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Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18 September 2020Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase agreement with Bombardier Inc and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). ...

East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

18 September 2020Following a £216.2m contract awarded by the Rail Electrification Alliance, The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade can move forward into its second phase to enhance the East Coast network. The Rail Electrification Alliance, which is m...

Network Rail begin work to recover railway at Stonehaven

Network Rail begin work to recover railway at Stonehaven

08 September 2020This week Network Rail are beginning the careful procedure of recovering the carriages involved in the tragic accident that occurred on the 12th of Aug at Stonehaven. The ScotRail service derailed after striking a landslip and heartbreakingly, 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...

1.5 million lorries to be taken off the roads by HS2

1.5 million lorries to be taken off the roads by HS2

26 August 2020HS2 have received the first rail freight delivery of aggregate arrive (25 Aug) at HS2’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham, signifying the start of HS2’s major programme to take up to 1.5 million lorries off Britain’s roads to cut...

Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

Rail companies call for polluters to pay their fair share

12 August 2020Rail Delivery Group have submitted proposals to influence the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan in hope of encouraging passengers to make greener choices when travelling in Britain or to international destinations that are reachabl...

£195,000 for rail freight trial

£195,000 for rail freight trial

06 August 2020Funding has been allocated by the Scottish Government to Victa Railfreight to carry out a test to transport timber by rail in the North of Scotland. £195,000 has been contributed through the Scottish Strategic Rail Freight Fund. This is ope...

HS2 releases video showing their freight plan for fighting carbon emissions

HS2 releases video showing their freight plan for fighting carbon emissions

21 July 2020Today (21st July) HS2 Ltd has released a new video showing how Britain’s new high-speed railway will deliver a greener future by opening new train paths on the existing network which can be used to move more goods by rail. HS2: Greater capa...

Newhaven Marine station increases freight capacity

Newhaven Marine station increases freight capacity

02 July 2020Following recent modifications and refurbishments at Newhaven Marine Station by Network Rail, the site is now ready for welcoming an increase in rail freight capacity. Subsequently, supporting a low-carbon economy by removing the need for heavy go...

£35m to protect vital freight routes

£35m to protect vital freight routes

18 May 2020Crucial freight routes out of, into and around the UK will continue to operate thanks to multi-million-pound government scheme to help ensure critical goods, such as food and medical supplies, can move freely. The government has signed agreements...

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Rail Baltica, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Rail Baltica, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

18 May 2020The Railway Industry Association (RIA), in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), held the second instalment of its Export Outreach webinar series on Tuesday (May 12th), which provided a forum for the UK rail industry to he...

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...

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...

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Five Webinar Series

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Five Webinar Series

28 April 2020RIA’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, head...

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Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18/09/2020Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase ... more >
Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18/09/2020Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked t... more >
East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

18/09/2020East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

Following a £216.2m contract awarded by the Rail Electrification Alliance, The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade can move forward i... 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 >