Rail service improvements and disruptions

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...

Clear drains, clear track

14.11.07: When the rail industry has drainage problems, Complete Drain Clearance have the answers. Formed over nine years ago, they have developed into the rail industry’s ‘best of breed’ drainage trouble shooter. Fully Link-up and third...

Every decision counts

14.11.07: "The longest journeys often start with the smallest steps" says Jon Hart of law firm Pinsent Masons. Rail work beneath the streets of London has been grabbing a significant proportion of column inches in the press over the last few weeks. ...

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Ground-breaking rail collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

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  A ground-breaking deal has been agreed today among rail bosses to deliver higher standards for rail users in the... 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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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 >