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The Future of Radio Communications – Today

01.11.06: A single system that provides CCTV from your train to a control centre, real time train status information, communication between control and drivers, a conductor with PDA relaying ticket data back to control servers and broadband internet acces...

The SA 380 Data logger

01.11.06: The first datalogger on the market to be awarded full Network Rail approval to the standard RT/E/S/11304 is offering a range of new possibilities for level crossing, interlocking and bespoke monitoring applications. The SA-380 has been deve...

World's first palm print solution for access control launched at Biometrics 2006

01.11.06: Biometrics 2006 will be the worldwide launchpad of the Rimax Staff On Time Palm Scan, a palm reader which uniquely identifies users by their palm print, rather than the geometry of their hand. Exclusive UK distributor Databac Group will demonstr...

XiTRACK

01.11.06: XiTRACK is a unique Geo-Composite solution for ballast strengthening using a polymer compound. Importantly, it is a designed solution, matching treatment to individual track performance requirements giving optimum and durable solutions, preventi...

ESG to fit GSM-R to freight locomotives

01.09.06: UK railway consultancy, Engineering Support Group, has won a contract from Siemens Transportation Systems on behalf of Network Rail to fit Global Systems for Mobile communications for Railways (GSM-R) signalling equipment to locomotives. GS...

Serco wins on train monitoring data analysis system contract

01.09.06: Virgin West Coast and ALSTOM have selected Serco to design a Data Analysis System for the Pendolino Trains' On Train Monitoring Recorder (OTMR) equipment. The Design and development is being undertaken by Serco Rail Technologies, the divisi...

Cable thefts continue to rise

10.06.06: The number of copper thefts from rail lines has jumped yet again, meaning it has reached “epidemic proportions”, according to some analysts. It is one of British Transport Police’s top priorities, second only to counter-te...

Lombard funds GrantRail’s fleet extension

01.05.06: GrantRail Group Ltd. has extended its fleet of ‘on-track’ plant equipment after securing funding from Lombard and The Royal Bank of Scotland. The new equipment forms part of the company’s expansion plans following the succ...

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...

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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

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

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 >