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Victorian-era tunnel closure allows for West Coast main line improvement work

Victorian-era tunnel closure allows for West Coast main line improvement work

19 May 2020Kilsby Tunnel near Daventry reopened yesterday (May 18th) following major upgrades to drainage and track on a vital section of one of Europe’s busiest mixed-use passenger and freight railway lines. It’s thought by Network Rail to be t...

£35m to protect vital freight routes

£35m to protect vital freight routes

18 May 2020Crucial freight routes out of, into and around the UK will continue to operate thanks to multi-million-pound government scheme to help ensure critical goods, such as food and medical supplies, can move freely. The government has signed agreements...

TfL tube and rail services increased

TfL tube and rail services increased

18 May 2020Transport for London (TfL) will from May 18th , following discussing with the Government before the announcement of the lockdown restrictions being lifted, increase public transport service levels to make journeys as safe as possible for people wh...

TfL to receive £1.9bn bailout from Government

TfL to receive £1.9bn bailout from Government

15 May 2020Since lockdown began Transport for London has continued to run services to provide transport for key workers or for anyone needing to carry out an essential journey. Despite this, due to lockdown measures, passenger demand has fallen, with a 95%...

Gatwick Airport station improvements on track despite Covid-19 outbreak

Gatwick Airport station improvements on track despite Covid-19 outbreak

13 May 2020The £150m Gatwick Airport transformation will begin the next stage next week (May 17th) thanks to innovative ways of working within Covid-19 social distancing safeguards. Enabling works have continued, as Network Rail continues their progre...

SWR depot begins next major phase

SWR depot begins next major phase

13 May 2020Engineering work at South Western Railway’s (SWR) flagship £60m Feltham depot have proceeded onto the next significant phase ahead of the Class 701 train rollout. The bank holiday weekend saw the preliminary phase of crucial new cabli...

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria

12 May 2020The Railway Industry Association (RIA) in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), begun a series of Export Outreach webinars, on May 6th, as a forum for the UK rail industry to hear from international markets. During the fir...

"Performance, performance, performance" - Rail North Committee meeting

"Performance, performance, performance" - Rail North Committee meeting

12 May 2020Today (May 12th) Transport for the North’s Rail North Committee met virtually to discuss the Northern trains review and rail recovery post Covid-19.  The discussion began with leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake, state...

Rail Committee North meeting to discuss rail recovery

Rail Committee North meeting to discuss rail recovery

12 May 2020Transport for the North’s Rail North Committee, which will meet virtually on today (May 12th) and will be live streamed to the public, has set out guidelines for rail operators such as Northern and Transpennine Express on how to run trains w...

TfL announces plan to help London travel safely

TfL announces plan to help London travel safely

11 May 2020Following the Government’s announcement of an outline roadmap for the next period of lockdown, Transport for London today (May 11th) set out its initial plan to support this and help Londoners who need to travel do so safely and sustainably....

Selby College selected as Siemens Mobility Ltd training partner

Selby College selected as Siemens Mobility Ltd training partner

11 May 2020Siemens Mobility Limited has elected Selby College as the training partner for its new rail facility in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire. The company has received 200 applications for the facility’s first 12 apprentice roles. The apprentices...

‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme continues to provide support during lockdown

‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme continues to provide support during lockdown

11 May 2020The ‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme which was launched at the beginning of April, has provided travel to 53 people escaping domestic abuse during lockdown. The scheme aims to provide support to people during the outbreak and train operators ar...

Network Rail to aid UK rail supply chain secure business abroad

Network Rail to aid UK rail supply chain secure business abroad

07 May 2020From the 1st of May, Network Rail have announced that references will be provided for use by UK suppliers when bidding for overseas contractors or an export opportunity. Under this new measure, Network Rail suppliers, will have the option to appl...

How ORR is helping to keep Britain’s railways moving

How ORR is helping to keep Britain’s railways moving

07 May 2020The Office of Rail and Road CEO, John Larkinson, has issued a statement this morning in regard to how ORR is playing its part to keep Britain’s railways moving. He began his statement by saying: “Covid-19 presents unprecedented challe...

How will London's transport network find a new normal?

How will London's transport network find a new normal?

07 May 2020On Wednesday (May 6) London Travel Watch held an online seminar where the matter of how will London’s transport network emerge from lockdown was discussed. An update is expected today (May 7) from Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Mr. Johnson w...

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Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03/07/2020Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, including 111 trains from... more >
‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03/07/2020‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beginning to reopen, train o... more >
SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn ... 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 >