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Aldrington station refurbished ahead of schedule

03 September 2020Passengers at Aldrington station, in East Sussex, are to set benefit from newly improved platforms following a £500k investment. Engineers have carried out remedial works to restore and strengthen platforms 1 and 2. The platform redevelopm... more >

Major £1.2bn East Coast Main Line works confirmed

03 September 2020With improving journeys for passengers as soon as possible a priority, Network Rail have today (3 Sept) confirmed dates for key works on the East Coast Upgrade. The completed works will bring improved dependability and punctuality for passengers... more >

New collaboration between DfT and East Midlands transport leaders

03 September 2020Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has today (3 Sept) set out a new collaboration agreement between local leaders in the East Midlands in order to provide them more power in deciding how rail services can support improvements across the region. T... more >

Ep.16 Unlocking rail investment, David Ollerhead

02 September 2020David Ollerhead, Programme Director at Network Rail’s Open for Business Programme, joins host Ailsa Cowen for episode 15 of Rail Technology Magazine’s podcast, Track Talk. David discusses playing with trains as a child, investment into... more >

DfT ‘Access for All’ programme has transformed Cadoxton station

02 September 2020As part of the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ programme, a range of new multi-million-pound developments have been done at Cadoxton station in south Wales to improve accessibility for passengers. Any passenger visit... more >

Atkins and Gleeds brought in by HS2 to monitor costs

02 September 2020Atkins and Gleeds have been appointed by HS2 to monitor the costs and programme development as the project proceeds through its construction phases. £125m has been secured by Atkins to oversea HS2’s new Commercial Delivery and Control... more >

Investment into Wigan North Western station for better rail journeys

02 September 2020As part of the Great North Rail Project, passengers travelling from Wigan North Western station to Manchester and Leeds, will soon be provided with a multi-million-pound platform extension to allow for longer and more reliable trains. Platform 3... more >

Major rail upgrades completed across August bank holiday

01 September 2020Across the West Coast main line over the August bank holiday weekend, Network Rail successfully completed numerous essential upgrades. The multi-million-pound investment as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan included signalling upgrades... more >

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... more >

FirstGroup granted extension of the EMA for Great Western Railway

01 September 2020The Department for Transport has reportedly extended financial help for Great Western Railway. The company FirstGroup, which runs the GWR trains Paddington to Wales and the likes of Cornwall and Devon, has said the Emergency Measures Agreement (E... more >

£7.5m station investment for Denmark Hill passengers

28 August 2020From September, work will commence to improve reliability and prevent over-crowding at Denmark Hill train station. Passenger numbers at Denmark Hill, now one of London’s busiest stations outside of the large terminals with nearly 7 million... more >

Rail industry to increase services to boost passenger confidence

28 August 2020Just in time for going back to school, from Monday 7th September, train services will increase to near pre-Covid outbreak levels, as part of the introduction of a new timetable formulated to build on the improved punctuality performance seen durin... more >

New train maintenance facility to be built in Kent

28 August 2020Balfour Beatty have begun demolition work at the old Chart Leacon depot in Ashford, which closed in 2014, to make room for a new train maintenance facility. The new facility is set to include five new railway sidings, where trains can be stored a... more >

Ep.15 Bringing passengers a safe return to rail travel, Louise Coward

27 August 2020Louise Coward, Head of Insight at Transport Focus, joins host Ailsa Cowen for episode 15 of Rail Technology Magazine’s podcast, Track Talk. Louise talks about a ‘Head Out to Help Out’ campaign, keeping passengers safe and their o... more >

23-days of upgrade work around Clacton-on-Sea

27 August 2020Reliability and safety to be dramatically improved for passengers in the Clacton-on-Sea area when a computer-based signalling system goes live next spring, including a 23-day stretch of intensive engineering works during February and March 2021. ... more >

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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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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... 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 >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

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 >