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Selby Swing bridge re-opened after £14m works completed

Selby Swing bridge re-opened after £14m works completed

09.09.14: The Selby Swing bridge has re-opened after Network Rail completed key stages in its £14m upgrade works on the structure. Trains had been unable to run over the bridge, on the York-Selby-Hull routes, since 26 July while engineers repla...

Electrification work ‘could be wasted’ if north doesn’t get new trains

Electrification work ‘could be wasted’ if north doesn’t get new trains

05.09.14: Millions of pounds of investment on electrifying rail lines in the north could be wasted  due to a shortage of electrified stock to run on them, the boss of Rail North has warned. David Brown, chief executive of Merseytravel, gave evid...

Chorley Tunnel reopens after six-week closure

Chorley Tunnel reopens after six-week closure

02.09.14: The line between Chorley and Leyland reopened yesterday following a six-week closure to electrify the railway. More than £1bn is being spent on improvement works to provide a faster and more reliable railway in the north west. To...

Two new platforms open at London Bridge station

Two new platforms open at London Bridge station

02.09.14: Network Rail has opened two new platforms at London Bridge station as part of the £6.5bn Thameslink Programme. The work, part of a nine-day closure of the railway, was completed on time. More than 1,200 engineers worked around the clo...

Work completed on £20m Pont Briwet bridge-replacement project

Work completed on £20m Pont Briwet bridge-replacement project

01.09.14: Train services between Harlech and Pwllheli are operating again today following the successful completion of the £20m Pont Briwet bridge-replacement work. With the project complete trains are now able to run along the entire Cambrian...

An optimistic and ambitious strategy for rail in northern England

An optimistic and ambitious strategy for rail in northern England

01.09.14: James MacColl, head of campaigns at the Campaign for Better Transport, explains the principles behind its new ‘Right Track North’ Charter and a ‘Northern Hub 2’ for West Yorkshire. When the government let the current N...

Didcot rail station revamp set to finish

Didcot rail station revamp set to finish

29.08.14: Redevelopment work at Didcot Parkway rail station is expected to be completed within the next fortnight, according to local officials. However, work on the £8m scheme, which has been designed to make the forecourt safer for cars, buse...

Liverpool details 30-year rail vision

Liverpool details 30-year rail vision

29.08.14: Rail schemes designed to support and grow the Liverpool City Region economy over the next 30 years will be put to the Merseytravel Committee on 4 September. A draft blueprint of the Long Term Rail Strategy, which outlined the package of 12...

Network Rail names partners for £250m rail renewals programme

Network Rail names partners for £250m rail renewals programme

29.08.14: Network Rail has named the seven successful framework applicants who will deliver £250m worth of building and civils work on the Scotland and London North Eastern routes during CP5. Reports Abigail Lillicrap. As part of Network Rail&r...

New £400,000 footbridge opened in Hampshire

New £400,000 footbridge opened in Hampshire

28.08.14: A new £400,000 footbridge has been opened over the railway near Petersfield in Hampshire, replacing a foot crossing across the 90mph railway that was closed in March this year. The work was carried out as part of the Network Rail/Sout...

NR reconsidering engineering work on GEML

NR reconsidering engineering work on GEML

28.08.14: Network Rail has said it is reconsidering planned engineering work in Suffolk after last weekend’s works overran, causing major disruptions on the Great Eastern Main Line. It was the third time this summer engineering work has over-ru...

New £1.7m footbridge due at Stratford by end of 2014

New £1.7m footbridge due at Stratford by end of 2014

27.08.14: Stratford-upon-Avon station will have its £1.7m footbridge by the end of the year, Network Rail has confirmed. Reports Abigail Lillicrap.  The new disabled access bridge, mostly funded by a grant from the Department of Transport&...

Latest West Coast works completed on time

Latest West Coast works completed on time

26.08.14: The third successive weekend of upgrade work at Watford on the West Coast Main Line has been completed on time by Network Rail. Over the bank holiday weekend, including bank holiday Monday, more than 300 track workers and engineers continue...

Work to start on £4.5m Midland Metro tram track upgrade

Work to start on £4.5m Midland Metro tram track upgrade

26.08.14: A £4.5m project to upgrade the on-street Midland Metro tram tracks through Wolverhampton will start next month, Centro has revealed. During the 12-week project, which starts on 6 September, the badly worn tracks running through Bilsto...

Balfour Beatty awarded £8m Euston station enhancements contract

Balfour Beatty awarded £8m Euston station enhancements contract

20.08.14: Network Rail has awarded Balfour Beatty a contract to design and implement £8m of enhancements at Euston station. During the work, BB will remove the kiosks at the front of the station and relocate them within the main building to cre...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as min... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough&... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >