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New Heathrow southern rail link could be funded entirely by private sector

New Heathrow southern rail link could be funded entirely by private sector

20.03.18: The Department for Transport has today revealed plans for a new southern rail link between Waterloo station and Heathrow Airport, which could be built entirely by private-sector firms. It would be one of the first major infrastructure proje...

Multimillion-pound Alloa line electrification works begin

Multimillion-pound Alloa line electrification works begin

15.03.18: Major upgrade work on the Stirling-Alloa route is set to begin this weekend. Hundreds of engineers will work over 16,000 hours during the four-week works to deliver a multimillion pound upgrade to prepare the Alloa line for electrification. ...

‘Milestone moment’ as Kettering-Corby Line carries passengers

‘Milestone moment’ as Kettering-Corby Line carries passengers

12.03.18: The newly commissioned track between Kettering and Corby has entered passenger usage, marking the successful completion of a £130m capacity project. Since construction began in 2014, a significant amount of work has been carried out to im...

Minister confirms there are ‘no plans’ to extend Crossrail to Basingstoke

Minister confirms there are ‘no plans’ to extend Crossrail to Basingstoke

06.03.18: Jo Johnson has confirmed that there are no plans to lengthen Crossrail to Basingstoke despite speculation from other MPs. Following questioning from North East Hampshire Conservative MP Ranil Jayawardena, the rail minister said the governme...

Services disrupted after Storm Emma damages Dawlish sea wall

Services disrupted after Storm Emma damages Dawlish sea wall

02.03.18: There are no services running on the line between Exeter and Plymouth following major storm damage to the sea wall at Dawlish, Network Rail has confirmed. While there is no structural damage to either the wall or the railway, visual inspect...

Network Rail to begin ‘crucial’ track straightening work on Midland Main Line

Network Rail to begin ‘crucial’ track straightening work on Midland Main Line

02.03.18: Network Rail engineers are set to complete the first section of a major line speed upgrade in Market Harborough this weekend. The work will see track straightened, allowing trains to travel through the section more quickly and increasing th...

Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

15.02.18: TfL has cautioned passengers on the Northern Line about upgrade works which mean Bank branch services will go for a 5-month period without stopping at Kennington. Starting on 26 May and finishing in mid-September, the work is part of the or...

RSSB: Innovative sander configuration could reduce low adhesion delays

RSSB: Innovative sander configuration could reduce low adhesion delays

12.02.18: Double variable rate sanders could combat leaves on the line, according to new research by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). Sanders are already routinely used to reduce the impact of low adhesion by blasting sand between the wheel an...

Bristol stations will experience Easter disruption as NR completes £130m signalling upgrade

Bristol stations will experience Easter disruption as NR completes £130m signalling upgrade

08.02.18: Network Rail has warned that train services around Bristol are likely to suffer from disruption over Easter while engineers complete its “biggest ever signalling upgrade.” For five days between Good Friday and 3 April, bus repla...

Grayling consults on plans to reopen historic northern line

Grayling consults on plans to reopen historic northern line

08.02.18: The transport secretary has this week revealed plans to complete a feasibility study on reopening the Skipton-Colne line, closed in 1970. Chris Grayling said the line had the potential to deliver a “vital connection” between Lan...

Elizabeth Line hit with major challenges after electrical explosion pushes back testing

Elizabeth Line hit with major challenges after electrical explosion pushes back testing

31.01.18: The energisation of eastern sections of the Elizabeth Line was pushed back in November after a voltage transformer meant to connect separate electrical appliances exploded, causing testing to be delayed. The problems, coupled with the compl...

Modernising asset data capture

Modernising asset data capture

30.01.18: David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in Infrastructure Projects Signalling at Network Rail, explains how automation and machine learning are transforming the safety of renewals work on the railway. In the last issue of RTM we look...

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...

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Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

23/05/2019Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

Scrapping HS2 would be a “disaster” and would undermine Britain’s “national prosperity for decades to come,” more t... more >
Network Rail unveils new regional managing directors

23/05/2019Network Rail unveils new regional managing directors

Network Rail has announced five new regional managing directors as part of its “evolution” towards a more passenger-focused approach.... more >
£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

22/05/2019£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

Network Rail has awarded contracts for rail haulage and the operations of its engineering trains and seasonal treatment services for Control Peri... 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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Meeting clients, suppliers and stepping forward

23/05/2019Meeting clients, suppliers and stepping forward

The Midlands 30-year plan will deliver many economic benefits and will need a wide and diverse supply chain to deliver some of the key projects. We caught up with long running sponsors of TransCityRail, Bridgeway Consulting Limited, specialists in Site & Ground investigations, Geomatics and Infrastructure, to discuss why networking events ... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... 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 >