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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13.06.19: The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans put forward by Network Rail. New proposals have been put forward to better protect the south D...

TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12.06.19: TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled to enter passenger service from 2023. CAF has been chosen to design, manufacture and supply the...

Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10.06.19: Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region of the Midlands. The last time the residents of Darlaston or Willenhall could board a train on t...

A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10.06.19: Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will look like in 2034. A mere 15 years from now, a description of a rail journey from London to Sh...

No excuse for derailing station IT

No excuse for derailing station IT

10.06.19: Marie Clutterbuck, CMO at Tectrade, discusses the rail sector’s IT vulnerabilities, particularly at stations, and outlines the benefits of zero-day recovery IT architecture. Are you truly a commuter until you’ve reached a mainli...

Dawlish rail investment must be the start of a new transport deal for our region

Dawlish rail investment must be the start of a new transport deal for our region

04.06.19: Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton, gives his perspective on the opportunities the highly-anticipated Dawlish rail line refurbishment will create for the region for the future. As an MP, twice a week I get to ride up and down the trainlin...

Out with the old: London Underground's track renewal works

Out with the old: London Underground's track renewal works

04.06.19: Alistair McLaughlin, programme delivery manager for Balfour Beatty, and John Lambert, head of track programme for Transport for London (TfL), explore the intricacies of London Underground track renewal works as part of the new Integrated Track T...

Our responsibility to shape a more diverse rail industry

Our responsibility to shape a more diverse rail industry

04.06.19: Angie Doll, passenger services director for Southern and Gatwick Express, outlines Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) role in diversifying and inspiring the next generation of the rail sector’s workforce. At GTR, we have embarked...

Birmingham Moor Street vision embraces the future and celebrates the past

Birmingham Moor Street vision embraces the future and celebrates the past

31.05.19: Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, looks forward to what the Birmingham Moor Street's redevelopment will mean for the region. Over the years, many of Birmingham’s beautiful, historic buildings have been lost to the bulld...

Network Rail unveils new regional managing directors

Network Rail unveils new regional managing directors

23.05.19: Network Rail has announced five new regional managing directors as part of its “evolution” towards a more passenger-focused approach. The appointments come as part of a major reorganisation at Network Rail which will see the com...

£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

22.05.19: Network Rail has awarded contracts for rail haulage and the operations of its engineering trains and seasonal treatment services for Control Period 6, worth around £800m. Adopting Network Rail’s supply chain’s new “c...

Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14.05.19: Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “getting stronger by the day” a new report from the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has claimed....

DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14.05.19: The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with disgust” to its suggestions that travel apps can replace staff. Jessie Norman, the futur...

First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13.05.19: HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project “very difficult,” the head of the government spending watchdog has said. Sir Amyas Morse...

5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13.05.19: Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  FirstGroup and its partners are excited to be close to delivering a viable 5G millimetre Wave (mmWa...

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

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ wh... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on t... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry med... 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 >