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Railway Benefit Fund launches new ‘Help Pack’ for industry workers

26.02.20: The Railway Benefit Fund have launched a new help and guidance pack this month in aid of encouraging rail industry workers and their families, who might be experiencing difficulties, to seek its expert advice. The charity has made the infor... more >

Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

25.02.20: Passengers that have passed through Network Rail’s biggest and busiest stations have contributed towards the saving of the equivalent of three million plastic bottles with the introduction of free drinking water fountains. The water f... more >

Government campaign launched to increase inclusivity on public transport

25.02.20: Today (Feb 25th) the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has pressed ahead with a new government campaign to improve journeys for disabled passengers on public transport, in light of wanting to make the UK a world leader for accessible travel. ... more >

Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

25.02.20: After four landslips in the last decade, the 9-day closure involved 200 engineers and around the clock work at 17 sits along the railway between Kidbrooke and Barnehurst. The line was closed over half term, in which time 2,500 tones of mud... more >

£21m investment by Grand Central in new North West route

25.02.20: Grand Central has invested more than £21m in trains that will run on their new North West to London route, with the restoration of the first locomotive complete with its iconic livery. Today (Feb 20th) it was revealed the operator has... more >

Improvement work begins across three level crossings in Staffordshire

24.02.20: Network Rail improvement work will begin this week on three level crossings in Staffordshire. Engineers will be replacing the older barrier gates and their components with new ones at Caverswall level crossing in Stoke-on-Trent, Hockley lev... more >

£2.5m government funding set to improve CrossCountry

24.02.20: Announced today (Feb 24th) by the Rail Minister a £2.5m investment is set to benefit passengers across CrossCountry rail services. From May 2020, passengers travelling from Birmingham to Nottingham, Leicester and Cardiff will start to... more >

Ep 8 Safely shaping a sustainable railway, Martin Frobisher

20.02.20: Martin Frobisher, Group director, Safety, Technical & Engineering and Network Rail, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the renewable railway of the future and safety on the track. As a Director of industry giant, Network Rail, Marti... more >

Southend Victoria line disruption following a landslip at Billericay

20.02.20: Railway tracks on the Southend Victoria line, between Billericay and Wickford, have been damaged following a landslip. Ballast, the stones that help keep the track securely in place, have fallen away under a section of track. As a safety pr... more >

HS2’s latest designs for Old Oak Common Station revealed

20.02.20: HS2 Ltd yesterday (Feb 19th) revealed designs for Old Oak Common Station, as part of the Schedule 17 submission to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). The station, which is situated in West London, will deliver a worl... more >

RIA calls on Shapps for urgent rail electrification

19.02.20: The Railway Industry Association and other representatives from across the industry such as Northern Rail Industry Leaders, Civil Engineering Contractors Association and Rail Freight Group, have today (Feb 19th) published an open letter to the T... more >

Northern reaches milestone in new train introduction

19.02.20: Following a £500m investment in rail in the north of England, this week nine new trains were integrated into Arriva Rail North’s fleet. 75 per cent of the 101 trains ordered are now transporting Northern customers, travelling to... more >

Alstom to take over Bombardier

18.02.20: Alstom, French multinational company who operate worldwide in rail transport markets, are set to take over Canadian train producer Bombardier. Bombardier has numerous rail-related sites in Britain, in particular its Derby factory where 2,00... more >

£400k project expands car parks for Spital station

17.02.20: Increased parking at Spital station, Wirral, is set to benefit rail users alongside the opening of an extension to the current Park and Ride facility. 71 new parking spaces have been added, taking the total up to 141, including seven disabl... more >

Wherry Lines see introduction of new signalling system

17.02.20: 130 years of signalling history came to an end today (Feb 17th) on the Wherry lines alongside the reopening of the Norwich to Yarmouth line. This follows completion of work to introduce a new computerised signalling system, improving depend... more >

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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

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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 >