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Plans for new £362m North East metro train fleet

Plans for new £362m North East metro train fleet

19.09.19: A £362m train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro was ordered yesterday by public transport body Nexus. A company for the designing and building of the fleet hasn’t been officially decided but there are three in the running &ndash...

New ‘On-Time’ train statistics welcomed by Transport Secretary

New ‘On-Time’ train statistics welcomed by Transport Secretary

19.09.19: Good news for rail users today as a new way to measure train performance has been published (Thursday 19) by The Office of Rail and Road (ORR). New ‘On-Time’ statistics have been welcomed by the transport secretary, Grant Shapps...

Isle of Wight rail line receives £26m investment

Isle of Wight rail line receives £26m investment

17.09.19: Government has unveiled a £26m investment package into the Isle of Wight railway line, to help modernise and improve the line and its outdated fleet. The Island Line service, which runs between the communities of Ryde and Shankli...

Network Rail confirms route director appointments

Network Rail confirms route director appointments

16.09.19: Today (Monday 16 September) will see Network Rail’s 14 new routes go live. Meanwhile, the company directors each have confirmed a number of senior management appointments to their teams. This comes after the announcement of a &lsqu...

Anglia rail upgrades set to improve passenger journeys

Anglia rail upgrades set to improve passenger journeys

28.08.19: Following major upgrades to the Anglia rail network, carried out by Network Rail, passengers are set to benefit from greatly improved journeys. The improvements were made as part of the company’s Rail Upgrade Plan across Essex an...

Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23.08.19: Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public consultation on a major upgrade to the TransPennine route. The plans form part of the £2.9b...

Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23.08.19: Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to benefit from a share of £817,000 through the Local Rail Development Fund (LRDF). The Scotti...

Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

19.08.19: Following the completion of an £800,000 investment into new railway tracks, passenger trains operating on the Mid-Cheshire Line between Northwich and Manchester have seen their potential speed tripled. As part of the Great North...

North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16.08.19: Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deliver a boost to the region’s infrastructure. The call has been backed by board members of...

Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines service

Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines service

15.08.19: In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed freight service to ferry medicine to the UK from France. A £25m contract has been announced by government ministers for an ‘express fr...

Shadow transport secretary promises East Lancashire rail upgrade

Shadow transport secretary promises East Lancashire rail upgrade

13.08.19: The East Lancashire railway line from Preston to Colne would be upgraded and extended to Skipton, across the Pennines, under a Labour government, according to a promise made by shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald. Mr McDonald issu...

Scottish Government approve £75m Levenmouth rail link

Scottish Government approve £75m Levenmouth rail link

08.08.19: A rail link to the Levenmouth area has been approved by the Scottish Government, as part of a £75m investment plan announced this morning. The link will feature stops in Leven and Cameron Bridge, linking the east of Fife with Edinburg...

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...

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Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

16/01/2020Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

Vivarail achieved a UK first yesterday (Jan 15) as their Class 230 train travelled 40 miles on battery power alone. ... more >
South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

16/01/2020South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

South Western Railway customers will now be able to see the new ‘Class 442’ refurbished trains across passen... more >
£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

16/01/2020£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

The viaduct which was been featured in the Harry Potter series, is the latest Network Rail project. Work has begun the p... 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 >