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ORR publishes rail safety report

14 July 2020The rail regulator’s Annual Report of Health and Safety Performance on Britain’s Railways shows that despite safety across Britain’s railways has developed over the last 12 months, exceptional seasonal weather conditions continue... more >

HS2 contractors begin work on Euston station site

14 July 2020Work to construct the HS2 London station at Euston has taken a significant step forward this month (July). Contractors Mace Dragados joint venture has moved onto the construction site next to to Euston station to commence work on the new high-spe... more >

Rail workers help with Nightingale Hospital

14 July 2020A DIY store in Exeter has been transformed into a new Nightingale Hospital thanks to the help of 60 Network Rail workers. The Nightingale Hospital in Sowton Industrial Estate is now ready to treat patients following a huge effort by volunteers. ... more >

£5.8m Crawley station upgrade reaches milestone

14 July 2020As part of the Department for Transport’s Access for All programme, Network Rail have reached a milestone in the Crawley station upgrade, which includes new lifts, ramps and a new footbridge to transform the way with mobility needs use the r... more >

Avanti West Coast upgrades Voyager fleet

13 July 2020Following an £8.3m deal which was signed with Bombardier last year, the 20 Voyagers, which operate over the non-electrified sections of the West Coast Main Line, as well as running from London to Scotland, via the West Midlands are being ove... more >

Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

13 July 2020As vital work continues on the £1.5bn Midland Main Line Upgrade, passengers who have to travel over the next two weekends are being urged by Network Rail to check their journeys beforehand. Engineers will carry out work to fit the final sec... more >

HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

13 July 2020During the excavation work at Wellwick Farm near Wendover, archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Buckinghamshire have discovered a skeleton believed to be a murder victim from the Iron Age. The discovery comes at the start of the Festival... more >

TfN: New Director for Integrated and Smart Travel programme

10 July 2020Transport for the North have today (July 10th) announced the appointment of Jeremy Acklam as the new Director for its Integrated and Smart Travel (IST) programme. Jeremy joins TfN with a strong track record working in the smart travel sector. Mos... more >

New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

10 July 2020Today (July 10th), Transport for London’s (TfL’s) new Commissioner, Andy Byford, saw some of the new measures underway to make the transport network cleaner than ever.    Byford was joined by Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heid... more >

Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

09 July 2020Network Rail are currently looking to appoint a main contractor to design and build the new Forth Bridge Experience. Budding partners are being asked to submit their interest before Network Rail selects firms to tender for the project later in th... more >

South Wales Metro railway works imminent

09 July 2020Transformational works on railway lines through South Wales set to begin on the 3rd of August. As part of Transport for Wales’ (TfW) three-quarters-of-a-billion-pound investment in Metro, which included £164 million of European Region... more >

New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

09 July 2020Following new agreements being signed earlier this week (July 7th) a direct high-speed train service from Amsterdam and London could be a possibility later this year. In order for these services to operate, existing agreements between the UK, Fra... more >

National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

09 July 2020The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) have today (July 9th) announcement the appointment of their new Chair, Dyan Crowther, Chief Executive of HS1, effective from June 23rd 2020. NSAR said Dyan’s industry experience at a senior level... more >

The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

09 July 2020Yesterday (July 8th) Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the details of his ‘Plan for Jobs’ that will enhance the UK’s recovery from the Covid-19 outbreak. He detailed a package of measures to support jobs, give... more >

Network Rail backing revolutionary rail ideas

08 July 2020Network Rail is supporting 11 of the 25 winning entrants of the Government’s £9.4m First of a Kind (FOAK) 2020 competition to deliver a better, more dependable and efficient railway for passengers and freight users. Funded by the Depa... 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 >

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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 would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
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In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >