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Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

09.04.20: The biggest rail investment in almost 40 years at Guildford is set to begin on Good Friday (Apr 10) with passengers, who need to use the railway for necessary travel at this time, advised to check ahead before travel. On Friday, upgrades on...

Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

07.04.20: Network Rail’s station teams are inviting the public to send in home-made pictures of rainbows with a railway theme, which will be displayed at Bristol Temple Meads, Reading and London Paddington. The railway rainbow-themed images are...

90% decrease in King’s Cross station users

90% decrease in King’s Cross station users

07.04.20: Network Rail has thanked the public who would usually pass through King’s Cross station for following government guidance and only travelling when essential as new statistics show that footfall at the station has significantly decreased. ...

Network Rail colleagues work together to produce protective gear for NHS

Network Rail colleagues work together to produce protective gear for NHS

07.04.20: Two Network Rail employees have worked together to help one colleague’s partner make protective gowns for NHS nurses in Northamptonshire. In response to the shortage of essential kit at their local Kettering General hospital, David Ro...

Cabinet Office releases procurement guidance to support suppliers

Cabinet Office releases procurement guidance to support suppliers

06.04.20: In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabinet Office has changed the way procurement cards may be used. The outbreak has placed increased pressure on commercial and finance teams and increased importance on maintaining cashflow to suppl...

Public consultation extended by Network Rail on major upgrade to railway in West Yorkshire

Public consultation extended by Network Rail on major upgrade to railway in West Yorkshire

06.04.20: Network Rail has lengthened the public consultation period in which residents and passengers can express their opinions and give feedback on proposals to upgrade the railway between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury) until Thursday, 30 April....

Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

03.04.20: The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the needs of colleagues on the front line, who are helping keep services running for key workers during the Coronavirus outbreak....

Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

03.04.20: The viaduct, which you can see in the Harry Potter series of films, joined other famous attractions and venues like Glasgow’s SSH Hydro in lighting up in the colours of the NHS to recognise the efforts of healthcare workers in the fight ag...

Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02.04.20: During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by declaring a move to immediate payments for its suppliers. This means payment could be up to seven days quicker for SMEs and...

Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

30.03.20: Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations have made their parking free of charge for NHS and care workers during the coronavirus crisis. Network Rail has relinquished parking charges to display their support and appreciation...

370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

30.03.20: Last week alone key workers from Network Rail helped more than 370,000 tonnes of freight to be moved between west London and Cornwall and into and across Wales to support the economy, the NHS, petrol at the pumps and food in shops. The dema...

Scottish Enterprise: There’s never been a greater challenge than right now

Scottish Enterprise: There’s never been a greater challenge than right now

30.03.20: As the UK enters its second official week of lockdown, members of the rail industry have voiced their support for the country’s response. Scottish Enterprise told RTM they were proud to see how, “companies here have diversified...

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

27.03.20: As retired signallers are called out of retirement to help keep our country’s railways moving during this pandemic, members of the rail industry have expressed their support for the country’s response. Network Rail’s Comme...

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

25.03.20: Despite losing staff to self-isolation and sickness during the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail Southern Region operations team are working to keep signal-boxes and control centres open 24/7. However, with the necessity to keep lines runnin...

Birmingham New Street has opened an NHS outpatient clinic

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...

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Transport for London explains the importance of cyber security

09/04/2020Transport for London explains the importance of cyber security

As the third week of lockdown ends, many people are now working from home, raising concerns around cyber security for many employers. RTM sp... more >
Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

09/04/2020Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

The biggest rail investment in almost 40 years at Guildford is set to begin on Good Friday (Apr 10) with passengers, who need to use the railway ... more >
Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

08/04/2020Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has published an open letter to RDG asking the industry to proceed in their work ensuring that rail travel co... 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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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. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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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 innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

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 >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... 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 wo... more >