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Temporary bike storage at Bristol Temple Meads station

20 August 2020A new bike storage facility is to be constructed next to Bristol Temple Meads station in preparation £24m worth of works to begin on the station’s roof. The new facility is set to open on the 5th of September and will be the same capa... more >

HS2 release designs for Amersham vent shaft headhouse

20 August 2020Today (Aug 20) HS2 have released the design for one of the five structures that will be built to provide ventilation and emergency access to the high-speed rail line’s 10-mile-long Chiltern tunnel. The Amersham vent shaft headhouse will be... more >

Network Rail reminds people of the dangers when crossing the railway

20 August 2020A group of walkers not far from Sevenoaks in Kent were involved in a near-miss when using a pedestrian crossing, triggering a reminder from Network Rail for people to take care around railway crossings.   As Covid-19 restrictions are lessene... more >

Railways fall silent to remember those lost in Stonehaven derailment

19 August 2020The rail industry paused and fell silent this morning (19 Aug) to remember those who lost their lives, and all others who were affected by the derailment at Stonehaven one week ago. Across Scotland, railway stations remained silent for a minute a... more >

Dawlish sea wall development plans approved

19 August 2020On Aug 18 Teignbridge District Council approved Network Rail’s plans for the remaining section of the new sea wall at Dawlish, which will allow for increased protection for the railway from extreme weather and rising sea levels for years to... more >

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... more >

August bank holiday rail upgrades in Liverpool

18 August 2020Network Rail is advising passengers to check before they travel ahead of signalling upgrades in Liverpool, this coming back holiday. Between Saturday 29 and Monday 31, signalling control is being shifted from Ditton to the state-of-the-art Manche... more >

£750,000 refurb for lifts at Derby station

18 August 2020Derby station passengers who require step-free access will need to use the site’s subway next month due to major improvement work being carried out on the lifts. Funded by Network Rail, the project will see the lifts at the main entrance an... more >

Transport Focus calls for ‘Head Out to Help Out’ scheme

18 August 2020Independent watchdog Transport Focus is asking the Government and train companies to work collaboratively, in order to reform the rail farers and ticketing system. This is hoped to give passengers better value for money, thereby encouraging them t... more >

HS2 launches second wave of Innovation Accelerator recruitment

17 August 2020Today (17 Aug) HS2 Ltd has launched the second wave of recruitment to its Innovation Accelerator programme, after a huge response to its first call out to tech start-ups and pioneering SMEs earlier this year. The company is looking to recruit fiv... more >

Avanti West Coast announce more services from September

17 August 2020Avanti West Coast will be reinstating numerous destinations from the 7th of September as part of alterations to its timetable. Blackpool, Wrexham, Shrewsbury and Edinburgh will all see the return of direct Avanti West Coast services to and from L... more >

Innovative imagery survey set to improve passenger journeys

17 August 2020Funded with a £394,000 grant from the Department for Transport through the First of a Kind 2020 programme, a ground breaking way of inspecting the railways is to be used this summer. Using high-quality imagers across the Thames valley, west... more >

HS2 signs R&D agreement with leading UK rail researchers

14 August 2020Today (14 Aug) HS2 Ltd have revealed that as part of its innovation programme they have signed a revolutionary agreement with leading railway research centres in UK universities that will allow it to access world-leading research capabilities, kno... more >

Network Rail promises direct action following Stonehaven derailment

13 August 2020Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, has pledged to get to the bottom of the cause and put immediate additional safety measures in place following yesterday’s derailment near Stonehaven in which three people sadly died and six wer... more >

Coulsdon South station made more accessible for passengers

13 August 2020Construction of a new footbridge and lifts at Coulsdon South station has been completed by Network Rail, alongside the installation of platform edge tactile paving and upgrade to the station power supply. This work forms part of the Department fo... 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 >