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Eurostar hit by severe delays

Eurostar hit by severe delays

06.03.12: Passengers on Eurostar services have faced severe delays due to sagging power cables near the high-speed line in France yesterday, which forced trains onto alternate slower lines. Four trains were cancelled this morning due to the fault, bu...

Full speed ahead

01.03.12: Drought conditions have disrupted services on parts of the Fen Line in Norfolk. Network Rail’s Sam Kelly tells RTM how this issue is being tackled to bring train services back up to speed. Speed restrictions are gradually being lifted...

Welcoming passenger trains back to Waterside

Welcoming passenger trains back to Waterside

01.03.12: Adam Hewitt reports on plans to reintroduce passenger services on a branch line in Hampshire. Proposals to reintroduce passenger services on the branch line in Hampshire between Totton and Hythe have taken another step forward, with Hampshi...

Network Rail bonus ‘unacceptable’

Network Rail bonus ‘unacceptable’

03.02.12: The proposed bonus for the chief of Network Rail has been deemed ‘unacceptable’, by the Transport Secretary. Chief executive Sir David Higgins could receive a £336,000 bonus – 60% of his annual salary. The focus on S...

HS2 approved – with minor route alterations

13.01.12: The high-speed rail link between Birmingham and London has been officially approved by Government, Transport Secretary Justine Greening announced today, and will proceed to the next legislative stages. The first phase of HS2 should be compl...

Mapping the future

Mapping the future

01.01.12: Shirley Clark of Ordnance Survey discusses the organisation’s closer relationship with Network Rail, and the many ways in which smart use of geographic data helps the rail industry. Accurate topographical information is obviously vita...

Staying informed

Staying informed

01.01.12: National Rail Enquiries’ chief executive Chris Scoggins and head of online services Jason Webb talk to RTM about delivering information faster and in more accessible formats to keep up with passenger expectations. Providing informatio...

ORR criticised for role expansion plans

23.12.11: ATOC has suggested that the ORR should concentrate on regulating Network Rail properly before taking on extra responsibilities. A new Government proposal would give the regulator more powers to protect passenger interests through complaints...

Train too long for platform

18.12.11: A rail service running from Saunderton station to Marylebone, London will be cancelled next month as the train is set to become too long for the platform. Chiltern Railways have decided to add a seventh carriage to the service to ease conge...

New tunnel suggested for HS2 route

09.12.11: The Government is considering a £500m revision to its proposed route for HS2, by taking the line through a new tunnel under the Chiltern hills to try to appease opponents of the scheme. The extra cash would be found by making savings...

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...

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Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

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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 >