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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...

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...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >