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How will London's transport network find a new normal?

07.05.20: On Wednesday (May 6) London Travel Watch held an online seminar where the matter of how will London’s transport network emerge from lockdown was discussed. An update is expected today (May 7) from Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Mr. Joh... more >

EHC Global Launches LED UV-C Handrail Sterilization Solution for Escalators and Moving Walks

06.05.20: On April 20th EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of components, technical services and integrated solutions to the vertical transportation industry, announced the introduction of its LED UV-C Handrail Sterilization Solution for escalators... more >

Go ahead for West Midlands Interchange development

06.05.20: Expansion for a new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange and other supporting infrastructure works near Junction 12 of the M6 motorway in South Staffordshire District has been given development consent. The application was submitted to the Pl... more >

Balfour Beatty VINCI appoint new MD to lead its HS2 project

06.05.20: Balfour Beatty VINCI today (May 5) announced the appointment of Michael Dyke as Managing Director. He will be responsible for providing leadership for the delivery of its HS2 main civil engineering contracts between the Long Itchington Wood... more >

NR: Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe

05.05.20: Network Rail has launched a new awareness-raising campaign to warn of the dangers of trespassing on the railway during the Covid-19 outbreak. The ‘Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe’ campaign will run on commercial radio... more >

Cumbrian Coast line damaged by storm set to reopen in one month

05.05.20: A section of the Cumbria Coast line, which was badly damaged at the beginning of the year following three consecutive storms, will reopen in one month as repairs come close to completion. High tides, strong winds and heavy rain brought by S... more >

EMR staff volunteer with NHS

05.05.20: In aid of supporting the NHS and wider care system during the Covid-19 outbreak, East Midlands Railway will be allowing employees to volunteer to help. The volunteers will be able to provide their wide range of skills and expertise that EMR... more >

Manchester Piccadilly ‘super hub’ proposed

05.05.20: A Manchester Piccadilly ‘super hub’ has been proposed as part of the High Speed North rail project. The ‘Revisiting High Speed North’ report by rail research company Greengauge21 sets out the need to speed up plans f... more >

Planned rail works over Early May Bank Holiday in Yorkshire

04.05.20: People who may need to use train services over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend are being encouraged by Network Rail to check before travelling as track improvement work takes place in West Yorkshire, meaning there are further changes to servi... more >

Network Rail team up with street artist to create a super tribute

04.05.20: Network Rail and street artist Lionel Stanhope have partnered up to pay tribute to our NHS heroes with a mural in a railway arch in Southwark. The artwork is situated on Cornwall Road, underneath Waterloo East railway station, round the cor... more >

Network Rail aids London’s vital supermarket supplies with new freight route from Spain

01.05.20: Network Rail have been working hard to help keep supermarket shelves full by working with suppliers on two new food routes from Valencia and Murcia into London. DB Cargo UK and Transfesa Logistics have successfully launched a new fast 72-ho... more >

West Midlands Rail Executive appoints new interim programme director

30.04.20: West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) have appointed Amanda White as their new interim programme director. Amanda White, former head of rail with Transport for Greater Manchester, joins the WMRE at a time of vital investment and development o... more >

Network Rail key worker moves house to help keep the railway running

30.04.20: Network Rail track worker, Jennifer Hayton, from Saltburn-by-the-Sea, has moved house during the COVID-19 pandemic so that she is able to continue carrying out her role as a key worker in the rail industry. Jennifer has worked for Network R... more >

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Five Webinar Series

28.04.20: RIA’s last Unlocking Innovation webinar looked at ‘A 21st Century Mass Transit system for Leeds City Region’, with West Yorkshire Combined Authority looking at how the city can build more connected local travel. Tom Gifford, he... more >

Gin distillery provides hand sanitiser for NR route

28.04.20: Railway staff across the West Midlands and Chilterns area have been provided with hand sanitizer from a gin distillery who have changed their production line during the current pandemic. Network Rail’s signallers, who safely keep trai... 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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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 in... 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 >