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Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

21 September 2020After 24 years, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (21st Sept) announced that rail franchising is to end, forming the early steps towards bringing Britain’s fragmented network back together. Over the coming months, the new system...

Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18 September 2020Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase agreement with Bombardier Inc and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). ...

East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

18 September 2020Following a £216.2m contract awarded by the Rail Electrification Alliance, The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade can move forward into its second phase to enhance the East Coast network. The Rail Electrification Alliance, which is m...

Network Rail and Highways England publish ‘New Station Guidance’

Network Rail and Highways England publish ‘New Station Guidance’

17 September 2020Network Rail and Highways England have collaborated to improve Britain’s transport infrastructure for rail passengers and road users, making it easier for other organisations involved in delivering local transport systems to work with them. ...

Nexus’ new £362m Metro fleet keeps infamous yellow

Nexus’ new £362m Metro fleet keeps infamous yellow

17 September 2020Metro’s £362m new train fleet have been revealed to be bright yellow, as Nexus launches a major public consultation on its interior design. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is said to have chosen...

£800k new footbridge delivered by Network Rail

£800k new footbridge delivered by Network Rail

17 September 2020Westgate-on-Sea station has received a £800,000 replacement footbridge with stepped access between the station’s two platforms over the tracks of the Chatham Main Line. Network Rail designed, manufactured and erected the new steel bri...

Heart of Wales line to partially reopen following storm damage

Heart of Wales line to partially reopen following storm damage

16 September 2020From November, passengers will again be able to travel on a section of the Heart of Wales line, which runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea, as Network Rail has set out the timescales for repairs to the line after two major incidents within a month. Fo...

Grant Shapps calls on Network Rail to help tackle graffiti

Grant Shapps calls on Network Rail to help tackle graffiti

16 September 2020Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has published a letter to Network Rail in regards to the prevalence of graffiti on Britain’s rail network. The letter discusses confidence for passengers, trespassing, response time to complaints, longer-ter...

HS2’s biggest tunnel site reaches milestone

HS2’s biggest tunnel site reaches milestone

16 September 2020HS2 has reached another significant milestone at the high-speed rail project’s first tunnel site, with the completion of structural work on the temporary pre-cast factory which will produce wall sections for the 10 mile stretch Chiltern tunn...

HS2 trials AI solution to diminish carbon emissions

HS2 trials AI solution to diminish carbon emissions

15 September 2020HS2’s plans to reduce its carbon emissions are forming as part of a new carbon and cost estimating solution powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). This is being trialled on a number of HS2 sites managed by the Skanska Costain STRABAG join...

Network Rail & Bombardier offering work experience for students

Network Rail & Bombardier offering work experience for students

14 September 2020In response to numerous students deferring their higher education place this year, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the government have assembled the Higher Education Taskforce, led by the Universities Minister. The Taskforce has worked to offer stu...

HS2 Ltd: Five tech firms join Innovation Accelerator initiative

HS2 Ltd: Five tech firms join Innovation Accelerator initiative

11 September 2020HS2 Ltd have announced today (11 Sept) the first five revolutionary tech firms that will join HS2 Ltd’s Innovation Accelerator programme. The chosen five focus on HS2’s innovation challenges such as productivity; the environment; and...

Network Rail publish Decarbonisation Plan

Network Rail publish Decarbonisation Plan

11 September 2020Network Rail have released their interim Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy, illustrating its preliminary recommendations for decarbonising the rail network, including plans for 12,000 kilometres of electrification by 2050 and a key role fo...

Major station improvements and electric vehicle charging hubs

Major station improvements and electric vehicle charging hubs

09 September 2020Following the announcement of Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) programme to develop numerous stations, today (9 Sept) on World Electric Vehicle (EV) Day, GTR welcomed Secretary of State Grant Shapps to open rail’s largest dedicated EV...

Contract awarded by Network Rail to strengthen bridges

Contract awarded by Network Rail to strengthen bridges

09 September 2020Three contracts have been awarded by Network Rail to carry out strengthening work to three railway bridges across the Wessex route in the South of England. The contract with Dyer and Butler, part of M Group Services, includes all aspects from des...

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Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

21/09/2020Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

After 24 years, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (21st Sept) announced that rail franchising is to end, forming the early steps towar... more >
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 >

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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 >