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Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18 September 2020Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase agreement with Bombardier Inc and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). ...

Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18 September 2020The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked tenaciously to repair the line which was partially washed away near Polmont when the Union Canal burst its...

East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

18 September 2020Following a £216.2m contract awarded by the Rail Electrification Alliance, The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade can move forward into its second phase to enhance the East Coast network. The Rail Electrification Alliance, which is m...

Network Rail and Highways England publish ‘New Station Guidance’

Network Rail and Highways England publish ‘New Station Guidance’

17 September 2020Network Rail and Highways England have collaborated to improve Britain’s transport infrastructure for rail passengers and road users, making it easier for other organisations involved in delivering local transport systems to work with them. ...

Heart of Wales line to partially reopen following storm damage

Heart of Wales line to partially reopen following storm damage

16 September 2020From November, passengers will again be able to travel on a section of the Heart of Wales line, which runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea, as Network Rail has set out the timescales for repairs to the line after two major incidents within a month. Fo...

Grant Shapps calls on Network Rail to help tackle graffiti

Grant Shapps calls on Network Rail to help tackle graffiti

16 September 2020Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has published a letter to Network Rail in regards to the prevalence of graffiti on Britain’s rail network. The letter discusses confidence for passengers, trespassing, response time to complaints, longer-ter...

Work begins to restore passenger services to Leven

Work begins to restore passenger services to Leven

15 September 2020The first phase of work by Network Rail is set to begin as part of the restoration of passenger services to Leven. Engineers will be carrying out vegetation clearance, site surveys and geological investigations to help the development of the proj...

Network Rail publish Decarbonisation Plan

Network Rail publish Decarbonisation Plan

11 September 2020Network Rail have released their interim Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy, illustrating its preliminary recommendations for decarbonising the rail network, including plans for 12,000 kilometres of electrification by 2050 and a key role fo...

Trains kept moving by AWC despite damaged overhead wires

Trains kept moving by AWC despite damaged overhead wires

11 September 2020Avanti West Coast have taken an unlikely option to allow their timetable to run, without delays, despite damaged overhead wires. The operator successfully ran their Pendolino fleet without power under damaged overhead wires for the first time. T...

Ep.16 Unlocking rail investment, David Ollerhead

Ep.16 Unlocking rail investment, David Ollerhead

02 September 2020David Ollerhead, Programme Director at Network Rail’s Open for Business Programme, joins host Ailsa Cowen for episode 15 of Rail Technology Magazine’s podcast, Track Talk. David discusses playing with trains as a child, investment into...

Solar-powered scarecrow used to keep trains on time in Manchester

Solar-powered scarecrow used to keep trains on time in Manchester

01 September 2020A solar-powered scarecrow that sends out the calls of a hawk is being used to scare away birds that have been causing delays to passengers travelling between Manchester and London Euston.   Significant numbers of birds have been causing dama...

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...

Siemens Mobility installs new signalling system at Hither Green

Siemens Mobility installs new signalling system at Hither Green

11 August 2020Following the final contracts being confirmed for the Hither Green Area Resignalling Project, Siemens Mobility Limited are set to provide the technology to improve passenger services. The new signalling system will create greater reliability and...

£5m upgrade for Crumlin’s River Ebbw railway bridge

£5m upgrade for Crumlin’s River Ebbw railway bridge

11 August 2020Network Rail are set to begin upgrade work on River Ebbw railway bridge in Crumlin, South Wales next month. The £5m upgrade work will take place on weekends throughout September. The current bridge deck will be replaced, which is only capab...

£195,000 for rail freight trial

£195,000 for rail freight trial

06 August 2020Funding has been allocated by the Scottish Government to Victa Railfreight to carry out a test to transport timber by rail in the North of Scotland. £195,000 has been contributed through the Scottish Strategic Rail Freight Fund. This is ope...

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Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18/09/2020Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase ... more >
Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18/09/2020Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked t... more >
East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

18/09/2020East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

Following a £216.2m contract awarded by the Rail Electrification Alliance, The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade can move forward i... 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 >