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Edenbridge station refurbishment completed as part of £1.25bn Kent upgrade

Edenbridge station refurbishment completed as part of £1.25bn Kent upgrade

01.11.19: A £500,000 upgrade at Edenbridge station in Kent has been completed by Network Rail. Edenbridge station, one of two stations serving this area in Kent, carries well over 2,000 trains and 300,000 passengers every weekday and is among t...

Grand Central announces further details of £2.6m stations investment

Grand Central announces further details of £2.6m stations investment

31.10.19: Grand Central Railway Company has outlined further details of a collection of station investment schemes along the North East and West Riding routes. The company has committed to the communities it serves by investing in improved customer e...

£1.2m investment to stop moving slope on Settle-Carlisle railway line

£1.2m investment to stop moving slope on Settle-Carlisle railway line

30.10.19: Engineers had to dig out waterlogged soil and lay 11, 500 tons of rock to prevent a steep railway cutting, that was edging slowly towards the Settle-Carlisle railway line, spilling onto the tracks. The upgrade at Fothergill, near Kirby Step...

Three Victorian Manchester railway bridges restored

Three Victorian Manchester railway bridges restored

30.10.19: A plaque was revealed in Great Ducie Street last Friday to honour the £3.2m Great North Rail Project work by Network Rail, in partnership with the Railway Heritage Trust. The 175-year-old bridges were thoroughly restored to guarantee...

New Azuma train to include six new services to Harrogate

New Azuma train to include six new services to Harrogate

29.10.19: London North Eastern Railway is set to introduce new Azuma services between Harrogate and London’s King Cross from 15 December 2019. The Yorkshire town will benefit from a further five services from mid-December. Allowing extra connec...

Keighley station set for £4m upgrade

Keighley station set for £4m upgrade

29.10.19: Network Rail has announced an investment of over £4m into the upgrade of Keighley station, improving services and experiences for the 1.7 million annual passengers. The station building will undergo transformation, as well as the foot...

North East and Highland passengers to benefit from £4.5m investment

North East and Highland passengers to benefit from £4.5m investment

28.10.19: Network Rail Scotland has committed to an extra £4.5m of investment for enhanced performance in the North East and Highlands. Regular maintenance budgets still stand; however, this boost will serve as a further addition to Scotland&rs...

ScotRail reveals new bike carriages on West Highland Line

ScotRail reveals new bike carriages on West Highland Line

25.10.19: Carriages designated for bikes and large sporting equipment are to be introduced on one of Scotland’s most picturesque routes. This pilot, a first for the UK rail industry, will see ScotRail give five Class 153 trains the capacity to...

Network Rail uses AR to show the next generation of railway footbridges

Network Rail uses AR to show the next generation of railway footbridges

24.10.19: Network Rail is using augmented reality (AR) for the first time to show the next generation of railway footbridges. Design data from Network Rail has been contributed to an app that allows passengers to see replacement footbridges at statio...

Lincoln to London Azuma services transformation

Lincoln to London Azuma services transformation

21.10.19: A new Azuma service between Lincoln and London King’s Cross has been launched today (Oct 21) by London North Eastern Railway (LNER). The inaugural Azuma service departed Lincoln at 11:18 this morning following a special event held at...

Billingham Railway station to receive £2m for disabled access

Billingham Railway station to receive £2m for disabled access

21.10.19: Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, has announced a £1m investment to help add disabled access to Billingham Railway Station. The station, built in the 1960’s, is currently the only railway station in the Tees Valley with no disable...

ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

17.10.19:  New research shows a huge ‘surge’ in ScotRail trains arriving on time, the biggest year-on-year increase in punctuality since 2015. Scotland’s Railways delivered 36,200 more trains on time since April 1 2019, compare...

£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

16.10.19: The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Oct 16) released its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) outlining plans that span over £10bn and 58 projects. The Control Period 6 (CP6) will provide the funding for the 5...

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

16.10.19: The government is considering renationalising Northern Rail due to repeated poor performance. Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said he has issued a “request for proposals” from the train operator and the Operator of Last Res...

Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

Paperless ‘smart ticketing’ for trains backed by Greater Anglia

14.10.19: Greater Anglia have given support to the Rail Delivery Group, who are co-ordinating an industry wide campaign this week (14-20 October) to encourage passengers to move away from paper tickets.  ‘Smart Week’ will see events...

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Transport for London explains the importance of cyber security

09/04/2020Transport for London explains the importance of cyber security

As the third week of lockdown ends, many people are now working from home, raising concerns around cyber security for ma... more >
Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

09/04/2020Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

The biggest rail investment in almost 40 years at Guildford is set to begin on Good Friday (Apr 10) with passengers, who... more >
Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

08/04/2020Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has published an open letter to RDG asking the industry to proceed in their work ens... 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 >