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Network Rail engineers reopen bridge ahead of schedule

Network Rail engineers reopen bridge ahead of schedule

08 September 2020Following a fast response by Network Rail engineers, a Cambridgeshire bridge has reopened to rail services ahead of schedule after it was hit by a lorry yesterday (7 Sept). The lorry caused widespread damage to the bridge in Coldhams Lane, Cambri...

SWR awards £5m in community improvement schemes

SWR awards £5m in community improvement schemes

08 September 2020A total of £5m in funding is now set to benefit 67 local schemes supported by the South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF). Designed to help boost the local economy and recovery, SWR invited bids from its CCIF...

Hitachi Rail: Five years at flagship factory in the North East

Hitachi Rail: Five years at flagship factory in the North East

07 September 2020September marks five years of operation for Hitachi Rail’s North East home in Newton Aycliffe.   Since then, the team has since built 192 trains, which are now in service in the UK. This includes the Class 800/801/802 Intercity Expres...

LNER boost services as passengers return

LNER boost services as passengers return

07 September 2020As many people begin their usual commute again today, whether that’s back to work or back to school, many rail franchisers have increased their timetable accordingly. One of these is London North Eastern Railway (LNER) who are introducing a...

ORR and the rail industry are working together to improve passenger info

ORR and the rail industry are working together to improve passenger info

04 September 2020The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the rail industry are working together to develop passenger information. Following ORR’s call earlier this year for the rail industry to improve passenger information, particularly during disruption, th...

Aldrington station refurbished ahead of schedule

Aldrington station refurbished ahead of schedule

03 September 2020Passengers at Aldrington station, in East Sussex, are to set benefit from newly improved platforms following a £500k investment. Engineers have carried out remedial works to restore and strengthen platforms 1 and 2. The platform redevelopm...

Major £1.2bn East Coast Main Line works confirmed

Major £1.2bn East Coast Main Line works confirmed

03 September 2020With improving journeys for passengers as soon as possible a priority, Network Rail have today (3 Sept) confirmed dates for key works on the East Coast Upgrade. The completed works will bring improved dependability and punctuality for passengers...

DfT ‘Access for All’ programme has transformed Cadoxton station

DfT ‘Access for All’ programme has transformed Cadoxton station

02 September 2020As part of the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ programme, a range of new multi-million-pound developments have been done at Cadoxton station in south Wales to improve accessibility for passengers. Any passenger visit...

Investment into Wigan North Western station for better rail journeys

Investment into Wigan North Western station for better rail journeys

02 September 2020As part of the Great North Rail Project, passengers travelling from Wigan North Western station to Manchester and Leeds, will soon be provided with a multi-million-pound platform extension to allow for longer and more reliable trains. Platform 3...

Major rail upgrades completed across August bank holiday

Major rail upgrades completed across August bank holiday

01 September 2020Across the West Coast main line over the August bank holiday weekend, Network Rail successfully completed numerous essential upgrades. The multi-million-pound investment as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan included signalling upgrades...

£7.5m station investment for Denmark Hill passengers

£7.5m station investment for Denmark Hill passengers

28 August 2020From September, work will commence to improve reliability and prevent over-crowding at Denmark Hill train station. Passenger numbers at Denmark Hill, now one of London’s busiest stations outside of the large terminals with nearly 7 million...

Rail industry to increase services to boost passenger confidence

Rail industry to increase services to boost passenger confidence

28 August 2020Just in time for going back to school, from Monday 7th September, train services will increase to near pre-Covid outbreak levels, as part of the introduction of a new timetable formulated to build on the improved punctuality performance seen durin...

23-days of upgrade work around Clacton-on-Sea

23-days of upgrade work around Clacton-on-Sea

27 August 2020Reliability and safety to be dramatically improved for passengers in the Clacton-on-Sea area when a computer-based signalling system goes live next spring, including a 23-day stretch of intensive engineering works during February and March 2021. ...

Network Rail forms two new task forces following Stonehaven tragedy

Network Rail forms two new task forces following Stonehaven tragedy

25 August 2020Following the tragic derailment at Stonehaven on the 12th of August, Network Rail have formed two independent task forces, led by world renowned experts, to help better manage its extensive earthworks (cuttings and embankments) portfolio and its u...

Significant flood damage to Edinburgh and Glasgow line

Significant flood damage to Edinburgh and Glasgow line

19 August 2020Following recent heavy rainfall, Network Rail have said they will be working tirelessly to repair flood damage on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line near Polmont. With the flood water finally clearing away from the tracks, engineers have had chance...

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Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

21/09/2020Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

After 24 years, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (21st Sept) announced that rail franchising is to end, form... more >
Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18/09/2020Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has sign... more >
Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18/09/2020Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rai... 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 >