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Chiltern main line sees multi-million-pound investment to prevent landslips

Chiltern main line sees multi-million-pound investment to prevent landslips

29 May 2020Passengers who use the Chiltern main line will be able to make more reliable journeys following major work to secure a railway embankment in Warwickshire. Since December last year, a £9m investment by Network Rail has seen engineers working...

Ep 11. With Invisi Smart shield you can confidently touch a ticket machine, Saba Yussouf

Ep 11. With Invisi Smart shield you can confidently touch a ticket machine, Saba Yussouf

28 May 2020Saba Yussouf, CEO of Invisi Smart Technologies UK, joins host Ailsa Cowen for episode 11 of Rail Technology Magazine's podcast Track Talk. This partnered episode allows the rail industry to hear about a revolutionary piece of technology that has...

Ep 10. We need to keep investing in rail, Kate Jennings

Ep 10. We need to keep investing in rail, Kate Jennings

27 May 2020Policy Director and Lead Coronavirus Response Co-Ordinator at RIA, Kate Jennings, joined host Matt Roberts on Track Talk to discuss how the rail industry can and will respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Kate is responsible for supporting the RIA...

ROI is up and Carbon is down: a new RTM experience

ROI is up and Carbon is down: a new RTM experience

26 May 2020The world has had to face changes and challenges in 2020 but Rail Technology Magazine began its next stage of evolution long before COVID-19 was discovered. Last year the RTM team embarked on a journey evaluating technology partners that could he...

Bedfordshire bridge upgrade progress continues

Bedfordshire bridge upgrade progress continues

19 May 2020Network Rail has made significant progress on a project to upgrade Bromham Road bridge in Bedfordshire and it is now open for pedestrians and cyclists, which will help to maintain social distancing. NR has opened the footpath on the south side of...

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....

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Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

12/08/2020Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

Rail Delivery Group have submitted proposals to influence the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan in hope of encouraging passengers... more >
Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

12/08/2020Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

South Western Railways staff members are using an unlikely voice to spread the message to passengers about face coverings. New station annou... more >
TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

12/08/2020TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

Today (12 Aug) Transport for the North has revealed its blueprint for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-year investment plan of infr... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >