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Spoil removal begins at Hatfield collapse site

Spoil removal begins at Hatfield collapse site

20.05.13: Engineers have started to remove spoil from the rail line damaged by a landslip at Hatfield colliery. The incident has led to a series of engineering projects planned between May and November being replanned by Network Rail. The line is now...

Potential reopening for Lewes – Uckfield

Potential reopening for Lewes – Uckfield

10.05.13: Network Rail has been asked to reexamine opening the Lewes – Uckfield railway line, which closed in 1969. The Government’s Rail Investment Strategy requires additional capacity on the route by 2019, which is likely to be achieve...

East Midlands Trains discounts fares during Nottingham works

East Midlands Trains discounts fares during Nottingham works

09.05.13: Passengers on East Midlands Trains (EMT) will be able to buy discounted tickets and get compensation for major resignalling work at Nottingham. A 15% discount will be available across the affected routes for the duration of the work and the...

Hatfield damage could keep line closed until September

Hatfield damage could keep line closed until September

30.04.13: Engineering works at Selby swing-bridge will be deferred as repair work continues at Hatfield, following a colliery landslip in February. Although the aim is to restart services in July, the railway could remain closed until September, Network R...

Huddersfield rail research institute launched

Huddersfield rail research institute launched

17.04.13: Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has launched Huddersfield University’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR), highlighting the “great opportunities” for its work. The unit includes 16 researchers working in partnershi...

Timetable changes bring extra services for west Wales

Timetable changes bring extra services for west Wales

10.04.13: West Wales is set to benefit from extra services and carriages, Arriva Trains Wales has announced. The changes to the timetable have been made possible through the completion of works to replace Loughor Viaduct and redouble the Gowerton line bet...

Translink NI reopens Derry-Coleraine line

Translink NI reopens Derry-Coleraine line

22.03.13: The line between Derry-Londonderry and Coleraine is officially open today. Translink has reopened the line ahead of schedule following almost eight months of closure for track safety and engineering works. It marks the completion of the fir...

EIT innovation competition launches for rail

EIT innovation competition launches for rail

21.03.13: £1m funding is available to boost innovation in customer experience in the rail industry, the Enabling Innovation Team (EIT) has announced. The competition opens to applicants in May and is developed by InnoCentive and IXC UK Limited....

Stainforth track repairs to begin

Stainforth track repairs to begin

15.03.13: Work is continuing on the Stainforth line, which was critically damaged by the landslip of a nearby spoil heap in mid-February. Hatfield Colliery is moving around 1 million cubic metres of spoil before rail repairs can begin. Network Rail i...

Railway could be closed until June after spoilheap disaster

Railway could be closed until June after spoilheap disaster

01.03.13: The damage to the railway from the landslide at Hatfield colliery in South Yorkshire is “a lot worse” than Network Rail first thought, and could now take until June to repair. Network Rail engineers are beginning to remove the s...

Project 110 speeds up London Midland journeys

Project 110 speeds up London Midland journeys

28.02.13: London Midland is running faster passenger services after a year-long rolling stock enhancement project. Project 110 has allowed the fleet of 30 Class 350/1 trains to operate at 110mph, cutting up to 35 minutes on off-peak Crewe to Euston j...

St Neots failures identified

St Neots failures identified

25.02.13: Disruption at Radlett and St Neots has been attributed to failure of specific components, Network Rail has found. Last Tuesday, power cable failed at St Neots, leaving thousands of passengers stranded overnight at King’s Cross. Furthe...

East Coast overhead line failure – disruption continues

East Coast overhead line failure – disruption continues

21.02.13: Passengers on the East Coast main line are facing further disruption, over overhead line failures earlier in the week. On Tuesday night power cable failed in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Around 200 passengers were left stranded at King’s...

Landslip suspends train services in Yorkshire

Landslip suspends train services in Yorkshire

13.02.13: Train services have been suspended in parts of south Yorkshire due to a landslip. A spoil heap at Hatfield Colliery, Stainforth, has moved a section of track and is pushing up the track. Bus replacements will be running between Doncaster an...

Crucial track section to re-open early

Crucial track section to re-open early

12.02.13: The line between Coleraine and Londonderry is to re-open a month early after a £30m upgrade. Passengers travelling between Belfast and Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s two biggest cities, have been using substitute buses fo...

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Maritime Transport launch new rail services

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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

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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 >