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Wales and Borders rail to receive £2bn government funding

Wales and Borders rail to receive £2bn government funding

19.11.18: Network Rail Wales and Borders has announced £2bn in government funding to be spent on a project to maintain and renew the Wales and Border railway routes. The funding represents a 28% funding increase compared to the last five-year f...

Siemens CEO says it is ‘willing to make concessions’ to secure EU approval for Alstom merger

Siemens CEO says it is ‘willing to make concessions’ to secure EU approval for Alstom merger

09.11.18: The chief executive of Siemens has said he is “willing to make concessions” if necessary in order to gain EU approval for its proposed rail merger with Alstom. Joe Kaeser, head of the German rail giant speaking at Siemens’...

Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06.11.18: Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service for passengers. Network Rail’s current search for a train control partner to renew train c...

Rail overhaul on Brighton Main Line to improve the chaotic route in £67m upgrade

Rail overhaul on Brighton Main Line to improve the chaotic route in £67m upgrade

05.11.18: Plans to overhaul the Brighton Main Line in a £67m upgrade to the line to tackle delay hotspots and improve reliability have been unveiled. The Brighton Line, which has the worst punctuality of any major route, will undergo improvemen...

Network Rail warn of Christmas upgrade disruption to one of UK’s busiest rail junctions

Network Rail warn of Christmas upgrade disruption to one of UK’s busiest rail junctions

02.11.18: Network Rail has announced winter plans for an £8.2m upgrade to Battersea Pier, one of the UK’s busiest railway junctions, which will cause disruption to passengers across Sussex, Surrey and South London this Christmas. The plan...

Emergency track work in Bristol cancelled due to chemical emergency risk

Emergency track work in Bristol cancelled due to chemical emergency risk

29.10.18: Emergency track work, part of rail upgrades across Bristol, has been abruptly cancelled after a local resident told Network Rail that it’s plans put hundreds of people at risk in the case of a chemical emergency. Network Rail were pla...

‘Vital’ upgrade work to West Yorkshire’s signalling system has been completed

‘Vital’ upgrade work to West Yorkshire’s signalling system has been completed

24.10.18: Network Rail has completed “vital” upgrade works to the signalling system used between Pudsey, Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield and Shepley as part of the Great North Rail Project. The project sees a new state of t...

Train’s near miss with track workers caused by mix-up over location

Train’s near miss with track workers caused by mix-up over location

23.10.18: Two track workers working on a bridge near Dundee were almost hit by a train because the wrong section of the track was blocked off, an investigation by the RAIB has found. Their report said that the workers were on the bridge when the 22:4...

Electrification of railways sees CO2 emissions fall

Electrification of railways sees CO2 emissions fall

22.10.18: CO2 emissions from passenger rail has fallen in the last year as a result of the use of greener energy sources as part of electrifying the UK railway, new statistics from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) have shown. Overall CO2 emissions h...

DfT exploring digital ETCS roll-out across all East West Rail phases

DfT exploring digital ETCS roll-out across all East West Rail phases

18.09.18: The government is exploring the possibility of implementing ETCS across the entirety of East West Rail (EWR) in the future if analysis shows that it can provide significant benefits for the programme. Rail minister Jo Johnson revealed that...

3D printing: from virtual to real

3D printing: from virtual to real

11.09.18: Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial application, to increasingly becoming a common industry tool and even a reality in the home. David Shipman, in...

Repoint: A way out of the perfect storm

Repoint: A way out of the perfect storm

11.09.18: The Repoint project was originally created to examine capacity constraints at junctions. But fast-forward seven years and the radical scheme has completely changed every aspect of the track switch as we know it. Sam Bemment, senior research and...

Progress on ECML slowed due to trackside equipment faults

Progress on ECML slowed due to trackside equipment faults

10.09.18: Progress to introduce the new Class 800/801 Hitachi Azuma trains on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) has been slowed due to problems arising with the trackside equipment. In a statement from Network Rail, electromagnetic emissions from the n...

TOCs urged to conduct proper safety checks after trapped passenger is dragged by train

TOCs urged to conduct proper safety checks after trapped passenger is dragged by train

30.08.18: An incident that saw a passenger dragged along by a train after getting trapped in the closing doors was caused by operational issues and a misunderstanding of safety instructions, the RAIB has found. On 26 March this year, a woman was drag...

Building resilience on the Brighton Main Line

Building resilience on the Brighton Main Line

30.08.18: SPONSORED INTERVIEW Andrew Swanson, head of signal engineering at Kier Rail, talks about a key rail signalling project for his team. The Brighton Main Line (BML) is one of the most congested commuter lines on the UK railway network. It con...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >