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‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03 July 2020As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beginning to reopen, train operators have issued a ‘Safer Travel Pledge’ with more services being added from Sunday 5t...

London Victoria approaching 85% recycling target

London Victoria approaching 85% recycling target

01 July 2020The second busiest train station in Britain has begun a trial to recycle 85% of all waste created on site.   Network Rail’s London Victoria is working alongside its train operators and waste specialist The Green Block, to take the numb...

The Office of Rail and Road warns trespassers

The Office of Rail and Road warns trespassers

19 June 2020The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is reminding people of the dangers around trespassing on the railway and to not take any unnecessary risks. The rail regulator has seen a concerning spike in near miss incidents being reported as well as a surge...

Network Rail installs new flood barrier north of Exeter

Network Rail installs new flood barrier north of Exeter

09 June 2020Network Rail have fitted a new flood defence barrier to protect passenger journeys from being disrupted by flooding to the north of Exeter. The barrier, which was installed at the end of May, is part of £26.5m programme to lessen the reoccu...

Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

03 June 2020Network Rail are advising passengers that there will be no services in or out of London Euston after 9pm this Thursday (June 4th) while work to overhead electric power lines is carried out. Throughout the next three weeks, overnight work to renew...

Network Rail reminds walkers in Whitby to stay off railway

Network Rail reminds walkers in Whitby to stay off railway

02 June 2020NR is warning people in Sleights about the dangers of trespassing on the railway following a series of incidents where walkers are using the railway to get to the other side of the River Esk. Members of the public have been accessing a private ro...

Network Rail: 1,024 trespass incidents since lockdown began

Network Rail: 1,024 trespass incidents since lockdown began

14 May 2020New figures released by Network Rail reveal that trespassers disrupted vital passenger and freight services a shocking 1,024 times during the first month of the Government’s Covid-19 lockdown. People depending on the railway to get to work...

How will London's transport network find a new normal?

How will London's transport network find a new normal?

07 May 2020On Wednesday (May 6) London Travel Watch held an online seminar where the matter of how will London’s transport network emerge from lockdown was discussed. An update is expected today (May 7) from Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Mr. Johnson w...

NR: Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe

NR: Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe

05 May 2020Network Rail has launched a new awareness-raising campaign to warn of the dangers of trespassing on the railway during the Covid-19 outbreak. The ‘Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe’ campaign will run on commercial radio statio...

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

27 March 2020As retired signallers are called out of retirement to help keep our country’s railways moving during this pandemic, members of the rail industry have expressed their support for the country’s response. Network Rail’s Commercial...

Children and parents reminded of the dangers around the railway

Children and parents reminded of the dangers around the railway

23 March 2020Following the news on Friday that schools will be closed for the foreseeable future, British Transport Police and Network Rail are urging parents and careers to have a conversation with their children and loved ones about the dangers of trespassin...

“Safety as standard service” – Reflex Vehicle Hire

“Safety as standard service” – Reflex Vehicle Hire

16 March 2020TransCityRail Midlands is taking place this July, prior to the event we asked one of our exhibitors, Reflex Vehicle Hire, what their conversations will entail at the conference. Firstly, we asked Reflex to tell us more about the work they do in t...

Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

23 January 2020Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20   David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association talks us through the ways innovation can be used to make the railway even safer. In a safety critical industry like rail, it is vital that we always...

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

15 January 2020Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20  Tom Wake, head of national rail route teams at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), discusses the importance of improving the safety of track workers.  On June 24, 2014 a group of 12 track workers near Redhill...

GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

12 December 2019Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is continuing its roll out of life saving defibrillators at stations across its network. Statistics show that more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen every year across the UK, and less than one in te...

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New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

09/07/2020New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

Following new agreements being signed earlier this week (July 7th) a direct high-speed train service from Amsterdam and London could be a possibi... more >
National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

09/07/2020National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) have today (July 9th) announcement the appointment of their new Chair, Dyan Crowther, Chief Executive... more >
The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

09/07/2020The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

Yesterday (July 8th) Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the details of his ‘Plan for Jobs’ that will enhance the UK&... 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 >