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East Midlands NR worker supports the NHS during COVID-19 pandemic

East Midlands NR worker supports the NHS during COVID-19 pandemic

28 April 2020Val Stephenson is a Level Crossing Manager in the East Midlands region, based in Derby. As a key worker, she is one of thousands of Network Rail workers helping to keep the railway running efficiently during the Coronavirus crisis. In her role, V...

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Four Webinar Series

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Four Webinar Series

28 April 2020‘Mobility as a Service’ (MaaS) in the rail sector came under scrutiny in the fourth session of the Railway Industry Association (RIA’s) ‘Digital Journeys for Rail Passengers & Freight’ webinar series. MaaS - the...

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Three Webinar Series

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Three Webinar Series

27 April 2020The potential for better use of data to improve the prospects for rail freight came under the spotlight during day three of the Railway Industry Association (RIA’s) ‘Digital Journeys for Rail Passengers & Freight’ webinar ser...

PPE donated by South Western Railway to local emergency services

PPE donated by South Western Railway to local emergency services

24 April 2020South Western Railway has donated spare items of PPE to the emergency services, NHS and care providers on the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus. This wonderful donation came about following a request by the local resilience forum, which...

HS2 commence search for lift and escalator suppliers

HS2 commence search for lift and escalator suppliers

23 April 2020The search for contractors to design, deliver and maintain almost 300 state-of-the-art lifts and escalators for HS2’s four major new stations began yesterday (Apr 22.) 168 lifts and 128 escalators will be fitted across the project, helping...

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Two Webinar Series

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Two Webinar Series

23 April 2020The Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) Unlocking Innovation series has gone virtual, with five webinars being held over the week of 20 April. The second, on Tuesday 21 April, explored the role of data in improving passenger services. Find...

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day One Webinar Series

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day One Webinar Series

22 April 2020The Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) Unlocking Innovation series has gone virtual, with a series of five webinars being held over the week of 20 April. With the first webinar taking place on Monday, the discussion looked into what opport...

Althon Precast Headwalls on Network Rail Projects

Althon Precast Headwalls on Network Rail Projects

21 April 2020Since 2011 Althon have been supplying Network Rail projects across the whole of the UK. As the UK’s leading supplier of precast concrete headwalls and associated accessories with the UK’s largest range of headwalls, Althon is wel...

£46m upgrade completed for Southend rail services

£46m upgrade completed for Southend rail services

20 April 2020A new overhead wiring system has been installed by Network Rail on the Southend Victoria brand line in a £46m upgrade to improve reliability for key workers currently using the line and in the long term when passengers return to work.  ...

Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

09 April 2020The 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 track...

Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

07 April 2020Network 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 hoped...

90% decrease in King’s Cross station users

90% decrease in King’s Cross station users

07 April 2020Network 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. NR...

Network Rail colleagues work together to produce protective gear for NHS

Network Rail colleagues work together to produce protective gear for NHS

07 April 2020Two 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 Rose, in...

Cabinet Office releases procurement guidance to support suppliers

Cabinet Office releases procurement guidance to support suppliers

06 April 2020In 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 supplie...

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 April 2020Network 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. &n...

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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 >