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Fastline Freight launches second service to Midlands

01.09.06: Fastline Freight has extended its service with the introduction of a new route between Thamesport and the Midlands, complementing its existing service to the North East. The additional service comes just weeks after Fastline Freight announc...

Laing O’Rourke seals Barclay Mowlem deal

01.07.06: Laing O’Rourke, the leading privately owned construction company in the UK, has acquired Brisbane-based contractor Barclay Mowlem for a fee around £30m. Although it does not include Barclay Mowlem’s 13.9% state in Freightl...

RMT ‘no more privatised rail’ plea

01.07.06: Britain’s largest rail and Tube union has blasted Transport for London’s plans to privatise the Tube’s East London Line and re-privatise the North London Line. As TfL announced the preferred bidders to run the two lines, t...

TfL concerned about First Capital Connect fare restrictions

01.07.06: Transport for London (TfL) has expressed concerns about the wider impact of First Capital Connect’s new fares policy, which has restricted the use of cheap day return tickets on their northbound peak service. The policy was introduced...

Transport for London claim fails

01.05.06: Transport for London (TfL) has failed in a legal action brought against Tramtrack Croydon Ltd. (TCL). The South London tram system, operated by TCL, is designed to carry up to 28 million passengers, but currently carries just 22 million. Th...

Gatwick Express ranked best in country

01.02.06: Gatwick Express has been voted the number one train operating company (TOC) in the UK for a record fifth time over the past two and a half years. The Independent National Passenger Survey (NPS) provides a network-wide picture of customers&r...

Mayor to take responsibility for Silverlink Metro

01.02.06: The Department for Transport has announced that responsibility for Silverlink Metro services will be transferred to Transport for London. Silverlink Metro consists of train services between Richmond and North Woolwich, Gospel Oak and Barkin...

EWS awarded Sleeper contract

01.12.05: First ScotRail has awarded EWS a new contract to provide drivers and locomotives for the operation of the Caledonian Sleeper services between Scotland and London. EWS has a long association with the Caledonian Sleeper and has been providing...

First Group wins Greater Western Franchise

01.12.05: The Department for Transport has announced that First Group has been awarded the contract to run the Greater Western Franchise from 1st April. The Greater Western Franchise will include routes on the national rail network currently operated...

Rail Care Team to help accident survivors

01.12.05: Train operators First Great Western and First Great Western Link have joined a national rail industry initiative by establishing a Rail Care Team to help survivors in the aftermath of major accidents. Over 30 volunteers from both companies...

Re-privatisation of South Eastern Trains

01.12.05: The Department for Transport has announced that Govia has received the contract to run the Integrated Kent rail franchise for eight years from 1st April, with the final two years dependent on service performance achieving set targets. The c...

Government slammed over franchise plans

13.09.05: The Government was criticised last month for neglecting mainline services in South West in the forthcoming Greater Western franchise proposals. The claims came from Sewta, the South East Wales Transport Alliance, which argues that the Great...

Improvements in advance timetable information

13.09.05: Advanced timetable and advance seat booking facilities are improving, according to new figures announced by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) last month. Improvements have been made since Network Rail received a warning from ORR last year...

Oyster e-money project moves a step closer

13.09.05: Transport for London (TfL) has announced the shortlist of potential partners for the development of London’s Oyster e-money project. The companies have been shortlisted from a list of nearly 100 companies that expressed an interest earli...

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Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

07/04/2020Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

Network Rail’s station teams are inviting the public to send in home-made pictures of rainbows with a railway theme, which will be displaye... more >
90% decrease in King’s Cross station users

07/04/202090% decrease in King’s Cross station users

Network Rail has thanked the public who would usually pass through King’s Cross station for following government guidance and only travelli... more >
Network Rail colleagues work together to produce protective gear for NHS

07/04/2020Network Rail colleagues work together to produce protective gear for NHS

Two Network Rail employees have worked together to help one colleague’s partner make protective gowns for NHS nurses in Northamptonshire. ... 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 >