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HS2’s Birmingham Curzon Street station: 55% carbon reduction

HS2’s Birmingham Curzon Street station: 55% carbon reduction

05 August 2020The HS2 project, Curzon Street station, which has been designed by a team in Birmingham, is hoped to reduce carbon emissions by an unprecedented 55% and achieve net zero carbon emissions from controlled energy consumption and use a variety of tech...

Overhead electric line overhaul to improve passenger journeys

Overhead electric line overhaul to improve passenger journeys

03 August 2020Passenger and freight journeys are set to be made more reliable in Lancashire and Cumbria as part of a £3.4m investment into the overhead 25,000-volt electric cables which power trains.

£81m signalling scheme hits halfway marker in South London

£81m signalling scheme hits halfway marker in South London

30 July 2020As the London Bridge Area Signalling Centre ends operations, an £81m scheme by Network Rail (NR) to renew infrastructure in the Hither Green area of South London reaches the halfway mark and is on track to deliver an improved railway for pas...

UK Government urged to collaborate on Global Centre of Rail Excellence

UK Government urged to collaborate on Global Centre of Rail Excellence

29 July 2020Welsh Government tell UK Government to be quick if they want to play a part in the delivery of the world leading project. The Global Centre for Rail Excellence would generate a world leading facility for research, growth and testing of rail techn...

Network Rail continue work to secure street next to West Coast main line

Network Rail continue work to secure street next to West Coast main line

28 July 2020Multi-million-pound work to secure land next to the West Coast main line in Stoke-on-Trent begins its second phase next month to make freight and passengers more reliable. The £4m Railway Upgrade Plan investment will stop a suburban street...

Scottish rail decarbonisation plan unveiled

Scottish rail decarbonisation plan unveiled

28 July 2020Today (28th July) Transport Secretary Michael Matheson launched his blueprint to decarbonise Scotland’s passenger rail services by 2035.   The Cabinet Secretary was speaking during a visit to ScotRail’s Shields Road electric flee...

Network Rail Scotland completes £1m of rail works

Network Rail Scotland completes £1m of rail works

27 July 2020Network Rail have delivered more than £1m of work to renew track and refurbish a key junction on Scotland’s Railway in Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire. Between Saturday July 17th and Monday July 20th, engineers worked to renew 1.5km o...

Bromborough station prepares for modern refurbishment

Bromborough station prepares for modern refurbishment

23 July 2020Bromborough station is set to see improvement work as the region’s railway network progresses for the future. The changes to the station, located on the Wirral, is part of a collaboration between Network Rail, Merseyrail and Merseytravel. ...

£3.5m investment into Cumbrian West Coast mainline

£3.5m investment into Cumbrian West Coast mainline

23 June 2020A significant investment has been implemented to protect the railway in Cumbria from landslips and provide more reliable journeys for passengers. Engineers will upgrade the embankments along the railway to improve travel on the West Coast main li...

Multi-million-pound summer investment in Sussex rail route

Multi-million-pound summer investment in Sussex rail route

22 June 2020Rail passengers in Sussex are set to benefit from a significant renewal and refurbishment to Oxted Viaduct and a footbridge replacement in Eridge, a village on the Uckfield branch of the Oxted line.   Oxted viaduct was constructed in 1881 an...

The Office of Rail and Road warns trespassers

The Office of Rail and Road warns trespassers

19 June 2020The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is reminding people of the dangers around trespassing on the railway and to not take any unnecessary risks. The rail regulator has seen a concerning spike in near miss incidents being reported as well as a surge...

Anglia rail route to see major improvement work

Anglia rail route to see major improvement work

17 June 2020Network Rail have announced a huge set of improvement works across the region’s rail network today (June 16th) to improve reliability of train services for passengers. The work will be carried out across regional and main lines and will foc...

Network Rail installs new flood barrier north of Exeter

Network Rail installs new flood barrier north of Exeter

09 June 2020Network Rail have fitted a new flood defence barrier to protect passenger journeys from being disrupted by flooding to the north of Exeter. The barrier, which was installed at the end of May, is part of £26.5m programme to lessen the reoccu...

Network Rail to complete critical signalling work on SE London lines

Network Rail to complete critical signalling work on SE London lines

20 May 2020Railway lines through Hither Green in South East London are set to be closed for a nine-day period between July 25, 2020 and August 2, 2020 to allow Network Rail to complete critical signalling upgrades in the area.

How ORR is helping to keep Britain’s railways moving

How ORR is helping to keep Britain’s railways moving

07 May 2020The Office of Rail and Road CEO, John Larkinson, has issued a statement this morning in regard to how ORR is playing its part to keep Britain’s railways moving. He began his statement by saying: “Covid-19 presents unprecedented challe...

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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 >