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New rail links will improve UK connectivity to Heathrow

New rail links will improve UK connectivity to Heathrow

02.05.14: Heathrow, in its submissions to the Airports Commission later this month, will set out how new rail and air links will deliver benefits to passengers and business across the whole of the UK – not just to London and the South East. Acc...

Alternative Dawlish route could be ‘disastrous’ for Devon - MP

Alternative Dawlish route could be ‘disastrous’ for Devon - MP

01.05.14: Potential plans to develop a secondary, inland rail route linking Plymouth and Exeter, but avoiding Dawlish, could be disastrous for the South Devon economy, according to Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston.  She stated that opening an alternati...

Weather-beaten rail line reopened on Cambrian Coast

Weather-beaten rail line reopened on Cambrian Coast

01.05.14: Trains are running once again between Barmouth and Harlech following a £10m programme to repair severe damage on the Cambrian Coast’s rail infrastructure and sea defences caused by the winter storms.  Delivered two weeks ah...

Design plans for Oxford Parkway unveiled

Design plans for Oxford Parkway unveiled

25.04.14: Design plans for the new Oxford Parkway station to serve the new Chiltern Railways’ Oxford to London Marylebone rail link have been revealed. The station, opening next summer, will be built on the site of the derelict Water Eaton silo...

Business case study into re-opening of Leamside Line

Business case study into re-opening of Leamside Line

24.04.14: Plans to potentially re-open Wearside’s disused Leamside railway line have moved a step closer– as the North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has commissioned a study into the business case to reinstate it. The Leamsid...

New Altrincham Interchange bridge installed

New Altrincham Interchange bridge installed

23.04.14: A new 45-tonne steel bridge has been installed at Altrincham Interchange – improving passenger access to four platforms via stairs and lifts.  The bridge, which crosses both the Network Rail and Metrolink lines, was installed at...

Redditch £100m redevelopment work set to start

Redditch £100m redevelopment work set to start

14.04.14: Work to increase the frequency of trains between Barnt Green and Redditch, along with the redevelopment of Alvechurch station to provide a better railway for passengers, is set begin, Network Rail has confirmed.  The improvements are p...

Sleaford rail upgrade complete

Sleaford rail upgrade complete

14.04.14: The latest phase of modernising the Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) line between Peterborough and Doncaster via Lincoln has been completed with new signals and level crossings installed at Sleaford.  According to Network Rail, pass...

Birchwood station to benefit from ‘step-free’ access

Birchwood station to benefit from ‘step-free’ access

10.04.14: A £2m investment project will provide passengers at Birchwood station with “step-free” access to all its platforms for the first time in the near future.  The development project, which will start later this spring, w...

Green light for Norton Bridge flyover

Green light for Norton Bridge flyover

08.04.14: Plans to build a new railway flyover on the Stafford to Crewe section of the West Coast Main Line have been given the green light.  The planned flyover at Norton Bridge, which will help increase capacity and improve reliability on the...

Unions begin legal action over East Coast ‘privatisation’

Unions begin legal action over East Coast ‘privatisation’

08.04.14: The main rail unions have launched an application for judicial review to challenge the government’s policy on East Coast and the direct award of rail franchises.  The unions – Aslef, RMT and TSSA – have taken the unit...

Coventry to Nuneaton Rail Upgrade finally gets green light

Coventry to Nuneaton Rail Upgrade finally gets green light

04.04.14: Work will finally start on the Coventry to Nuneaton Rail Upgrade this year after the Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed it will invest up to £4.75m in the project. Locally known as NUCKLE, the improvement programme will include...

Earthwork improvements ‘unlikely’ to meet modern criteria

Earthwork improvements ‘unlikely’ to meet modern criteria

03.04.14: Network Rail’s ongoing earthwork improvement programme is “unlikely” to achieve “modern criteria” in the foreseeable future, a new report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has revealed. In resp...

High-speed trains heading to Hastings

High-speed trains heading to Hastings

01.04.14: Infrastructure improvements that would allow Javelin trains to run between Hastings and London, which would slash journey times, have been given the green light by the transport secretary. Patrick McLoughlin made the surprise announcement d...

£38bn rail infrastructure investment plans unveiled

£38bn rail infrastructure investment plans unveiled

31.03.14: Network Rail’s five-year, £38bn spending and investment programme officially goes live tomorrow as CP5 begins. Aimed at improving the country’s rail infrastructure, the five-year programme includes plans to renew tracks, e...

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Maritime Transport launch new rail services

17/07/2019Maritime Transport launch new rail services

Maritime Transport has launched two new rail services from DP World London Gateway to its rail terminals in Trafford Par... more >
Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

17/07/2019Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

A campaign for a rail link between Windsor and Heathrow Airport is to be revived, after the scheme was turned down by th... more >
Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

17/07/2019Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

The Conwy Valley line is set to reopen for passengers ahead of the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst, Network Rail ha... 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 >