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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...

Gin distillery provides hand sanitiser for NR route

Gin distillery provides hand sanitiser for NR route

28 April 2020Railway staff across the West Midlands and Chilterns area have been provided with hand sanitizer from a gin distillery who have changed their production line during the current pandemic. Network Rail’s signallers, who safely keep trains mov...

East Midlands NR worker supports the NHS during COVID-19 pandemic

East Midlands NR worker supports the NHS during COVID-19 pandemic

28 April 2020Val Stephenson is a Level Crossing Manager in the East Midlands region, based in Derby. As a key worker, she is one of thousands of Network Rail workers helping to keep the railway running efficiently during the Coronavirus crisis. In her role, V...

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Three Webinar Series

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Three Webinar Series

27 April 2020The potential for better use of data to improve the prospects for rail freight came under the spotlight during day three of the Railway Industry Association (RIA’s) ‘Digital Journeys for Rail Passengers & Freight’ webinar ser...

‘Trainbow’ symbols of hope spread across Translink

‘Trainbow’ symbols of hope spread across Translink

20 April 2020Translink have delivered messages of optimism and unity by giving two trains a makeover in support of the #ChaseTheRainbow movement sweeping the nation. Northern Ireland’s public transport operator has recently unveiled the massive ‘T...

Key railway workers keep Britain moving

Key railway workers keep Britain moving

06 April 2020As the country enters its third week of lockdown the rail industry has been working tirelessly to keep the country moving. A condensed passenger timetable came into effect last month (March) to allow a reliable service to resume to get key worker...

370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

30 March 2020Last week alone key workers from Network Rail helped more than 370,000 tonnes of freight to be moved between west London and Cornwall and into and across Wales to support the economy, the NHS, petrol at the pumps and food in shops. The demand has...

RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

26 March 2020As the UK comes to an end of its first week under lockdown to tackle this pandemic, members of the rail industry have voiced their support for the country’s response.   Darren Caplan, The Rail Industry Association Chief Executive, has...

GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

25 March 2020As the UK and the world comes under lockdown of varying degrees to tackle this pandemic, rail services must continue, and perhaps more than ever. GB Railfreight, Managing Director, John Smith, released a statement today (Mar 25th) exemplifying th...

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

25 March 2020Debbie Francis, Direct Rail Services, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from a freight perspective. Debbie is a rail fanatic, leading the way in a male dominated area of the rail industry. With hosts Matt Roberts and A...

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SWR launches campaign in support of local businesses

06/07/2020SWR launches campaign in support of local businesses

South Western Railway (SWR) has launched a campaign to celebrate and generate support for local businesses across the region. Covid-19 has h... more >
HS2 trials UK’s first electric forklift

06/07/2020HS2 trials UK’s first electric forklift

In their efforts to lessen their carbon footprint and support the country’s green economic recovery, HS2 are trailing the UK’s first ... more >
Stations light up blue as NHS turns 72

06/07/2020Stations light up blue as NHS turns 72

In celebration of the NHS turning 72 over the weekend (July 4th) stations across the country were lit up blue. The four major transport hubs... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >