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Investment into Wigan North Western station for better rail journeys

Investment into Wigan North Western station for better rail journeys

02 September 2020As part of the Great North Rail Project, passengers travelling from Wigan North Western station to Manchester and Leeds, will soon be provided with a multi-million-pound platform extension to allow for longer and more reliable trains. Platform 3...

Major rail upgrades completed across August bank holiday

Major rail upgrades completed across August bank holiday

01 September 2020Across the West Coast main line over the August bank holiday weekend, Network Rail successfully completed numerous essential upgrades. The multi-million-pound investment as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan included signalling upgrades...

Solar-powered scarecrow used to keep trains on time in Manchester

Solar-powered scarecrow used to keep trains on time in Manchester

01 September 2020A solar-powered scarecrow that sends out the calls of a hawk is being used to scare away birds that have been causing delays to passengers travelling between Manchester and London Euston.   Significant numbers of birds have been causing dama...

FirstGroup granted extension of the EMA for Great Western Railway

FirstGroup granted extension of the EMA for Great Western Railway

01 September 2020The Department for Transport has reportedly extended financial help for Great Western Railway. The company FirstGroup, which runs the GWR trains Paddington to Wales and the likes of Cornwall and Devon, has said the Emergency Measures Agreement (E...

£7.5m station investment for Denmark Hill passengers

£7.5m station investment for Denmark Hill passengers

28 August 2020From September, work will commence to improve reliability and prevent over-crowding at Denmark Hill train station. Passenger numbers at Denmark Hill, now one of London’s busiest stations outside of the large terminals with nearly 7 million...

New train maintenance facility to be built in Kent

New train maintenance facility to be built in Kent

28 August 2020Balfour Beatty have begun demolition work at the old Chart Leacon depot in Ashford, which closed in 2014, to make room for a new train maintenance facility. The new facility is set to include five new railway sidings, where trains can be stored a...

Ep.15 Bringing passengers a safe return to rail travel, Louise Coward

Ep.15 Bringing passengers a safe return to rail travel, Louise Coward

27 August 2020Louise Coward, Head of Insight at Transport Focus, joins host Ailsa Cowen for episode 15 of Rail Technology Magazine’s podcast, Track Talk. Louise talks about a ‘Head Out to Help Out’ campaign, keeping passengers safe and their o...

23-days of upgrade work around Clacton-on-Sea

23-days of upgrade work around Clacton-on-Sea

27 August 2020Reliability and safety to be dramatically improved for passengers in the Clacton-on-Sea area when a computer-based signalling system goes live next spring, including a 23-day stretch of intensive engineering works during February and March 2021. ...

HS2’s eco-friendly station gets planning green light

HS2’s eco-friendly station gets planning green light

27 August 2020HS2’s landmark station, that will be the centre of the Midlands network, has had plans approved by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. The station recently became the first railway station globally to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstandin...

Siemens Mobility Limited secure Core Valley Lines contract by TfW

Siemens Mobility Limited secure Core Valley Lines contract by TfW

27 August 2020Transport for Wales have awarded a three-year contract to Siemens Mobility Limited as part of the Core Valley Lines Transformation programme. The works will include the renewal and replacement of lineside signalling infrastructure, as well as the...

1.5 million lorries to be taken off the roads by HS2

1.5 million lorries to be taken off the roads by HS2

26 August 2020HS2 have received the first rail freight delivery of aggregate arrive (25 Aug) at HS2’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham, signifying the start of HS2’s major programme to take up to 1.5 million lorries off Britain’s roads to cut...

Multi-million-pound upgrade work across August Bank Holiday

Multi-million-pound upgrade work across August Bank Holiday

26 August 2020Network Rail are reminding passengers of significant upgrades taking place across rail networks this weekend. Between the West Midlands and London Euston work is taking place to make journeys more reliable for passengers and freight customers in...

Major upgrades to Great Eastern Main Line this autumn

Major upgrades to Great Eastern Main Line this autumn

26 August 2020Numerous upgrade works are set to take place this autumn on the main line between Stratford and Shenfield to advance the reliability of passenger journeys and prepare for the introduction of Elizabeth line services. At Stratford and Maryland, imp...

Network Rail forms two new task forces following Stonehaven tragedy

Network Rail forms two new task forces following Stonehaven tragedy

25 August 2020Following the tragic derailment at Stonehaven on the 12th of August, Network Rail have formed two independent task forces, led by world renowned experts, to help better manage its extensive earthworks (cuttings and embankments) portfolio and its u...

SWR new £1bn Arterio fleet to transform passenger travel

SWR new £1bn Arterio fleet to transform passenger travel

25 August 2020Today (25 Aug) South Western Railway have revealed Arterio as the name for the new £1 billion train fleet set to revolutionise travel across South West London, Surrey and Berkshire. SWR’s Managing Director revealed the name during a s...

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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 >