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Network Rail announces new action to support retailers and tenants

Network Rail announces new action to support retailers and tenants

23 March 2020Network 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 imp...

Government announces rail emergency measures

Government announces rail emergency measures

23 March 2020The 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 suspending norm...

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 March 2020The 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 will...

The rail industry’s response to Coronavirus

The rail industry’s response to Coronavirus

19 March 2020With 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 railway...

Network Rail volunteers support Borders Forest Trust

Network Rail volunteers support Borders Forest Trust

13 March 2020Network 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 trees and...

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

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

26 February 2020Announced 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 will incl...

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

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

26 February 2020The Railway Benefit Fund have launched a new help and guidance pack this month in aid of encouraging rail industry workers and their families, who be experiencing difficulties, to seek its expert advice. The charity has made the information avail...

Government campaign launched to increase inclusivity on public transport

Government campaign launched to increase inclusivity on public transport

25 February 2020Today (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. The...

Northern on the hunt for new apprentices

Northern on the hunt for new apprentices

06 February 2020Arriva 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 specifically o...

Amey teams up with University for railway engineering apprenticeship

Amey teams up with University for railway engineering apprenticeship

04 February 2020Amey 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 will give 30 new students the c...

HS2 progress report released

HS2 progress report released

24 January 2020Today (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 ambitious esti...

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

13 January 2020Source 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. Small and medium...

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

09 January 2020Network 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 in...

2020 plan for north-east rail network

2020 plan for north-east rail network

06 January 2020Transport 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. On...

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise

02 January 2020Transport 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 Newcastle...

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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 >
Versatile coating system enhances Indestructible Paint rail industry role

12/08/2020Versatile coating system enhances Indestructible Paint rail industry role

A highlysatile and robust epoxy coating system has now been introduced by specialist manufacturer, Indestructible Paint Ltd, with particular bene... 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 >

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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. Rail travel forms an important part of any national transport network for both passengers and freig... 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 >