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First passenger train runs across historic Ordsall Chord

First passenger train runs across historic Ordsall Chord

11.12.17: The first passenger train has travelled across the iconic Ordsall Chord. The 08:40 Northern service departed from Victoria station to Oxford Road, then back to Victoria before going on to Leeds on Sunday morning. The historic centre piece of...

Norwich to London closures over Christmas as engineers replace 1950s wiring

Norwich to London closures over Christmas as engineers replace 1950s wiring

08.12.17: Network Rail has announced a 10-day track closure over the Christmas period as engineers continue a £250m wire-replacement programme. Work between London and Norwich will see over 10km of wiring replaced – much of which was inst...

Blackpool £22m tram extension gets DfT approval

Blackpool £22m tram extension gets DfT approval

07.12.17: Plans to build an extension on the Blackpool tramline connecting North Pier to Blackpool North Railway Station have been confirmed by the DfT. Transport secretary Chris Grayling approved the £22m project, which is tied in with the lar...

Digital railway moves forward with new Budget investment pledges

Digital railway moves forward with new Budget investment pledges

22.11.17: The government has announced a raft of new commitments to strengthen the Digital Railway programme as part of its commitment to boost capacity across the network through innovative technology. In his Autumn Budget statement today, chancello...

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17.11.17: David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce through the innovative use of new technology. Reducing the safety risks our workforces are expos...

‘Rotten’ Burnley canal bridge replaced by Network Rail

‘Rotten’ Burnley canal bridge replaced by Network Rail

15.11.17: Network Rail engineers have replaced a "rotten and rusted” bridge as part of the Great North Rail Project. The bridge, which crosses a canal in Burnley, was replaced with a new one weighing 80 tonnes. A temporary pontoon was installed...

OLE installed on Midland Main Line route for first time in 40 years

OLE installed on Midland Main Line route for first time in 40 years

14.11.17: Network Rail’s Orange Army has reached a major milestone this week as overhead line masts for electrification were installed on the London to Corby route for the first time in over 40 years as part of the Midland Main Line electrification...

NR: Ordsall Chord shows what can be achieved with the right mechanisms in place

NR: Ordsall Chord shows what can be achieved with the right mechanisms in place

10.11.17: The Ordsall Chord – which opened yesterday and connects Manchester three main railway stations for the first time – took nearly nine years to complete from its conception. The project was marred from the beginning by a number of...

'Iconic' Ordsall Chord completed by Network Rail

'Iconic' Ordsall Chord completed by Network Rail

09.11.17: Manchester’s three main railway stations have been connected for the first time today with the completion of the Ordsall Chord. The historic centre piece of the Great North Rail Project, the Ordsall Chord bridge, will join Manchester&rsqu...

Blackpool rail network to close for 19 weeks during major upgrade

Blackpool rail network to close for 19 weeks during major upgrade

03.11.17: Blackpool’s rail network is set for major changes as Network Rail plans to close the system for 19 weeks of essential work. The upgrades – which form a part of the Great North Rail Project – will focus on improving capacit...

No reason why schemes can’t be funded with more private cash, says Siemens

No reason why schemes can’t be funded with more private cash, says Siemens

17.10.17: Siemens has signalled its willingness to work on future electrification and resignalling programmes following the government’s announcement of £48bn available for CP6. The hints build on Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne&r...

Computerised signalling system set to increase LU capacity by a third

Computerised signalling system set to increase LU capacity by a third

16.10.17: A new computerised signalling system that will allow trains to run closer together and increase capacity by a third has been successfully tested on the London Underground. The SelTrac CBTC system, designed by Thales, is expected to improve...

State-of-the-art signal work set to start in West Yorkshire

State-of-the-art signal work set to start in West Yorkshire

11.10.17: Work to upgrade signalling in West Yorkshire to a new state-of-the-art system will begin on 28 October. The operations are part of the Great North Rail Project and represent phase two of a three phase plan which will change all the signalli...

Greater Anglia and Network Rail unite to fight leaf damage

Greater Anglia and Network Rail unite to fight leaf damage

10.10.17: Greater Anglia and Network Rail will complete a £500k investment in anti-slip ‘wheel slide protection’ (WSP) to combat the issue of slippery leaves on the line. The new technology will be the first time a WSP system has be...

£68m signalling overhaul set to start in Anglia

£68m signalling overhaul set to start in Anglia

25.09.17: As part of its upgrade plan, Network Rail is installing a new state of the art signalling system on the train lines in the Yarmouth, Norwich and Lowestoft areas. The upgrade, part of a £68m investment, will modernise the region by int...

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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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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

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Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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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 >
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The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

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In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

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Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... 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 >