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Minister confirms there are ‘no plans’ to extend Crossrail to Basingstoke

Minister confirms there are ‘no plans’ to extend Crossrail to Basingstoke

06.03.18: Jo Johnson has confirmed that there are no plans to lengthen Crossrail to Basingstoke despite speculation from other MPs. Following questioning from North East Hampshire Conservative MP Ranil Jayawardena, the rail minister said the governme...

Services disrupted after Storm Emma damages Dawlish sea wall

Services disrupted after Storm Emma damages Dawlish sea wall

02.03.18: There are no services running on the line between Exeter and Plymouth following major storm damage to the sea wall at Dawlish, Network Rail has confirmed. While there is no structural damage to either the wall or the railway, visual inspect...

Network Rail to begin ‘crucial’ track straightening work on Midland Main Line

Network Rail to begin ‘crucial’ track straightening work on Midland Main Line

02.03.18: Network Rail engineers are set to complete the first section of a major line speed upgrade in Market Harborough this weekend. The work will see track straightened, allowing trains to travel through the section more quickly and increasing th...

Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

15.02.18: TfL has cautioned passengers on the Northern Line about upgrade works which mean Bank branch services will go for a 5-month period without stopping at Kennington. Starting on 26 May and finishing in mid-September, the work is part of the or...

RSSB: Innovative sander configuration could reduce low adhesion delays

RSSB: Innovative sander configuration could reduce low adhesion delays

12.02.18: Double variable rate sanders could combat leaves on the line, according to new research by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). Sanders are already routinely used to reduce the impact of low adhesion by blasting sand between the wheel an...

Bristol stations will experience Easter disruption as NR completes £130m signalling upgrade

Bristol stations will experience Easter disruption as NR completes £130m signalling upgrade

08.02.18: Network Rail has warned that train services around Bristol are likely to suffer from disruption over Easter while engineers complete its “biggest ever signalling upgrade.” For five days between Good Friday and 3 April, bus repla...

Grayling consults on plans to reopen historic northern line

Grayling consults on plans to reopen historic northern line

08.02.18: The transport secretary has this week revealed plans to complete a feasibility study on reopening the Skipton-Colne line, closed in 1970. Chris Grayling said the line had the potential to deliver a “vital connection” between Lan...

Elizabeth Line hit with major challenges after electrical explosion pushes back testing

Elizabeth Line hit with major challenges after electrical explosion pushes back testing

31.01.18: The energisation of eastern sections of the Elizabeth Line was pushed back in November after a voltage transformer meant to connect separate electrical appliances exploded, causing testing to be delayed. The problems, coupled with the compl...

Modernising asset data capture

Modernising asset data capture

30.01.18: David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in Infrastructure Projects Signalling at Network Rail, explains how automation and machine learning are transforming the safety of renewals work on the railway. In the last issue of RTM we look...

Scottish line reopens after 1,000-tonne landslide turmoil

Scottish line reopens after 1,000-tonne landslide turmoil

30.01.18: The Fort William-Mallaig line in Scotland reopened this week after nine days of closure caused by 1,000 tonnes of rock and mud spilling onto the track. The initial disruption occurred last Sunday and continued throughout the night until Mon...

Campaign launched for £200m Midland Main Line resignalling project

Campaign launched for £200m Midland Main Line resignalling project

26.01.18: Derby station’s improvement project has taken a major step forward with the launch of a joint venture campaign this week. The £200m programme to improve Midland Main Line signalling is run by a partnership between Network Rail a...

Network Rail disputes UTG ‘fairer’ rail access cost claim

Network Rail disputes UTG ‘fairer’ rail access cost claim

24.01.18: Network Rail officials have written to the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) to dispute claims from the Urban Transport Group (UTG) about rail access costs. The UTG had initially claimed that future changes to costs imposed on regional rail ser...

Weekend of heavy rain causes landslide chaos across the UK

Weekend of heavy rain causes landslide chaos across the UK

23.01.18: A weekend of extremely heavy rain in certain parts of the country has led to multiple line closures as landslides caused disruption and damage. On Sunday, a landslip at Dinas Rhondda in Wales closed the line between Porth and Treherbert aft...

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...

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DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

12/12/2018DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

The strategic outline business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which was due to be submitted to the government by the end of this month,... more >
TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

12/12/2018TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

Plans to upgrade major parts of London Underground will be put on hold and Crossrail 2 is now in doubt after TfL has disclosed the extent of its ... more >
Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

12/12/2018Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

Hitachi and Spencer Group have launched a joint bid to win a £500m contract to build new trains and a maintenance depot for the Tyne and We... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >