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RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria

12 May 2020The Railway Industry Association (RIA) in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), begun a series of Export Outreach webinars, on May 6th, as a forum for the UK rail industry to hear from international markets. During the fir...

"Performance, performance, performance" - Rail North Committee meeting

"Performance, performance, performance" - Rail North Committee meeting

12 May 2020Today (May 12th) Transport for the North’s Rail North Committee met virtually to discuss the Northern trains review and rail recovery post Covid-19.  The discussion began with leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake, state...

Rail Committee North meeting to discuss rail recovery

Rail Committee North meeting to discuss rail recovery

12 May 2020Transport for the North’s Rail North Committee, which will meet virtually on today (May 12th) and will be live streamed to the public, has set out guidelines for rail operators such as Northern and Transpennine Express on how to run trains w...

TfL announces plan to help London travel safely

TfL announces plan to help London travel safely

11 May 2020Following the Government’s announcement of an outline roadmap for the next period of lockdown, Transport for London today (May 11th) set out its initial plan to support this and help Londoners who need to travel do so safely and sustainably....

Selby College selected as Siemens Mobility Ltd training partner

Selby College selected as Siemens Mobility Ltd training partner

11 May 2020Siemens Mobility Limited has elected Selby College as the training partner for its new rail facility in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire. The company has received 200 applications for the facility’s first 12 apprentice roles. The apprentices...

‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme continues to provide support during lockdown

‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme continues to provide support during lockdown

11 May 2020The ‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme which was launched at the beginning of April, has provided travel to 53 people escaping domestic abuse during lockdown. The scheme aims to provide support to people during the outbreak and train operators ar...

Network Rail to aid UK rail supply chain secure business abroad

Network Rail to aid UK rail supply chain secure business abroad

07 May 2020From the 1st of May, Network Rail have announced that references will be provided for use by UK suppliers when bidding for overseas contractors or an export opportunity. Under this new measure, Network Rail suppliers, will have the option to appl...

How ORR is helping to keep Britain’s railways moving

How ORR is helping to keep Britain’s railways moving

07 May 2020The Office of Rail and Road CEO, John Larkinson, has issued a statement this morning in regard to how ORR is playing its part to keep Britain’s railways moving. He began his statement by saying: “Covid-19 presents unprecedented challe...

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

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

07 May 2020On 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. Johnson w...

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

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

06 May 2020On 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 an...

Go ahead for West Midlands Interchange development

Go ahead for West Midlands Interchange development

06 May 2020Expansion 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 Planning...

EMR staff volunteer with NHS

EMR staff volunteer with NHS

05 May 2020In 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 emplo...

Manchester Piccadilly ‘super hub’ proposed

Manchester Piccadilly ‘super hub’ proposed

05 May 2020A 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 for a n...

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

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

04 May 2020Network 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 corner fr...

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

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

01 May 2020Network 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-hour rai...

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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 >