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Scottish passenger forecasts ‘underestimated’

Scottish passenger forecasts ‘underestimated’

18.06.12: Passenger demand is being consistently underestimated in Scotland, a recent rail conference heard. Railfuture, which organised the event, says the figures have been “woefully inadequate”. Rail re-openings have boosted ridership...

East Lancashire calls for new rail link to Manchester

East Lancashire calls for new rail link to Manchester

15.06.12: A potential rail link between East Lancashire and Manchester has been discussed at a meeting between local politicians and transport minister Theresa Villiers. Cllr Alyson Barnes and MP Jake Berry met Villiers inLondonto consider how the bo...

Centro highlights minor projects for major boost

Centro highlights minor projects for major boost

14.06.12: Investment of £60m could boost the West Midlands economy by over £370m a year and create over 4,400 new jobs, Centro has stated. The organisation is urging the Government to include three projects in the upcoming High Level Outp...

New express service for Wales

New express service for Wales

25.05.12: The Welsh Government is replacing the Geralt Gymro service introduced recently by the previous Labour-Plaid Cymru coalition, and reducing the number of daily express trains between Holyhead and Cardiff from two to one. The new service will...

Olympics boost for Scottish visitors

Olympics boost for Scottish visitors

24.05.12: Virgin Trains is introducing extra capacity between Glasgow Central andLondonthroughout the summer to cope with extra demand during the Olympics. Three extra trains with at least 439 seats each will operate every weekday in each direction i...

Threshold for late trains should be reduced – MSPs

Threshold for late trains should be reduced – MSPs

21.05.12: MSPs are calling for changes in the rules that see late trains classed as ‘on-time’. The Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure Committee has analysed the state of rail services and highlighted several improvements that coul...

727 more services for Blackfriars station

727 more services for Blackfriars station

18.05.12: Blackfriars’ final two platforms are now open for use, meaning passengers will benefit from an extra 727 trains every week. Southeastern services to Sevenoaks will begin using the new platforms on Monday, May 21 and First Capital Conn...

Campaign for East Anglia rail picks up pace

Campaign for East Anglia rail picks up pace

18.05.12: MPs in East Angliaare campaigning for infrastructure improvements to increase speed and capacity on the region’s railways. Ahead of the 15-year franchise that will start in July 2014, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) aims...

Cow crash caused by stampede – Network Rail

Cow crash caused by stampede – Network Rail

11.05.12: Cows that caused a train crash outside of Oxfordon Wednesday stampeded through a fence maintained by Network Rail, it has emerged. However, the company has no plans to compensate the farmer and insists the fence is regularly inspected. A sp...

Joint apology from ScotRail and Network Rail for poor performance

Joint apology from ScotRail and Network Rail for poor performance

09.05.12: ScotRail and Network Rail have issued an “unprecedented” joint apology for poor services over the past year. In the open letter, published on the ScotRail website, Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, and David...

Track re-opens after landslide

Track re-opens after landslide

02.05.12: A section of track that has been closed since the end of last week due to a landslide caused by heavy rain has now re-opened. The railway between Inverness and Aviemore had to be closed on April 27 when an 18 metre (60 foot) section of the...

‘Stansted in 30’ campaign gets Eagle’s backing

‘Stansted in 30’ campaign gets Eagle’s backing

27.04.12: Shadow transport secretary, Maria Eagle MP, is supporting the ‘Stansted in 30’ campaign, and has urged the Government to consider work to cut journey times between Stansted and London from 45 minutes to 30. Improvements on the W...

Kent sees extended high speed services

Kent sees extended high speed services

26.04.12: Improvements for rail services have been announced at the 4th Kent Rail summit, held yesterday. These include faster services and an extended high speed service to the capital. A £10m investment programme by Network Rail in partnershi...

FA refuses to engage over kick-off timing

FA refuses to engage over kick-off timing

20.04.12: Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has waded into the controversy over the timing of the FA Cup, whose late kick-off will prevent thousands of fans travelling home to Liverpool by train due to long-planned engineering works. Network Rail says...

£1m Hereford depot opens

£1m Hereford depot opens

16.03.12: A new maintenance depot opens today inHereford, as part of a wider Network Rail plan for improvements in the area. The £1m facility will form a maintenance hub for the railway between Cwmbran and Ludlow. The depot will include modern...

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LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

31/03/2020LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is continuing to support its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak ... more >
Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

30/03/2020Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations have made their parking free of charge for NHS and care workers... more >
370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

30/03/2020370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

Last week alone key workers from Network Rail helped more than 370,000 tonnes of freight to be moved between west London... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >