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LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

31.03.20: London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is continuing to support its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak by giving out fresh sandwiches that would have been served onboard LNER services to a charity fighting food hunger. 5,00...

Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

30.03.20: Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations have made their parking free of charge for NHS and care workers during the coronavirus crisis. Network Rail has relinquished parking charges to display their support and appreciation...

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

27.03.20: As retired signallers are called out of retirement to help keep our country’s railways moving during this pandemic, members of the rail industry have expressed their support for the country’s response. Network Rail’s Comme...

RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

26.03.20: As the UK comes to an end of its first week under lockdown to tackle this pandemic, members of the rail industry have voiced their support for the country’s response.   Darren Caplan, The Railway Industry Association Chief Execut...

GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

25.03.20: As the UK and the world comes under lockdown of varying degrees to tackle this pandemic, rail services must continue, and perhaps more than ever. GB Railfreight, Managing Director, John Smith, released a statement today (Mar 25th) exemplify...

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

25.03.20: Despite losing staff to self-isolation and sickness during the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail Southern Region operations team are working to keep signal-boxes and control centres open 24/7. However, with the necessity to keep lines runnin...

Network Rail announces new action to support retailers and tenants

Network Rail announces new action to support retailers and tenants

23.03.20: Network Rail have announced (Mar 20th) substantial measures aimed at supporting retailers in Britain’s busiest and biggest stations, and small business tenants across their commercial estate, as the Coronavirus pandemic begins to harshly i...

Government announces rail emergency measures

Government announces rail emergency measures

23.03.20: The Government have announced today (Mar 23rd) that they are taking emergency measures to sustain and withstand necessary rail services as operators face momentous drops in their income. The Department for Transport is temporarily suspendin...

Rail timetables to be reduced to help tackle the spread of COVID-19

Rail timetables to be reduced to help tackle the spread of COVID-19

20.03.20: The UK rail industry and the government have constructed a plan that will see a steady reduction in train services across the country due to lower passenger demand, while keeping vital rail services running. From Monday 23rd March, services...

The rail industry’s response to Coronavirus

The rail industry’s response to Coronavirus

19.03.20: With coronavirus sweeping the headlines and the country over the past few weeks, Rail Delivery Group (RDG) have issued a statement regarding the rail industry. They began by saying, “the health and wellbeing of everyone who uses the r...

Network Rail volunteers support Borders Forest Trust

Network Rail volunteers support Borders Forest Trust

13.03.20: Network Rail have furthered their efforts to help the environment by staff members using their volunteer leave to plant trees. Working in partnership with the Borders Forest trust over two days, the team planted 1,200 dwarf silver birch tre...

£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...

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LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

31/03/2020LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is continuing to support its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak by giving out fresh sandw... more >
Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

30/03/2020Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations have made their parking free of charge for NHS and care workers during the coronavirus c... more >
370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

30/03/2020370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

Last week alone key workers from Network Rail helped more than 370,000 tonnes of freight to be moved between west London and Cornwall and into an... 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 >