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Work begins to ‘future-proof’ Ashford International for new Eurostar trains

Work begins to ‘future-proof’ Ashford International for new Eurostar trains

15.01.18: Work has begun on a £10m project to prepare Ashford International station for the new e320 Eurostar trains. The upgrades are backed by Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council, with funding coming from the South East Local Ente...

Flint track modernisation work set to get underway

Flint track modernisation work set to get underway

11.01.18: Track upgrade work in Flint is set to start later this month as part of Network Rail’s £50m North Wales railway upgrade project. The infrastructure operator says work, expected to be completed by April, is necessary to improve t...

Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after ‘once-in-a-generation upgrade’

Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after ‘once-in-a-generation upgrade’

10.01.18: London Overground services are set to return between Gospel Oak and Barking next week following the installation of new overhead electric lines. Opening on Monday 15 January, the work will allow new electric trains to be introduced on the l...

Electrification means Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first time

Electrification means Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first time

05.01.18: Electrification between Blackpool and Preston over Christmas means the railway between the two areas has an overhead wire connection with the West Coast Main Line for the first time ever. Part of the Great North Rail Project and linked with...

Southampton track gets £8m upgrade

Southampton track gets £8m upgrade

02.01.18: Southampton has seen the completion of an £8m track upgrade over the Christmas period. The track renewal work, which was carried out between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, saw over 6,000 metres of cabling and 200 metres of track...

Edinburgh Waverley opens extended platform as electrification prep continues

Edinburgh Waverley opens extended platform as electrification prep continues

21.12.17: Preparation works for the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) will continue over the Christmas period with track improvements through Edinburgh Waverley station and Princes Street Gardens. Work on the extension of Waverly...

RAIB: Waterloo station crash caused by points mistake

RAIB: Waterloo station crash caused by points mistake

21.12.17: A crash at London Waterloo station in August this year was caused by a set of points which were not in the correct position. The incident saw a passenger train collide with a stationary engineering train as the first was leaving the station...

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

20.12.17: Network Rail has awarded a landmark contract for the installation of the European Train Control System (ETCS) in-cab signalling system to Siemens. The system will be installed on Britain’s freight fleet, and will ultimately equip around 7...

MPs condemn £75m Sheffield tram-train pilot as a ‘how not to’ seminar

MPs condemn £75m Sheffield tram-train pilot as a ‘how not to’ seminar

18.12.17: The pilot scheme to introduce a tram-train system between Sheffield and Rotherham has been like a  ‘how not to’ seminar for future projects, the Public Accounts Committee has claimed in a scathing new report. Cost...

Further electrification work to begin on Shotts line as NR awards £11.6m contract

Further electrification work to begin on Shotts line as NR awards £11.6m contract

13.12.17: Network Rail is to begin further electrification work on the Shotts line between Holytown Junction and Midcalder Junction after awarding an £11.6m contract today. The work is part of £160m of electrification upgrades to link Edi...

First passenger train runs across historic Ordsall Chord

First passenger train runs across historic Ordsall Chord

11.12.17: The first passenger train has travelled across the iconic Ordsall Chord. The 08:40 Northern service departed from Victoria station to Oxford Road, then back to Victoria before going on to Leeds on Sunday morning. The historic centre piece of...

Norwich to London closures over Christmas as engineers replace 1950s wiring

Norwich to London closures over Christmas as engineers replace 1950s wiring

08.12.17: Network Rail has announced a 10-day track closure over the Christmas period as engineers continue a £250m wire-replacement programme. Work between London and Norwich will see over 10km of wiring replaced – much of which was inst...

Blackpool £22m tram extension gets DfT approval

Blackpool £22m tram extension gets DfT approval

07.12.17: Plans to build an extension on the Blackpool tramline connecting North Pier to Blackpool North Railway Station have been confirmed by the DfT. Transport secretary Chris Grayling approved the £22m project, which is tied in with the lar...

Digital railway moves forward with new Budget investment pledges

Digital railway moves forward with new Budget investment pledges

22.11.17: The government has announced a raft of new commitments to strengthen the Digital Railway programme as part of its commitment to boost capacity across the network through innovative technology. In his Autumn Budget statement today, chancello...

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...

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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “g... more >
DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project &ldqu... 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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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >