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Govia Thameslink Railway continues with 30-day virus killer in stations

Govia Thameslink Railway continues with 30-day virus killer in stations

21 July 2020Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern are treating their stations to the latest round of decontamination, which uses a special product that kills viruses for up to 30 days. Since May, parent company Govia Thameslink Railway has been using the v...

Network Rail introduces further safety measures as more passengers return

Network Rail introduces further safety measures as more passengers return

20 July 2020Network Rail are working to reinstate confidence into passengers as more people begin to use the railway again, following Boris Johnston’s announcement on Friday that travel advice is changing with restrictions being lifted. Since the begin...

Boris Johnson: Public transport restrictions relaxed

Boris Johnson: Public transport restrictions relaxed

17 July 2020Today (17 July) Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced guidance on using public transport is to be relaxed in England as lockdown restrictions are eased further. During a news conference at Downing Street he hoped the country would return t...

ORR publishes rail safety report

ORR publishes rail safety report

14 July 2020The rail regulator’s Annual Report of Health and Safety Performance on Britain’s Railways shows that despite safety across Britain’s railways has developed over the last 12 months, exceptional seasonal weather conditions continue...

New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

10 July 2020Today (July 10th), Transport for London’s (TfL’s) new Commissioner, Andy Byford, saw some of the new measures underway to make the transport network cleaner than ever.    Byford was joined by Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heid...

‘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...

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Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

21/09/2020Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

After 24 years, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (21st Sept) announced that rail franchising is to end, forming the early steps towar... more >
Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18/09/2020Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase ... more >
Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18/09/2020Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked t... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >