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Network Rail’s Southern Region completes installation of secure radio channels

Network Rail’s Southern Region completes installation of secure radio channels

07 August 2020A new digitally secure radio system has been successfully rolled out across Network Rail’s Southern region. As their Wessex route joins Sussex and Kent in introducing Airwave to its front-line responders, speeding up response times to impro...

Network Rail repairs lifeboat ramp during Cumbrian Coast line work

Network Rail repairs lifeboat ramp during Cumbrian Coast line work

07 August 2020Railway engineers have rebuilt a section of public walkway at St. Bees beach which is used to launch lifeboats to rescue those in distress at sea. Network Rail is securing the Cumbrian Coast line from extreme weather and erosion as part of an &po...

Overhead electric line overhaul to improve passenger journeys

Overhead electric line overhaul to improve passenger journeys

03 August 2020Passenger and freight journeys are set to be made more reliable in Lancashire and Cumbria as part of a £3.4m investment into the overhead 25,000-volt electric cables which power trains.

Rail passengers benefit from £40m Stevenage station platform

Rail passengers benefit from £40m Stevenage station platform

03 August 2020A new £40m platform and track improvement made at Stevenage station has seen significant improvements to the frequency and reliability of services, as well as allowing better long-distance connections for passengers.

Scottish rail decarbonisation plan unveiled

Scottish rail decarbonisation plan unveiled

28 July 2020Today (28th July) Transport Secretary Michael Matheson launched his blueprint to decarbonise Scotland’s passenger rail services by 2035.   The Cabinet Secretary was speaking during a visit to ScotRail’s Shields Road electric flee...

All of Britain’s rail companies to adopt Sunflower lanyard scheme

All of Britain’s rail companies to adopt Sunflower lanyard scheme

28 July 2020Network Rail and all of Britain’s train operators have signed up to the Sunflower scheme, which aims to help people with non-visible disabilities to discreetly let others know that they may need more support, time or assistance. The scheme...

Bromborough station prepares for modern refurbishment

Bromborough station prepares for modern refurbishment

23 July 2020Bromborough station is set to see improvement work as the region’s railway network progresses for the future. The changes to the station, located on the Wirral, is part of a collaboration between Network Rail, Merseyrail and Merseytravel. ...

Birmingham University Station to see momentous upgrade

Birmingham University Station to see momentous upgrade

22 July 2020With Birmingham set to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022, a major upgrade will take place to Birmingham’s University Station, Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has today (July 22nd) confirmed. He unveils with this announcement a £12...

Northern increases services for Blackpool

Northern increases services for Blackpool

17 July 2020Over the past few months, service levels have gradually increased and Monday (20 July) will see additional trains operating between the Lancashire resort and the airport. There will also be an influx of services between Preston and Blackpool Sout...

Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

13 July 2020As vital work continues on the £1.5bn Midland Main Line Upgrade, passengers who have to travel over the next two weekends are being urged by Network Rail to check their journeys beforehand. Engineers will carry out work to fit the final sec...

HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

13 July 2020During the excavation work at Wellwick Farm near Wendover, archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Buckinghamshire have discovered a skeleton believed to be a murder victim from the Iron Age. The discovery comes at the start of the Festival...

New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

10 July 2020Today (July 10th), Transport for London’s (TfL’s) new Commissioner, Andy Byford, saw some of the new measures underway to make the transport network cleaner than ever.    Byford was joined by Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heid...

New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

09 July 2020Following new agreements being signed earlier this week (July 7th) a direct high-speed train service from Amsterdam and London could be a possibility later this year. In order for these services to operate, existing agreements between the UK, Fra...

Network Rail backing revolutionary rail ideas

Network Rail backing revolutionary rail ideas

08 July 2020Network Rail is supporting 11 of the 25 winning entrants of the Government’s £9.4m First of a Kind (FOAK) 2020 competition to deliver a better, more dependable and efficient railway for passengers and freight users. Funded by the Depa...

£14m depot facility opened in Doncaster

£14m depot facility opened in Doncaster

08 July 2020After work began back in 2015 to transform the site at Marshgate, on Tuesday (July 7) Network Rail opened their new £14m depot in Doncaster. The site aims to bring highly skilled teams across the area together and to boost the economy in th...

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HS2 publish annual equality, diversity and inclusion report

07/08/2020HS2 publish annual equality, diversity and inclusion report

Today (8 Aug) HS2 Ltd have released their annual report which details their equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work... more >
Network Rail’s Southern Region completes installation of secure radio channels

07/08/2020Network Rail’s Southern Region completes installation of secure radio channels

A new digitally secure radio system has been successfully rolled out across Network Rail’s Southern region. A... more >
Network Rail repairs lifeboat ramp during Cumbrian Coast line work

07/08/2020Network Rail repairs lifeboat ramp during Cumbrian Coast line work

Railway engineers have rebuilt a section of public walkway at St. Bees beach which is used to launch lifeboats to rescue... 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 >