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Flint track modernisation work set to get underway

Flint track modernisation work set to get underway

11.01.18: Track upgrade work in Flint is set to start later this month as part of Network Rail’s £50m North Wales railway upgrade project. The infrastructure operator says work, expected to be completed by April, is necessary to improve t...

Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after ‘once-in-a-generation upgrade’

Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after ‘once-in-a-generation upgrade’

10.01.18: London Overground services are set to return between Gospel Oak and Barking next week following the installation of new overhead electric lines. Opening on Monday 15 January, the work will allow new electric trains to be introduced on the l...

Electrification means Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first time

Electrification means Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first time

05.01.18: Electrification between Blackpool and Preston over Christmas means the railway between the two areas has an overhead wire connection with the West Coast Main Line for the first time ever. Part of the Great North Rail Project and linked with...

Southampton track gets £8m upgrade

Southampton track gets £8m upgrade

02.01.18: Southampton has seen the completion of an £8m track upgrade over the Christmas period. The track renewal work, which was carried out between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, saw over 6,000 metres of cabling and 200 metres of track...

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...

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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 >