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Virgin Trains set passenger record for choosing rail over air

Virgin Trains set passenger record for choosing rail over air

15 November 2019Virgin Trains have set a new record with the number of people choose to travel by rail over air. The number of people choosing to travel between Glasgow and London on rail instead of air, has resulted in a drop in carbon emissions. The air route...

Network Rail takes on more accountability as devolution journey continues

Network Rail takes on more accountability as devolution journey continues

12 November 2019Network Rail geographic regions, established in June, have taken on accountability for delivering all projects within their borders. Yesterday (Mon 11) saw the second phase of the company’s passenger focused measures as accountability for a...

RIA welcomes new report of EU rail supply chain competitiveness

RIA welcomes new report of EU rail supply chain competitiveness

22 October 2019The UK Rail Industry Association (RIA) has welcomed a new report on the EU rail supply industry as an “important step forward” in developing a competitive European rail supply chain. RIA, the mouthpiece for many UK rail supply compani...

Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17 October 2019The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list. Just 16.4% of the rail industry in made up of women, but today (17 Oct) has seen the international recognition of two of thos...

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

16 October 2019The train operator Northern could be set to be renationalised due to concerns over repeated poor performance and late-running services, the transport secretary Grant Shapps has said today. Speaking at an Oral Evidence Session for the Government&r...

Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

14 October 2019The UK’s rail franchising model is to be overhauled and proposals for railway reform brought forward, the Government has announced in today’s Queens Speech. At the State Opening of Parliament, the Government revealed that it wants to...

Thameslink Programme projects celebrate double success

Thameslink Programme projects celebrate double success

27 September 2019Success for two projects, who make up part of the £7bn Thameslink Programme, who have been shortlisted for Exceptional Achievement Awards (EEA) by CEEQUAL. The celebrated projects are the Bermondsey Dive Under, competing in the Ecology and...

Developing the future of UK infrastructure invested in Southampton

Developing the future of UK infrastructure invested in Southampton

27 September 2019The University of Southampton officially unveils the National Infrastructure Laboratory on its Boldrewood Innovation campus today. The opening of the centre, by chief executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, will see the Southampton’s cont...

‘Local hero’ recognised for his work with homeless in Blackpool

‘Local hero’ recognised for his work with homeless in Blackpool

17 September 2019Chris Conway, a Network Rail signaller, was awarded for his contribution to tackling homelessness last night at an awards ceremony in Blackpool. The event saw 125 ‘Local Heroes’ from around the seaside town celebrated for their respec...

Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23 August 2019Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to benefit from a share of £817,000 through the Local Rail Development Fund (LRDF).

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick backs Midlands investment

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick backs Midlands investment

01 August 2019Having been named the new ministerial champion for the Midlands Engine, local government secretary Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed he will lead ambitious plans to boost prosperity across the Midlands.

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

18 July 2019Unprecedented change and investment is coming to the Midlands, according to a number of high-profile rail leaders speaking at today’s first ever TCR Midlands conference in Birmingham today. With representatives from the West Midlands Rail E...

Story wins contract to build new station in County Durham

Story wins contract to build new station in County Durham

18 July 2019Story Contracting has won a contract to design and build a new railway station in Horden, County Durham. The new station, Horden Peterlee, aims to improve transport links in the east of the county, plans to open to passengers in the spring of 2020...

TfL announce new managing director of London Underground

TfL announce new managing director of London Underground

15 July 2019Transport for London (TfL) has announced Andy Lord as the new managing director of London Underground and TfL Engineering from November 2018. Mr Lord was previously Executive Vice President for Menzies Aviation, where he led on negotiating strate...

Worksop station wins award after £1.1m restoration

Worksop station wins award after £1.1m restoration

15 July 2019Worksop railway station has won a National Railway Heritage Award following a £1.1million investment to restore and preserve parts of the station. The Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award was given to the station following work carried...

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SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn ... more >
Horden station open to passengers

02/07/2020Horden station open to passengers

Following the Transport Secretary’s announcement earlier this week that thousands of passengers in the North East of England are set to see... more >
Newhaven Marine station increases freight capacity

02/07/2020Newhaven Marine station increases freight capacity

Following recent modifications and refurbishments at Newhaven Marine Station by Network Rail, the site is now ready for welcoming an increase in ... 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 >