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GW electrification cost estimates treble since 2012 – could hit £2.8bn

GW electrification cost estimates treble since 2012 – could hit £2.8bn

21.10.15: Estimated costs associated with the Great Western electrification programme have nearly doubled since last year and now stand at up to £2.8bn, Network Rail boss, Mark Carne, confirmed today (21 October). The cost estimate, which stood...

NR overspending on renewals but delivers ‘less than expected’

NR overspending on renewals but delivers ‘less than expected’

20.10.15: Network Rail spent £324m (12%) more on renewals during 2014-15 than the ORR signed off on, but has delivered “less than expected”.  In its ‘Annual efficiency and finance assessment of Network Rail 2014-15’...

Specialist track-laying work begins at Norton Bridge ahead of flyover

Specialist track-laying work begins at Norton Bridge ahead of flyover

02.10.15: A new section of track and 11 new bridges are being built to create a flyover at Norton Bridge in a £250m Network Rail project to remove a major bottleneck on the West Coast Main Line. The work, which will deliver capacity to run more...

Midland Main Line electrification unpaused – but delayed by years

Midland Main Line electrification unpaused – but delayed by years

30.09.15: Midland Main Line and TransPennine electrification works are set to restart under plans announced by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin today (30 September). The ‘unpause’ is part of Sir Peter Hendy’s work to reset Net...

NR told to review asset management strategy after signal post collision

NR told to review asset management strategy after signal post collision

25.09.15: Network Rail has been told to review its asset management strategy to improve the examination and maintenance of its ancillary structures following a collision between a train and a collapsed signal post at Newbury last November.  On 1...

East West Rail looks ahead to Bicester-Bedford and MK-Aylesbury

East West Rail looks ahead to Bicester-Bedford and MK-Aylesbury

08.09.15: Network Rail opened the first round of consultation yesterday (7 September) for phase 2 of the Western section of East West Rail. The scheme includes plans to upgrade and reconstruct existing and mothballed sections of track linking Bedford...

Supply chain worried about more CP5 project delays under Hendy review

Supply chain worried about more CP5 project delays under Hendy review

04.09.15: The heads of two of Network Rail’s most important suppliers say the “uncertainty” thrown up by the reviews into the company’s capabilities and future must end.  Philip Hoare, head of the Transportation division...

Alliance installs new signalling system at Stafford

Alliance installs new signalling system at Stafford

02.09.15: Network Rail has completed a major project to install a new railway signalling system at Stafford over the bank holiday weekend.  The resignalling work, which included 78 new signal heads being commissioned, forms the second phase of t...

Concreting train arrives ready for Crossrail track work

Concreting train arrives ready for Crossrail track work

17.08.15: The ‘concreting train’ that will enable the fit-out of Crossrail’s standard track slab has arrived at the Plumstead railhead in south-east London. The 465-metre long train, refurbished and brought to the UK from France via...

Balfour Beatty dropped from north west electrification

Balfour Beatty dropped from north west electrification

13.08.15: Balfour Beatty and Network Rail have agreed that the company will not continue its work on the North West Electrification project, as part of a proposed alliance. In Balfour Beatty’s half-yearly results announced yesterday, it said: &...

Stafford re-signalling set for August bank holiday commissioning

Stafford re-signalling set for August bank holiday commissioning

12.08.15: Nearly 80 new signals will be installed in the Stafford area over the August bank holiday weekend, improving the reliability of the equipment on this section of the West Coast Main Line.  As part of the £250m Stafford Area Improv...

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

05.08.15: GSM-R coverage is to be extended from the Great Western Main Line into the Heathrow tunnels, under a new Network Rail contract awarded to ADComms. The installation is a key enabler for Crossrail and of ETCS (European Train Control System) l...

LU and Thales finalise contract for sub-surface railway resignalling

LU and Thales finalise contract for sub-surface railway resignalling

03.08.15: Transport for London has finally hammered out the details of the contract to resignal London Underground’s four subsurface lines, 15 months after pre-selecting Thales to do the work. Bombardier won the original contract in June 2011...

Connecting Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line

Connecting Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line

01.08.15: Track is now completely laid from Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line, with the final connection of the two lines expected in September. Andy Milne, senior programme manager at Network Rail, talks to RTM about this major milestone. Two...

University of Nottingham researchers investigate use of ‘new materials’ for improving railway drainage

University of Nottingham researchers investigate use of ‘new materials’ for improving railway drainage

01.08.15: Dr Alec Marshall, lecturer in geomechanics at the University of Nottingham’s Department of Civil Engineering, writes for RTM on research into railway drainage systems, for which he is principal investigator. Researchers at the Univers...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... 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 >