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Improvement works for London trains

18.11.11: Central line trains will be revamped in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games, TfL has announced. The 85 train fleet will benefit from £27m improvements, completed in time for the Games. TfL have also issued notice of improvem...

Thameslink platform extensions complete

18.11.11: Thameslink platform extensions are now complete at Flitwick and Harlington stations, which will allow 50% longer 12-car trains to operate on the Bedford to Brighton route from next month. First Capital Connect will lengthen its first services fr...

Tender process for Borders project scrapped

Tender process for Borders project scrapped

30.09.11: Network Rail is to take over the project to build the new Borders railway in Scotland, after the tender process was cancelled. The Scottish Government attempted to get private company interest for the contract, but several consortia have dropped...

Expanded £24m rail depot opened

18.03.11: ScotRail’s Glasgow maintenance depot has been officially opened by transport minister Keith Brown. Transport Scotland invested £24m in the project, which will provide a train maintenance and overhaul facility for the operator&rs...

Swansea calls for Euro funds for electrification

Swansea calls for Euro funds for electrification

11.03.11: Civic leaders in Swansea want European funds to be used to extend electrification into the city. In its St David’s Day statement on electrification earlier this month, the Government said there was no business case to extend the proje...

Rail to benefit from £200m network of technology hubs

07.01.11: High-value manufacturing in the UK has received a boost thanks to a Government pledge to establish an elite network of Technology and Innovation Centres. At least one of the centres will focus on transport, the Government has said. The...

RMT wins maintenance pay deal

15.10.10: Union leader Bob Crow has been celebrating the fact that his union has managed to agree a 7 per cent pay increase for maintenance workers. The issue had threatened to turn into an industrial dispute but both sides have welcomed the agreemen...

Reading rail works coming on nicely

24.09.10: Network Rail engineers have been making great progress in Reading, completing another chunk of their preparation works ahead some major works over the Christmas period. The work included removing two spans from underneath a rail bridge near...

Scotrail staff speak about derailment, whilst RMT jump on the bandwagon

11.06.10: Staff involved in the recent derailment in Scotland have told of their experiences for the first time. Train driver Willie Dickson said: “It was a real team effort after the train came to a halt. “I stayed at the controls u...

Derby depot opens with great fanfare

21.05.10: Yesterday was a special day in the history of Derby as a rail town, with the official opening of the Etches Park depot. The depot, which is located adjacent to the old railway technical centre and Derby station will serve East Midlands Trai...

Rail job hopefuls talk engineering with Network Rail

30.04.10: Over 500 people have found out what opportunities a job in rail engineering can bring for them at the National Engineering and Construction Exhibition. Both men and woman visited the Network Rail stand, keen to find out what a career in rai...

A roof over their heads

19.02.10: Train maintenance staff at Merseyrail’s Birkenhead depot are working in much brighter conditions now that they have a new £2.5m roof over their heads, reports Richard Mackillican The old depot roof was constructed in four steppe...

Tube Lines to host rail job work shop for youngsters

29.01.10: Tube Lines is set to host a workshop to try and encourage youngsters to take up rail engineering jobs when they leave education. Around one hundred students will take part in the event, which will include projects such as planning a mock Un...

Doncaster upgrade gets moving

09.10.09: Network Rail has begun work on an upgrade for rail services at Doncaster, beginning with environmental surveys. These improvements are parts of works taking place all the way along the East Coast Mainline. Richard Lungmuss, route direc...

GARL costs inaccurate says Purcell

09.10.09: Ministers have been accused of giving out inaccurate information by the leader of Glasgow City Council, about the scrapped Glasgow Airport Rail Link. The leader, Steve Purcell, said that he was worried that the figures which the Scottish Go...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Netw... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to ris... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >