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NR awards £20m signalling contract for Highland mainline

NR awards £20m signalling contract for Highland mainline

14.06.18: Siemens has been awarded a £20m re-signalling contract by Network Rail. The contract will see sections of the Highlands mainline re-signalled as part of the £57m, Scottish Government-funded investment in the line, which links the Hi...

Abergele track upgrade completed as part of £50m North Wales improvement project

Abergele track upgrade completed as part of £50m North Wales improvement project

11.06.18: Track upgrade work has been completed in Abergele as part of the £50m North Wales railway upgrade project. Work involved laying 600 metres of new track, as well as upgrading two sets of points, moveable sections of track to allow trains t...

Moving in the right direction

Moving in the right direction

05.06.18: Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford Park Line extension as part of the Metrolink network. This is going to be a big year for Metro...

Overcoming leaves on the line

Overcoming leaves on the line

05.06.18: Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains dramatically reduces braking distances. Low adhesion conditions cause an average of 350,000 de...

Major progress made on ECML, paving way for new trains this year

Major progress made on ECML, paving way for new trains this year

29.05.18: Network Rail has completed two key milestones in its changes to the East Coast Main Line (ECML) for its introduction of the new InterCity Express Program (IEP) trains later this year. Routes spanning England and Scotland have been checked t...

Use cancelled electrification savings to boost Welsh transport, say MPs

Use cancelled electrification savings to boost Welsh transport, say MPs

21.05.18: Savings from the cancelled electrification scheme should fund a Welsh transport boost, the Welsh Affairs Committee has said. The committee argued that there is a “stark gap” in funding between Wales and other parts of the UK. Com...

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

10.05.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling and Network Rail boss Mark Carne will today convene in York to launch the much-anticipated Digital Railway Strategy, which will confirm that the industry will benefit from “a plan, impetus and the funding...

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

09.05.18: The first stage of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification project is set for completion this month, the ScotRail Alliance has announced. The first section to be electrified as part of the electrification project covers 26 single track...

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

08.05.18: Network Rail has completed the installation of 4km of overhead wire between Billericay and Wickford, meaning better railway between Southend, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The improvements, made over the bank holiday weekend, are part of the...

Network Rail under fire for ‘secretive’ tree felling plans

Network Rail under fire for ‘secretive’ tree felling plans

01.05.18: Wildlife charities have voiced their concerns as millions of trees along the UK’s rail lines are at risk of facing the axe in an effort by NR to prevent leaves falling on lines and causing delays. The railway operator made use of dron...

Network Rail offers young people career support through charity partnership

Network Rail offers young people career support through charity partnership

12.04.18: Over 150 young people looking to move into employment will be given advice by rail industry employees through a partnership between Network Rail and Barnardo’s. Since Barnardo’s was named as Network Rail’s charity of choice in...

New Heathrow southern rail link could be funded entirely by private sector

New Heathrow southern rail link could be funded entirely by private sector

20.03.18: The Department for Transport has today revealed plans for a new southern rail link between Waterloo station and Heathrow Airport, which could be built entirely by private-sector firms. It would be one of the first major infrastructure proje...

Multimillion-pound Alloa line electrification works begin

Multimillion-pound Alloa line electrification works begin

15.03.18: Major upgrade work on the Stirling-Alloa route is set to begin this weekend. Hundreds of engineers will work over 16,000 hours during the four-week works to deliver a multimillion pound upgrade to prepare the Alloa line for electrification. ...

‘Milestone moment’ as Kettering-Corby Line carries passengers

‘Milestone moment’ as Kettering-Corby Line carries passengers

12.03.18: The newly commissioned track between Kettering and Corby has entered passenger usage, marking the successful completion of a £130m capacity project. Since construction began in 2014, a significant amount of work has been carried out to im...

Minister confirms there are ‘no plans’ to extend Crossrail to Basingstoke

Minister confirms there are ‘no plans’ to extend Crossrail to Basingstoke

06.03.18: Jo Johnson has confirmed that there are no plans to lengthen Crossrail to Basingstoke despite speculation from other MPs. Following questioning from North East Hampshire Conservative MP Ranil Jayawardena, the rail minister said the governme...

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Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... more >
Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

19/06/2018Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

The transport secretary is under fire in parliament today as Labour looks to draft a motion of no confidence in the Commons. The party is us... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >