Rail service improvements and disruptions

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...

Size matters

16.07.09: The completition of a new maintenance depot in Liverpool has brought closer an increase in capacity for the Virgin Trains Pendolino fleet The Edge Hill depot, which has been built by Network Rail, has been handed over to Alstom, who are now...

Turbulent times call for more than project management

Turbulent times call for more than project management

06.07.09: Over the last 20 years, capital intensive industries like rail transportation have made great strides in improving project execution performance. In the UK, the Office of Government Commerce is at the forefront of advances in project management...

RMT Network Rail Maintenance members vote by over 95% to reject harmonisation proposals

26.06.09: Rail union RMT announced today that members working for Network Rail Maintenance have voted by over 95% to reject harmonisation plans in a referendum ballot. In the vote, 4094 members voted to reject the proposals against 151 in favour. ...

A pit stop with a difference for Barrichello

19.06.09: Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello made an unusual pit stop recently. He was onboard a Virgin Pendolino train to launch Alstom`s new pit stop approach to train maintenance at Wembley depot in North London Train maker and maintainer Alstom...

May rail improvement programme

01.05.09: Following the successful delivery of rail improvements across Britain at Easter, Network Rail will again work around the clock over the two bank holiday weekends in May to invest a further £90m in Britain’s railway The improveme...

Crossrail announces short-list for Project Delivery Partner

16.01.09: The appointment of the key role of Crossrail Project Delivery Partner has taken a step forward with Cross London Rail Links (CLRL) announcement that four organisations have been short-listed for stage two of the tendering process. The short...

EPCglobal and Cambra - a winning combination

20.11.08: What do you get when you cross a fast-growing staffing specialist with one of the most respected rail surveying companies in the UK? A unique partnership which sees EPCglobal entering the engineering services business to capitalise on the experi...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery boar... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun ... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete ro... 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 East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >