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Network Rail promises direct action following Stonehaven derailment

Network Rail promises direct action following Stonehaven derailment

13 August 2020Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, has pledged to get to the bottom of the cause and put immediate additional safety measures in place following yesterday’s derailment near Stonehaven in which three people sadly died and six wer...

HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

HS2 installs new bridge over M42 in just two days

10 August 2020A 65-metre bridge was installed in just two days and ahead of schedule as the motorway opened 22 hours earlier than planned. The works near Interchange Station move Solihull closer to the arrival of HS2, Britain’s new low carbon high speed...

£66m package for West Midlands economic recovery

£66m package for West Midlands economic recovery

04 August 2020£66m of Government funding has been secured for the West Midlands, with projects such as Very Light Rail developments set to benefit. The money from the Government’s Getting Building Fund is aimed at projects which can get underway pr...

£200k investment for better mobile connections on our railways

£200k investment for better mobile connections on our railways

24 July 2020The days of losing internet connection whilst travelling on the train are over as Grant Shapps has today (23rd July) announced a £200,000 investment to launch research into developing an innovative prototype to improve mobile connectivity. ...

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...

New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

09 July 2020Following new agreements being signed earlier this week (July 7th) a direct high-speed train service from Amsterdam and London could be a possibility later this year. In order for these services to operate, existing agreements between the UK, Fra...

£14m depot facility opened in Doncaster

£14m depot facility opened in Doncaster

08 July 2020After work began back in 2015 to transform the site at Marshgate, on Tuesday (July 7) Network Rail opened their new £14m depot in Doncaster. The site aims to bring highly skilled teams across the area together and to boost the economy in th...

ScotRail announces all trains now fully accessible

ScotRail announces all trains now fully accessible

12 June 2020Today (June 12th) ScotRail have confirmed that all their operational trains on Scotland’s Railway are now fully accessible, following the withdrawal of its Class 68 loco-hauled services. Two Class 68 trains which had been in use since 2015...

£65m to help keep Wales’ railway running

£65m to help keep Wales’ railway running

01 June 2020The Welsh Government announced yesterday (May 31st) it intends to spend up to £65m over the next 6 months to guarantee train services continue to operate on the Wales and Borders network for key workers and others that rely on the train to t...

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

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

12 May 2020The 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 fir...

Althon Precast Headwalls on Network Rail Projects

Althon Precast Headwalls on Network Rail Projects

21 April 2020Since 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 is wel...

£46m upgrade completed for Southend rail services

£46m upgrade completed for Southend rail services

20 April 2020A 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.  ...

HS2 welcomes Government approval to issue Notice to Proceed

HS2 welcomes Government approval to issue Notice to Proceed

15 April 2020Today (April 15th) 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 full det...

Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

09 April 2020The 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 track...

Key railway workers keep Britain moving

Key railway workers keep Britain moving

06 April 2020As 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 worker...

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HS2 signs R&D agreement with leading UK rail researchers

14/08/2020HS2 signs R&D agreement with leading UK rail researchers

Today (14 Aug) HS2 Ltd have revealed that as part of its innovation programme they have signed a revolutionary agreement with leading railway res... more >
Network Rail promises direct action following Stonehaven derailment

13/08/2020Network Rail promises direct action following Stonehaven derailment

Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, has pledged to get to the bottom of the cause and put immediate additional safety measures in pla... more >
Coulsdon South station made more accessible for passengers

13/08/2020Coulsdon South station made more accessible for passengers

Construction of a new footbridge and lifts at Coulsdon South station has been completed by Network Rail, alongside the installation of platform e... 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 >