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The UK’s first fully wrapped Pride train by Avanti West Coast

The UK’s first fully wrapped Pride train by Avanti West Coast

25 August 2020Staffed by a full LGBTQ+ crew, the UK’s first train to be fully wrapped in the progressive Pride flag, 11 carriage long, will run its first official service today (25 Aug). After the Covid-19 outbreak forced the cancellation of Pride events...

£9.1m of improvements for Kent and South East London railway

£9.1m of improvements for Kent and South East London railway

24 August 2020Network Rail are set to replace a 130-year-old bridge as part of its programme of engineering works this August Bank Holiday. The work, which may affect some journeys in Kent and South East London, to replace the bridge at Catford, South East Lon...

South West Wales receives new Community Rail Partnership

South West Wales receives new Community Rail Partnership

24 August 2020Community Rail Partnership launched for the South West Wales region, designed to help communities get the most benefit from their rail services. The partnership, South West Wales Connected, will engage with communities across Swansea, Neath, Port...

Second footbridge to be built at St Albans City station

Second footbridge to be built at St Albans City station

24 August 2020Thameslink’s busiest station north of London, St Albans, is set to benefit from the launch of the Transport Secretary’s new Acceleration Unit. Grant Shapps has made £6.4m available to build a second footbridge at the station, to...

HS2 to build new play area following school pupil’s letter

HS2 to build new play area following school pupil’s letter

24 August 2020Three Rivers District Council have today announced (24 Aug) planning permission has been granted for a new landscaped play area for Maple Cross JMI school in Maple Cross Rickmansworth, following a letter to HS2 from a local pupil. The project was...

Welsh railways receive multi-million-pound UK government investment

Welsh railways receive multi-million-pound UK government investment

21 August 2020Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced today that momentous progress has been made on moving forward upgrades to Wales’ railways following £343m of funding to help bring better journeys for passengers. The list of schemes to b...

Hull Trains return to the track today

Hull Trains return to the track today

21 August 2020After five months of services being suspended due to Covid-19, Hull Trains finally make their anticipated return today. The people of Hull and East Riding will see trains between Beverly and London Kings Cross running for the first time since Sun...

Temporary bike storage at Bristol Temple Meads station

Temporary bike storage at Bristol Temple Meads station

20 August 2020A new bike storage facility is to be constructed next to Bristol Temple Meads station in preparation £24m worth of works to begin on the station’s roof. The new facility is set to open on the 5th of September and will be the same capa...

Railways fall silent to remember those lost in Stonehaven derailment

Railways fall silent to remember those lost in Stonehaven derailment

19 August 2020The rail industry paused and fell silent this morning (19 Aug) to remember those who lost their lives, and all others who were affected by the derailment at Stonehaven one week ago. Across Scotland, railway stations remained silent for a minute a...

Dawlish sea wall development plans approved

Dawlish sea wall development plans approved

19 August 2020On Aug 18 Teignbridge District Council approved Network Rail’s plans for the remaining section of the new sea wall at Dawlish, which will allow for increased protection for the railway from extreme weather and rising sea levels for years to...

August bank holiday rail upgrades in Liverpool

August bank holiday rail upgrades in Liverpool

18 August 2020Network Rail is advising passengers to check before they travel ahead of signalling upgrades in Liverpool, this coming back holiday. Between Saturday 29 and Monday 31, signalling control is being shifted from Ditton to the state-of-the-art Manche...

£750,000 refurb for lifts at Derby station

£750,000 refurb for lifts at Derby station

18 August 2020Derby station passengers who require step-free access will need to use the site’s subway next month due to major improvement work being carried out on the lifts. Funded by Network Rail, the project will see the lifts at the main entrance an...

HS2 launches second wave of Innovation Accelerator recruitment

HS2 launches second wave of Innovation Accelerator recruitment

17 August 2020Today (17 Aug) HS2 Ltd has launched the second wave of recruitment to its Innovation Accelerator programme, after a huge response to its first call out to tech start-ups and pioneering SMEs earlier this year. The company is looking to recruit fiv...

Avanti West Coast announce more services from September

Avanti West Coast announce more services from September

17 August 2020Avanti West Coast will be reinstating numerous destinations from the 7th of September as part of alterations to its timetable. Blackpool, Wrexham, Shrewsbury and Edinburgh will all see the return of direct Avanti West Coast services to and from L...

Innovative imagery survey set to improve passenger journeys

Innovative imagery survey set to improve passenger journeys

17 August 2020Funded with a £394,000 grant from the Department for Transport through the First of a Kind 2020 programme, a ground breaking way of inspecting the railways is to be used this summer. Using high-quality imagers across the Thames valley, west...

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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 >