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£3.5m investment into Cumbrian West Coast mainline

£3.5m investment into Cumbrian West Coast mainline

23 June 2020A significant investment has been implemented to protect the railway in Cumbria from landslips and provide more reliable journeys for passengers. Engineers will upgrade the embankments along the railway to improve travel on the West Coast main li...

Multi-million-pound summer investment in Sussex rail route

Multi-million-pound summer investment in Sussex rail route

22 June 2020Rail passengers in Sussex are set to benefit from a significant renewal and refurbishment to Oxted Viaduct and a footbridge replacement in Eridge, a village on the Uckfield branch of the Oxted line.   Oxted viaduct was constructed in 1881 an...

The Office of Rail and Road warns trespassers

The Office of Rail and Road warns trespassers

19 June 2020The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is reminding people of the dangers around trespassing on the railway and to not take any unnecessary risks. The rail regulator has seen a concerning spike in near miss incidents being reported as well as a surge...

Anglia rail route to see major improvement work

Anglia rail route to see major improvement work

17 June 2020Network Rail have announced a huge set of improvement works across the region’s rail network today (June 16th) to improve reliability of train services for passengers. The work will be carried out across regional and main lines and will foc...

Network Rail installs new flood barrier north of Exeter

Network Rail installs new flood barrier north of Exeter

09 June 2020Network Rail have fitted a new flood defence barrier to protect passenger journeys from being disrupted by flooding to the north of Exeter. The barrier, which was installed at the end of May, is part of £26.5m programme to lessen the reoccu...

Network Rail to complete critical signalling work on SE London lines

Network Rail to complete critical signalling work on SE London lines

20 May 2020Railway lines through Hither Green in South East London are set to be closed for a nine-day period between July 25, 2020 and August 2, 2020 to allow Network Rail to complete critical signalling upgrades in the area.

How ORR is helping to keep Britain’s railways moving

How ORR is helping to keep Britain’s railways moving

07 May 2020The Office of Rail and Road CEO, John Larkinson, has issued a statement this morning in regard to how ORR is playing its part to keep Britain’s railways moving. He began his statement by saying: “Covid-19 presents unprecedented challe...

Wherry Lines see introduction of new signalling system

Wherry Lines see introduction of new signalling system

17 February 2020130 years of signalling history came to an end today (Feb 17th) on the Wherry lines alongside the reopening of the Norwich to Yarmouth line. This follows completion of work to introduce a new computerised signalling system, improving dependabilit...

£46m depot unveiled in Wigan

£46m depot unveiled in Wigan

10 February 2020Officially opened on Friday (Feb 7th) the new £46m state-of-the-art train depot in Wigan has been built by Network Rail alongside Arriva Rail North. The depot will provide a home for many of Northern’s new trains that will be cleaned...

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street unveils £15bn transport plan

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street unveils £15bn transport plan

05 February 2020As part of his re-election campaign, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has unveiled his ambitious £15bn transport plan for the region.

ORR launch signalling systems market study

ORR launch signalling systems market study

27 January 2020The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today (Jan 27) opened a market study into the supply of rail signalling systems. The study will aim to examine issues within the rail signalling marketplace and address them if appropriate, taking into accoun...

The age of Intelligent Infrastructure - Network Rail

The age of Intelligent Infrastructure - Network Rail

21 January 2020Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20   Predictive technology that informs engineers when, where and why faults will occur on the railway are vital to improving infrastructure performance and driving a better service for passengers. Jonathan Schofield...

Network Rail unveil new Holcombe to Teignmouth rail protection plan

Network Rail unveil new Holcombe to Teignmouth rail protection plan

21 January 2020Updated proposals have been published by Network Rail, outlining a series of potential changes to a section of railway line in south Devon between Holcombe and Teignmouth.

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

15 January 2020Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20  Tom Wake, head of national rail route teams at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), discusses the importance of improving the safety of track workers.  On June 24, 2014 a group of 12 track workers near Redhill...

Balfour Beatty completes rail line electrification

Balfour Beatty completes rail line electrification

14 January 2020Balfour Beatty, as contracted by Network Rail, has successfully completed the electrification of 77km of the Great Western Railway (GWR) line between Bristol and Cardiff. It comes as part of a wider Greater Wester Electrification Programme from N...

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Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03/07/2020Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, including 111 trains from... more >
‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03/07/2020‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beginning to reopen, train o... more >
SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn ... 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 >