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Avanti West Coast upgrades Voyager fleet

Avanti West Coast upgrades Voyager fleet

13 July 2020Following an £8.3m deal which was signed with Bombardier last year, the 20 Voyagers, which operate over the non-electrified sections of the West Coast Main Line, as well as running from London to Scotland, via the West Midlands are being ove...

TfN: New Director for Integrated and Smart Travel programme

TfN: New Director for Integrated and Smart Travel programme

10 July 2020Transport for the North have today (July 10th) announced the appointment of Jeremy Acklam as the new Director for its Integrated and Smart Travel (IST) programme. Jeremy joins TfN with a strong track record working in the smart travel sector. Mos...

Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

09 July 2020Network Rail are currently looking to appoint a main contractor to design and build the new Forth Bridge Experience. Budding partners are being asked to submit their interest before Network Rail selects firms to tender for the project later in th...

National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

09 July 2020The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) have today (July 9th) announcement the appointment of their new Chair, Dyan Crowther, Chief Executive of HS1, effective from June 23rd 2020. NSAR said Dyan’s industry experience at a senior level...

West Midlands Interchange to boost local economy

West Midlands Interchange to boost local economy

07 July 2020The new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI), titled the West Midlands Interchange (WMI), located in South Staffordshire, is set to become a reality with the promoter Four Ashes Limited (FAL) planning the successive stage in its development a...

Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03 July 2020Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, including 111 trains from UK train manufacturer Bombardier. There are now four Bombardier trains on the Greater Anglia network...

Queen Street project to restart after £64m investment

Queen Street project to restart after £64m investment

01 July 2020Network Rail Scotland is resuming work on major construction across Scotland’s Railway following a three-month standstill due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Reconstructive work on Glasgow Queen Street station, the new £14m Kintore station...

£250m HS2 work package puts firms on alert

£250m HS2 work package puts firms on alert

26 June 2020High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd has placed ground investigation firms on alert for a £250m package of work for phase two of the project, north of Birmingham. HS2 is planning to brief firms about the package in a webinar on July 9th ahead of inviti...

Ep.13 Innovation is about people, David Rowe

Ep.13 Innovation is about people, David Rowe

23 June 2020David Rowe, Head of Strategy at Network Rail in the newly established Technical Authority, joins host Ailsa Cowen for episode 13 of Rail Technology Magazine’s podcast, Track Talk, to talk all things innovation in the rail industry. David di...

£350m investment for Britain’s first mainline digital railway

£350m investment for Britain’s first mainline digital railway

22 June 2020The East Coast Main Line will become Britain’s first mainline digital rail link with £350m of new investment to install state-of-the-art electronic signalling designed to cut journey times and prevent delays. This significant investme...

Greater Anglia appoints environment and energy manager

Greater Anglia appoints environment and energy manager

22 May 2020Rail operator, Greater Anglia, has appointed a new Environment and Energy Manager to support its sustainability goals and raise awareness of environmental issues within the railway. Before taking on her new role, Stephanie Evans worked for two un...

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day One Webinar Series

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day One Webinar Series

22 April 2020The Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) Unlocking Innovation series has gone virtual, with a series of five webinars being held over the week of 20 April. With the first webinar taking place on Monday, the discussion looked into what opport...

Cabinet Office releases procurement guidance to support suppliers

Cabinet Office releases procurement guidance to support suppliers

06 April 2020In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabinet Office has changed the way procurement cards may be used. The outbreak has placed increased pressure on commercial and finance teams and increased importance on maintaining cashflow to supplie...

Public consultation extended by Network Rail on major upgrade to railway in West Yorkshire

Public consultation extended by Network Rail on major upgrade to railway in West Yorkshire

06 April 2020Network Rail has lengthened the public consultation period in which residents and passengers can express their opinions and give feedback on proposals to upgrade the railway between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury) until Thursday, 30 April. &n...

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

25 March 2020Debbie Francis, Direct Rail Services, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from a freight perspective. Debbie is a rail fanatic, leading the way in a male dominated area of the rail industry. With hosts Matt Roberts and A...

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Avanti West Coast upgrades Voyager fleet

13/07/2020Avanti West Coast upgrades Voyager fleet

Following an £8.3m deal which was signed with Bombardier last year, the 20 Voyagers, which operate over the non-electrified sections of the... more >
Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

13/07/2020Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

As vital work continues on the £1.5bn Midland Main Line Upgrade, passengers who have to travel over the next two weekends are being urged b... more >
HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

13/07/2020HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

During the excavation work at Wellwick Farm near Wendover, archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Buckinghamshire have discovered a skeleto... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >