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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...

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...

Birmingham New Street has opened an NHS outpatient clinic

Birmingham New Street has opened an NHS outpatient clinic

24.03.20: From today (Mar 24th), Network Rail has opened an empty shop at Birmingham New Street station for an NHS outpatient clinic. This will allow patients to have routine blood tests away from hospitals. The space will be open for medics for sixt...

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...

Greater Anglia’s new electric trains complete test run

Greater Anglia’s new electric trains complete test run

17.03.20: Rail operator Greater Anglia has begun testing the first of its brand-new electric commuter trains which will provide passengers with thousands of extra seats on their journeys to London. Canadian manufacturer, Bombardier is responsible for...

“Safety as standard service” – Reflex Vehicle Hire

“Safety as standard service” – Reflex Vehicle Hire

16.03.20: TransCityRail Midlands is taking place this July, prior to the event we asked one of our exhibitors, Reflex Vehicle Hire, what their conversations will entail at the conference. Firstly, we asked Reflex to tell us more about the work they d...

£3m investment in new GB Railfreight Peterborough offices

£3m investment in new GB Railfreight Peterborough offices

13.03.20: GB Railfreight have announced plans for a new £3 million new operational and training facility in Peterborough. Originating in 1999 and headquartered in London, GB Railfreight is the third largest rail freight operator in the UK, with...

New Kintore station set to encourage greener electric vehicles

New Kintore station set to encourage greener electric vehicles

12.03.20: Scottish Government has secured additional funding to increase the number of electric charging bays at the new Kintore station, leading the way in encouraging greener commutes. In total 24 out of the 168 spaces at the new transport hub will...

Alstom’s world first hydrogen train completes tests in the Netherlands

Alstom’s world first hydrogen train completes tests in the Netherlands

09.03.20: After ten days of successful tests, Alstom’s Coradia iLint train ran 65 kilometres of line between Groningen and Leeuwarden in the northern area of the Netherlands. The tests follow 18 successful months of passenger service on the Bux...

New electric London Overground trains introduced at London Liverpool Street

New electric London Overground trains introduced at London Liverpool Street

03.03.20: Passengers who use the London Overground routes from Cheshunt, Chingford and Enfield Town into London Liverpool Street today (March 3rd) saw a boost in capacity, as the first of the new state-of-the-art trains were introduced. The new elect...

Network Rail invests over £100m to upgrade network over Easter

Network Rail invests over £100m to upgrade network over Easter

02.03.20: Network Rail is encouraging passengers to check and plan their journeys in advance over Easter this year due to planned improvement works. Thousands of rail workers will carry out 420 projects over the Easter period to improve the reliabili...

£20m Northern train depot refurb in Manchester

£20m Northern train depot refurb in Manchester

28.02.20: The £20m refurbishment of Arriva Rail North’s (Northern) Newton Heath train depot in Manchester is almost completed. Northern’s brand new diesel trains will be kept at Newton Heath and the team of 300 staff will also be re...

New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

26.02.20: Siemens Mobility Limited and the University of Birmingham have announced a new, academic framework research partnership, strengthening the relationship between the two organisations. The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education...

Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

26.02.20: The UK’s smallest rail operator, Hull Trains, is the only company which can promise every journey will be on a brand new, world-class train. Hull Trains’ fleet is less than six months old and has rolled out each new train as soo...

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Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

27/03/2020Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

As retired signallers are called out of retirement to help keep our country’s railways moving during this pandemic... more >
RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

26/03/2020RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

As the UK comes to an end of its first week under lockdown to tackle this pandemic, members of the rail industry have vo... more >
GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

25/03/2020GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

As the UK and the world comes under lockdown of varying degrees to tackle this pandemic, rail services must continue, 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 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 >