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£21m investment by Grand Central in new North West route

£21m investment by Grand Central in new North West route

25.02.20: Grand Central has invested more than £21m in trains that will run on their new North West to London route, with the restoration of the first locomotive complete with its iconic livery. Today (Feb 20th) it was revealed the operator has...

Improvement work begins across three level crossings in Staffordshire

Improvement work begins across three level crossings in Staffordshire

24.02.20: Network Rail improvement work will begin this week on three level crossings in Staffordshire. Engineers will be replacing the older barrier gates and their components with new ones at Caverswall level crossing in Stoke-on-Trent, Hockley lev...

£2.5m government funding set to improve CrossCountry

£2.5m government funding set to improve CrossCountry

24.02.20: Announced today (Feb 24th) by the Rail Minister a £2.5m investment is set to benefit passengers across CrossCountry rail services. From May 2020, passengers travelling from Birmingham to Nottingham, Leicester and Cardiff will start to...

Southend Victoria line disruption following a landslip at Billericay

Southend Victoria line disruption following a landslip at Billericay

20.02.20: Railway tracks on the Southend Victoria line, between Billericay and Wickford, have been damaged following a landslip. Ballast, the stones that help keep the track securely in place, have fallen away under a section of track. As a safety pr...

RIA calls on Shapps for urgent rail electrification

RIA calls on Shapps for urgent rail electrification

19.02.20: The Railway Industry Association and other representatives from across the industry such as Northern Rail Industry Leaders, Civil Engineering Contractors Association and Rail Freight Group, have today (Feb 19th) published an open letter to the T...

Northern reaches milestone in new train introduction

Northern reaches milestone in new train introduction

19.02.20: Following a £500m investment in rail in the north of England, this week nine new trains were integrated into Arriva Rail North’s fleet. 75 per cent of the 101 trains ordered are now transporting Northern customers, travelling to...

Alstom to take over Bombardier

Alstom to take over Bombardier

18.02.20: Alstom, French multinational company who operate worldwide in rail transport markets, are set to take over Canadian train producer Bombardier. Bombardier has numerous rail-related sites in Britain, in particular its Derby factory where 2,00...

£400k project expands car parks for Spital station

£400k project expands car parks for Spital station

17.02.20: Increased parking at Spital station, Wirral, is set to benefit rail users alongside the opening of an extension to the current Park and Ride facility. 71 new parking spaces have been added, taking the total up to 141, including seven disabl...

Wherry Lines see introduction of new signalling system

Wherry Lines see introduction of new signalling system

17.02.20: 130 years of signalling history came to an end today (Feb 17th) on the Wherry lines alongside the reopening of the Norwich to Yarmouth line. This follows completion of work to introduce a new computerised signalling system, improving depend...

TransPennine Express receives ‘public target’ from Transport for the North

TransPennine Express receives ‘public target’ from Transport for the North

13.02.20: Agreed by Transport for the North leaders in back in January, the ‘public target’ follows a period at the end of last year when TransPennine Express returned the worst performance figures in the country, with sometimes less than half...

Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall

Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall

13.02.20: Network Rail’s plan to protect the vital rail line to the south west from rising sea levels and extreme weather has taken a big step forward despite challenging storm conditions. A large sea wall is being installed in Dawlish, Devon t...

Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

12.02.20: Network Rail has awarded places on four Lots to Jacobs for their prestigious Design Services Framework (DSF), to deliver multi-disciplinary technical and professional services, including geotechnical, civils and structures capability. This is th...

Network Rail endorses Bender UK signal system

Network Rail endorses Bender UK signal system

11.02.20: Bender UK’s Innovative RS4 Signalling Power Protection system has been approved by Network Rail. The system delivers heightened sensitivity for first fault location and allows compliance with Network Rail’s Insulation Monitoring and...

£46m depot unveiled in Wigan

£46m depot unveiled in Wigan

10.02.20: Officially opened on Friday (Feb 7th) the new £46m state-of-the-art train depot in Wigan has been built by Network Rail alongside Arriva Rail North. The depot will provide a home for many of Northern’s new trains that will be cl...

Grant Shapps welcomes new direct Amsterdam-London rail service

Grant Shapps welcomes new direct Amsterdam-London rail service

04.02.20: Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has today (Jan 4) welcomed the new direct Eurostar rail service between Amsterdam and London, set to launch in April 2020. Since Early 2018 passengers have been able to make this journey on the Eurostar, bu...

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Greater Anglia appoints environment and energy manager

22/05/2020Greater Anglia appoints environment and energy manager

ail operator, Greater Anglia, has appointed a new Environment and Energy Manager to support its sustainability goals and... more >
Meeting the challenge of PPE

21/05/2020Meeting the challenge of PPE

Words provided by Jermyn Street Design editorially reviewed by Rail Technology Magazine As train ope... more >
LEP approves £3.8m for Chesterfield Station Masterplan

21/05/2020LEP approves £3.8m for Chesterfield Station Masterplan

Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire LEP (D2N2) approved a £3.8m grant yesterday (May 20), to part fund ... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >