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Wolverhampton subway closed as station gears up for £130m makeover

Wolverhampton subway closed as station gears up for £130m makeover

11.05.18: Wolverhampton station’s pedestrian subway will be closed later this month for over a year as part of plans to develop a new station building. Plans to demolish the current station and build a new one adjacent to it will commence in tw...

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

10.05.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling and Network Rail boss Mark Carne will today convene in York to launch the much-anticipated Digital Railway Strategy, which will confirm that the industry will benefit from “a plan, impetus and the funding...

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

09.05.18: CAF Rail UK has opened a new multi-purpose component overhaul and storage facility in Stockport to support its growing operations in the UK. Half of the unit will hold spare parts to service existing and future UK contracts and will supply...

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

09.05.18: The first stage of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification project is set for completion this month, the ScotRail Alliance has announced. The first section to be electrified as part of the electrification project covers 26 single track...

ScotRail faces record fines over ‘disappointing’ passenger service failures

ScotRail faces record fines over ‘disappointing’ passenger service failures

08.05.18: ScotRail is facing record-high fines after multiple failures to hit performance targets set by Transport Scotland. Figures released on 4 May as part of Transport Scotland’s quarterly statistics called the Service Quality Incentive Reg...

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

08.05.18: Network Rail has completed the installation of 4km of overhead wire between Billericay and Wickford, meaning better railway between Southend, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The improvements, made over the bank holiday weekend, are part of the...

Infrarail draws to a close after bustling three days of innovation-sharing

Infrarail draws to a close after bustling three days of innovation-sharing

04.05.18: This year’s edition of Infrarail has drawn to a close after three bustling days of activity, including keynote speeches from high-profile industry leaders, a varied programme of technical seminars, major project updates and plenty of netwo...

Southend to undergo rail makeover

Southend to undergo rail makeover

04.05.18: Passengers of the Southend Victoria Branch line are set to benefit from improved services as part of a £46m investment plan from Network Rail. The work is part of the government-backed rail network’s improvement to reliability a...

Rail: significantly larger than previously thought

Rail: significantly larger than previously thought

01.05.18: Darren Caplan, chief executive at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), reports on a recent study which revealed that the rail industry contributes significantly more to UK plc than previously imagined. The RIA and a number of its members...

How Northern Powerhouse Rail is gaining momentum

How Northern Powerhouse Rail is gaining momentum

01.05.18: There has already been great progress in developing and improving pan-northern transport, but future prospects for growth will be even more transformational, argues Henri Murison, director of Northern Powerhouse Partnership. Commuters strug...

Rail freight chiefs will have a say in passenger consultations

Rail freight chiefs will have a say in passenger consultations

01.05.18: Bosses of freight companies around the U.K will be permitted to offer their opinions during passenger consultations in an effort to promote a positive relationship between freight operators and the public, a government transport chief has said. ...

Rail boss signals for 24-hour trains running across UK in the future

Rail boss signals for 24-hour trains running across UK in the future

01.05.18: The nation’s railways could soon be running for 24-hours a day, according to the head of Network Rail. In an interview with The Times, Mark Carne, who plans to stand down as chief executive of the government-funded company in the summ...

HS1 considers new London-Bordeaux link within two years

HS1 considers new London-Bordeaux link within two years

30.04.18: Infrastructure operators have today met to discuss and plan for a groundbreaking transport link which could connect London and Bordeaux in under five hours within two years. HS1 Ltd, the owner and operator of the nation’s High Speed 1...

Alloa line reopens after electrification works

Alloa line reopens after electrification works

17.04.18: The Alloa line has reopened following the completion of a multi-million pound upgrade project to prepare the line for electric trains. The work, which lasted four weeks, is part of a Scottish government-funded programme to electrify lines throu...

Blackpool to Preston route to reopen after major 5-month transformation

Blackpool to Preston route to reopen after major 5-month transformation

13.04.18: Train services between Blackpool North and Preston are to be reintroduced at the start of next week following completion of the route upgrade. Lasting 22 weeks, the works, carried out as part of the multibillion-pound Great North Rail Project...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ li... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported fai... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks betw... 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 >