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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05.02.19: Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster University and Transport Systems Catapult. Network Rail estimates that, between 2008 and 2018, more...

Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05.02.19: Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. Managing a railway stretching 20,000 miles – from Wick to Penzance, Lowestoft to Aberystwth, a...

Long-awaited plans to build a sea wall to protect Dawlish rail line unveiled by Network Rail

Long-awaited plans to build a sea wall to protect Dawlish rail line unveiled by Network Rail

04.02.19: Plans to build a new sea wall in the first phase of work to protect the costal railway which connects Devon and Cornwall with the rest of the UK have been unveiled by Network Rail. High waves and strong winds have wreaked havoc on the Dawli...

RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

01.02.19: The RAIB has published a warning about the maintenance of freight vehicles and the safety of wheel and braking systems on trains which can lead to derailment. In a safety digest published following an investigation into the derailment of a...

TfN unveils £70bn transport masterplan for the north

TfN unveils £70bn transport masterplan for the north

31.01.19: Transport for the North (TfN) has launched its £70bn blueprints to overhaul northern transport infrastructure over the next 30 years, connecting the major cities and moving forward with its flagship project Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). ...

Network Rail unveils winners of 10-year contracts for £5bn rail system upgrades

Network Rail unveils winners of 10-year contracts for £5bn rail system upgrades

30.01.19: Network Rail has announced its preferred bidders to deliver track and rail system upgrades over the next 10 years in the south of England and in Scotland, worth an estimated £5bn. The contracts, initially five years with the option to...

Five route options for East West Rail project unveiled

Five route options for East West Rail project unveiled

29.01.19: The East West Railway Company (EWRC) has unveiled five proposed routes for the new rail line between Bedford and Cambridge as a public consultation on the next phase of the scheme gets underway. The major East West Rail project will run fro...

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

25.01.19: Proposals for an expansion of Greater Manchester’s (GM) tram network are in the works, Chris Grayling and Andy Burnham have announced, with plans for greater devolved control for the region and the introduction of tram-trains being conside...

TfL admits ‘disappointing’ Elizabeth Line progress but restates commitment to delivering Crossrail 2

TfL admits ‘disappointing’ Elizabeth Line progress but restates commitment to delivering Crossrail 2

25.01.19: TfL has said it remains fully committed to delivering Crossrail 2 in papers published ahead of next week’s board meeting, but revealed it is disappointed with progress on the completion of the Elizabeth Line. In the papers, the London...

RAIB to launch class investigation following front-line worker incidents

RAIB to launch class investigation following front-line worker incidents

24.01.19:   Image credit - viole The RAIB has announced it will launch a class investigation into a number of life-threatening incidents in which safety systems on the railway were entirely dependent on the decisions of front-line trac...

Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22.01.19: The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition parties making a cross-party plea at Holyrood. Plans to connect the city centre to the airport in...

ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22.01.19: Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carrying 2,200 train services a day, an average of 208 freight trains and 92 million passenger journeys a y...

East West Rail seeking partners to deliver Cambridge-Bedford rail link

East West Rail seeking partners to deliver Cambridge-Bedford rail link

21.01.19: East West Railway Company (EWRC) has announced it is seeking specialist partners to deliver the central section of its new rail line between Cambridge and Bedford, after publishing a prior information notice (PIN) today. The EWRC is develop...

Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

18.01.19: Crossrail has begun operating test trains on the Elizabeth Line, restarting a crucial part of testing after months of setbacks and delays. Two test trains will operate on the line during the first week of the main dynamic testing phase whic...

Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

18.01.19: Rail maintenance company Gemini Rail has served a closure notice on its Springburn depot and served workers with redundancy notices, sparking unions to launch a campaign to save the rail works. Gemini Rail announced its intention to close t...

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Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

21/08/2019Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

The government is set to launch a review into the HS2 project, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The review into the high-spee... more >
New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

20/08/2019New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

As part of a major £218m regeneration of Chelmsford, a new train station is set to be constructed to improve transport infrastructure in th... more >
Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

19/08/2019Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

Following the completion of an £800,000 investment into new railway tracks, passenger trains operating on the Mid-Cheshire Line betwee... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >