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Network Rail to improve Beverley railway station

14.01.20: Network Rail has announced today (Jan 14) a £600,000 investment into improving Beverly railway station, to improve passenger experience and enhance the station’s aesthetic and general condition.   The footbridge at the stat... more >

Zonegreen boosts safety at Northam

14.01.20: Cast your mind back 18 years to the beginning of the millennium. In its infancy at the time, was depot safety technology that went on to revolutionise the way we protect rail staff and equipment. Developed by Sheffield-based Zonegreen, the... more >

South Western Railway £70m ‘Desiro’ fleet completed

13.01.20: South Western Railway (SWR) has completed the £70m refurbishment of Desiro trains as final train enters passenger service. The rail operators’ £70m upgrade programme started in December 2017 and has seen the modernisation... more >

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

13.01.20: Source RTM: Dec 2019 /Jan 2020   Commercial director Ken Blackley explains how Network Rail’s new action plan for working with small and medium sized enterprises will mean better engagement, listening and solutions. ... more >

£9.4m in rail technology contracts announced

13.01.20: Innovate UK has announced £9.4m worth of technology contracts from the Department of Transport, for organisations to apply for, aiming to improve rail services to passengers and operators. As the number of rail users in the UK continu... more >

Elizabeth line completion update from Crossrail Ltd

10.01.20: Today (10 January) Crossrail Ltd issued its latest update on progress to complete the Elizabeth line. They have confirmed their plans to open the central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood in summer in 2021. Following the openin... more >

ScotRail 19 month-high for trains running on time

10.01.20: Scotland’s Railway is celebrating the highest number of trains running on time since June 2018, a 19 month-high for the franchise. Customers of ScotRail are enjoying the benefits of a huge infrastructure investment and £475m spe... more >

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

09.01.20: Network Rail has announced the awarding of contracts for 82 frameworks to deliver design services across the country, worth an estimated £400m for Control Period 6 (2019-2024) and up to £640m with the option to further the framework... more >

Shapps: Northern only able to continue “for a number of months”

09.01.20: The secretary of state for transport, Grant Shapps, has said in a written statement to Parliament that embattled train franchise Northern “will only be able to continue for a number of months”. Shapps wrote: “Passengers in... more >

Network Rail awards £8m contract for New Measuring Train

08.01.20: Network Rail’s Flying Banana will continue to soar around the UK’s rail network. That is because Network Rail have announced the awarding of an £8m, five-year contract to Loram UK for the maintenance of its New Measurement... more >

£642m deal secured between Alstom and Avanti West Coast

08.01.20: The new West Coast Mainline operator, Avanti West Coast, have secured a seven-year deal worth precisely £642 million with Alstom, who will refurbish and maintain the routes 56 electric Pendolino trains. As well as covering a £12... more >

EIC announces Network Rail collaboration to optimise UK railways

08.01.20: The Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) has announced a new collaboration with Network Rail which will see it support the rail company in continuing to deliver reliable and sustainable power to its infrastructure. The EIC will look to draw... more >

South Western Railway franchise uncertain after £137m loss

08.01.20: Rail franchise, South Western Railway (SWR), could face nationalisation following evidence of a £137m loss in the year to March 2019. Account filings to Companies House, published yesterday (Jan 7), revealed “significant doubt&r... more >

Electric rail services underway for South Wales passengers

07.01.20: This week rail passengers in South Wales are benefitting from electric services for the first-time following Network Rail’s successful completion of electrification of the railway between Cardiff Central and London Paddington. Electri... more >

ORR sets £25.9m charges for HS1 asset maintenance

07.01.20: Train operators using the High Speed 1 (HS1 Ltd) rail line from London to the Channel Tunnel will be expected to pay a collective £25.9m per year for asset upkeep, renewal and replacement. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has decided... 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 >