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Carlisle extension to Borders Railway making positive progress

Carlisle extension to Borders Railway making positive progress

09.10.19: Borders Railway trains could soon be travelling down as far as Carlisle, after campaigners for the line extension were told their goal is “moving closer” at their campaign group’s annual general meeting. The Camp...

Jet-washing trains begin work in Kent and Sussex to remove leaves on the line

Jet-washing trains begin work in Kent and Sussex to remove leaves on the line

08.10.19: Network Rail have deployed jet-washing trains onto the lines in Kent and Sussex, where they will be travelling the equivalent of four times round the Earth in order to clean the railway. Thousands of tonnes of leaves are dropped onto the tr...

Community invited to Helpston signal box to get insider view of level crossing safety

Community invited to Helpston signal box to get insider view of level crossing safety

07.10.19: More than 200 residents were given an exclusive insight into the workings of Helpston signal box at a level crossing north of Peterborough. A number of public open days ran by signallers last month (16th-21st September) gave people the oppo...

Mountain railway demolition to cost ‘more than £13m’

Mountain railway demolition to cost ‘more than £13m’

02.10.19: Dismantling of the Cairngorm funicular could run to as much as £13.3m in potential costs, according to the railway line’s owner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The railway provides access to the Cairngorm ski centre, nea...

The importance of edge infrastructure

The importance of edge infrastructure

26.09.19: The world is in the midst of a digital revolution, bringing with it a new level of opportunity for innovation in the rail industry. Vertiv is at the centre of this digitalisation and, ahead of next month’s TransCityRail North event, RTM&rs...

Pioneering train trials at Cross City line

Pioneering train trials at Cross City line

24.09.19: Passengers who travel on the Cross City line are being warned by Network Rail about potential disruption taking place next month. The line between Barnt Green and Redditch will be closed on every Sunday in October (6, 13, 20 & 27) to al...

Isle of Wight rail line receives £26m investment

Isle of Wight rail line receives £26m investment

17.09.19: Government has unveiled a £26m investment package into the Isle of Wight railway line, to help modernise and improve the line and its outdated fleet. The Island Line service, which runs between the communities of Ryde and Shankli...

Anglia rail upgrades set to improve passenger journeys

Anglia rail upgrades set to improve passenger journeys

28.08.19: Following major upgrades to the Anglia rail network, carried out by Network Rail, passengers are set to benefit from greatly improved journeys. The improvements were made as part of the company’s Rail Upgrade Plan across Essex an...

Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23.08.19: Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public consultation on a major upgrade to the TransPennine route. The plans form part of the £2.9b...

Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23.08.19: A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldershot, in Hampshire. Around 100 solar panels have been installed at a site trackside, and will supply renewable electricity...

Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

19.08.19: Following the completion of an £800,000 investment into new railway tracks, passenger trains operating on the Mid-Cheshire Line between Northwich and Manchester have seen their potential speed tripled. As part of the Great North...

Wherry Lines signalling modernisation work announced

Wherry Lines signalling modernisation work announced

14.08.19: Network Rail has announced planned engineering work to be undertaken in Norfolk, as part of a modernisation programme on the Wherry Lines between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. The planned engineering work, due to take place in...

Shadow transport secretary promises East Lancashire rail upgrade

Shadow transport secretary promises East Lancashire rail upgrade

13.08.19: The East Lancashire railway line from Preston to Colne would be upgraded and extended to Skipton, across the Pennines, under a Labour government, according to a promise made by shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald. Mr McDonald issu...

Scottish Government approve £75m Levenmouth rail link

Scottish Government approve £75m Levenmouth rail link

08.08.19: A rail link to the Levenmouth area has been approved by the Scottish Government, as part of a £75m investment plan announced this morning. The link will feature stops in Leven and Cameron Bridge, linking the east of Fife with Edinburg...

West Coast main line reopens after £27m overhaul of key junction

West Coast main line reopens after £27m overhaul of key junction

05.08.19: The West Coast main line has fully reopened after the major renewal of Acton Grange junction, near Warrington, which had undergone a £27m overhaul as part of the Great North Rail Project. The project saw upgrades to track, cabling, ov...

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North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

17/10/2019North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review warnin... more >
Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17/10/2019Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list. Just 16.4% of the r... more >
ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

17/10/2019ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

 New research shows a huge ‘surge’ in ScotRail trains arriving on time, the biggest year-on-year increase in punctuality since 2... 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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >