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Khan denies ‘deliberately misleading’ London Assembly over Crossrail delay

09.11.18: The London mayor has responded defending himself from claims that he and London transport bosses “misled” the London Assembly Transport Committee who “identified grave discrepancies” in evidence given to its investigation... more >

NPR boss backs £37m NPR Budget pledge: ‘What we asked for is what we’ve got’

08.11.18: The director of Northern Powerhouse Rail has supported the government’s commitment to NPR, arguing that the Budget funding announcement shows Westminster’s confidence in the scheme. Tim Wood, NPR director at TfN, said the U... more >

Coventry Station’s £82m masterplan up for approval

08.11.18: An £82m masterplan for Coventry’s train station has been recommended for approval by the city council. The proposals include the construction of a new station building, providing a second entrance at the western end of the stati... more >

Rail industry slams door on ‘completely misunderstood’ Grayling HS2 Phase 2b comments

08.11.18: Leaders of the northern rail industry have rejected the possibility of the Phase 2b HS2 route possibly no longer being funded by the government, arguing that the comments raising concern by the transport secretary were “completely misunder... more >

More people stepping in to stop suicides on the railway

07.11.18: More members of the public are stepping in to prevent suicides on Britain’s railways, according to figures published by Network Rail. There was a total of 163 cases of people acting to prevent a suicide on the railway between January... more >

Worried council prepares official response to ‘crackpot’ HS2 plans

07.11.18: HS2 has been slammed as a “crackpot idea” which won’t benefit local residents by councillors in Northwich as they prepare to submit an official response to the project’s consultation. Members of Northwich Town Counci... more >

Half a million jobs ‘just the beginning’ as HS2 chair calls on local partnerships to lead the way

07.11.18: Sir Terry Morgan has said that half a million jobs and ninety thousand homes are “just the beginning” of the spread of wealth HS2 will bring to Britain. Speaking at the Built Environment Networking’s HS2 Economic Growth Co... more >

Crystal balls for Brexit

06.11.18: Neil Robertson, chief executive of NSAR, starts a frank conversation about Brexit. Have you noticed how it is almost impossible to have a sensible debate on the impacts of Brexit? The rules seem to be: take a firm, preferably dogmatic, posi... more >

20 May: What really happened

06.11.18: Dan Brown, director of strategy and policy at the ORR, walks us through the first part of the regulator’s inquiry into the timetable chaos that ensued earlier this year. On 20 May 2018, a new timetable was introduced which plunged rai... more >

Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06.11.18: Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service for passengers. Network Rail’s current search for a train control partner to renew train c... more >

HS2 engineering consultancy relocates to new £7m Birmingham headquarters

06.11.18: The engineering company responsible of the redesign and delivery of HS2’s Curzon Street Station has completed its relocation into its new £7m Birmingham headquarters. WSP, a global engineering consultancy, moved over 700 staff f... more >

Private sector investors want ‘proper’ regulation, says new ORR chair as he backs devolution

06.11.18: The preferred incoming chair of the rail regulator has outlined his stance on working with the private sector, arguing that potential investors want to see the rail industry regulated in a “positive, predictable, and assured manner.”... more >

RSSB appoints two new directors in bid to become more customer and business focused

06.11.18: Two new directors have joined the Rail Safety and Standards Board as the company says it wants to become more customer and business focused. Caroline Fawcett, who has over 25 years in marketing and customer experience roles, joins the board... more >

High Court ruling awards Siemens £1.5bn Underground contract

06.11.18: Siemens has won a £1.5bn contract with London Underground to replace some of its oldest trains with almost 100 new models after a High Court ruling lifted the suspension on the contract. London Underground originally awarded the contr... more >

The future of rail investment

06.11.18: Paul Sheffield, vice president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and ICE State of the Nation steering group chair, discusses his organisation’s report on the future of investment in the rail sector. Rail continues to be a ke... more >

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

18/12/2018Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

The transformation of Glasgow Queen Street has been revealed as engineers have finished the installation of the west truss and have begun buildin... more >
Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

18/12/2018Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

Passengers will have the choice of choosing which train operators they travel with under new plans to allow rival TOCs to operate on the same rou... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >
Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >
Taking to the skies

30/10/2018Taking to the skies

Network Rail’s commitment to driving innovation is best encapsulated by its latest scheme involving high-definition imagery drones, or UAVs... more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >