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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...

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17.11.17: David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce through the innovative use of new technology. Reducing the safety risks our workforces are expos...

‘Rotten’ Burnley canal bridge replaced by Network Rail

‘Rotten’ Burnley canal bridge replaced by Network Rail

15.11.17: Network Rail engineers have replaced a "rotten and rusted” bridge as part of the Great North Rail Project. The bridge, which crosses a canal in Burnley, was replaced with a new one weighing 80 tonnes. A temporary pontoon was installed...

OLE installed on Midland Main Line route for first time in 40 years

OLE installed on Midland Main Line route for first time in 40 years

14.11.17: Network Rail’s Orange Army has reached a major milestone this week as overhead line masts for electrification were installed on the London to Corby route for the first time in over 40 years as part of the Midland Main Line electrification...

NR: Ordsall Chord shows what can be achieved with the right mechanisms in place

NR: Ordsall Chord shows what can be achieved with the right mechanisms in place

10.11.17: The Ordsall Chord – which opened yesterday and connects Manchester three main railway stations for the first time – took nearly nine years to complete from its conception. The project was marred from the beginning by a number of...

'Iconic' Ordsall Chord completed by Network Rail

'Iconic' Ordsall Chord completed by Network Rail

09.11.17: Manchester’s three main railway stations have been connected for the first time today with the completion of the Ordsall Chord. The historic centre piece of the Great North Rail Project, the Ordsall Chord bridge, will join Manchester&rsqu...

Blackpool rail network to close for 19 weeks during major upgrade

Blackpool rail network to close for 19 weeks during major upgrade

03.11.17: Blackpool’s rail network is set for major changes as Network Rail plans to close the system for 19 weeks of essential work. The upgrades – which form a part of the Great North Rail Project – will focus on improving capacit...

No reason why schemes can’t be funded with more private cash, says Siemens

No reason why schemes can’t be funded with more private cash, says Siemens

17.10.17: Siemens has signalled its willingness to work on future electrification and resignalling programmes following the government’s announcement of £48bn available for CP6. The hints build on Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne&r...

Computerised signalling system set to increase LU capacity by a third

Computerised signalling system set to increase LU capacity by a third

16.10.17: A new computerised signalling system that will allow trains to run closer together and increase capacity by a third has been successfully tested on the London Underground. The SelTrac CBTC system, designed by Thales, is expected to improve...

State-of-the-art signal work set to start in West Yorkshire

State-of-the-art signal work set to start in West Yorkshire

11.10.17: Work to upgrade signalling in West Yorkshire to a new state-of-the-art system will begin on 28 October. The operations are part of the Great North Rail Project and represent phase two of a three phase plan which will change all the signalli...

Greater Anglia and Network Rail unite to fight leaf damage

Greater Anglia and Network Rail unite to fight leaf damage

10.10.17: Greater Anglia and Network Rail will complete a £500k investment in anti-slip ‘wheel slide protection’ (WSP) to combat the issue of slippery leaves on the line. The new technology will be the first time a WSP system has be...

£68m signalling overhaul set to start in Anglia

£68m signalling overhaul set to start in Anglia

25.09.17: As part of its upgrade plan, Network Rail is installing a new state of the art signalling system on the train lines in the Yarmouth, Norwich and Lowestoft areas. The upgrade, part of a £68m investment, will modernise the region by int...

Optimising traffic management

Optimising traffic management

25.09.17: Taku Fujiyama, from University College London (UCL), and Lei Chen, from the University of Birmingham, on the work and early findings of the Developing and Evaluating Dynamic Optimisation for Train Control Systems project. Capacity shortage...

Grayling commits £5m to install digital signalling on TransPennine route

Grayling commits £5m to install digital signalling on TransPennine route

22.09.17: Passengers travelling between Manchester and York could be the first in the north to enjoy an intercity railway that uses digital signalling, Chris Grayling has announced today. A tranche of £5m funding has been announced to let Netwo...

Crossrail: track installation complete

Crossrail: track installation complete

21.09.17: Chris Enoch, Crossrail’s railway systems project manager, discusses the complexities in the design and installation of the track system on the Elizabeth Line project. This summer, the Crossrail programme reached another exciting and m...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

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Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

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Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >