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National Reservations Service wins IT award

01.05.06: The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) National Reservations Service (NRS) was awarded the Information Technology award for 2005 at the HSBC Rail Business Awards. The award honours innovation and personal ingenuity across all sector...

ROBEL completes Deutsche Bahn AG contract

01.05.06: ROBEL Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH has handed over two track vehicles of type 54.22 in the completion of a large order by German rail network, Deutsche Bahn AG delivered between August 2004 and February 2006. The contract was for 26 vehicles of type 54...

Tensar International research findings

Tensar International research findings

01.05.06: Tensar International has announced the findings of a major £265,000 research programme carried out over the past 3 years. The research was funded by a Royal Society Award awarded to a research team headed by Professor Stephen Brown at...

Wifi installation nine months ahead of schedule

01.05.06: East Coast train operator, GNER, has revealed plans to complete the installation of wireless internet on all of its trains nine months ahead of schedule. The decision comes following the success of the trial onboard ten of its rebuilt &lsqu...

Infotec in running for Innovation Award

01.03.06: UK designer and manufacturer of electronic displays for the rail industry, Infotec, is one of the three finalists for a business award designed to reward and encourage innovation. In entering for the Enterprise through Innovation category o...

Time for a change after one hundred and ten years.

Time for a change after one hundred and ten years.

01.01.06: Modern materials now offer a change in the way that detonators can be attached to a rail head. After observing the old practice of re-securing broken lead straps to detonators, the concept of a bespoke plastic clip was born for use in T3 Possess...

New track at New Street station

01.12.05: £9.5 million worth of new track was successfully installed at Birmingham New Street station over the Christmas period. The essential engineering work, carried out by Network Rail, took nine days, with work beginning on Christmas Day t...

Lorne Stewart wins Wales contract

13.09.05: Arriva Trains Wales has awarded Lorne Stewart Plc a substantial contract to provide mechanical and electrical maintenance to 237 railway stations across its network in Wales and the border counties of England. The building engineering servi...

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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 >