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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14.11.19: 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 in...

Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

14.11.19: Today (14 Nov) is the 25th anniversary of the Eurostar train, the high-speed service linking the south of England with France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The service has carried over 200 million passengers since its launch in 1994. To cel...

Greater Anglia frontline staff become the first to receive accessibility awareness training

Greater Anglia frontline staff become the first to receive accessibility awareness training

13.11.19: Greater Anglia has become the first operator in the country to implement accessibility courses that meet the rail regulator’s new standards in light of new rules that come in in 2021 requiring all train operators to undertake such training...

New Stirling to London rail service application submitted by Grand Union

New Stirling to London rail service application submitted by Grand Union

13.11.19: Grand Union have submitted a new application to the Office of Rail and Road proposing a rail service between Stirling and London. The new service would be scheduled for four times a day starting from May 2021, and would start at Stirling, c...

Perry Barr railway station transformation revealed

Perry Barr railway station transformation revealed

07.11.19: Perry Barr railway station in Birmingham will undergo transformation as part of a wider £500m regeneration of the area. The creation of a new rail and bus interchange will see a landmark station building constructed in place of the cu...

New timetable sees Victoria line services increase during commuting times

New timetable sees Victoria line services increase during commuting times

04.11.19: New timetables, released by Transport for London (TfL), will see trains arriving every 100 seconds for around three hours during weekday morning and evening commuting peaks on the Victoria line. The change sees the length of time the increa...

 Modernised Govia Thameslink Railway fleet improve energy efficiency

Modernised Govia Thameslink Railway fleet improve energy efficiency

01.11.19: Govia Thameslink Railway are now recycling over 50% more energy back into the railway network, helping to power the fleet and making them more energy efficient than any previous generations of trains. The ‘smart’ braking system...

Edenbridge station refurbishment completed as part of £1.25bn Kent upgrade

Edenbridge station refurbishment completed as part of £1.25bn Kent upgrade

01.11.19: A £500,000 upgrade at Edenbridge station in Kent has been completed by Network Rail. Edenbridge station, one of two stations serving this area in Kent, carries well over 2,000 trains and 300,000 passengers every weekday and is among t...

Grand Central announces further details of £2.6m stations investment

Grand Central announces further details of £2.6m stations investment

31.10.19: Grand Central Railway Company has outlined further details of a collection of station investment schemes along the North East and West Riding routes. The company has committed to the communities it serves by investing in improved customer e...

£1.2m investment to stop moving slope on Settle-Carlisle railway line

£1.2m investment to stop moving slope on Settle-Carlisle railway line

30.10.19: Engineers had to dig out waterlogged soil and lay 11, 500 tons of rock to prevent a steep railway cutting, that was edging slowly towards the Settle-Carlisle railway line, spilling onto the tracks. The upgrade at Fothergill, near Kirby Step...

Three Victorian Manchester railway bridges restored

Three Victorian Manchester railway bridges restored

30.10.19: A plaque was revealed in Great Ducie Street last Friday to honour the £3.2m Great North Rail Project work by Network Rail, in partnership with the Railway Heritage Trust. The 175-year-old bridges were thoroughly restored to guarantee...

New Azuma train to include six new services to Harrogate

New Azuma train to include six new services to Harrogate

29.10.19: London North Eastern Railway is set to introduce new Azuma services between Harrogate and London’s King Cross from 15 December 2019. The Yorkshire town will benefit from a further five services from mid-December. Allowing extra connec...

Keighley station set for £4m upgrade

Keighley station set for £4m upgrade

29.10.19: Network Rail has announced an investment of over £4m into the upgrade of Keighley station, improving services and experiences for the 1.7 million annual passengers. The station building will undergo transformation, as well as the foot...

North East and Highland passengers to benefit from £4.5m investment

North East and Highland passengers to benefit from £4.5m investment

28.10.19: Network Rail Scotland has committed to an extra £4.5m of investment for enhanced performance in the North East and Highlands. Regular maintenance budgets still stand; however, this boost will serve as a further addition to Scotland&rs...

ScotRail reveals new bike carriages on West Highland Line

ScotRail reveals new bike carriages on West Highland Line

25.10.19: Carriages designated for bikes and large sporting equipment are to be introduced on one of Scotland’s most picturesque routes. This pilot, a first for the UK rail industry, will see ScotRail give five Class 153 trains the capacity to...

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Virgin Trains set passenger record for choosing rail over air

15/11/2019Virgin Trains set passenger record for choosing rail over air

Virgin Trains have set a new record with the number of people choose to travel by rail over air. The number of peop... more >
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 ... more >
Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

14/11/2019Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

Today (14 Nov) is the 25th anniversary of the Eurostar train, the high-speed service linking the south of England with F... 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 >

rail industry focus

  • 02/11/2019Monica Barbosa: Women In Rail

    Director of business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, thinks women are missing out on exciting opportunities because the lack of gender diversity...
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    Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance – and when we’re...
  • 01/11/2019Mind the skills gap

    Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance – and when we’re...
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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 >