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Bromham Road Bridge rebuild plans revised following community feedback

Bromham Road Bridge rebuild plans revised following community feedback

23 May 2018Network Rail has updated its proposals for the reconstruction of Bromham Road Bridge as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade. The work will allow all of the railway lines through Bedford to be electrified. Since the first meeting of the formal...

NR starts £9.5m flood defence scheme

NR starts £9.5m flood defence scheme

21 May 2018Network Rail has commenced work on a £9.5m flood defence scheme in the south west. The scheme, which will protect the railway line between Exeter and Salisbury, will see two 550 tonne underground bridge structures installed beneath the rail...

NR found guilty of safety failure after signaller breaks neck

NR found guilty of safety failure after signaller breaks neck

14 May 2018Network Rail has been found guilty of an offence under the Health and Safety Work Act following a level crossing accident. Signaller, Douglas Caddell, suffered life-changing injuries after he was struck by a car as he tried to close the level cro...

Engineers commence studies to safeguard Devon and Cornwall railway

Engineers commence studies to safeguard Devon and Cornwall railway

11 May 2018Expert engineers have begun detailed studies along the route between Teignmouth and Dawlish in order to safeguard the railway in Devon and Cornwall. Network Rail has been devising plans to safeguard the railway since 2014, when the railway line b...

Network Rail seeks more views on Heathrow rail link

Network Rail seeks more views on Heathrow rail link

08 May 2018Network Rail is seeking views on a potential new rail link that would connect the Great Western Main Line (GWML) to London Heathrow Airport from the west. The consultation, which will run for six weeks, will build on the 1,000 responses received...

High-speed handbacks could save NR £250,000 a week

High-speed handbacks could save NR £250,000 a week

25 April 2018New approaches to engineering could potentially save £250,000 a week by allowing trains to run at higher speeds once work is complete, Network Rail has said. When a tamping machine is used alone to place track into position and consolidate...

Great North Rail Project sees £46m spent on Wigan train depot

Great North Rail Project sees £46m spent on Wigan train depot

24 April 2018Wigan is to gain a new £46m train depot as part of the Great North Rail Project. The number of passengers in the north is set to double over the next 25 years, and so more depots are needed to enable the more frequent services and additiona...

Network Rail plans flood alleviation scheme for Hele

Network Rail plans flood alleviation scheme for Hele

23 April 2018Network Rail plans to carry out a flood resilience project in Hele, it has announced. Flooding has been a longstanding problem in the area around Station Road, and so a scheme has been developed which is expected to reduce the risk of flooding to...

Supervisory board established to drive rail improvements in Anglia

Supervisory board established to drive rail improvements in Anglia

19 April 2018A new dedicated Route Supervisory Board has been formed to drive improvements to Anglia’s regional rail network. The board has been formed through Network Rail joining Anglia’s passenger, train and freight organisations, and will be m...

Failure to stop events increased by 10,000 in four years

Failure to stop events increased by 10,000 in four years

17 April 2018Trains in Britain miss scheduled stops an average of 160 times a day, according to recent figures from Network Rail. A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the BBC revealed that in the financial year up to 23 February, over 52,000 services out...

Suppliers invited to challenge ‘rigorous’ NR standards for incentives

Suppliers invited to challenge ‘rigorous’ NR standards for incentives

13 April 2018Network Rail is encouraging contractors, suppliers and stakeholders to propose changes to its standards, or the detailed requirements that underpin how the railway and improvement projects are run and delivered – all in exchange for incentiv...

ScotRail accepts 20 action points to improve performance in new plan

ScotRail accepts 20 action points to improve performance in new plan

05 April 2018The ScotRail Alliance has published a performance improvement plan that it says will drive up standards and help to build “the best railway Scotland has ever had.” According to recent figures, nine out of 10 ScotRail trains arrive wit...

NR warns suppliers not to get left behind

NR warns suppliers not to get left behind

15 March 2018Network Rail is warning suppliers to act now or risk being locked out of the rail market. With less than 50 days until the enhanced Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) goes live, the infrastructure manager has told its supply t...

NR looks for new alliances as £5bn track work tendered

NR looks for new alliances as £5bn track work tendered

14 March 2018Network Rail has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) process for its tender exercise on the next generation of track works contracts, worth up to £5bn. The PIN was issued via the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), and the wo...

NR trials drones for large railway structure inspections

NR trials drones for large railway structure inspections

12 March 2018Network Rail is trialling the use of drones to inspect large structures in a safer, more cost-efficient way. The vehicles are being used on the London North Eastern and East Midlands route to examine five arch viaducts along the route, including...

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Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03/07/2020Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, ... more >
‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03/07/2020‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beg... more >
SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous mil... 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 >