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RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

01 February 2019The RAIB has published a warning about the maintenance of freight vehicles and the safety of wheel and braking systems on trains which can lead to derailment. In a safety digest published following an investigation into the derailment of a rail h...

TfN unveils £70bn transport masterplan for the north

TfN unveils £70bn transport masterplan for the north

31 January 2019Transport for the North (TfN) has launched its £70bn blueprints to overhaul northern transport infrastructure over the next 30 years, connecting the major cities and moving forward with its flagship project Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). T...

Network Rail unveils winners of 10-year contracts for £5bn rail system upgrades

Network Rail unveils winners of 10-year contracts for £5bn rail system upgrades

30 January 2019Network Rail has announced its preferred bidders to deliver track and rail system upgrades over the next 10 years in the south of England and in Scotland, worth an estimated £5bn. The contracts, initially five years with the option to exten...

Five route options for East West Rail project unveiled

Five route options for East West Rail project unveiled

29 January 2019The East West Railway Company (EWRC) has unveiled five proposed routes for the new rail line between Bedford and Cambridge as a public consultation on the next phase of the scheme gets underway. The major East West Rail project will run from Oxfo...

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

25 January 2019Proposals for an expansion of Greater Manchester’s (GM) tram network are in the works, Chris Grayling and Andy Burnham have announced, with plans for greater devolved control for the region and the introduction of tram-trains being considere...

TfL admits ‘disappointing’ Elizabeth Line progress but restates commitment to delivering Crossrail 2

TfL admits ‘disappointing’ Elizabeth Line progress but restates commitment to delivering Crossrail 2

25 January 2019TfL has said it remains fully committed to delivering Crossrail 2 in papers published ahead of next week’s board meeting, but revealed it is disappointed with progress on the completion of the Elizabeth Line. In the papers, the London trans...

RAIB to launch class investigation following front-line worker incidents

RAIB to launch class investigation following front-line worker incidents

24 January 2019  Image credit - viole The RAIB has announced it will launch a class investigation into a number of life-threatening incidents in which safety systems on the railway were entirely dependent on the decisions of front-line track workers....

Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22 January 2019The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition parties making a cross-party plea at Holyrood. Plans to connect the city centre to the airport in Glasg...

ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22 January 2019Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carrying 2,200 train services a day, an average of 208 freight trains and 92 million passenger journeys a year, N...

East West Rail seeking partners to deliver Cambridge-Bedford rail link

East West Rail seeking partners to deliver Cambridge-Bedford rail link

21 January 2019East West Railway Company (EWRC) has announced it is seeking specialist partners to deliver the central section of its new rail line between Cambridge and Bedford, after publishing a prior information notice (PIN) today. The EWRC is developing th...

Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

18 January 2019Crossrail has begun operating test trains on the Elizabeth Line, restarting a crucial part of testing after months of setbacks and delays. Two test trains will operate on the line during the first week of the main dynamic testing phase which Cros...

Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

18 January 2019Rail maintenance company Gemini Rail has served a closure notice on its Springburn depot and served workers with redundancy notices, sparking unions to launch a campaign to save the rail works. Gemini Rail announced its intention to close the dep...

Train derailment between Sheffield and Doncaster prompts RAIB investigation

Train derailment between Sheffield and Doncaster prompts RAIB investigation

17 January 2019The RAIB have launched an investigation into a train derailment after a freight train came off the tracks between Sheffield and Doncaster, causing major disruption. The freight locomotive had just left Roberts Road depot at around 5.17pm on 21 De...

Network Rail announces final CP6 multimillion-pound contract winners for rail projects in Scotland and North East

Network Rail announces final CP6 multimillion-pound contract winners for rail projects in Scotland and North East

17 January 2019Network Rail has announced the winners of its final major multimillion-pound contracts for CP6, worth a total of £470m. Following on for the previous CP6 contracts awarded by Network Rail at the end of last year, worth several billion pound...

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Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18/09/2020Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase ... more >
Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18/09/2020Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked t... more >
East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

18/09/2020East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

Following a £216.2m contract awarded by the Rail Electrification Alliance, The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade can move forward i... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >