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Boosting workforce safety through design automation

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17.11.17: David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce through the innovative use of new technology. Reducing the safety risks our workforces are expos...

‘Rotten’ Burnley canal bridge replaced by Network Rail

‘Rotten’ Burnley canal bridge replaced by Network Rail

15.11.17: Network Rail engineers have replaced a "rotten and rusted” bridge as part of the Great North Rail Project. The bridge, which crosses a canal in Burnley, was replaced with a new one weighing 80 tonnes. A temporary pontoon was installed...

OLE installed on Midland Main Line route for first time in 40 years

OLE installed on Midland Main Line route for first time in 40 years

14.11.17: Network Rail’s Orange Army has reached a major milestone this week as overhead line masts for electrification were installed on the London to Corby route for the first time in over 40 years as part of the Midland Main Line electrification...

NR: Ordsall Chord shows what can be achieved with the right mechanisms in place

NR: Ordsall Chord shows what can be achieved with the right mechanisms in place

10.11.17: The Ordsall Chord – which opened yesterday and connects Manchester three main railway stations for the first time – took nearly nine years to complete from its conception. The project was marred from the beginning by a number of...

'Iconic' Ordsall Chord completed by Network Rail

'Iconic' Ordsall Chord completed by Network Rail

09.11.17: Manchester’s three main railway stations have been connected for the first time today with the completion of the Ordsall Chord. The historic centre piece of the Great North Rail Project, the Ordsall Chord bridge, will join Manchester&rsqu...

Blackpool rail network to close for 19 weeks during major upgrade

Blackpool rail network to close for 19 weeks during major upgrade

03.11.17: Blackpool’s rail network is set for major changes as Network Rail plans to close the system for 19 weeks of essential work. The upgrades – which form a part of the Great North Rail Project – will focus on improving capacit...

No reason why schemes can’t be funded with more private cash, says Siemens

No reason why schemes can’t be funded with more private cash, says Siemens

17.10.17: Siemens has signalled its willingness to work on future electrification and resignalling programmes following the government’s announcement of £48bn available for CP6. The hints build on Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne&r...

Computerised signalling system set to increase LU capacity by a third

Computerised signalling system set to increase LU capacity by a third

16.10.17: A new computerised signalling system that will allow trains to run closer together and increase capacity by a third has been successfully tested on the London Underground. The SelTrac CBTC system, designed by Thales, is expected to improve...

State-of-the-art signal work set to start in West Yorkshire

State-of-the-art signal work set to start in West Yorkshire

11.10.17: Work to upgrade signalling in West Yorkshire to a new state-of-the-art system will begin on 28 October. The operations are part of the Great North Rail Project and represent phase two of a three phase plan which will change all the signalli...

Greater Anglia and Network Rail unite to fight leaf damage

Greater Anglia and Network Rail unite to fight leaf damage

10.10.17: Greater Anglia and Network Rail will complete a £500k investment in anti-slip ‘wheel slide protection’ (WSP) to combat the issue of slippery leaves on the line. The new technology will be the first time a WSP system has be...

£68m signalling overhaul set to start in Anglia

£68m signalling overhaul set to start in Anglia

25.09.17: As part of its upgrade plan, Network Rail is installing a new state of the art signalling system on the train lines in the Yarmouth, Norwich and Lowestoft areas. The upgrade, part of a £68m investment, will modernise the region by int...

Optimising traffic management

Optimising traffic management

25.09.17: Taku Fujiyama, from University College London (UCL), and Lei Chen, from the University of Birmingham, on the work and early findings of the Developing and Evaluating Dynamic Optimisation for Train Control Systems project. Capacity shortage...

Grayling commits £5m to install digital signalling on TransPennine route

Grayling commits £5m to install digital signalling on TransPennine route

22.09.17: Passengers travelling between Manchester and York could be the first in the north to enjoy an intercity railway that uses digital signalling, Chris Grayling has announced today. A tranche of £5m funding has been announced to let Netwo...

Crossrail: track installation complete

Crossrail: track installation complete

21.09.17: Chris Enoch, Crossrail’s railway systems project manager, discusses the complexities in the design and installation of the track system on the Elizabeth Line project. This summer, the Crossrail programme reached another exciting and m...

Ballast or slab?

Ballast or slab?

21.09.17: As HS2 moves forward, William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering and dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, considers the arguments for and against using ballasted or slab track in hig...

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Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

17/11/2017Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

Network Rail will seek a major cash boost through the sale of its commercial property portfolio in England and Wales, announced today. The i... more >
Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >

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04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... 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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Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

14/11/2017Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

While the HS2 project continues to gain ground and press ahead with major contracts despite recent staffing controversies, today sees its older, considerably smaller sibling turn 10 years old. HS1, the line running between St Pancras International and the Channel Tunnel, was completed at a total cost of £7.3bn a full 16 years after ... more >
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Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >
The new era of station retail

17/11/2017The new era of station retail

Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the cust... more >
Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17/11/2017Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deplo... more >

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Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >