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£20m government funding to make 124 stations more accessible across GB

£20m government funding to make 124 stations more accessible across GB

26.02.20: Announced today (Feb 26th) by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, disabled passengers across GB are set to benefit from accessibility improvements at approximately 124 stations. The funding comes from the Access for All programme and wil...

Railway Benefit Fund launches new ‘Help Pack’ for industry workers

Railway Benefit Fund launches new ‘Help Pack’ for industry workers

26.02.20: The Railway Benefit Fund have launched a new help and guidance pack this month in aid of encouraging rail industry workers and their families, who might be experiencing difficulties, to seek its expert advice. The charity has made the infor...

Government campaign launched to increase inclusivity on public transport

Government campaign launched to increase inclusivity on public transport

25.02.20: Today (Feb 25th) the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has pressed ahead with a new government campaign to improve journeys for disabled passengers on public transport, in light of wanting to make the UK a world leader for accessible travel. ...

Northern on the hunt for new apprentices

Northern on the hunt for new apprentices

06.02.20: Arriva Rail North (Northern) has announced it is looking for apprentice applicants to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week. The scheme will enable 16 of these apprentices to train as engineering technicians and five to focus more specific...

Amey teams up with University for railway engineering apprenticeship

Amey teams up with University for railway engineering apprenticeship

04.02.20: Amey Consulting has teamed up with Sheffield Hallam University to deliver a trailblazing Railway Engineering degree apprenticeship scheme to help attract new talent into the railway industry. The new apprenticeship, announced during Nationa...

HS2 progress report released

HS2 progress report released

24.01.20: Today (Jan 24) the latest update on the rail project High Speed Two was released by the National Audit Office. The report says The Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and government have widely miscalculated the task, leading to amb...

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

13.01.20: Source RTM: Dec 2019 /Jan 2020   Commercial director Ken Blackley explains how Network Rail’s new action plan for working with small and medium sized enterprises will mean better engagement, listening and solutions. ...

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

09.01.20: Network Rail has announced the awarding of contracts for 82 frameworks to deliver design services across the country, worth an estimated £400m for Control Period 6 (2019-2024) and up to £640m with the option to further the framework...

2020 plan for north-east rail network

2020 plan for north-east rail network

06.01.20: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today committed (6 January) to reviving rail connection across the north-east, outlining how new investment will boost the rail network as the government looks to level up infrastructure across the country. ...

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise

02.01.20: Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said Northern Rail is to be stripped of its franchise following its “unacceptable” performance. This comes off the back of a year of chaos and cancellations across the network, which runs New...

RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

09.12.19: As the second week of South Western Railway’s safety strike commences, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has set out a 6-point strategy to a settlement. The plan which was meant to be put forward at rene...

Northamptonshire teens safety film transformed into comic

Northamptonshire teens safety film transformed into comic

02.12.19: A new comic book has been produced by Network Rail, based on the safety film ‘18’ with the help of pupils from Kingswood Secondary Academy in Corby. The pupils were visited by Network Rail last summer and took part in safety wor...

Nexus appoints new Chief Operating Officer

Nexus appoints new Chief Operating Officer

25.11.19: Martin Kearney has been appointed as the new chief operating officer for Nexus, the public body which owns the Tyne and Wear Metro, and wider public transport across the North East. Kearney has over 30 years of public transport experience a...

Virgin Trains helping homeless people into work through coffee partnership

Virgin Trains helping homeless people into work through coffee partnership

22.11.19: Virgin Trains and Change Please has helped 30 homeless people become employed baristas. The train operator joined forces with Change Please back in October 2018 to offer a premium coffee range onboard, with Change Please’s profits fro...

Greater Anglia brings in extra support for busy periods

Greater Anglia brings in extra support for busy periods

21.11.19: Office staff at Greater Anglia are being trained to help customers when stations are busy due to big events or disruption. Customer Action Teams, or CATS, are the support team that have been formulated. When needed team members make their w...

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£20m funding for new railway stations across the country

28/02/2020£20m funding for new railway stations across the country

The Rail Minister has announced today (Feb 28th) a £20m fund boost for rail connections across the country. The new £20m funding... more >
High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

27/02/2020High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

At the beginning of February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that HS2 will go ahead and the London-Birmingham phase will commence immedia... more >
New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

26/02/2020New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

Siemens Mobility Limited and the University of Birmingham have announced a new, academic framework research partnership, strengthening the relati... 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 achieving those visions. With a much greater, interconnected network of data available to the engineers and... 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 >