Rail service improvements and disruptions

A pit stop with a difference for Barrichello

19.06.09: Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello made an unusual pit stop recently. He was onboard a Virgin Pendolino train to launch Alstom`s new pit stop approach to train maintenance at Wembley depot in North London Train maker and maintainer Alstom...

May rail improvement programme

01.05.09: Following the successful delivery of rail improvements across Britain at Easter, Network Rail will again work around the clock over the two bank holiday weekends in May to invest a further £90m in Britain’s railway The improveme...

Crossrail announces short-list for Project Delivery Partner

16.01.09: The appointment of the key role of Crossrail Project Delivery Partner has taken a step forward with Cross London Rail Links (CLRL) announcement that four organisations have been short-listed for stage two of the tendering process. The short...

EPCglobal and Cambra - a winning combination

20.11.08: What do you get when you cross a fast-growing staffing specialist with one of the most respected rail surveying companies in the UK? A unique partnership which sees EPCglobal entering the engineering services business to capitalise on the experi...

How ISO contributes to a sustainable world

20.11.08: ISO has just published a new brochure providing a concise overview of how ISO's technical programme, which has so far produced more than 17,400 International Standards, contributes to a sustainable world. ISO – a multi-sector, multi-s...

New capability for rail testing in line with new legislation

20.11.08: Beth Dean reviews the new CEN TS 45545-2 reaction to fire requirements document for materials to be used on European railways and the type of tests that will take place in future New European standards driven by technical specifications for...

Railweight weighs into passenger counting for Santiago Metro

20.11.08: Three additional Railweight APC4000 automatic passenger-counting systems are being installed to help South America’s most extensive metro system optimise its service. With seven systems already installed on busy sections of the Metro de Sa...

Ready to roll

20.11.08: The liberalization of European rail transport poses a particular challenge for the railway industry. With increasing competition, especially in the European Union's goods market, railways need "ready to run" transportation systems that meet the...

Rail Door Solutions awarded RISAS certification

20.10.08: Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has announced that Halcrow Group Limited has approved Rail Door Solutions for door maintenance services under the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS). RISAS is a cross-industry scheme whi...

Liverpool train depot expands to meet growing demand

10.10.08: More train services on the west coast main line and the prospect of longer trains in the near future has prompted Network Rail to invest £15m in brand new facilities at the Traincare Centre in Edge Hill, Liverpool. Work has started on...

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...

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Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

03/04/2020Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the ... more >
Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

03/04/2020Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

The viaduct, which you can see in the Harry Potter series of films, joined other famous attractions and venues like Glas... more >
Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02/04/2020Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by... 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 >