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Safety concerns raised over Network Rail’s £1.4bn railway arches sell-off

Safety concerns raised over Network Rail’s £1.4bn railway arches sell-off

25 April 2019Concerns over safety and hidden defects regarding Network Rail’s widely publicised £1.46bn sale of railway arches and 5,200 commercial estate properties have been reported to a confidential structural safety body. Anonymised concerns...

Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17 April 2019Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Council. Construction of the new sea wall will now begin at the end of May, and once completed will provi...

Mother of girl killed by ‘silent’ train suing Network Rail for breaching its duty of care

Mother of girl killed by ‘silent’ train suing Network Rail for breaching its duty of care

15 April 2019Network Rail is being sued by the mother of a teenager who was killed by a ‘silent’ midnight train in Halifax. Milena Gagic, 16, died instantly when she was hit by a night train travelling at 55mph at a level crossing in December 2014...

RAIB launches investigation after ‘vulnerable’ man fell on Metrolink tracks as tram departed

RAIB launches investigation after ‘vulnerable’ man fell on Metrolink tracks as tram departed

15 April 2019An investigation has been launched after a “vulnerable” passenger fell onto the track on the Manchester Metrolink after the tram he was leaning on pulled away, the RAIB has said. The man, described by the RAIB as “in a vulnerabl...

Cornwall train with 14 passengers onboard derailed after track jumped to wrong position, RAIB finds

Cornwall train with 14 passengers onboard derailed after track jumped to wrong position, RAIB finds

12 April 2019A train with 14 passengers on board derailed at a Cornish station after the points which allow trains to switch between tracks jumped into the wrong position, the RAIB has found. The passenger train was left straddling between two lines as it ent...

Train ‘fortunate’ to avoid collision after breaking through barriers at a level crossing, RAIB reports

Train ‘fortunate’ to avoid collision after breaking through barriers at a level crossing, RAIB reports

11 April 2019The RAIB has published a raft of safety measures after a train ran onto a level crossing and broke through the barriers in what could have been a fatal incident. The engineering train was approaching a level crossing at Penrhyn in Wales on 6 Janu...

Corbyn calls for new electrified West Country rail line bypassing Dawlish

Corbyn calls for new electrified West Country rail line bypassing Dawlish

09 April 2019The Labour Party leader has called for a new electrified rail line connecting the West Country with London which will bypass Dawlish. The inland rail line would avoid Dawlish, where the current railway clings to the coast between Plymouth and Exe...

Hull Trains loans another high-speed train as it waits for arrival of new £60m Hitachi fleet

Hull Trains loans another high-speed train as it waits for arrival of new £60m Hitachi fleet

08 April 2019Hull Trains has agreed to loan another high-speed train as it tries to avoid service disruption before the arrival of its new £60m fleet in November. The train operator has loaned an additional intercity 125 HST from Great Western Railway (...

Network Rail buys up old Croydon sites in plans to fix Britain’s busiest railway bottleneck

Network Rail buys up old Croydon sites in plans to fix Britain’s busiest railway bottleneck

02 April 2019Network Rail has bought two old Royal Mail depots and Volkswagen sites next to East Croydon Station as part of its plans to “unblock the London-Brighton railway bottleneck at Croydon.” The purchase of the old Royal Mail building site...

Network Rail unveils £2bn CP6 investment for Wales and Borders railway

Network Rail unveils £2bn CP6 investment for Wales and Borders railway

01 April 2019Plans for a £2bn investment over the next five years across the Wales and Borders have been published by Network Rail. This includes investing £176m on track renewals and refurbishments, £135m to improve signalling in west Wales...

UK Government announces support for feasibility study into Borders Railway extension

UK Government announces support for feasibility study into Borders Railway extension

01 April 2019The UK Government has announced its backing for a feasibility study into an extension of the Borders Railway. The plans could see the 30-mile route between Edinburgh and Tweedbank extended a further 18 miles to Hawick, Newcastleton and Carlisle. ...

Network Rail to spend £42bn on railway improvements to ‘restore public trust’

Network Rail to spend £42bn on railway improvements to ‘restore public trust’

28 March 2019Network Rail is to spend £42bn on the railway over the next five years in a bid to improve poor punctuality in “the biggest modernisation of our rail network in over a century.” The arm’s length body has published detailed...

Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26 March 2019In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a year. Following a concerted effort by team members on the project, the challenge was met in just nine m...

Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

25 March 2019Dozens of passengers left “increasingly uncomfortable” on a stranded train at Lewisham left their train and walked along icy tracks still open to traffic, a “shocking” RAIB report has revealed. The RMT stated it was &ldquo...

Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

20 March 2019Kier has appointed Andrew Davies as its new chief executive, two months after the building contractor ousted Hayden Mursell on the back of debt issues. Davies had been appointed to lead the British outsourcing giant Carillion, but it became solve...

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Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03/07/2020Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, including 111 trains from... more >
‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03/07/2020‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beginning to reopen, train o... more >
SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn ... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >