Rail service improvements and disruptions

High speed services reduced during Olympics

25.11.11: High speed rail services will be severely reduced between Kent and London during the Olympic Games, and the trains will be used instead as a shuttle service between St.Pancras, Stratford and Ebbsfleet International stations. This was part o...

Changes to capital project delivery announced

18.11.11: Network Rail has announced changes to the way it delivers capital projects, with the implementation of ‘Project Dime’, which aims to deliver better value for money. The McNulty report published earlier this year suggests that 10...

Improvement works for London trains

18.11.11: Central line trains will be revamped in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games, TfL has announced. The 85 train fleet will benefit from £27m improvements, completed in time for the Games. TfL have also issued notice of improvem...

Thameslink platform extensions complete

18.11.11: Thameslink platform extensions are now complete at Flitwick and Harlington stations, which will allow 50% longer 12-car trains to operate on the Bedford to Brighton route from next month. First Capital Connect will lengthen its first services fr...

Tender process for Borders project scrapped

Tender process for Borders project scrapped

30.09.11: Network Rail is to take over the project to build the new Borders railway in Scotland, after the tender process was cancelled. The Scottish Government attempted to get private company interest for the contract, but several consortia have dropped...

Expanded £24m rail depot opened

18.03.11: ScotRail’s Glasgow maintenance depot has been officially opened by transport minister Keith Brown. Transport Scotland invested £24m in the project, which will provide a train maintenance and overhaul facility for the operator&rs...

Swansea calls for Euro funds for electrification

Swansea calls for Euro funds for electrification

11.03.11: Civic leaders in Swansea want European funds to be used to extend electrification into the city. In its St David’s Day statement on electrification earlier this month, the Government said there was no business case to extend the proje...

Rail to benefit from £200m network of technology hubs

07.01.11: High-value manufacturing in the UK has received a boost thanks to a Government pledge to establish an elite network of Technology and Innovation Centres. At least one of the centres will focus on transport, the Government has said. The...

RMT wins maintenance pay deal

15.10.10: Union leader Bob Crow has been celebrating the fact that his union has managed to agree a 7 per cent pay increase for maintenance workers. The issue had threatened to turn into an industrial dispute but both sides have welcomed the agreemen...

Reading rail works coming on nicely

24.09.10: Network Rail engineers have been making great progress in Reading, completing another chunk of their preparation works ahead some major works over the Christmas period. The work included removing two spans from underneath a rail bridge near...

Scotrail staff speak about derailment, whilst RMT jump on the bandwagon

11.06.10: Staff involved in the recent derailment in Scotland have told of their experiences for the first time. Train driver Willie Dickson said: “It was a real team effort after the train came to a halt. “I stayed at the controls u...

Derby depot opens with great fanfare

21.05.10: Yesterday was a special day in the history of Derby as a rail town, with the official opening of the Etches Park depot. The depot, which is located adjacent to the old railway technical centre and Derby station will serve East Midlands Trai...

Rail job hopefuls talk engineering with Network Rail

30.04.10: Over 500 people have found out what opportunities a job in rail engineering can bring for them at the National Engineering and Construction Exhibition. Both men and woman visited the Network Rail stand, keen to find out what a career in rai...

A roof over their heads

19.02.10: Train maintenance staff at Merseyrail’s Birkenhead depot are working in much brighter conditions now that they have a new £2.5m roof over their heads, reports Richard Mackillican The old depot roof was constructed in four steppe...

Tube Lines to host rail job work shop for youngsters

29.01.10: Tube Lines is set to host a workshop to try and encourage youngsters to take up rail engineering jobs when they leave education. Around one hundred students will take part in the event, which will include projects such as planning a mock Un...

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Ground-breaking rail collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

20/09/2019Ground-breaking rail collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

  A ground-breaking deal has been agreed today among rail bosses to deliver higher standards for rail users in the... more >
Manchester Metrolink’s greener future

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Plans for new £362m North East metro train fleet

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A £362m train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro was ordered yesterday by public transport body Nexus. A compa... more >

editor's comment

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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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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    How the rail industry delivers the next generation of complex infrastructure will rely heavily on the people tasked with leading the projects, and the technology they use to...
  • 11/09/2019Putting passengers first

    How does the rail industry design the railways for the next 40 years, and when it does, how do we make sure it’s all done with the passenger in mind? Jane Fisher joined three...
  • 10/09/2019Cleaning up the railways

    Jim Knox, director of Gard Chemicals, explains how the company is helping the rail industry ensure they have the best cleaning and maintenance chemical products available to...
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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 >