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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...

HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

13 July 2020During the excavation work at Wellwick Farm near Wendover, archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Buckinghamshire have discovered a skeleton believed to be a murder victim from the Iron Age. The discovery comes at the start of the Festival...

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...

The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

09 July 2020Yesterday (July 8th) Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the details of his ‘Plan for Jobs’ that will enhance the UK’s recovery from the Covid-19 outbreak. He detailed a package of measures to support jobs, give...

Network Rail backing revolutionary rail ideas

Network Rail backing revolutionary rail ideas

08 July 2020Network Rail is supporting 11 of the 25 winning entrants of the Government’s £9.4m First of a Kind (FOAK) 2020 competition to deliver a better, more dependable and efficient railway for passengers and freight users. Funded by the Depa...

£14m depot facility opened in Doncaster

£14m depot facility opened in Doncaster

08 July 2020After work began back in 2015 to transform the site at Marshgate, on Tuesday (July 7) Network Rail opened their new £14m depot in Doncaster. The site aims to bring highly skilled teams across the area together and to boost the economy in th...

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...

New bridge in progress at Eridge station

New bridge in progress at Eridge station

07 July 2020Work to remove and rebuild a footbridge at Eridge station in East Sussex took place over the weekend. In order to keep those safe who use the bridge and the trainline operating below, the work was needed due to the old age and condition of the st...

SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02 July 2020South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn transformation of suburban travel. The 10 car ‘Train 6’ will become the focus of training...

Horden station open to passengers

Horden station open to passengers

02 July 2020Following the Transport Secretary’s announcement earlier this week that thousands of passengers in the North East of England are set to see more regular services and better connections, the new Horden station is now open to passengers. The...

London Victoria approaching 85% recycling target

London Victoria approaching 85% recycling target

01 July 2020The second busiest train station in Britain has begun a trial to recycle 85% of all waste created on site.   Network Rail’s London Victoria is working alongside its train operators and waste specialist The Green Block, to take the numb...

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...

LEP approves £3.8m for Chesterfield Station Masterplan

LEP approves £3.8m for Chesterfield Station Masterplan

21 May 2020Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire LEP (D2N2) approved a £3.8m grant yesterday (May 20), to part fund the construction of the £7.42m Hollis Lane Link Road project in Chesterfield. It forms a vital part of the Chesterfield...

Plans submitted for new Moseley railway station

Plans submitted for new Moseley railway station

21 May 2020As efforts to reopen Birmingham’s Camp Hill line to passengers continues to take major steps forward, plans have been officially submitted for a new Moseley Railway Station.

Planning approved for HS2 station set to be largest newly built station

Planning approved for HS2 station set to be largest newly built station

20 May 2020HS2’s west-London super hub, Old Oak Common, had its planning application approved by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) yesterday (May 19). Work can now progress on building what is set to be the largest new railway...

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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 >