Rail service improvements and disruptions

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

08.05.18: Network Rail has completed the installation of 4km of overhead wire between Billericay and Wickford, meaning better railway between Southend, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The improvements, made over the bank holiday weekend, are part of the...

Infrarail draws to a close after bustling three days of innovation-sharing

Infrarail draws to a close after bustling three days of innovation-sharing

04.05.18: This year’s edition of Infrarail has drawn to a close after three bustling days of activity, including keynote speeches from high-profile industry leaders, a varied programme of technical seminars, major project updates and plenty of netwo...

Southend to undergo rail makeover

Southend to undergo rail makeover

04.05.18: Passengers of the Southend Victoria Branch line are set to benefit from improved services as part of a £46m investment plan from Network Rail. The work is part of the government-backed rail network’s improvement to reliability a...

Rail: significantly larger than previously thought

Rail: significantly larger than previously thought

01.05.18: Darren Caplan, chief executive at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), reports on a recent study which revealed that the rail industry contributes significantly more to UK plc than previously imagined. The RIA and a number of its members...

How Northern Powerhouse Rail is gaining momentum

How Northern Powerhouse Rail is gaining momentum

01.05.18: There has already been great progress in developing and improving pan-northern transport, but future prospects for growth will be even more transformational, argues Henri Murison, director of Northern Powerhouse Partnership. Commuters strug...

Rail freight chiefs will have a say in passenger consultations

Rail freight chiefs will have a say in passenger consultations

01.05.18: Bosses of freight companies around the U.K will be permitted to offer their opinions during passenger consultations in an effort to promote a positive relationship between freight operators and the public, a government transport chief has said. ...

Rail boss signals for 24-hour trains running across UK in the future

Rail boss signals for 24-hour trains running across UK in the future

01.05.18: The nation’s railways could soon be running for 24-hours a day, according to the head of Network Rail. In an interview with The Times, Mark Carne, who plans to stand down as chief executive of the government-funded company in the summ...

HS1 considers new London-Bordeaux link within two years

HS1 considers new London-Bordeaux link within two years

30.04.18: Infrastructure operators have today met to discuss and plan for a groundbreaking transport link which could connect London and Bordeaux in under five hours within two years. HS1 Ltd, the owner and operator of the nation’s High Speed 1...

Alloa line reopens after electrification works

Alloa line reopens after electrification works

17.04.18: The Alloa line has reopened following the completion of a multi-million pound upgrade project to prepare the line for electric trains. The work, which lasted four weeks, is part of a Scottish government-funded programme to electrify lines throu...

Blackpool to Preston route to reopen after major 5-month transformation

Blackpool to Preston route to reopen after major 5-month transformation

13.04.18: Train services between Blackpool North and Preston are to be reintroduced at the start of next week following completion of the route upgrade. Lasting 22 weeks, the works, carried out as part of the multibillion-pound Great North Rail Project...

Services disrupted after landslip throws up 100 tonnes of debris on Surrey track

Services disrupted after landslip throws up 100 tonnes of debris on Surrey track

13.04.18: Southern Rail services have been disrupted following a major landslip last night. The landslip, between Horsham and Dorking, has resulted in all lines between these statins being blocked, and so trains have been cancelled in all directions, wit...

Suppliers invited to challenge ‘rigorous’ NR standards for incentives

Suppliers invited to challenge ‘rigorous’ NR standards for incentives

13.04.18: Network Rail is encouraging contractors, suppliers and stakeholders to propose changes to its standards, or the detailed requirements that underpin how the railway and improvement projects are run and delivered – all in exchange for incent...

RSSB grants deal for research into knock-on train delays

RSSB grants deal for research into knock-on train delays

10.04.18: City, University of London’s Geographical Information Centre (giCentre) has been awarded a 12-month contract by the RSSB to look at knock-on train delays with Great Western Railway (GWR). Dr Aidan Slingsby and Dr Cagatay Turkey, data visu...

Funding given to suspension system to reduce track and wheel wear

Funding given to suspension system to reduce track and wheel wear

06.04.18: Funding has been granted to Liebherr-Transportation Systems, Grand Central Rail and NewRail to develop a new suspension system for reducing wheel and track wear. RSSB has provided funding for the Active Radial Suspension System (ARSS), which us...

Repairs needed after landslip causes extensive damage to Yorkshire tunnel

Repairs needed after landslip causes extensive damage to Yorkshire tunnel

06.04.18: Work is underway to repair Springs Tunnel after a landslip caused extensive damage to the structure. On 3 April, the driver of a Northern train reported seeing a tree perched “precariously” over the southern portal to the tunnel, so...

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Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22/06/2018Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

As many as 200 staff members could lose their jobs as one of the UK’s major train manufacturers looks to cut costs... more >
New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

22/06/2018New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new... more >
Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

22/06/2018Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

The expansion of rail is the “only viable option” to grow UK cities and allow them to achieve their economic... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Why the rail industry needs more women

22/06/2018Why the rail industry needs more women

Anesha Rachel Malhan, one of the learners at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), discusses her experience as the only woman at her ... more >
Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >

rail industry focus

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    ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Brentwood Communications explains why two-way radio technology remains the first-choice workplace tool across all industries, especially in one as...
  • 05/04/2018UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

    Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general manager at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), regarding the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.   I am writing to...
  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro network. The expansion of...
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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >