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HS2’s eco-friendly station gets planning green light

27 August 2020HS2’s landmark station, that will be the centre of the Midlands network, has had plans approved by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. The station recently became the first railway station globally to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstandin... more >

Siemens Mobility Limited secure Core Valley Lines contract by TfW

27 August 2020Transport for Wales have awarded a three-year contract to Siemens Mobility Limited as part of the Core Valley Lines Transformation programme. The works will include the renewal and replacement of lineside signalling infrastructure, as well as the... more >

1.5 million lorries to be taken off the roads by HS2

26 August 2020HS2 have received the first rail freight delivery of aggregate arrive (25 Aug) at HS2’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham, signifying the start of HS2’s major programme to take up to 1.5 million lorries off Britain’s roads to cut... more >

Multi-million-pound upgrade work across August Bank Holiday

26 August 2020Network Rail are reminding passengers of significant upgrades taking place across rail networks this weekend. Between the West Midlands and London Euston work is taking place to make journeys more reliable for passengers and freight customers in... more >

Major upgrades to Great Eastern Main Line this autumn

26 August 2020Numerous upgrade works are set to take place this autumn on the main line between Stratford and Shenfield to advance the reliability of passenger journeys and prepare for the introduction of Elizabeth line services. At Stratford and Maryland, imp... more >

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... more >

SWR new £1bn Arterio fleet to transform passenger travel

25 August 2020Today (25 Aug) South Western Railway have revealed Arterio as the name for the new £1 billion train fleet set to revolutionise travel across South West London, Surrey and Berkshire. SWR’s Managing Director revealed the name during a s... more >

The UK’s first fully wrapped Pride train by Avanti West Coast

25 August 2020Staffed by a full LGBTQ+ crew, the UK’s first train to be fully wrapped in the progressive Pride flag, 11 carriage long, will run its first official service today (25 Aug). After the Covid-19 outbreak forced the cancellation of Pride events... more >

£9.1m of improvements for Kent and South East London railway

24 August 2020Network Rail are set to replace a 130-year-old bridge as part of its programme of engineering works this August Bank Holiday. The work, which may affect some journeys in Kent and South East London, to replace the bridge at Catford, South East Lon... more >

South West Wales receives new Community Rail Partnership

24 August 2020Community Rail Partnership launched for the South West Wales region, designed to help communities get the most benefit from their rail services. The partnership, South West Wales Connected, will engage with communities across Swansea, Neath, Port... more >

Second footbridge to be built at St Albans City station

24 August 2020Thameslink’s busiest station north of London, St Albans, is set to benefit from the launch of the Transport Secretary’s new Acceleration Unit. Grant Shapps has made £6.4m available to build a second footbridge at the station, to... more >

HS2 to build new play area following school pupil’s letter

24 August 2020Three Rivers District Council have today announced (24 Aug) planning permission has been granted for a new landscaped play area for Maple Cross JMI school in Maple Cross Rickmansworth, following a letter to HS2 from a local pupil. The project was... more >

Welsh railways receive multi-million-pound UK government investment

21 August 2020Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced today that momentous progress has been made on moving forward upgrades to Wales’ railways following £343m of funding to help bring better journeys for passengers. The list of schemes to b... more >

Hull Trains return to the track today

21 August 2020After five months of services being suspended due to Covid-19, Hull Trains finally make their anticipated return today. The people of Hull and East Riding will see trains between Beverly and London Kings Cross running for the first time since Sun... more >

New Acceleration Unit launched by Transport Secretary

21 August 2020Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has today (Aug 21) announced the launch of a new Acceleration Unit to help bring essential rail and road upgrades that will create jobs, rise connectivity, and boost the economy coming out of the Covid-19 outbrea... more >

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The challenge of completing Crossrail

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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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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 >