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RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria

12.05.20: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), begun a series of Export Outreach webinars, on May 6th, as a forum for the UK rail industry to hear from international markets. During the f...

Althon Precast Headwalls on Network Rail Projects

Althon Precast Headwalls on Network Rail Projects

21.04.20: Since 2011 Althon have been supplying Network Rail projects across the whole of the UK. As the UK’s leading supplier of precast concrete headwalls and associated accessories with the UK’s largest range of headwalls, Althon...

£46m upgrade completed for Southend rail services

£46m upgrade completed for Southend rail services

20.04.20: A new overhead wiring system has been installed by Network Rail on the Southend Victoria brand line in a £46m upgrade to improve reliability for key workers currently using the line and in the long term when passengers return to work. &nbs...

HS2 welcomes Government approval to issue Notice to Proceed

HS2 welcomes Government approval to issue Notice to Proceed

15.04.20: Today (April 15) the Department for Transport (DfT) has given the go ahead for HS2 Ltd to issue Notice to Proceed to the four Main Works Civils Contractors working on the project, SCS Railways, Align JV, EKFB JV, and BBV JV, to commence ful...

Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

09.04.20: The biggest rail investment in almost 40 years at Guildford is set to begin on Good Friday (Apr 10) with passengers, who need to use the railway for necessary travel at this time, advised to check ahead before travel. On Friday, upgrades on...

Key railway workers keep Britain moving

Key railway workers keep Britain moving

06.04.20: As the country enters its third week of lockdown the rail industry has been working tirelessly to keep the country moving. A condensed passenger timetable came into effect last month (March) to allow a reliable service to resume to get key...

Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

03.04.20: The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the needs of colleagues on the front line, who are helping keep services running for key workers during the Coronavirus outbreak....

£3m investment in new GB Railfreight Peterborough offices

£3m investment in new GB Railfreight Peterborough offices

13.03.20: GB Railfreight have announced plans for a new £3 million new operational and training facility in Peterborough. Originating in 1999 and headquartered in London, GB Railfreight is the third largest rail freight operator in the UK, with...

The importance of SMEs to HS2 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

The importance of SMEs to HS2 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

10.03.20: In light of TransCityRail Midlands coming up in July, we asked our strategic partner Xrail’s Director of Business Development and Communications Monica Barbosa, what they have planned for discussion at the conference. To start things...

RIA calls on Shapps for urgent rail electrification

RIA calls on Shapps for urgent rail electrification

19.02.20: The Railway Industry Association and other representatives from across the industry such as Northern Rail Industry Leaders, Civil Engineering Contractors Association and Rail Freight Group, have today (Feb 19th) published an open letter to the T...

Heritage Great Britain invests £1.1m into Snowdon hybrid locomotives

Heritage Great Britain invests £1.1m into Snowdon hybrid locomotives

05.02.20: Heritage Great Britain, who are responsible for operating Snowdon Mountain Railway, have invested £1.1m in their new hybrid diesel locomotives to service the popular Welsh tourist destination. Having unveiled the plans for greener tra...

Network Rail awards £257m contract for portable plant

Network Rail awards £257m contract for portable plant

05.02.20: Network Rail has awarded a contract to VP Plc worth £257m for the hire, supply and maintenance of portable plant. The agreed contract covers all 13 of Network Rail’s routes, and the maintenance and repair of 28,000 items of port...

Network Rail awards £8m contract for New Measuring Train

Network Rail awards £8m contract for New Measuring Train

08.01.20: Network Rail’s Flying Banana will continue to soar around the UK’s rail network. That is because Network Rail have announced the awarding of an £8m, five-year contract to Loram UK for the maintenance of its New Measurement...

Snowdon Mountain Railway unveils plans for hybrid diesel locomotives

Snowdon Mountain Railway unveils plans for hybrid diesel locomotives

03.01.20: Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR) have announced new plans for hybrid diesel locomotives to operate on its line, as it aims to address climate concerns. Operating a service for sight-seeing tourists and locals up to the summit of the UK’...

Bombardier secures £117m contract with Avanti West Coast

Bombardier secures £117m contract with Avanti West Coast

18.12.19: Bombardier has secured a three-year contract, valued at £117m, to maintain trains for the new Avanti West Coast franchise. The new agreement, which lasts until December 11, 2022, will see Bombardier maintain a fleet of its Class 221 d...

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Greater Anglia appoints environment and energy manager

22/05/2020Greater Anglia appoints environment and energy manager

ail operator, Greater Anglia, has appointed a new Environment and Energy Manager to support its sustainability goals and raise awareness of envir... more >
Meeting the challenge of PPE

21/05/2020Meeting the challenge of PPE

Words provided by Jermyn Street Design editorially reviewed by Rail Technology Magazine As train operators face the huge chal... more >
LEP approves £3.8m for Chesterfield Station Masterplan

21/05/2020LEP approves £3.8m for Chesterfield Station Masterplan

Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire LEP (D2N2) approved a £3.8m grant yesterday (May 20), to part fund the construction of the &... 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 >