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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...

Mechanical strain gauge from Vortok International

24.07.07: Vortok is introducing a very simple and yet effective device for measuring the change in strain during tensioning or cutting of rail. The device works by being clamped to a rail at two points, a set distance apart. The instrument contains a micr...

Norton – innovative solutions to the rail industry

24.07.07: Innovation is essential to enable further improvements in rail infrastructure maintenance and Saint-Gobain Abrasives is at the forefront of providing innovative, time saving products for rail cutting and conditioning. The Norton brand owned...

On time and on track with mini crawler cranes

On time and on track with mini crawler cranes

24.07.07: In spaces where access is limited and height is an issue, Maeda mini crawler cranes are helping rail maintenance specialists IMS Ltd stay on the right side of the tracks. Gary Wainwright, director of IMS says: “These Maedas are a grea...

Back to the future with digital pen & paper

23.07.07: Digital pen and paper (DPP) technology has come of age in the past year as a growing number of businesses have recognised that it delivers immediate data capture, low cost of ownership, security, total traceability and workforce approval. D...

Eland Cables signs a contract with URL

23.07.07: Eland Cables has recently secured a multi-million pound contract to supply a significant amount of Network Rail’s signalling cable requirements for maintenance 2007/2008. The contract was awarded by Network Rail’s purchasing agent fo...

Improving remote worker efficiencies and safety with mobile computers and real time data capture

23.07.07: Companies which rely on mobile workers to complete tasks in the field stand to make huge efficiency gains by adopting the very latest mobile data solutions. Imagine a scenario where an engineer finds a fault on a carriage during a routine s...

Reducing the risk of rail crime

23.07.07: Railway crime and terrorist attack together with asset longevity in the face of climate change are amongst the most pressing concerns for the rail industry. Specifiers are looking for more secure, more robust protection for trackside services an...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

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Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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 >