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ScotRail announces all trains now fully accessible

12 June 2020Today (June 12th) ScotRail have confirmed that all their operational trains on Scotland’s Railway are now fully accessible, following the withdrawal of its Class 68 loco-hauled services. Two Class 68 trains which had been in use since 2015... more >

New West Midlands railway signallers training facility

12 June 2020New signalling training facilities have been opened at Walsall training centre and Birmingham’s New Street signal box. The signalling simulators, which shadow real-life scenarios faced on the railway every day, are already being used to del... more >

Northern leaders discuss post-Covid rail operations

12 June 2020A meeting was held yesterday (June 11th) by Transport for the North to discuss the importance of getting the ramping up of rial operations right, and also the need for a Northern infrastructure pipeline of road and rail schemes over the next 20 ye... more >

More seats for passengers following platform extensions in East and West Sussex

11 June 2020In support of the £150m Gatwick Airport station upgrade, platforms have been extended at Cooksbridge, Lancing and Goring-By-Sea, which will also improve accessibility and reduce overcrowding and delays for commuters and leisure travellers ac... more >

HS2 reveals first images of new tunnel launch site

11 June 2020HS2 have today revealed (June 11th) a selection of new images showing the current preparations for the arrival of the project’s first giant tunnelling machines, which will be launched from a site next to the M25 early next year. The two 2,0... more >

SWR welcomes new £1bn fleet

11 June 2020The first of South Western Railway’s near £1bn new fleet of modern suburban trains has arrived on the network ahead of a full programme of testing beginning next month.   The 10-car Class 701 trains are the first of the new 90 st... more >

Railway station announcements taken over by key workers and school children

11 June 2020From today (June 11th) rail travellers will be hearing station announcements from other key workers, thanking them for only taking the train if it’s necessary and for following public health advice. The new station announcements come ahead... more >

Railway station announcements taken over by key workers and school children

11 June 2020From today (June 11th) rail travellers will be hearing station announcements from other key workers, thanking them for only taking the train if it’s necessary and for following public health advice. The new station announcements come ahead... more >

High-Speed Rail and Scotland report

10 June 2020High-Speed Rail Group have published their latest report, titled ‘High-Speed Rail and Scotland’, which sets out how travel time between London and Scotland could be cut down to just over three hours. Through a combination of new high... more >

£35m station transformation launched by Tees Valley Mayor

09 June 2020Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has announced (June 9th) a £35m transformation of Middlesbrough Station to transport more train services to the town, including the first direct rail link to London in decades. Mayor Houchen has committed &poun... more >

Transport for London’s construction projects begin phased restart

09 June 2020Numerous Transport for London’s (TfL) construction projects will see work resume, with more restarting in the coming weeks, in line with the Government’s announcement of lockdown measures being eased for those who could not work from h... more >

Network Rail installs new flood barrier north of Exeter

09 June 2020Network Rail have fitted a new flood defence barrier to protect passenger journeys from being disrupted by flooding to the north of Exeter. The barrier, which was installed at the end of May, is part of £26.5m programme to lessen the reoccu... more >

Nine-day closure between Yeovil Junction & Gillingham

08 June 2020Network Rail is reminding passengers that a section of railway in the Templecombe area in Somerset will be closed this weekend for nine days to give NR chance to work on a cutting that suffered severe damage last winter. Following heavy rain duri... more >

Northern statement on 100-day review

08 June 2020On the 1st of March 2020, Northern was transferred into public ownership. Since then Northern has been undertaking a 100-day review of its business, with an emphasis on re-establishing a full and reliable train service, growing capacity and delive... more >

Ep.12 Diversity, inclusion & gender balance, Adeline Ginn MBE

05 June 2020Adeline Ginn MBE, Founder & Chair of Women in Rail, joined host Ailsa Cowen for episode 12 of Rail Technology Magazine’s podcast, Track Talk, to discuss all things gender balance, diversity and inclusion. The charity WIR have played an... more >

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