Track and signalling

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

05.11.18: Plans 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 improvemen...

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

02.11.18: Network 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 plan...

Emergency track work in Bristol cancelled due to chemical emergency risk

Emergency track work in Bristol cancelled due to chemical emergency risk

29.10.18: Emergency 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 pla...

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

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

24.10.18: Network 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 t...

Train’s near miss with track workers caused by mix-up over location

Train’s near miss with track workers caused by mix-up over location

23.10.18: Two track workers working on a bridge near Dundee were almost hit by a train because the wrong section of the track was blocked off, an investigation by the RAIB has found. Their report said that the workers were on the bridge when the 22:4...

Electrification of railways sees CO2 emissions fall

Electrification of railways sees CO2 emissions fall

22.10.18: CO2 emissions from passenger rail has fallen in the last year as a result of the use of greener energy sources as part of electrifying the UK railway, new statistics from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) have shown. Overall CO2 emissions h...

DfT exploring digital ETCS roll-out across all East West Rail phases

DfT exploring digital ETCS roll-out across all East West Rail phases

18.09.18: The government is exploring the possibility of implementing ETCS across the entirety of East West Rail (EWR) in the future if analysis shows that it can provide significant benefits for the programme. Rail minister Jo Johnson revealed that...

3D printing: from virtual to real

3D printing: from virtual to real

11.09.18: Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial application, to increasingly becoming a common industry tool and even a reality in the home. David Shipman, in...

Repoint: A way out of the perfect storm

Repoint: A way out of the perfect storm

11.09.18: The Repoint project was originally created to examine capacity constraints at junctions. But fast-forward seven years and the radical scheme has completely changed every aspect of the track switch as we know it. Sam Bemment, senior research and...

Progress on ECML slowed due to trackside equipment faults

Progress on ECML slowed due to trackside equipment faults

10.09.18: Progress to introduce the new Class 800/801 Hitachi Azuma trains on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) has been slowed due to problems arising with the trackside equipment. In a statement from Network Rail, electromagnetic emissions from the n...

TOCs urged to conduct proper safety checks after trapped passenger is dragged by train

TOCs urged to conduct proper safety checks after trapped passenger is dragged by train

30.08.18: An incident that saw a passenger dragged along by a train after getting trapped in the closing doors was caused by operational issues and a misunderstanding of safety instructions, the RAIB has found. On 26 March this year, a woman was drag...

Building resilience on the Brighton Main Line

Building resilience on the Brighton Main Line

30.08.18: SPONSORED INTERVIEW Andrew Swanson, head of signal engineering at Kier Rail, talks about a key rail signalling project for his team. The Brighton Main Line (BML) is one of the most congested commuter lines on the UK railway network. It con...

Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29.08.18: RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance technology so far. Director of fleet and engineering Leevan Finney (pictured) talks about the project, the...

Manchester council scolds Grayling for living in ‘complete fantasy’ on rail expansion delays

Manchester council scolds Grayling for living in ‘complete fantasy’ on rail expansion delays

17.08.18: Manchester City Council has blasted the transport secretary for appearing to blame the city authority for delays on rail infrastructure in the city. Chris Grayling appeared on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday morning where he was asked to give hi...

Electrification: an uncertain future

Electrification: an uncertain future

24.07.18: Dr Stuart Hillmansen, senior lecturer in electrical energy systems at the University of Birmingham, and head of the Traction Research Group as part of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), considers the future of elec...

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Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

18/01/2019Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

Crossrail has begun operating test trains on the Elizabeth Line, restarting a crucial part of testing after months of setbacks and delays. T... more >
Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

18/01/2019Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

Rail maintenance company Gemini Rail has served a closure notice on its Springburn depot and served workers with redundancy notices, sparking uni... more >
Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

18/01/2019Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

A former Highways England manager is set to join Transport for the North (TfN) to operate as the body’s new strategy and programme director... 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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5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

18/01/20195 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

TransCityRail brings a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insight into what’s happening in the rail industry across the Midlands, exhibit, and place your brand in front of budget-holders whilst taking advantage of the hours of networking with senior decision-makers. 5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail Midlands ... more >
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Repoint: revolutionising track switch

15/01/2019Repoint: revolutionising track switch

Sam Bemment, senior R&D engineer at Loughborough University, brings us an update on the Repoint project – a scheme which has transforme... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >
Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

15/01/2019Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

As part of its Open for Business programme, Network Rail recently teamed up with Innovate UK to give businesses a chance to win a share of £... more >
CP6: Room for improvement

15/01/2019CP6: Room for improvement

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses Network Rail’s confirmed spending plans for CP6. Th... more >

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Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... more >