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Abergele track upgrade completed as part of £50m North Wales improvement project

Abergele track upgrade completed as part of £50m North Wales improvement project

11 June 2018Track upgrade work has been completed in Abergele as part of the £50m North Wales railway upgrade project. Work involved laying 600 metres of new track, as well as upgrading two sets of points, moveable sections of track to allow trains to...

Moving in the right direction

Moving in the right direction

05 June 2018Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford Park Line extension as part of the Metrolink network. This is going to be a big year for Metrolink a...

Overcoming leaves on the line

Overcoming leaves on the line

05 June 2018Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains dramatically reduces braking distances. Low adhesion conditions cause an average of 350,000 delay mi...

Major progress made on ECML, paving way for new trains this year

Major progress made on ECML, paving way for new trains this year

29 May 2018Network Rail has completed two key milestones in its changes to the East Coast Main Line (ECML) for its introduction of the new InterCity Express Passenger (IEP) trains later this year. Routes spanning England and Scotland have been checked to en...

Use cancelled electrification savings to boost Welsh transport, say MPs

Use cancelled electrification savings to boost Welsh transport, say MPs

21 May 2018Savings from the cancelled electrification scheme should fund a Welsh transport boost, the Welsh Affairs Committee has said. The committee argued that there is a “stark gap” in funding between Wales and other parts of the UK. Committ...

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

10 May 2018Transport secretary Chris Grayling and Network Rail boss Mark Carne will today convene in York to launch the much-anticipated Digital Railway Strategy, which will confirm that the industry will benefit from “a plan, impetus and the funding&r...

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

09 May 2018The first stage of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification project is set for completion this month, the ScotRail Alliance has announced. The first section to be electrified as part of the electrification project covers 26 single track kilome...

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

08 May 2018Network Rail has completed the installation of 4km of overhead wire between Billericay and Wickford, meaning better railway between Southend, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The improvements, made over the bank holiday weekend, are part of the wider...

Network Rail under fire for ‘secretive’ tree felling plans

Network Rail under fire for ‘secretive’ tree felling plans

01 May 2018Wildlife charities have voiced their concerns as millions of trees along the UK’s rail lines are at risk of facing the axe in an effort by NR to prevent leaves falling on lines and causing delays. The railway operator made use of drones to...

Network Rail offers young people career support through charity partnership

Network Rail offers young people career support through charity partnership

12 April 2018Over 150 young people looking to move into employment will be given advice by rail industry employees through a partnership between Network Rail and Barnardo’s. Since Barnardo’s was named as Network Rail’s charity of choice in 2...

New Heathrow southern rail link could be funded entirely by private sector

New Heathrow southern rail link could be funded entirely by private sector

20 March 2018The Department for Transport has today revealed plans for a new southern rail link between Waterloo station and Heathrow Airport, which could be built entirely by private-sector firms. It would be one of the first major infrastructure projects to...

Multimillion-pound Alloa line electrification works begin

Multimillion-pound Alloa line electrification works begin

15 March 2018Major upgrade work on the Sterling-Alloa route is set to begin this weekend. Hundreds of engineers will work over 16,000 hours during the four-week works to deliver a multimillion pound upgrade to prepare the Alloa line for electrification. The...

‘Milestone moment’ as Kettering-Corby Line carries passengers

‘Milestone moment’ as Kettering-Corby Line carries passengers

12 March 2018The newly commissioned track between Kettering and Corby has entered passenger usage, marking the successful completion of a £130m capacity project. Since construction began in 2014, a significant amount of work has been carried out to impr...

Minister confirms there are ‘no plans’ to extend Crossrail to Basingstoke

Minister confirms there are ‘no plans’ to extend Crossrail to Basingstoke

06 March 2018Jo Johnson has confirmed that there are no plans to lengthen Crossrail to Basingstoke despite speculation from other MPs. Following questioning from North East Hampshire Conservative MP Ranil Jayawardena, the rail minister said the government&rsq...

Services disrupted after Storm Emma damages Dawlish sea wall

Services disrupted after Storm Emma damages Dawlish sea wall

02 March 2018There are no services running on the line between Exeter and Plymouth following major storm damage to the sea wall at Dawlish, Network Rail has confirmed. While there is no structural damage to either the wall or the railway, visual inspections p...

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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

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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 >