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Rail Door Solutions awarded RISAS certification

20.10.08: Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has announced that Halcrow Group Limited has approved Rail Door Solutions for door maintenance services under the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS). RISAS is a cross-industry scheme whi...

Liverpool train depot expands to meet growing demand

10.10.08: More train services on the west coast main line and the prospect of longer trains in the near future has prompted Network Rail to invest £15m in brand new facilities at the Traincare Centre in Edge Hill, Liverpool. Work has started on...

Brake testing on the Jubilee Line

16.07.08: The Jubilee Line is a vital transport artery through London carrying over 600,000 people daily. This is a significant increase on passenger numbers a few years ago as demand is rising faster than ever anticipated. Drivers for growth include the...

Firstgroup chooses Quintiq resource optimisation solution

15.07.08: Quintiq, a leading provider of advanced planning and scheduling solutions, has announced that it has won the contract to provide a comprehensive resource optimisation solution to FirstGroup, the world’s leading transport operator. Fol...

Taking the strain for the train

15.07.08: In the first deal of its kind, Network Rail has signed an innovative six year contract with QBE, one of the UK’s largest insurers of business risk. The programme will provide working layer property, business interruption, cross class gener...

Getting to grips with GRIP

14.05.08: Martin Bishop gets to grip with GRIP, the Guide to Railway Investment Projects which describes how Network Rail manages and controls projects that enhance or renew the national rail network I think it is true to say that whereas most peop...

Imaging the subsurface

14.05.08: Reynolds Geo-Sciences Ltd (RGSL) is the leading and largest independent geophysical consultancy in the UK. The team of highly qualified and experienced geophysicists are used to dealing with projects small and large and are currently working on...

Interfleet to open north of the border

14.05.08: Scotland is the next stop for leading international rail consultancy Interfleet, which is due to open its first office in Scotland this month. When the Edinburgh office opens, the city will join an Interfleet office list that includes addre...

TBE Group brings subsurface utility engineering to the UK

TBE Group brings subsurface utility engineering to the UK

14.05.08: With a constantly increasing population density, the UK faces daunting challenges in dealing with unknown or misidentified underground facilities which may cause unexpected delays, repairs and even injuries for any construction project. For this...

Cant Rail Protection System

08.04.08: First Group have taken the initiative of installing the new revolutionary “Cant Rail Protection System” designed and fitted by Executive Security into their Pollock Shields depot with Hornsey and Bedford system being fitted over the...

40 new wagons make steel coil transportation more effective

40 new wagons make steel coil transportation more effective

20.02.08: VTG, the UK's largest private wagon hire company, has commenced delivery of 40 new coil carrier wagons to Europe's second largest steel producer Corus, increasing its fleet of this favoured wagon design to in excess of 100. The wagons, whic...

TCM wins big light rail contract

20.02.08: TCM has been awarded the contract to eradicate invasive species on the new £600m Edinburgh tram network by tie Limited. Edinburgh’s tram network will be delivered in phases although only approval for phase 1a has been obtained s...

Getting on the right track

19.02.08: Despite a claimed commitment to tackling climate change, the government are still doing little to encourage a modal shift towards more environmentally sustainable modes of transport, says Norman Baker, shadow secretary of state for transport for...

Engineering works overrun

03.01.08: West Coast Network Rail has confirmed that works to reopen the West Coast at Rugby are continuing and the route will now not reopen on Thursday, 3 January. The critical issue is a shortage of specialist engineering and contractor staff...

First GBRf’s new depot in March reduces light engine movements

06.12.07: Leading freight haulier First GBRf, in conjunction with Electro-Motive Services International Ltd (EMSI), have opened a new maintenance depot in March, Cambridgeshire, to service part of its Class 66 locomotive fleet. The depot in East Angl...

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Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22/01/2019Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” a... more >
Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

22/01/2019Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just ou... more >
Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22/01/2019Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their us... 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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >