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Hitachi Rail: Five years at flagship factory in the North East

Hitachi Rail: Five years at flagship factory in the North East

07 September 2020September marks five years of operation for Hitachi Rail’s North East home in Newton Aycliffe.   Since then, the team has since built 192 trains, which are now in service in the UK. This includes the Class 800/801/802 Intercity Expres...

LNER boost services as passengers return

LNER boost services as passengers return

07 September 2020As many people begin their usual commute again today, whether that’s back to work or back to school, many rail franchisers have increased their timetable accordingly. One of these is London North Eastern Railway (LNER) who are introducing a...

ORR and the rail industry are working together to improve passenger info

ORR and the rail industry are working together to improve passenger info

04 September 2020The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the rail industry are working together to develop passenger information. Following ORR’s call earlier this year for the rail industry to improve passenger information, particularly during disruption, th...

HS2 construction begins with 22,000 jobs expected

HS2 construction begins with 22,000 jobs expected

04 September 2020Europe’s largest infrastructure project has today (4 Sept) reached a momentous milestone with the start of construction on the project, highlighting the large number of jobs the project will be recruiting for in the coming months and years. ...

Electrification plans for line between Fife and Clackmannanshire

Electrification plans for line between Fife and Clackmannanshire

04 September 2020The next stage of development work is due to begin for Network Rail engineers between Alloa and Longannet, which could see passenger services return between Clackmannanshire and Fiife. As part of the Scottish Government’s decarbonisation pl...

Aldrington station refurbished ahead of schedule

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...

Major £1.2bn East Coast Main Line works confirmed

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...

Ep.16 Unlocking rail investment, David Ollerhead

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...

Rail industry to increase services to boost passenger confidence

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...

HS2’s eco-friendly station gets planning green light

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...

Multi-million-pound upgrade work across August Bank Holiday

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...

Major upgrades to Great Eastern Main Line this autumn

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...

SWR new £1bn Arterio fleet to transform passenger travel

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...

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

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...

South West Wales receives new Community Rail Partnership

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...

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Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

25/09/2020Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates has written to Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, highlighting his... more >
Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

25/09/2020Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

No trains in or out of London King’s Cross, or on Thameslink services to or from St Pancras International via Finsbury Park, on Saturday 17... more >
£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

24/09/2020£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

Passengers are being asked by Network Rail to check before they travel this weekend during essential railway improvement work on a busy route int... more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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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 network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... 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 wo... more >