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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...

New electric train fleet revealed for Birmingham’s Cross-City Line

New electric train fleet revealed for Birmingham’s Cross-City Line

09 September 2020The electric train fleet set to transform travel on Birmingham’s Cross-City Line has been revealed to rail passengers in the West Midlands. A sneak-peak was provided for some members of the public, where they witnessed the dozens of new sta...

SWR awards £5m in community improvement schemes

SWR awards £5m in community improvement schemes

08 September 2020A total of £5m in funding is now set to benefit 67 local schemes supported by the South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF). Designed to help boost the local economy and recovery, SWR invited bids from its CCIF...

Major investment for signalling upgrade in Manchester

Major investment for signalling upgrade in Manchester

07 September 2020Manchester’s railway signalling system is set to be brought into the 21st century as part of the Great North Rail Project. Tens of millions of pounds is to be used to improve journeys for passengers and freight, with the nearly 40-year-old...

HS2 construction begins with 22,000 jobs expected

HS2 construction begins with 22,000 jobs expected

04 September 2020Europe’s largest infrastructure project has today (4 Sept) reached a momentous milestone with the start of construction on the project, highlighting the large number of jobs the project will be recruiting for in the coming months and years. ...

Major £1.2bn East Coast Main Line works confirmed

Major £1.2bn East Coast Main Line works confirmed

03 September 2020With improving journeys for passengers as soon as possible a priority, Network Rail have today (3 Sept) confirmed dates for key works on the East Coast Upgrade. The completed works will bring improved dependability and punctuality for passengers...

New collaboration between DfT and East Midlands transport leaders

New collaboration between DfT and East Midlands transport leaders

03 September 2020Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has today (3 Sept) set out a new collaboration agreement between local leaders in the East Midlands in order to provide them more power in deciding how rail services can support improvements across the region. T...

Ep.16 Unlocking rail investment, David Ollerhead

Ep.16 Unlocking rail investment, David Ollerhead

02 September 2020David Ollerhead, Programme Director at Network Rail’s Open for Business Programme, joins host Ailsa Cowen for episode 15 of Rail Technology Magazine’s podcast, Track Talk. David discusses playing with trains as a child, investment into...

DfT ‘Access for All’ programme has transformed Cadoxton station

DfT ‘Access for All’ programme has transformed Cadoxton station

02 September 2020As part of the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ programme, a range of new multi-million-pound developments have been done at Cadoxton station in south Wales to improve accessibility for passengers. Any passenger visit...

Atkins and Gleeds brought in by HS2 to monitor costs

Atkins and Gleeds brought in by HS2 to monitor costs

02 September 2020Atkins and Gleeds have been appointed by HS2 to monitor the costs and programme development as the project proceeds through its construction phases. £125m has been secured by Atkins to oversea HS2’s new Commercial Delivery and Control...

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Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

25/09/2020Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates has written to Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, highlighting his... more >
Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

25/09/2020Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

No trains in or out of London King’s Cross, or on Thameslink services to or from St Pancras International via Finsbury Park, on Saturday 17... more >
£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

24/09/2020£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

Passengers are being asked by Network Rail to check before they travel this weekend during essential railway improvement work on a busy route int... 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 >