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Scottish line reopens after 1,000-tonne landslide turmoil

Scottish line reopens after 1,000-tonne landslide turmoil

30.01.18: The Fort William-Mallaig line in Scotland reopened this week after nine days of closure caused by 1,000 tonnes of rock and mud spilling onto the track. The initial disruption occurred last Sunday and continued throughout the night until Mon...

Campaign launched for £200m Midland Main Line resignalling project

Campaign launched for £200m Midland Main Line resignalling project

26.01.18: Derby station’s improvement project has taken a major step forward with the launch of a joint venture campaign this week. The £200m programme to improve Midland Main Line signalling is run by a partnership between Network Rail a...

Network Rail disputes UTG ‘fairer’ rail access cost claim

Network Rail disputes UTG ‘fairer’ rail access cost claim

24.01.18: Network Rail officials have written to the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) to dispute claims from the Urban Transport Group (UTG) about rail access costs. The UTG had initially claimed that future changes to costs imposed on regional rail ser...

Weekend of heavy rain causes landslide chaos across the UK

Weekend of heavy rain causes landslide chaos across the UK

23.01.18: A weekend of extremely heavy rain in certain parts of the country has led to multiple line closures as landslides caused disruption and damage. On Sunday, a landslip at Dinas Rhondda in Wales closed the line between Porth and Treherbert aft...

Grayling: ‘No obvious passenger benefit’ to Midland Main Line electrification

Grayling: ‘No obvious passenger benefit’ to Midland Main Line electrification

23.01.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling told the Commons Transport Committee yesterday that his decision to cancel further electrification on the Midland Main Line north of Kettering came down to the value for money provided by the project. In a...

Work begins to ‘future-proof’ Ashford International for new Eurostar trains

Work begins to ‘future-proof’ Ashford International for new Eurostar trains

15.01.18: Work has begun on a £10m project to prepare Ashford International station for the new e320 Eurostar trains. The upgrades are backed by Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council, with funding coming from the South East Local Ente...

Flint track modernisation work set to get underway

Flint track modernisation work set to get underway

11.01.18: Track upgrade work in Flint is set to start later this month as part of Network Rail’s £50m North Wales railway upgrade project. The infrastructure operator says work, expected to be completed by April, is necessary to improve t...

Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after ‘once-in-a-generation upgrade’

Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after ‘once-in-a-generation upgrade’

10.01.18: London Overground services are set to return between Gospel Oak and Barking next week following the installation of new overhead electric lines. Opening on Monday 15 January, the work will allow new electric trains to be introduced on the l...

Electrification means Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first time

Electrification means Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first time

05.01.18: Electrification between Blackpool and Preston over Christmas means the railway between the two areas has an overhead wire connection with the West Coast Main Line for the first time ever. Part of the Great North Rail Project and linked with...

Southampton track gets £8m upgrade

Southampton track gets £8m upgrade

02.01.18: Southampton has seen the completion of an £8m track upgrade over the Christmas period. The track renewal work, which was carried out between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, saw over 6,000 metres of cabling and 200 metres of track...

Edinburgh Waverley opens extended platform as electrification prep continues

Edinburgh Waverley opens extended platform as electrification prep continues

21.12.17: Preparation works for the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) will continue over the Christmas period with track improvements through Edinburgh Waverley station and Princes Street Gardens. Work on the extension of Waverly...

RAIB: Waterloo station crash caused by points mistake

RAIB: Waterloo station crash caused by points mistake

21.12.17: A crash at London Waterloo station in August this year was caused by a set of points which were not in the correct position. The incident saw a passenger train collide with a stationary engineering train as the first was leaving the station...

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

Network Rail awards landmark £150m ETCS signalling contract

20.12.17: Network Rail has awarded a landmark contract for the installation of the European Train Control System (ETCS) in-cab signalling system to Siemens. The system will be installed on Britain’s freight fleet, and will ultimately equip around 7...

MPs condemn £75m Sheffield tram-train pilot as a ‘how not to’ seminar

MPs condemn £75m Sheffield tram-train pilot as a ‘how not to’ seminar

18.12.17: The pilot scheme to introduce a tram-train system between Sheffield and Rotherham has been like a  ‘how not to’ seminar for future projects, the Public Accounts Committee has claimed in a scathing new report. Cost...

Further electrification work to begin on Shotts line as NR awards £11.6m contract

Further electrification work to begin on Shotts line as NR awards £11.6m contract

13.12.17: Network Rail is to begin further electrification work on the Shotts line between Holytown Junction and Midcalder Junction after awarding an £11.6m contract today. The work is part of £160m of electrification upgrades to link Edi...

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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 >