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Consultation confirms public support for new rail link between Heathrow and the west

Consultation confirms public support for new rail link between Heathrow and the west

07 December 2018Plans for a new rail link between Heathrow and the west have been overwhelmingly supported in a new consultation published by Network Rail. The proposals set out a new rail link between the Great Western Main Line and London Heathrow Airport, and...

First CP6 contracts awarded by Network Rail in major £645m deal

First CP6 contracts awarded by Network Rail in major £645m deal

05 December 2018The first major contracts for CP6 have been awarded by Network Rail, worth a combined £645m. Story Contracting has been announced as the winner of ‘Lot 2,’ which covers renewals and enhancement work in Scotland and is worth arou...

RAIB to investigate LNER train which broke speed limit by 100mph

RAIB to investigate LNER train which broke speed limit by 100mph

28 November 2018A LNER train travelling at 120mph on a section of track with an emergency speed restriction of 20mph is being investigated by the RAIB. The Aberdeen to London King’s Cross service went through the Sandy South Junction in Bedfordshire on 19...

Major overhaul of one of country’s longest tunnels sees delays fall by a fifth

Major overhaul of one of country’s longest tunnels sees delays fall by a fifth

23 November 2018A major refurbishment of Sevenoaks tunnel has seen a 20% reduction in delays and halved journey times for passengers, even as the £21m infrastructure renewal nears completion. One of the longest tunnels in southern England, Sevenoaks has be...

Council voices several ‘critical’ objections to East West Rail Phase 2 plans

Council voices several ‘critical’ objections to East West Rail Phase 2 plans

22 November 2018A county council has expressed a number of issues deemed “unacceptable” and “critical” relating to Network Rail’s application for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to build East West Rail (EWR) Phase 2 – st...

RAIB, ORR and BTP all launch investigations after rail worker is killed by train

RAIB, ORR and BTP all launch investigations after rail worker is killed by train

22 November 2018The ORR, RAIB and the BTP have all launched investigations after a railway worker died when he was struck by a train at Stoats Nest Junction, Surrey, in the early hours of 6 November. The RAIB said it is trying to discover why the worker was kill...

Greater Anglia installs innovative WSP braking system across rural services

Greater Anglia installs innovative WSP braking system across rural services

20 November 2018Greater Anglia has fitted an innovative new braking system, known as Wheel Slide Protection (WSP) to more of its rural trains across its network. WSP has been fitted to five of the TOC’s single carriage Class 153 trains which operate on rur...

dessan Design in the digital railway

dessan Design in the digital railway

20 November 2018Denise Watkins, business development manager at Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe (HICSE), discusses her organisation’s exciting new railway signalling design tool, dessan Design. HICSE may appear to be a relatively young organisat...

Wales and Borders rail to receive £2bn government funding

Wales and Borders rail to receive £2bn government funding

19 November 2018Network Rail Wales and Borders has announced £2bn in government funding to be spent on a project to maintain and renew the Wales and Border railway routes. The funding represents a 28% funding increase compared to the last five-year funding...

Siemens CEO says it is ‘willing to make concessions’ to secure EU approval for Alstom merger

Siemens CEO says it is ‘willing to make concessions’ to secure EU approval for Alstom merger

09 November 2018The chief executive of Siemens has said he is “willing to make concessions” if necessary in order to gain EU approval for its proposed rail merger with Alstom. Joe Kaeser, head of the German rail giant, said he was relaxed about the E...

Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06 November 2018Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service for passengers. Network Rail’s current search for a train control partner to renew train control...

Rail overhaul on Brighton Main Line to improve the chaotic route in £67m upgrade

Rail overhaul on Brighton Main Line to improve the chaotic route in £67m upgrade

05 November 2018Plans to overhaul the Brighton Main Line in a £67m upgrade to the line to tackle delay hotspots and improve reliability have been unveiled. The Brighton Line, which has the worst punctuality of any major route, will undergo improvement work...

Network Rail warn of Christmas upgrade disruption to one of UK’s busiest rail junctions

Network Rail warn of Christmas upgrade disruption to one of UK’s busiest rail junctions

02 November 2018Network Rail has announced winter plans for an £8.2m upgrade to Battersea Pier, one of the UK’s busiest railway junctions, which will cause disruption to passengers across Sussex, Surrey and South London this Christmas. The plans will...

Emergency track work in Bristol cancelled due to chemical emergency risk

Emergency track work in Bristol cancelled due to chemical emergency risk

29 October 2018Emergency track work, part of rail upgrades across Bristol, has been abruptly cancelled after a local resident told Network Rail that it’s plans put hundreds of people at risk in the case of a chemical emergency. Network Rail were planning...

‘Vital’ upgrade work to West Yorkshire’s signalling system has been completed

‘Vital’ upgrade work to West Yorkshire’s signalling system has been completed

24 October 2018Network Rail has completed “vital” upgrade works to the signalling system used between Pudsey, Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield and Shepley as part of the Great North Rail Project. The project sees a new state of the art...

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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 >