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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...

Network Rail award £2.6m drone repair contracts

Network Rail award £2.6m drone repair contracts

05.07.19: Network Rail has handed contracts totalling £2.6m to several firms to supply, maintain and repair its drones. The company has a fleet of 24 drones to assist maintenance teams in surveying the railways for repairs. Supplying the e...

Plans for Cardiff’s £1bn transport network unveiled

Plans for Cardiff’s £1bn transport network unveiled

04.07.19: Cardiff City Council’s ambitious plans for a £1bn travel network in the city have been revealed today. The network proposes a new ‘Cardiff Cross Rail’, a new light rail and tram system running from east to west of th...

LNER Azuma trains to run in Scotland from August

LNER Azuma trains to run in Scotland from August

04.07.19: London North Eastern Railway (LNER) plan to run their new Azuma fleet of trains in Scotland from August, the operator announced today. The new trains have been running services on the East Coast mainline since May, but were not able to laun...

£80m Plymouth station refurbishment plan revealed

£80m Plymouth station refurbishment plan revealed

04.07.19: Masterplans for a major refurbishment of Plymouth’s railway station have been revealed. Plymouth City Council approved a £26m funding package in 2018, working with Great Western Railway (GWR), Network Rail and the University of...

Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04.07.19: The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), examines how to create a green and efficient future. The need to de...

Cumbria Coastal line plans secure over £8m funding

Cumbria Coastal line plans secure over £8m funding

03.07.19: Plans to improve the railway line across the Cumbrian coast have secured over £8.5m in funding, including £7.5m to prepare the next stage of the project. Network Rail propose to use the money to carry upgrades that aim to improv...

TfW starts work on £100m South Wales Metro depot

TfW starts work on £100m South Wales Metro depot

03.07.19: Transport for Wales (TfW) has begun work on a £100m depot for the South Wales Metro to support vehicles on the system. The depot at Taff’s Well is set to play a key part in the network which aims to be running from 2022, part of...

Can grass tracks transform Britain’s train and tram routes?

Can grass tracks transform Britain’s train and tram routes?

03.07.19: Chris Haworth, partner and infrastructure lead at multidisciplinary property and construction consultancy Ridge and Partners LLP (Ridge), explains why the UK has been slow on the uptake of grass tracks and what benefits they could bring. Gr...

Local SMEs key for Midland Metro Alliance's head of procurement Paula Gray

Local SMEs key for Midland Metro Alliance's head of procurement Paula Gray

28.06.19: Paula Gray, head of procurement, explains how the Midland Metro Alliance continues to establish partnerships with innovative local SMEs. The Midland Metro Alliance, working on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority, is expanding the...

Rail Delivery Group outlines what rail companies want for the future

Rail Delivery Group outlines what rail companies want for the future

28.06.19: As we await the outcome of the government’s Rail Review, Paul Plummer, chief executive of Rail Delivery Group, outlines what rail companies want for the future. The rail network is under the kind of pressure that was never foreseen wh...

Rise in passenger satisfaction due to new trains, says survey

Rise in passenger satisfaction due to new trains, says survey

27.06.19: National satisfaction with Britain’s railways rose to 83% in spring, according to the National Rail Passenger Survey. Happiness with punctuality and reliability was 77%; an increase of five per cent compared to last spring. Antho...

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...

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Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

18/10/2019Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

Arup, in partnership with Network Rail, have published their ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ report, explo... more >
North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

17/10/2019North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse ... more >
Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17/10/2019Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list.... 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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NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

18/10/2019NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

Switch up your playlist with the first #WeAreRTM podcast, gain exclusive insight into the leaders running the rail industry their opinions on recent headlines, visions for the future and meet the personalities behind the job titles. It's not your average interview. Anna-Jane Hunter, Network Rail’s director, North of England rai... 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 >