fastline Freight has extended its service with the introduction of a new route between Thamesport and the Midlands, complementing its existing service to the North East. The additional service comes just weeks after Fastline Freight announc... more >

Hyder wins sustainable water award

01.09.06: Environmental specialists at Hyder Consulting have scooped the top innovation award at the ICE West Midlands Awards 2006, for a pioneering sustainable water engineering design at Tyseley Light Maintenance Train Depot in Birmingham. Supporte... more >

Light at the end of the tunnel

01.09.06: According to David Sanders, of the Docklands Light Railway, London’s light rail network is currently in rude health Docklands Light Railway (DLR), part of Transport for London (TfL), has recently carried a record 55 million annual pas... more >

Metronet begins work at Bethnal Green station

01.09.06: Metronet Rail, responsible for the maintenance and renewal of two thirds of the London Underground, has begun work to modernise Bethnal Green station. Work is expected to be complete in summer 2007 in line with other local preparation work for t... more >

New look for Giffen Group

01.09.06: Specialist electrical services contractor, Giffen Group, has recently introduced an evolved brand identity. In an industry that has seen significant change Giffen Group is one of the longest established businesses with origins dating back to 190... more >

Railway Safety Annual Report 2005 reveals level crossings big killer

01.09.06: Safety performance on Britain's railways is continuing to improve, the Office of Rail Regulation's (ORR) chief inspector of railways, Linda Williams, has said. ORR Annual Report on Railway Safety 2005 is the first report on the safety recor... more >

Serco wins on train monitoring data analysis system contract

01.09.06: Virgin West Coast and ALSTOM have selected Serco to design a Data Analysis System for the Pendolino Trains' On Train Monitoring Recorder (OTMR) equipment. The Design and development is being undertaken by Serco Rail Technologies, the divisi... more >

Silverlink franchise extended until November 2007

01.09.06: The Department for Transport has confirmed that Silverlink's train franchise will be extended from 15 October 2006 to 11 November 2007. There will be an investment of £97 million in services. New terms have been introduced to encourag... more >

Wake up by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee to Government on emissions welcomed by the rail freight industry

01.09.06: The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has been campaigning for several years for the Government to recognise the environmental benefits of rail freight. The Department for Transport’s own report on ‘Rail Contribution to the Energy Review&rsqu... more >

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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 >