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Lord Berkeley calls for six month delay to HS2

25.03.20: In light of the current coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation and the world, Lord Berkeley has published a letter to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps calling for HS2 to be paused for six months. ... more >

Birmingham New Street has opened an NHS outpatient clinic

24.03.20: From today (Mar 24th), Network Rail has opened an empty shop at Birmingham New Street station for an NHS outpatient clinic. This will allow patients to have routine blood tests away from hospitals. The space will be open for medics for sixt... more >

Children and parents reminded of the dangers around the railway

23.03.20: Following the news on Friday that schools will be closed for the foreseeable future, British Transport Police and Network Rail are urging parents and careers to have a conversation with their children and loved ones about the dangers of trespass... more >

Network Rail announces new action to support retailers and tenants

23.03.20: Network Rail have announced (Mar 20th) substantial measures aimed at supporting retailers in Britain’s busiest and biggest stations, and small business tenants across their commercial estate, as the Coronavirus pandemic begins to harshly i... more >

Government announces rail emergency measures

23.03.20: The Government have announced today (Mar 23rd) that they are taking emergency measures to sustain and withstand necessary rail services as operators face momentous drops in their income. The Department for Transport is temporarily suspendin... more >

Rail timetables to be reduced to help tackle the spread of COVID-19

20.03.20: The UK rail industry and the government have constructed a plan that will see a steady reduction in train services across the country due to lower passenger demand, while keeping vital rail services running. From Monday 23rd March, services... more >

The rail industry’s response to Coronavirus

19.03.20: With coronavirus sweeping the headlines and the country over the past few weeks, Rail Delivery Group (RDG) have issued a statement regarding the rail industry. They began by saying, “the health and wellbeing of everyone who uses the r... more >

Greater Anglia’s new electric trains complete test run

17.03.20: Rail operator Greater Anglia has begun testing the first of its brand-new electric commuter trains which will provide passengers with thousands of extra seats on their journeys to London. Canadian manufacturer, Bombardier is responsible for... more >

First passenger train in 80 years runs on Camp Hill Line

17.03.20: For the first time in 80 years, a former railway line in south Birmingham today (March 16th) moved closer to reopening. Trains have not run along the Camp Hill line since 1941 but plans, orchestrated by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, are... more >

“Safety as standard service” – Reflex Vehicle Hire

16.03.20: TransCityRail Midlands is taking place this July, prior to the event we asked one of our exhibitors, Reflex Vehicle Hire, what their conversations will entail at the conference. Firstly, we asked Reflex to tell us more about the work they d... more >

£3m investment in new GB Railfreight Peterborough offices

13.03.20: GB Railfreight have announced plans for a new £3 million new operational and training facility in Peterborough. Originating in 1999 and headquartered in London, GB Railfreight is the third largest rail freight operator in the UK, with... more >

Network Rail volunteers support Borders Forest Trust

13.03.20: Network Rail have furthered their efforts to help the environment by staff members using their volunteer leave to plant trees. Working in partnership with the Borders Forest trust over two days, the team planted 1,200 dwarf silver birch tre... more >

New Kintore station set to encourage greener electric vehicles

12.03.20: Scottish Government has secured additional funding to increase the number of electric charging bays at the new Kintore station, leading the way in encouraging greener commutes. In total 24 out of the 168 spaces at the new transport hub will... more >

Railway Industry Association responds to the 2020 budget

11.03.20: Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the 2020 budget. Among his announcements, he confirmed reports that the government will increase spending on infrastructure. "We’re going to build broadband, railway... more >

The importance of SMEs to HS2 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

10.03.20: In light of TransCityRail Midlands coming up in July, we asked our strategic partner Xrail’s Director of Business Development and Communications Monica Barbosa, what they have planned for discussion at the conference. To start things... more >

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The challenge of completing Crossrail

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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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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 >