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Manchester council scolds Grayling for living in ‘complete fantasy’ on rail expansion delays

Manchester council scolds Grayling for living in ‘complete fantasy’ on rail expansion delays

17.08.18: Manchester City Council has blasted the transport secretary for appearing to blame the city authority for delays on rail infrastructure in the city. Chris Grayling appeared on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday morning where he was asked to give hi...

Electrification: an uncertain future

Electrification: an uncertain future

24.07.18: Dr Stuart Hillmansen, senior lecturer in electrical energy systems at the University of Birmingham, and head of the Traction Research Group as part of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), considers the future of elec...

Trains on the Manchester-Preston line will not be electrified until 2019

Trains on the Manchester-Preston line will not be electrified until 2019

11.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Northern has announced it will not be electrifying the Manchester - Preston line until 2019. Its decision was finalised after the announcement of the timetable changes in December. ...

Digital Railway: From potential to kinetic

Digital Railway: From potential to kinetic

26.06.18: David Waboso, managing director of Group Digital Railway, talks to Luana Salles about the importance of striking a balance between new lines and modern technologies to deliver the capacity and efficiency the industry is yearning for. Mark C...

‘Major milestone’ in Northamptonshire railway upgrade reached

‘Major milestone’ in Northamptonshire railway upgrade reached

21.06.18: Network Rail has completed 12 weeks of major improvement works in Northamptonshire. The work, which forms part of the Midland Main Line upgrade, saw two of four rail lines closed to all engineers to carry out major improvements to track, draina...

NR awards £20m signalling contract for Highland mainline

NR awards £20m signalling contract for Highland mainline

14.06.18: Siemens has been awarded a £20m re-signalling contract by Network Rail. The contract will see sections of the Highlands mainline re-signalled as part of the £57m, Scottish Government-funded investment in the line, which links the Hi...

Abergele track upgrade completed as part of £50m North Wales improvement project

Abergele track upgrade completed as part of £50m North Wales improvement project

11.06.18: Track upgrade work has been completed in Abergele as part of the £50m North Wales railway upgrade project. Work involved laying 600 metres of new track, as well as upgrading two sets of points, moveable sections of track to allow trains t...

Moving in the right direction

Moving in the right direction

05.06.18: Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford Park Line extension as part of the Metrolink network. This is going to be a big year for Metro...

Overcoming leaves on the line

Overcoming leaves on the line

05.06.18: Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains dramatically reduces braking distances. Low adhesion conditions cause an average of 350,000 de...

Major progress made on ECML, paving way for new trains this year

Major progress made on ECML, paving way for new trains this year

29.05.18: Network Rail has completed two key milestones in its changes to the East Coast Main Line (ECML) for its introduction of the new InterCity Express Program (IEP) trains later this year. Routes spanning England and Scotland have been checked t...

Use cancelled electrification savings to boost Welsh transport, say MPs

Use cancelled electrification savings to boost Welsh transport, say MPs

21.05.18: Savings from the cancelled electrification scheme should fund a Welsh transport boost, the Welsh Affairs Committee has said. The committee argued that there is a “stark gap” in funding between Wales and other parts of the UK. Com...

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

10.05.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling and Network Rail boss Mark Carne will today convene in York to launch the much-anticipated Digital Railway Strategy, which will confirm that the industry will benefit from “a plan, impetus and the funding...

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

09.05.18: The first stage of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification project is set for completion this month, the ScotRail Alliance has announced. The first section to be electrified as part of the electrification project covers 26 single track...

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

08.05.18: Network Rail has completed the installation of 4km of overhead wire between Billericay and Wickford, meaning better railway between Southend, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The improvements, made over the bank holiday weekend, are part of the...

Network Rail under fire for ‘secretive’ tree felling plans

Network Rail under fire for ‘secretive’ tree felling plans

01.05.18: Wildlife charities have voiced their concerns as millions of trees along the UK’s rail lines are at risk of facing the axe in an effort by NR to prevent leaves falling on lines and causing delays. The railway operator made use of dron...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >