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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 >

First Group wins Greater Western Franchise

01.12.05: The Department for Transport has announced that First Group has been awarded the contract to run the Greater Western Franchise from 1st April. The Greater Western Franchise will include routes on the national rail network currently operated... more >

Network Rail unveils training centre

01.12.05: Councillor Andrew Carter, Leader of Leeds City Council officially opened Network Rail’s new operations training centre in December. The multi-million pound complex in Leeds will train new and existing signallers and other operations e... more >

New track at New Street station

01.12.05: £9.5 million worth of new track was successfully installed at Birmingham New Street station over the Christmas period. The essential engineering work, carried out by Network Rail, took nine days, with work beginning on Christmas Day t... more >

Rail Care Team to help accident survivors

01.12.05: Train operators First Great Western and First Great Western Link have joined a national rail industry initiative by establishing a Rail Care Team to help survivors in the aftermath of major accidents. Over 30 volunteers from both companies... more >

Re-privatisation of South Eastern Trains

01.12.05: The Department for Transport has announced that Govia has received the contract to run the Integrated Kent rail franchise for eight years from 1st April, with the final two years dependent on service performance achieving set targets. The c... more >

Government slammed over franchise plans

13.09.05: The Government was criticised last month for neglecting mainline services in South West in the forthcoming Greater Western franchise proposals. The claims came from Sewta, the South East Wales Transport Alliance, which argues that the Great... more >

Improvements in advance timetable information

13.09.05: Advanced timetable and advance seat booking facilities are improving, according to new figures announced by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) last month. Improvements have been made since Network Rail received a warning from ORR last year... more >

Lime Street Gateway gets green light

13.09.05: The new designs for Liverpool’s Lime Street Gateway moved a step closer to reality as Liverpool City Council’s planning committee gave its approval last month. Permission has now been granted for the demolition of the row of sho... more >

Lorne Stewart wins Wales contract

13.09.05: Arriva Trains Wales has awarded Lorne Stewart Plc a substantial contract to provide mechanical and electrical maintenance to 237 railway stations across its network in Wales and the border counties of England. The building engineering servi... more >

Oyster e-money project moves a step closer

13.09.05: Transport for London (TfL) has announced the shortlist of potential partners for the development of London’s Oyster e-money project. The companies have been shortlisted from a list of nearly 100 companies that expressed an interest earli... more >

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

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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 >