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Boris Johnson not looking to scrap HS2 despite £100bn cost

Boris Johnson not looking to scrap HS2 despite £100bn cost

01.08.19: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said despite estimates suggesting the HS2 high speed rail line will cost more than £100bn, he was not currently intending to scrap any major infrastructure projects. Having announced a review into HS2...

RSSB: Railways crucial in UK becoming net zero-carbon by 2050

RSSB: Railways crucial in UK becoming net zero-carbon by 2050

22.07.19: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has said that Britain’s railways have a crucial role to play in helping the UK economy decarbonise by 2050. The announcement came as part of a new rail task force report, published today...

SWR announce solar-powered rail project

SWR announce solar-powered rail project

18.07.19: South Western Railway (SWR) have announced a scheme to power trains through connecting solar panels directly into the railway system as traction current. The innovative project is the first of its kind in the UK rail industry. It aims to ta...

Let the drain take the strain, argues ORR inspector of railways

Let the drain take the strain, argues ORR inspector of railways

12.07.19: Chris Davies, principal inspector of railways at the ORR, debates the often-overlooked importance of drainage in the safe operation of the railway network. In February 1940, a passenger train on the approach to Watford tunnel struck a lands...

Rail electrification of the chase line between Rugeley and Walsall

Rail electrification of the chase line between Rugeley and Walsall

08.07.19: As part of Network Rail’s track electrification, ABC Electrical Ltd identified MGF’s Vertishore as their preferred solution. Mark Norton, rail sector manager at MGF Ltd, reports. As part of the extensive line electrification wor...

Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13.06.19: The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans put forward by Network Rail. New proposals have been put forward to better protect the south D...

Out with the old: London Underground's track renewal works

Out with the old: London Underground's track renewal works

04.06.19: Alistair McLaughlin, programme delivery manager for Balfour Beatty, and John Lambert, head of track programme for Transport for London (TfL), explore the intricacies of London Underground track renewal works as part of the new Integrated Track T...

Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

23.05.19: Scrapping HS2 would be a “disaster” and would undermine Britain’s “national prosperity for decades to come,” more than 20 prominent local government leaders from the north and the midlands have warned. In a let...

£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

22.05.19: Network Rail has awarded contracts for rail haulage and the operations of its engineering trains and seasonal treatment services for Control Period 6, worth around £800m. Adopting Network Rail’s supply chain’s new “c...

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

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

14.05.19: Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “getting stronger by the day” a new report from the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has claimed....

Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13.05.19: 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 P...

Delivering cost-effective electrification

Delivering cost-effective electrification

13.05.19: David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can be delivered more cost effectively. In 2017, the government announced the cancelation of a num...

Network Rail reveals winner of Dawlish sea wall construction contract

Network Rail reveals winner of Dawlish sea wall construction contract

10.05.19: Network Rail has awarded the contract for the construction of the first phase of the Dawlish sea wall to BAM Nuttall ahead of work starting at the end of this month. The £80m sea wall was announced in February to protect the coastal r...

RAIB to investigate track worker near miss in Wales

RAIB to investigate track worker near miss in Wales

09.05.19: The RAIB has launched an investigation into a near miss incident where a track worker narrowly avoided being hit by a passenger train. The train was travelling between Dovey Junction and Borth stations at approximately 59mph on 2 April when...

Bond Street a year behind other Crossrail stations due to tunnelling problems

Bond Street a year behind other Crossrail stations due to tunnelling problems

07.05.19: Crossrail’s Bond Street station is a year behind schedule compared to the rest of the project’s stations because of extensive tunnelling delays, Mark Wild has revealed. Speaking to the London Assembly, Crossrail’s chief ex...

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Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17/10/2019Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list. Just 16.4% of the r... more >
ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

17/10/2019ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

 New research shows a huge ‘surge’ in ScotRail trains arriving on time, the biggest year-on-year increase in punctuality since 2... more >
£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

16/10/2019£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Oct 16) released its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) outlining plans that span ... 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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >