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Major rail disruption across the south due to storm

Major rail disruption across the south due to storm

28.10.13: The stormy weather across southern England and Wales has been causing havoc with rail services. Many services across the country are cancelled and there have been more than 100 fallen trees on lines. Network Rail said the damage was “...

‘Compelling’ business case for Leeds-York electrification

‘Compelling’ business case for Leeds-York electrification

22.10.13: The £100m electrification of the Harrogate line would provide £400m of benefits for the economy, new analysis shows.  A business case for the route was commissioned by Metro, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Cou...

CEEF to test rail innovations

CEEF to test rail innovations

14.10.13: A new European centre will concentrate research and testing for innovations in railway infrastructure and training, the Reseau Ferre de France (RFF) has announced. Plans for the European Railway Test Centre (CEEF) are currently out to consu...

McLoughlin ‘looking into’ ratio of first class seats

McLoughlin ‘looking into’ ratio of first class seats

14.10.13: Looking into the mix of first class and standard tickets available would be “sensible”, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said. It comes as new research indicates that on average only 50% of first-class seats are occupi...

Better broadband for train passengers

Better broadband for train passengers

02.10.13: High speed mobile broadband is to be expanded across the rail network, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.  By 2019, 70% of the travelling public will benefit from better signal as Network Rail upgrades its mobile inf...

Direct services to Amsterdam from 2016

Direct services to Amsterdam from 2016

30.09.13: Eurostar will operate direct services between London and Amsterdam from December 2016, the company has announced. Journey times will be around four hours, with Eurostar’s e320 trains interoperable with Dutch high-speed signalling syst...

Network Rail apologises to East Coast passengers for delays

Network Rail apologises to East Coast passengers for delays

23.09.13: Train performance for period 6 was 92.3%, down from 94% in the same period last year – but up a full percentage point on period 5. Network Rail has apologised to the customers of East Coast, which had the period’s worst figures...

Ordsall Chord plans submitted to DfT

Ordsall Chord plans submitted to DfT

18.09.13: Network Rail has now submitted its plans for the Ordsall Chord, allowing more train to travel through central Manchester by unclogging the bottleneck at the throat of Piccadilly. If approved, when completed by early 2017 it will allow two n...

National Rail Enquiries working with academics to improve forecasting

National Rail Enquiries working with academics to improve forecasting

16.09.13: National Rail Enquiries (NRE) is working with University College London and Microsoft to analyse the results of a real time train prediction system. The team will measure the accuracy of NRE train forecasts, review historical performance of...

Rail improvements to boost airport access

Rail improvements to boost airport access

03.09.13: Better rail links could help utilise existing airport capacity, the London Assembly has suggested. In a letter to the chair of the Airports’ Commission, Sir Howard Davies, the committee called for investment in this area to be prioritised....

Wrexham upgrade delays criticised

Wrexham upgrade delays criticised

22.08.13: The Welsh Government must strengthen the country’s infrastructure, the Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister has urged.  In a letter to the First Minister, the committee highlights the lack of progress on the Wrexham t...

‘Extend Borders railway to Hawick’, say campaigners

‘Extend Borders railway to Hawick’, say campaigners

20.08.13: The Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) is calling for an 18-mile extension to the Borders railway upgrade, to Hawick. Transport Scotland said the completion of the Borders project would cut journey times for people living in the town. Bus serv...

Centro launches public transport apps

Centro launches public transport apps

19.08.13: New apps have been launched to help passengers plan their journeys, get live updates and to report anti-social behaviour. The NetNav app allows passengers to plan bus, train and tram journeys via their phone, while the Network West Midlands...

‘Significant improvements’ for SWT capacity

‘Significant improvements’ for SWT capacity

14.08.13: Capacity could be increased by 15% by 2019 on the South West Trains network, the SWT/Network Rail alliance has announced. Plans include 135 extra carriages for suburban routes, as well as infrastructure improvements; platform extensions and...

Shrewsbury-London application relaunched

Shrewsbury-London application relaunched

09.08.13: Virgin Trains has announced it will continue pushing for direct services from Blackpool and Shrewsbury to London. The last application was rejected by Network Rail and the ORR on the grounds that the route is already too busy. Running more...

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Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23/08/2019Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Ra... more >
Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23/08/2019Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldersh... more >
Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23/08/2019Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities acro... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >