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Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

25 September 2020No trains in or out of London King’s Cross, or on Thameslink services to or from St Pancras International via Finsbury Park, on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October, as Network Rail works continue on the East Coast Upgrade. The £1.2b...

£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

24 September 2020Passengers are being asked by Network Rail to check before they travel this weekend during essential railway improvement work on a busy route into Manchester Piccadilly station. £1.8m of funding is being used, as part of the Great North Rai...

Rail Delivery Group announce leadership changes

Rail Delivery Group announce leadership changes

24 September 2020The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has announced changes to its leadership that will certify the organisation is prepared to support probable reforms stemming from the Williams Review into the future structure of the railway. Chris Burchell, who has b...

Network Rail publish Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Network Rail publish Environmental Sustainability Strategy

24 September 2020Network Rail have published their Environmental Sustainability Strategy. The document illustrates how they plan to play their part in Britain’s green economic recovery over the next 30 years. The report includes four key priorities: A lo...

HS2: Low carbon concrete to be used to reduce carbon emissions

HS2: Low carbon concrete to be used to reduce carbon emissions

22 September 2020As part of HS2’s goal of constructing the most sustainable high-speed railway in the world, HS2 contractors in London have commenced using a new low carbon concrete product which provides a reduction of 42% in CO2 in comparison to a standard...

Rail Minister sees new deep cleaning equipment and thanks volunteers

Rail Minister sees new deep cleaning equipment and thanks volunteers

22 September 2020Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has today (22nd Sept) thanked ‘Journey Makers’ volunteers whilst visiting Norwich Rail Station and seen first hand the new deep cleaning equipment in use by Greater Anglia. Mr Heaton-Harris met Greate...

Ep.17 Becoming a data-driven railway, Kelley Quirk and Martin Mason

Ep.17 Becoming a data-driven railway, Kelley Quirk and Martin Mason

21 September 2020This week host Ailsa Cowen is joined by two guests from Network Rail. Martin Mason, Programme Manager, at Network Rail’s Digital Railway and Kelley Quirk, Programme Manager, at Network Rail’s Intelligent Infrastructure programme. They...

Ely rail capacity upgrade open for public consultation

Ely rail capacity upgrade open for public consultation

21 September 2020Network Rail have today opened their first round of public consultation for proposals to upgrade the railway in and around Ely and will run for six weeks. The Ely area capacity enhancement (EACE) programme is a proposal to allow more trains to ru...

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). ...

Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18 September 2020The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked tenaciously to repair the line which was partially washed away near Polmont when the Union Canal burst its...

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...

£10m boost for Gatwick Airport station upgrade

£10m boost for Gatwick Airport station upgrade

16 September 2020Platform extensions, across three stations in West and East Sussex, have now been completed by Network Rail through funding from the Department for Transport. Constructed in support of a new timetable during the £150m upgrade of Gatwick Air...

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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 >