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Real time internet access means smarter rolling stock today and intelligent trains tomorrow

01.10.07: Peter Kingsland, managing director of Icomera UK, says that rail operators can realise immediate business benefits by taking a strategic approach to on-train communications. On the back of rising passenger numbers today’s train operat...

Release of Engineering Base version 3

01.10.07: Aucotec Ltd. are pleased to announce the release of version 3 of their Engineering Base electrical engineering design software based on Microsoft Visio and SQL data server. It is an easy to use, but powerful solution to electrical engi...

Through the looking glass

01.10.07: Thales selects optical fibre for Tube Lines JNUP signalling upgrade For more than 20 years, optical fibre has been the preferred cable type in telecom and data networks worldwide. More recently, use of this medium in the more hazardous envi...

Arcom encompasses Eurotech’s vision

27.09.07: After 18 months as part of the Eurotech Group, Arcom is renaming to Eurotech Limited. This reflects the integration of Arcom’s products into the Group’s global array of research driven, advanced technologies. The Eurotech Group...

National Rail Enquiries to launch live departure board for Windows Vista users

27.09.07: National Rail Enquiries in partnership with Conchango have created a live departure board gadget that is designed for the Windows Vista Sidebar. It allows users who download it to their desktop to view the status of a train. The tool uses N...

Weidmüller’s ‘RockStar®’ is a hit with Deutsche Bahn

Weidmüller’s ‘RockStar®’ is a hit with Deutsche Bahn

27.09.07: Weidmüller RockStar®’ is a new generation of heavy duty connectors supporting the trend towards modular concepts in signal and track technology. Featuring innovative details, the new generation comprises 11 established sizes. This...

Manchester man jailed after theft from railway in Cumbria

20.09.07: A 40 year old man from Greater Manchester has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for stealing approximately £12,000 worth of cable from railway sidings in Tebay, Cumbria. Graham John Ward from Owlwood Drive, Little Hulton, was s...

Network Rail announces track renewal changes

20.09.07: Network Rail has announced the result of a six month assessment of its track renewals aimed at reducing the number of contractors delivering work from six to four. The proposal to rationalise arrangements, originally announced in December 2...

Major works planned for Airdrie-Bathgate rail link

13.09.07: The GBP300 million project to create a new rail link between Airdrie and Bathgate enters its next phase this autumn and winter, with a series of line closures planned to help deliver the new service. The project, financed by Transport Scotl...

Airdrie-Bathgate survey work on track

30.08.07: Detailed surveys to map out the precise route of the new Airdrie-Bathgate Rail link have begun. Over the next nine months, Network Rail will be completing the detailed design of the new 15 mile railway, which will involve extensive ground i...

Key IT contracts awarded

30.08.07: As part of an overall review into Network Rail's IT services, two areas of the business have been outsourced to IT specialist organisations. The review aimed to improve service delivery across the company and to Network Rail's customers, moving...

Smart posters show passengers the way

23.08.07: An innovative pilot scheme that will see maps, directions and real time travel advice transmitted to mobile phones begins this week. The three-month trial, centered around Blackfriars London Underground (LU) station, will see Near Field Com...

Corus Cogifer’s nice turnout

Corus Cogifer’s nice turnout

24.07.07: As part of their long term supply of switches and crossings to the West Coast Route Modernisation (WCRM) scheme, Corus Cogifer Switches and Crossings have manufactured the first CEN60 high-speed H31.25 turnout to be installed on Network Rail&rsq...

ENSCO wins $67m contract with the Federal Railroad Administration

ENSCO wins $67m contract with the Federal Railroad Administration

24.07.07: ENSCO Inc., a diversified research, development and information technology company, has been awarded a contract to support the Automated Track Inspection Program (ATIP) for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The five year contract is val...

Life costs for level crossings

24.07.07: Having stemmed a number of high costs, Network Rail’s focus is now turning toward, amongst other things, the long term cost benefits of level crossings. Having put vital safety foundations in place, Britain’s rail owner understandabl...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >