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Network Rail introduces further safety measures as more passengers return

20 July 2020Network Rail are working to reinstate confidence into passengers as more people begin to use the railway again, following Boris Johnston’s announcement on Friday that travel advice is changing with restrictions being lifted. Since the begin... more >

Northern increases services for Blackpool

17 July 2020Over the past few months, service levels have gradually increased and Monday (20 July) will see additional trains operating between the Lancashire resort and the airport. There will also be an influx of services between Preston and Blackpool Sout... more >

Boris Johnson: Public transport restrictions relaxed

17 July 2020Today (17 July) Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced guidance on using public transport is to be relaxed in England as lockdown restrictions are eased further. During a news conference at Downing Street he hoped the country would return t... more >

HS2 launches ‘Empowering Communities’ initiative

17 July 2020HS2 Minister, Andrew Stephenson, has today (July 17th) launched a momentous social legacy programme to be delivered by HS2 London contractors SCS called ‘Empowering Communities,’ hoped to benefit communities along the final part of the... more >

London Waterloo tests out new HD passenger information screen

16 July 2020For the first time, a full-colour, high definition customer information display has been fitted at one of Network Rail’s managed stations. The LED display is being trialled at London Waterloo until December 2020.   The display was ins... more >

HS2 appoints new board members for greater oversight

15 July 2020Today (July 15th) Grant Shapps has announced the appointment of 3 non-executive directors to the HS2 board to heighten oversight and scrutiny of the UK’s largest infrastructure project. Elaine Holt, Ian King and Tom Harris will respectively... more >

HS2 virtual work experience for young people

15 July 2020As part of their dedicated programme of school engagement and education activity, HS2 offers work experience placements to students every year to help them get first-hand experience of life in the workplace on Europe’s largest engineering pr... more >

Network Rail competition launched to transform Britain’s future railways

15 July 2020Today (July 14th) Network Rail have announced, in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects, a competition to shape the future of Britain’s railway stations. The competition presents an opportunity for architects, enginee... more >

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 >

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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

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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 >
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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 >