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Bringing innovation funding together for a brighter future

Bringing innovation funding together for a brighter future

01.07.14: David Clarke, director of FutureRailway, says the programme is building on the success of the Enabling Innovation Team (EIT) thanks to a new partnership with Network Rail. In 2012, the EIT (Enabling Innovation Team) was established to plug th...

Innovating the future at Stafford

Innovating the future at Stafford

01.07.14: Andrew Ellwood, innovation and continuous improvement manager on the Stafford Area Improvements Programme, spoke to RTM about innovation in project management. After our site visit to see early construction work on the Stafford Area Improveme...

2015 timetable changes to accommodate London Bridge disruption

2015 timetable changes to accommodate London Bridge disruption

01.07.14: Southeastern has published advance details of how its timetable will change from January to accommodate the Thameslink programme and London Bridge upgrade. These are the details it gave of the “principal changes”: • Ch...

Proposals to terminate TPE services to Lincolnshire under fire

Proposals to terminate TPE services to Lincolnshire under fire

27.06.14: Proposals to potentially terminate direct TransPennine Express (TPE) services from northern Lincolnshire to Manchester Airport have come under criticism, and branded “completely wrong” by one MP. As part of the DfT’s stake...

Delivering environmental sustainability

Delivering environmental sustainability

25.06.14: Nigel Leehane, managing director of CRA Europe, gives advice to rail businesses on operating sustainably and the practical advantages of doing so. Effective application of the principles of environmental sustainability equips businesses to...

Two new miles of track to allow more Blackburn-Manchester trains

Two new miles of track to allow more Blackburn-Manchester trains

24.06.14: Plans for two new miles of railway at Darwen in Lancashire to “dramatically improve” rail services between Blackburn and Manchester have been backed local politicians, the council and Network Rail. The £13.35m project woul...

HS3? Chancellor outlines need for Manchester-Leeds high-speed rail

HS3? Chancellor outlines need for Manchester-Leeds high-speed rail

23.06.14: George Osborne is to announce that the government is exploring a third high-speed railway to link cities in the north of England. Details are unsurprisingly thin on the ground, but the Chancellor’s team has suggested the line would be...

Work begins on £10m Tennison Road bridge replacement

Work begins on £10m Tennison Road bridge replacement

17.06.14: Network Rail has started work on a £10m project to completely replace the Tennison Road bridge, near Norwood Junction, Croydon, with a bigger and better structure. The bridge, which closed yesterday (16 June) and will stay closed unti...

East Anglia rail passenger numbers up 17.5%

East Anglia rail passenger numbers up 17.5%

13.06.14: East Anglia rail passenger numbers have soared by 17.5% in the last three years, following a significant period of investment, Network Rail has revealed.  The company has invested more than £430m in improving and expanding the Ea...

North west line closure for Northern Hub and electrification upgrade

North west line closure for Northern Hub and electrification upgrade

12.06.14: Network Rail begins an eight-day blockade of the line between Edge Hill and Bryn via St Helens Central, and between Edge Hill and St Helens Junction, on Saturday. The upgrade works, focused on Huyton and Roby, are part of the North West Ele...

Major Nottingham rail overhaul complete

Major Nottingham rail overhaul complete

03.06.14: Nottingham station’s new Southern Concourse has officially been opened, marking the culmination of a £150m investment in the city’s railway.  Completely glass-fronted and with lift and escalator access, it is hoped th...

Gatwick Airport’s rail capacity to double by 2020

Gatwick Airport’s rail capacity to double by 2020

02.06.14: Gatwick Airport says that by 2019 it hopes to have train services to central London every 2.5 minutes, with its rail capacity doubled by 2020 and nearly trebled by 2035. In its latest document – Gatwick: transforming road and rail rea...

Whaley Bridge station refurbishment complete

Whaley Bridge station refurbishment complete

30.05.14: Following a £1.1m investment to refurbish Whaley Bridge station, passengers are now benefiting from a range of new and better facilities. Three years ago the station had no passenger facilities and there were significant gaps between...

Southeastern pays £1.6m in compensation after landslips

Southeastern pays £1.6m in compensation after landslips

22.05.14: Southeastern trains has paid out more than £1.5m in compensation to its customers, after the wet winter weather caused major landslips on its routes. The sum of the pay-outs, which was10 times the figure paid out in the same period la...

Wantage Road to stay open during Great Western upgrade

Wantage Road to stay open during Great Western upgrade

22.05.14: Plans to close the A338 Wantage Road bridge in Grove during the £2bn investment programme to electrify the Great Western line have been scrapped following discussions with key stakeholders. Originally, Network Rail planned to close th...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones,... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

19/07/2019TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19/07/2019Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system w... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... 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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >