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Newcastle Central Station set for renovation

Newcastle Central Station set for renovation

24 June 2020Last year Newcastle City Council and partners announced plans to open-up access to the Victorian station, accommodate more passengers, improve traffic flows in front, change taxi pick-up points and short stay parking. City residents, taxi drivers...

Network Rail promotes Women in Engineering Day following findings

Network Rail promotes Women in Engineering Day following findings

23 June 2020Today (June 23rd) marks Women in Engineering Day and to mark the occasion Network Rail is promoting the contributions of women in engineering as new research has exhibited a lack of female role models within Science, Technology, Engineering and Ma...

Multi-million-pound summer investment in Sussex rail route

Multi-million-pound summer investment in Sussex rail route

22 June 2020Rail passengers in Sussex are set to benefit from a significant renewal and refurbishment to Oxted Viaduct and a footbridge replacement in Eridge, a village on the Uckfield branch of the Oxted line.   Oxted viaduct was constructed in 1881 an...

HS2 searching for operational telecoms supplier

HS2 searching for operational telecoms supplier

22 June 2020Today (June 22nd) HS2 have begun looking for an expert contractor to deliver 230km of revolutionary telecommunications systems which will link up to the UK’s new high-speed rail route between London, Birmingham and the north of England. The...

£350m investment for Britain’s first mainline digital railway

£350m investment for Britain’s first mainline digital railway

22 June 2020The East Coast Main Line will become Britain’s first mainline digital rail link with £350m of new investment to install state-of-the-art electronic signalling designed to cut journey times and prevent delays. This significant investme...

Historic 175-year-old hillside tunnel repaired from the air

Historic 175-year-old hillside tunnel repaired from the air

19 June 2020A helicopter has been used to repair a Victorian railway tunnel that takes passenger trains between Clitheroe and Manchester though a hillside in Darwen, Lancashire. The tunnel has two shaft turrets that protrude out of the Darwen moors. They hel...

£5m Milngavie station improvement

£5m Milngavie station improvement

18 June 2020Network Rail are set to start £5m of works at Milngavie station to extend the platforms in an investment that will bring greater operational flexibility on the line. Both platforms at the station will be extended from 141m each in length to...

VolkerFitzpatrick to build Metro’s new £70m train depot

VolkerFitzpatrick to build Metro’s new £70m train depot

16 June 2020Stadler has officially appointed the Swiss train builder to construct Metro’s new fleet depot at Gosforth in Newcastle. The £70m facility will accommodate the new state-of-the-art trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro, which are set to e...

East Coast Upgrade work to continue this weekend

East Coast Upgrade work to continue this weekend

16 June 2020Network Rail and train operators along the East Coast main Line are urging passengers not to travel to or from London King’s Cross or on Thameslink services via Finsbury Park this weekend (June 20th & 21st) as work continues on the monum...

Rail passengers reminded of compulsory face coverings from today

Rail passengers reminded of compulsory face coverings from today

15 June 2020From today (June 15th) face coverings have become mandatory on public transport in England. Network Rail have increased safety measures at major stations the Western route, including London Paddington, Reading and Bristol Temple Meads. The new r...

New West Midlands railway signallers training facility

New West Midlands railway signallers training facility

12 June 2020New signalling training facilities have been opened at Walsall training centre and Birmingham’s New Street signal box. The signalling simulators, which shadow real-life scenarios faced on the railway every day, are already being used to del...

Northern leaders discuss post-Covid rail operations

Northern leaders discuss post-Covid rail operations

12 June 2020A meeting was held yesterday (June 11th) by Transport for the North to discuss the importance of getting the ramping up of rial operations right, and also the need for a Northern infrastructure pipeline of road and rail schemes over the next 20 ye...

More seats for passengers following platform extensions in East and West Sussex

More seats for passengers following platform extensions in East and West Sussex

11 June 2020In support of the £150m Gatwick Airport station upgrade, platforms have been extended at Cooksbridge, Lancing and Goring-By-Sea, which will also improve accessibility and reduce overcrowding and delays for commuters and leisure travellers ac...

HS2 reveals first images of new tunnel launch site

HS2 reveals first images of new tunnel launch site

11 June 2020HS2 have today revealed (June 11th) a selection of new images showing the current preparations for the arrival of the project’s first giant tunnelling machines, which will be launched from a site next to the M25 early next year. The two 2,0...

SWR welcomes new £1bn fleet

SWR welcomes new £1bn fleet

11 June 2020The first of South Western Railway’s near £1bn new fleet of modern suburban trains has arrived on the network ahead of a full programme of testing beginning next month.   The 10-car Class 701 trains are the first of the new 90 st...

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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 >