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DfT responds to the Public Accounts Committee report

DfT responds to the Public Accounts Committee report

19 May 2020On Sunday (May 17th) the Public Accounts Committee published a report, stating that the High Speed 2 rail project has gone “badly off course” and demanded that Government gives regular, accurate and open updates on the problems the pro...

Victorian-era tunnel closure allows for West Coast main line improvement work

Victorian-era tunnel closure allows for West Coast main line improvement work

19 May 2020Kilsby Tunnel near Daventry reopened yesterday (May 18th) following major upgrades to drainage and track on a vital section of one of Europe’s busiest mixed-use passenger and freight railway lines. It’s thought by Network Rail to be t...

Multi-billion-pound railway investment to aid national recovery

Multi-billion-pound railway investment to aid national recovery

14 May 2020Journeys on railways set to be smoother and safer following a multi-billion-pound infrastructure package announced today (May 14th) by Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary. Major improvement works have already taken place over the past month. In Apr...

Gatwick Airport station improvements on track despite Covid-19 outbreak

Gatwick Airport station improvements on track despite Covid-19 outbreak

13 May 2020The £150m Gatwick Airport transformation will begin the next stage next week (May 17th) thanks to innovative ways of working within Covid-19 social distancing safeguards. Enabling works have continued, as Network Rail continues their progre...

SWR depot begins next major phase

SWR depot begins next major phase

13 May 2020Engineering work at South Western Railway’s (SWR) flagship £60m Feltham depot have proceeded onto the next significant phase ahead of the Class 701 train rollout. The bank holiday weekend saw the preliminary phase of crucial new cabli...

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria

12 May 2020The Railway Industry Association (RIA) in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), begun a series of Export Outreach webinars, on May 6th, as a forum for the UK rail industry to hear from international markets. During the fir...

"Performance, performance, performance" - Rail North Committee meeting

"Performance, performance, performance" - Rail North Committee meeting

12 May 2020Today (May 12th) Transport for the North’s Rail North Committee met virtually to discuss the Northern trains review and rail recovery post Covid-19.  The discussion began with leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake, state...

Rail Committee North meeting to discuss rail recovery

Rail Committee North meeting to discuss rail recovery

12 May 2020Transport for the North’s Rail North Committee, which will meet virtually on today (May 12th) and will be live streamed to the public, has set out guidelines for rail operators such as Northern and Transpennine Express on how to run trains w...

TfL announces plan to help London travel safely

TfL announces plan to help London travel safely

11 May 2020Following the Government’s announcement of an outline roadmap for the next period of lockdown, Transport for London today (May 11th) set out its initial plan to support this and help Londoners who need to travel do so safely and sustainably....

Selby College selected as Siemens Mobility Ltd training partner

Selby College selected as Siemens Mobility Ltd training partner

11 May 2020Siemens Mobility Limited has elected Selby College as the training partner for its new rail facility in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire. The company has received 200 applications for the facility’s first 12 apprentice roles. The apprentices...

‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme continues to provide support during lockdown

‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme continues to provide support during lockdown

11 May 2020The ‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme which was launched at the beginning of April, has provided travel to 53 people escaping domestic abuse during lockdown. The scheme aims to provide support to people during the outbreak and train operators ar...

Network Rail to aid UK rail supply chain secure business abroad

Network Rail to aid UK rail supply chain secure business abroad

07 May 2020From the 1st of May, Network Rail have announced that references will be provided for use by UK suppliers when bidding for overseas contractors or an export opportunity. Under this new measure, Network Rail suppliers, will have the option to appl...

EHC Global Launches LED UV-C Handrail Sterilization Solution for Escalators and Moving Walks

EHC Global Launches LED UV-C Handrail Sterilization Solution for Escalators and Moving Walks

06 May 2020On April 20th EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components, technical services and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, announced the introduction of its LED UV-C Handrail Sterilization Solution for escalators an...

Go ahead for West Midlands Interchange development

Go ahead for West Midlands Interchange development

06 May 2020Expansion for a new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange and other supporting infrastructure works near Junction 12 of the M6 motorway in South Staffordshire District has been given development consent. The application was submitted to the Planning...

Cumbrian Coast line damaged by storm set to reopen in one month

Cumbrian Coast line damaged by storm set to reopen in one month

05 May 2020A section of the Cumbria Coast line, which was badly damaged at the beginning of the year following three consecutive storms, will reopen in one month as repairs come close to completion. High tides, strong winds and heavy rain brought by Storms...

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Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

12/08/2020Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

Rail Delivery Group have submitted proposals to influence the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan in hope ... more >
Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

12/08/2020Children remind passengers to wear face coverings and keep distance

South Western Railways staff members are using an unlikely voice to spread the message to passengers about face covering... more >
TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

12/08/2020TfN calls for backing of £5bn Northern Infrastructure Pipeline proposals

Today (12 Aug) Transport for the North has revealed its blueprint for a Northern Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), a 30-yea... 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 >