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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...

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...

Significant flood damage to Edinburgh and Glasgow line

Significant flood damage to Edinburgh and Glasgow line

19 August 2020Following recent heavy rainfall, Network Rail have said they will be working tirelessly to repair flood damage on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line near Polmont. With the flood water finally clearing away from the tracks, engineers have had chance...

Network Rail continue work to secure street next to West Coast main line

Network Rail continue work to secure street next to West Coast main line

28 July 2020Multi-million-pound work to secure land next to the West Coast main line in Stoke-on-Trent begins its second phase next month to make freight and passengers more reliable. The £4m Railway Upgrade Plan investment will stop a suburban street...

Network Rail volunteers lend a hand to Wicksteed Park train

Network Rail volunteers lend a hand to Wicksteed Park train

28 July 2020Wicksteed Park’s famous railway has had expert hands helping to get it passenger ready once again, after volunteers help with essential track repair and maintenance work for free. Around 20 Network Rail volunteers from the arms-length gover...

Passengers urged to plan ahead for August Bank Holiday weekend

Passengers urged to plan ahead for August Bank Holiday weekend

20 July 2020Network Rail are advising passengers to plan ahead if they are travelling by rail over the August Bank Holiday weekend as it makes way for 520 projects to maintain and upgrade the railway for passengers. Whilst the vast majority of the network wi...

New bridge in progress at Eridge station

New bridge in progress at Eridge station

07 July 2020Work to remove and rebuild a footbridge at Eridge station in East Sussex took place over the weekend. In order to keep those safe who use the bridge and the trainline operating below, the work was needed due to the old age and condition of the st...

Newcastle Central Station set for renovation

Newcastle Central Station set for renovation

24 June 2020Last year Newcastle City Council and partners announced plans to open-up access to the Victorian station, accommodate more passengers, improve traffic flows in front, change taxi pick-up points and short stay parking. City residents, taxi drivers...

Ep.13 Innovation is about people, David Rowe

Ep.13 Innovation is about people, David Rowe

23 June 2020David Rowe, Head of Strategy at Network Rail in the newly established Technical Authority, joins host Ailsa Cowen for episode 13 of Rail Technology Magazine’s podcast, Track Talk, to talk all things innovation in the rail industry. David di...

Anglia rail route to see major improvement work

Anglia rail route to see major improvement work

17 June 2020Network Rail have announced a huge set of improvement works across the region’s rail network today (June 16th) to improve reliability of train services for passengers. The work will be carried out across regional and main lines and will foc...

East Coast Upgrade work to continue this weekend

East Coast Upgrade work to continue this weekend

16 June 2020Network Rail and train operators along the East Coast main Line are urging passengers not to travel to or from London King’s Cross or on Thameslink services via Finsbury Park this weekend (June 20th & 21st) as work continues on the monum...

Rail passengers reminded of compulsory face coverings from today

Rail passengers reminded of compulsory face coverings from today

15 June 2020From today (June 15th) face coverings have become mandatory on public transport in England. Network Rail have increased safety measures at major stations the Western route, including London Paddington, Reading and Bristol Temple Meads. The new r...

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...

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Major station improvements and electric vehicle charging hubs

09/09/2020Major station improvements and electric vehicle charging hubs

Following the announcement of Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) programme to develop numerous stations, today (9 Se... more >
Contract awarded by Network Rail to strengthen bridges

09/09/2020Contract awarded by Network Rail to strengthen bridges

Three contracts have been awarded by Network Rail to carry out strengthening work to three railway bridges across the We... more >
New electric train fleet revealed for Birmingham’s Cross-City Line

09/09/2020New electric train fleet revealed for Birmingham’s Cross-City Line

The electric train fleet set to transform travel on Birmingham’s Cross-City Line has been revealed to rail passeng... 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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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 >