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Preliminary MetroWest rail project plans receive approval

Preliminary MetroWest rail project plans receive approval

26.09.14: Plans to develop regular shuttle rail services in the Bath and Bristol area – with stations at Saltford and Corsham – have moved a step closer to becoming reality.  It now has both government funding and planning approval.&...

Great Western electrification ‘under review’ as costs soar – Labour

Great Western electrification ‘under review’ as costs soar – Labour

25.09.14: Great Western Main Line electrification is failing with its “budget blown” and is “under review”, the Labour party has claimed.  Network Rail admits that "costs have risen", but says the project still represents...

Virgin Trains to invest £50m into West Coast services

Virgin Trains to invest £50m into West Coast services

18.09.14: Virgin Trains is to spend £50m on improvements for its West Coast services, including station upgrades and new on-board facilities. The investment includes £20m for station refurbishment, such as improved waiting rooms, extra ti...

Plans to build long-awaited Horden station ‘progressing’

Plans to build long-awaited Horden station ‘progressing’

17.09.14: Plans to build a new station in East Durham are ‘progressing’ and it could be operational by as soon as spring 2016, officials at Durham County Council (DCC) say. Work on the long-awaited station at Horden could start next year...

Delays mar first day of new operator’s Thameslink services

Delays mar first day of new operator’s Thameslink services

15.09.14: Delays have marred the first day of the new “mega rail franchise” operated by Govia. The first phase of the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) began today as Govia ran its first services since taking over operati...

Midland Main Line closures for bridge works ahead of electrification

Midland Main Line closures for bridge works ahead of electrification

11.09.14: Network Rail is to carry out reconstruction work on three bridges between Bedford and Wellingborough this month as part of its £1.5bn investment to electrify the Midland Main Line.  The modifications at Hartops bridge and Radwell...

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...

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The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic... more >
Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-spe... 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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The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets out his vision for the future of rail in light of the Rail Review, whilst highlighting the economic significance of the region. As the sub-national transport body (STB) for the Oxford-Cambridge gro... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >