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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...

RSSB research creates train seat comfort rating

RSSB research creates train seat comfort rating

11.07.19: Research by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has led to the first comfort rating scale for creating an appropriate level of comfort into train seats. Rail experts from across the industry have encouraged designers and specifiers t...

Network Rail launches safety task force

Network Rail launches safety task force

10.07.19: Network Rail has launched a new task force to improve safety measures for employees that work on the railways, the company announced today. The team of safety experts, expected to cost £70m, will bring together multiple strands of wor...

Funding agreed for ‘cutting-edge’ rail research centre in Leeds

Funding agreed for ‘cutting-edge’ rail research centre in Leeds

10.07.19: The government will help fund one of the most advanced high-speed rail research facilities in the world, the University of Leeds has announced. The University’s Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration (IHSRSI) aims to rev...

SWR launches £5.3m fund for community projects

SWR launches £5.3m fund for community projects

10.07.19: South Western Railway (SWR) have announced a £5.3m fund for community projects across its rail network. The operator has launched a Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF) for projects that will help improve local communities...

TPE hails ‘major milestone’ as Nova 1 trains arrive

TPE hails ‘major milestone’ as Nova 1 trains arrive

09.07.19: TransPennine Express (TPE) have welcomed the first of its new Nova 1 fleet of trains, which the rail operator claims will transform the on-board experience for passengers. The futuristic-looking trains, built by Hitachi, will have more carr...

Gatwick Airport station to undergo £150m upgrade

Gatwick Airport station to undergo £150m upgrade

09.07.19: The train station at Gatwick Airport will receive £150m in funding to widen the platforms and double the station’s concourse, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. The renovation aims to reduce delays to services and...

Rail electrification of the chase line between Rugeley and Walsall

Rail electrification of the chase line between Rugeley and Walsall

08.07.19: As part of Network Rail’s track electrification, ABC Electrical Ltd identified MGF’s Vertishore as their preferred solution. Mark Norton, rail sector manager at MGF Ltd, reports. As part of the extensive line electrification wor...

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£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

16/10/2019£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Oct 16) released its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) o... more >
RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

16/10/2019RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

The RAIB has delivered a new set of safety recommendations after a passenger suffered fatal injuries after leaning out o... more >
Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

16/10/2019Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

The government is considering renationalising Northern Rail due to repeated poor performance. Transport secretary G... 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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >