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Grayling: ‘No obvious passenger benefit’ to Midland Main Line electrification

Grayling: ‘No obvious passenger benefit’ to Midland Main Line electrification

23.01.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling told the Commons Transport Committee yesterday that his decision to cancel further electrification on the Midland Main Line north of Kettering came down to the value for money provided by the project. In a...

Work begins to ‘future-proof’ Ashford International for new Eurostar trains

Work begins to ‘future-proof’ Ashford International for new Eurostar trains

15.01.18: Work has begun on a £10m project to prepare Ashford International station for the new e320 Eurostar trains. The upgrades are backed by Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council, with funding coming from the South East Local Ente...

Flint track modernisation work set to get underway

Flint track modernisation work set to get underway

11.01.18: Track upgrade work in Flint is set to start later this month as part of Network Rail’s £50m North Wales railway upgrade project. The infrastructure operator says work, expected to be completed by April, is necessary to improve t...

Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after ‘once-in-a-generation upgrade’

Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after ‘once-in-a-generation upgrade’

10.01.18: London Overground services are set to return between Gospel Oak and Barking next week following the installation of new overhead electric lines. Opening on Monday 15 January, the work will allow new electric trains to be introduced on the l...

Electrification means Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first time

Electrification means Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first time

05.01.18: Electrification between Blackpool and Preston over Christmas means the railway between the two areas has an overhead wire connection with the West Coast Main Line for the first time ever. Part of the Great North Rail Project and linked with...

Southampton track gets £8m upgrade

Southampton track gets £8m upgrade

02.01.18: Southampton has seen the completion of an £8m track upgrade over the Christmas period. The track renewal work, which was carried out between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, saw over 6,000 metres of cabling and 200 metres of track...

Edinburgh Waverley opens extended platform as electrification prep continues

Edinburgh Waverley opens extended platform as electrification prep continues

21.12.17: Preparation works for the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) will continue over the Christmas period with track improvements through Edinburgh Waverley station and Princes Street Gardens. Work on the extension of Waverly...

RAIB: Waterloo station crash caused by points mistake

RAIB: Waterloo station crash caused by points mistake

21.12.17: A crash at London Waterloo station in August this year was caused by a set of points which were not in the correct position. The incident saw a passenger train collide with a stationary engineering train as the first was leaving the station...

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

20.12.17: Network Rail has awarded a landmark contract for the installation of the European Train Control System (ETCS) in-cab signalling system to Siemens. The system will be installed on Britain’s freight fleet, and will ultimately equip around 7...

MPs condemn £75m Sheffield tram-train pilot as a ‘how not to’ seminar

MPs condemn £75m Sheffield tram-train pilot as a ‘how not to’ seminar

18.12.17: The pilot scheme to introduce a tram-train system between Sheffield and Rotherham has been like a  ‘how not to’ seminar for future projects, the Public Accounts Committee has claimed in a scathing new report. Cost...

Further electrification work to begin on Shotts line as NR awards £11.6m contract

Further electrification work to begin on Shotts line as NR awards £11.6m contract

13.12.17: Network Rail is to begin further electrification work on the Shotts line between Holytown Junction and Midcalder Junction after awarding an £11.6m contract today. The work is part of £160m of electrification upgrades to link Edi...

First passenger train runs across historic Ordsall Chord

First passenger train runs across historic Ordsall Chord

11.12.17: The first passenger train has travelled across the iconic Ordsall Chord. The 08:40 Northern service departed from Victoria station to Oxford Road, then back to Victoria before going on to Leeds on Sunday morning. The historic centre piece of...

Norwich to London closures over Christmas as engineers replace 1950s wiring

Norwich to London closures over Christmas as engineers replace 1950s wiring

08.12.17: Network Rail has announced a 10-day track closure over the Christmas period as engineers continue a £250m wire-replacement programme. Work between London and Norwich will see over 10km of wiring replaced – much of which was inst...

Blackpool £22m tram extension gets DfT approval

Blackpool £22m tram extension gets DfT approval

07.12.17: Plans to build an extension on the Blackpool tramline connecting North Pier to Blackpool North Railway Station have been confirmed by the DfT. Transport secretary Chris Grayling approved the £22m project, which is tied in with the lar...

Digital railway moves forward with new Budget investment pledges

Digital railway moves forward with new Budget investment pledges

22.11.17: The government has announced a raft of new commitments to strengthen the Digital Railway programme as part of its commitment to boost capacity across the network through innovative technology. In his Autumn Budget statement today, chancello...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >