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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...

£20m funding for new railway stations across the country

£20m funding for new railway stations across the country

28 February 2020The Rail Minister has announced today (Feb 28th) a £20m fund boost for rail connections across the country. The new £20m funding is the third round of the New Stations Fund and comes off the back of the £500m Reversing Beec...

Grant Shapps welcomes new direct Amsterdam-London rail service

Grant Shapps welcomes new direct Amsterdam-London rail service

04 February 2020Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has today (Jan 4) welcomed the new direct Eurostar rail service between Amsterdam and London, set to launch in April 2020. Since Early 2018 passengers have been able to make this journey on the Eurostar, but with...

Digital Displacement project on track to reduce rail emissions

Digital Displacement project on track to reduce rail emissions

31 January 2020Source: RTM Dec/Jan   With challenging targets to radically reduce railway CO2 emissions, Artemis Intelligent Power is looking at the potential of Digital Displacement® hydraulics as a novel route to lower emissions for freight locomoti...

Norwood Junction station upgrade receives significant support

Norwood Junction station upgrade receives significant support

30 January 2020The development of Norwood Junction station has been given the green light by residents, passengers and businesses in the area. With a 94% backing, the upgrade would allow trains to run more dependably and more frequently. The proposals to upgrad...

Bid submitted for £100m Darlington station regeneration

Bid submitted for £100m Darlington station regeneration

28 January 2020Tees Valley Combined Authority has submitted a bid to government for the funds needed to ‘dramatically overhaul’ Darlington railway station. Announced by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen yesterday (Jan 27), the business case for the rede...

White Hart Lane Station - Fereday Pollard Architects

White Hart Lane Station - Fereday Pollard Architects

15 January 2020Source RTM Dan 19/ Jan 20   Fereday Pollard Architects are delighted to have completed their commission as lead architects and public realm designers for Taylor Woodrow who have successfully built and handed over the landmark new station at...

Network Rail to improve Beverley railway station

Network Rail to improve Beverley railway station

14 January 2020Network Rail has announced today (Jan 14) a £600,000 investment into improving Beverly railway station, to improve passenger experience and enhance the station’s aesthetic and general condition.   The footbridge at the station wi...

Zonegreen boosts safety at Northam

Zonegreen boosts safety at Northam

14 January 2020Cast your mind back 18 years to the beginning of the millennium. In its infancy at the time, was depot safety technology that went on to revolutionise the way we protect rail staff and equipment. Developed by Sheffield-based Zonegreen, the Depot...

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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 >