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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 November 2019Rail Technology Magazine's Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry.

Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

Eurostar celebrates 25th birthday with first plastics-free train

14 November 2019Today (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 celebrate...

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 November 2019Greater 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 November 2019Grand 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, calling...

Perry Barr railway station transformation revealed

Perry Barr railway station transformation revealed

07 November 2019Perry 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 current...

New timetable sees Victoria line services increase during commuting times

New timetable sees Victoria line services increase during commuting times

04 November 2019New 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.

 Modernised Govia Thameslink Railway fleet improve energy efficiency

Modernised Govia Thameslink Railway fleet improve energy efficiency

01 November 2019Govia 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 introd...

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

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

01 November 2019A £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 the bus...

Grand Central announces further details of £2.6m stations investment

Grand Central announces further details of £2.6m stations investment

31 October 2019Grand Central Railway Company has outlined further details of a collection of station investment schemes alone the North East and West Riding routes. The company has committed to the communities it serves by investing in improved customer experie...

£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 October 2019Engineers 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 Stephen, i...

Three Victorian Manchester railway bridges restored

Three Victorian Manchester railway bridges restored

30 October 2019A plaque was revealed in Great Ducie Street last Friday (Oct 25) to honor 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 guarante...

New Azuma train to include six new services to Harrogate

New Azuma train to include six new services to Harrogate

29 October 2019London 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 connectivity...

Keighley station set for £4m upgrade

Keighley station set for £4m upgrade

29 October 2019Network 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 footbridge...

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

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

28 October 2019Network 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’s...

ScotRail reveals new bike carriages on West Highland Line

ScotRail reveals new bike carriages on West Highland Line

25 October 2019Carriages 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 carry...

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New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

09/07/2020New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

Following new agreements being signed earlier this week (July 7th) a direct high-speed train service from Amsterdam and ... more >
National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

09/07/2020National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) have today (July 9th) announcement the appointment of their new Chair, Dyan ... more >
The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

09/07/2020The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

Yesterday (July 8th) Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the details of his ‘Plan for Jobs’ ... 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 >