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Network Rail worker donates PPE to Northumberland school

Network Rail worker donates PPE to Northumberland school

26 May 2020A Network Rail worker in the North East has donated spare personal protective equipment (PPE) to Collingwood School in Morpeth so children with additional needs can safely continue vital education during the Covid-19 outbreak. Malcolm Tait is a M...

Biggest restoration of Barmouth Viaduct in its history

Biggest restoration of Barmouth Viaduct in its history

26 May 2020Network Rail will begin a £25m project on Barmouth Viaduct to upgrade and protect the 1864 bridge for local people and visitors in the future. The work on the Grade II listed structure will involve replacing a large number of the timber and...

Network Rail introduces new non-executive directors

Network Rail introduces new non-executive directors

13 May 2020Network Rail has appointed new non-executive directors to replace recently retired board members. The new members are Mark Bayley, Fiona Ross and, appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport, Michael Harrison as special director. Their new...

NR: Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe

NR: Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe

05 May 2020Network Rail has launched a new awareness-raising campaign to warn of the dangers of trespassing on the railway during the Covid-19 outbreak. The ‘Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe’ campaign will run on commercial radio statio...

Cumbrian Coast line damaged by storm set to reopen in one month

Cumbrian Coast line damaged by storm set to reopen in one month

05 May 2020A section of the Cumbria Coast line, which was badly damaged at the beginning of the year following three consecutive storms, will reopen in one month as repairs come close to completion. High tides, strong winds and heavy rain brought by Storms...

Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

08 April 2020Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has published an open letter to RDG asking the industry to proceed in their work ensuring that rail travel continues to operate throughout the coronavirus outbreak. He opened the letter by thanking them for the...

Network Rail colleagues work together to produce protective gear for NHS

Network Rail colleagues work together to produce protective gear for NHS

07 April 2020Two Network Rail employees have worked together to help one colleague’s partner make protective gowns for NHS nurses in Northamptonshire. In response to the shortage of essential kit at their local Kettering General hospital, David Rose, in...

Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

01 April 2020Staff on nationally critical routes, such as the West Coast and Chiltern main lines, are keeping essential supplies and key workers moving during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the weekend, Network Rail maintenance teams and signallers delivered vit...

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

25 March 2020Despite losing staff to self-isolation and sickness during the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail Southern Region operations team are working to keep signal-boxes and control centres open 24/7. However, with the necessity to keep lines running day...

West Coast main line near Warrington closed due to large landslip

West Coast main line near Warrington closed due to large landslip

02 March 2020Major disruption to follow after Storm Jorge has caused a serious landslip on the West Coast main line near Warrington.   In the interest of passenger safety, the southbound line at Dutton Viaduct has also been closed while Network Rail carr...

Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

Equivalent of three million plastic bottles saved by Network Rail initiative

25 February 2020Passengers that have passed through Network Rail’s biggest and busiest stations have contributed towards the saving of the equivalent of three million plastic bottles with the introduction of free drinking water fountains. The water foundat...

Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

Bexleyheath line re-opens following £6.6m improvement work

25 February 2020After four landslips in the last decade, the 9-day closure involved 200 engineers and around the clock work at 17 sits along the railway between Kidbrooke and Barnehurst. The line was closed over half term, in which time 2,500 tones of mud and tr...

Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall

Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall

13 February 2020Network Rail’s plan to protect the vital rail line to the south west from rising sea levels and extreme weather has taken a big step forward despite challenging storm conditions. A large sea wall is being installed in Dawlish, Devon to defe...

Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

12 February 2020Network Rail has awarded places on four Lots to Jacobs for their prestigious Design Services Framework (DSF), to deliver multi-disciplinary technical and professional services, including geotechnical, civils and structures capability. This is the...

Network Rail endorses Bender UK signal system

Network Rail endorses Bender UK signal system

11 February 2020Bender UK’s Innovative RS4 Signalling Power Protection system has been approved by Network Rail. The system delivers heightened sensitivity for first fault location and allows compliance with Network Rail’s Insulation Monitoring and Fa...

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Ep.12 Diversity, inclusion & gender balance, Adeline Ginn MBE

05/06/2020Ep.12 Diversity, inclusion & gender balance, Adeline Ginn MBE

Adeline Ginn MBE, Founder & Chair of Women in Rail, joined host Ailsa Cowen for episode 12 of Rail Technology Magazine... more >
Electric railway now running through historic Severn Tunnel

05/06/2020Electric railway now running through historic Severn Tunnel

On Friday (June 5th) Network Rail announced they have successfully completed the electrification of the Severn Tunnel, b... more >
Multi-million-pound investment for Cumbria Coast Line coastal viaduct

05/06/2020Multi-million-pound investment for Cumbria Coast Line coastal viaduct

A major investment to improve a crucial costal viaduct will start next month to make journeys faster and more reliable f... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read 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 TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... 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 >