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Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23.08.19: Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public consultation on a major upgrade to the TransPennine route. The plans form part of the £2.9b...

Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23.08.19: Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to benefit from a share of £817,000 through the Local Rail Development Fund (LRDF). The Scotti...

Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

19.08.19: Following the completion of an £800,000 investment into new railway tracks, passenger trains operating on the Mid-Cheshire Line between Northwich and Manchester have seen their potential speed tripled. As part of the Great North...

North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16.08.19: Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deliver a boost to the region’s infrastructure. The call has been backed by board members of...

Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines service

Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines service

15.08.19: In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed freight service to ferry medicine to the UK from France. A £25m contract has been announced by government ministers for an ‘express fr...

Shadow transport secretary promises East Lancashire rail upgrade

Shadow transport secretary promises East Lancashire rail upgrade

13.08.19: The East Lancashire railway line from Preston to Colne would be upgraded and extended to Skipton, across the Pennines, under a Labour government, according to a promise made by shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald. Mr McDonald issu...

Scottish Government approve £75m Levenmouth rail link

Scottish Government approve £75m Levenmouth rail link

08.08.19: A rail link to the Levenmouth area has been approved by the Scottish Government, as part of a £75m investment plan announced this morning. The link will feature stops in Leven and Cameron Bridge, linking the east of Fife with Edinburg...

West Coast main line reopens after £27m overhaul of key junction

West Coast main line reopens after £27m overhaul of key junction

05.08.19: The West Coast main line has fully reopened after the major renewal of Acton Grange junction, near Warrington, which had undergone a £27m overhaul as part of the Great North Rail Project. The project saw upgrades to track, cabling, ov...

Work on £27m East of England upgrades set to begin

Work on £27m East of England upgrades set to begin

02.08.19: A £27m project aimed at tackling congestion on peak train services in the East of England is set to begin later this year. The upgrades, between Cambridge and King’s Lynn, will include two platform extensions at Waterbeach...

University Station redevelopment plan launched in Birmingham

University Station redevelopment plan launched in Birmingham

30.07.19: University Station at Edgbaston, Birmingham is one of the West Midlands’ busiest railway stations, being situated at the entrance of both the University of Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Built in 1978, the station was or...

Massive 29% rise in rail over last decade uncovered by survey

Massive 29% rise in rail over last decade uncovered by survey

25.07.19: Rail has been described as ‘a runaway success story’ in an influential national transport survey which examines trends over the past decade. Fewer commutes per person, reduced car use in major urban centres and rapidly falling b...

TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

19.07.19: Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of the Jubilee line will get full mobile connectivity within station platforms and tunnels for the firs...

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

18.07.19: Unprecedented change and investment is coming to the Midlands, according to a number of high-profile rail leaders speaking at today’s first ever TCR Midlands conference in Birmingham today. With representatives from the West Midlands...

Maria Machancoses: TCR Midlands drives new way of collaboration

Maria Machancoses: TCR Midlands drives new way of collaboration

18.07.19: Leading sector figure Maria Machancoses has described the inaugural TransCityRail Midlands conference in Birmingham as a fresh way to “drive a new way of collaboration and new way of thinking.” The director of Midlands Connect e...

Network Rail to outline business case for Clapham Junction redevelopment

Network Rail to outline business case for Clapham Junction redevelopment

15.07.19: Network Rail have timetabled their plans to publish a strategy outline business case (SOBC) for the redevelopment of Clapham Junction station. The public body told delegates at a rail conference in London that it intends to lay out the stra...

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Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23/08/2019Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Ra... more >
Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23/08/2019Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldersh... more >
Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23/08/2019Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities acro... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >