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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14 May 2019Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “getting stronger by the day” a new report from the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has claimed. ...

First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13 May 2019HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project “very difficult,” the head of the government spending watchdog has said. Sir Amyas Morse has w...

Arriva Rail becomes second operator to sue DfT over East Midlands franchise

Arriva Rail becomes second operator to sue DfT over East Midlands franchise

13 May 2019Arriva Rail has launched legal action against the DfT over its handling of the East Midlands rail franchise, the second operator in a week to sue the government. Arriva, owned by Germany’s state-backed Deutsche Bahn, is suing the government...

Council backs plans for £100m global centre of rail excellence in Wales

Council backs plans for £100m global centre of rail excellence in Wales

10 May 2019A £100m train testing site on the border of Neath Port Talbot and Powys has taken a major step forward after the local council voted to approve the joint venture. Neath Port Talbot Council leader Rob Jones called it an “important step...

Network Rail reveals winner of Dawlish sea wall construction contract

Network Rail reveals winner of Dawlish sea wall construction contract

10 May 2019Network Rail has awarded the contract for the construction of the first phase of the Dawlish sea wall to BAM Nuttall ahead of work starting at the end of this month. The £80m sea wall was announced in February to protect the coastal rail li...

Stagecoach launches legal action against government over rail franchise disqualification

Stagecoach launches legal action against government over rail franchise disqualification

09 May 2019Stagecoach has taken legal action against the DfT over its decision to disqualify the operator from the East Midlands rail franchise. The railway operator claims the government has “breached its statutory duties” in its decision, and...

Network Rail announces £136m contract winner to manage its road vehicle fleet

Network Rail announces £136m contract winner to manage its road vehicle fleet

08 May 2019Network Rail has awarded a £136m contract to Hitachi Capital to manage its road vehicle fleet for the next four years. The railway infrastructure manager described the road maintenance contract as an “integrated one-stop shop” c...

Network Rail awards final west London station upgrade contracts for Crossrail

Network Rail awards final west London station upgrade contracts for Crossrail

08 May 2019Network Rail has awarded the final contracts for upgrades to stations in west London as part of the delayed flagship Crossrail project. The upgraded stations will benefit from improved passenger flow, new ticket halls and enhanced accessibility w...

First new driverless Subway trains arrive in Glasgow for testing

First new driverless Subway trains arrive in Glasgow for testing

07 May 2019The first of Glasgow’s new subway fleet has arrived in Scotland and begun an intensive testing programme in preparation for their launch as the first driverless trains in the UK. Operator Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) called t...

Crossrail clung to ‘unrealistic’ timeline as contract renegotiations cost an extra £2.5bn, NAO reports

Crossrail clung to ‘unrealistic’ timeline as contract renegotiations cost an extra £2.5bn, NAO reports

03 May 2019Crossrail “clung to an unrealistic view” throughout its delivery and has damaged public value, but is now “past the point of no return” and must focus on meeting its new target, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO)...

£1.46bn railway arches sale ‘overlooked’ tenants and businesses, says NAO

£1.46bn railway arches sale ‘overlooked’ tenants and businesses, says NAO

02 May 2019Network Rail’s £1.46bn sale of railway arches “overlooked” small firms and businesses operating in the arches, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. The sale saw 5,261 commercial properties sold to US firm Telereal Tr...

Commission calls for £10bn transport investment in Glasgow rail schemes and city-wide metro network

Commission calls for £10bn transport investment in Glasgow rail schemes and city-wide metro network

30 April 2019A Glasgow City Council commission has called for a £10bn transport investment into rail schemes and a city-wide metro system. The report from the Glasgow Connectivity Commission puts forward a number of “bold, ambitious and transforma...

£14m Peak District rail freight extension unveiled

£14m Peak District rail freight extension unveiled

30 April 2019A £14m rail freight extension in the Peak District has been unveiled by Network Rail to boost construction productivity and take lorries off the road. A disused council tip has been transformed by Network Rail into 430 new metres of railway...

Ditch franchising model and put organising body in charge, says rail industry

Ditch franchising model and put organising body in charge, says rail industry

30 April 2019The rail industry has called for an end to the current franchising model in favour of multiple operators on mass-commuter routes and for a new independent body to be put in charge of the sector. In its submission to the Williams review, the Rail...

Network Rail awards £750m of major signalling contracts for CP6

Network Rail awards £750m of major signalling contracts for CP6

29 April 2019Network Rail has announced the winners of six major signalling and telecoms contracts worth a total of £750m across Control Period 6. The signalling and telecoms (S&T) frameworks have been split into six geographical lots, and are the f...

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SWR launches campaign in support of local businesses

06/07/2020SWR launches campaign in support of local businesses

South Western Railway (SWR) has launched a campaign to celebrate and generate support for local businesses across the region. Covid-19 has h... more >
HS2 trials UK’s first electric forklift

06/07/2020HS2 trials UK’s first electric forklift

In their efforts to lessen their carbon footprint and support the country’s green economic recovery, HS2 are trailing the UK’s first ... more >
Stations light up blue as NHS turns 72

06/07/2020Stations light up blue as NHS turns 72

In celebration of the NHS turning 72 over the weekend (July 4th) stations across the country were lit up blue. The four major transport hubs... 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 >