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Transport secretary approves Northampton rail depot plans

Transport secretary approves Northampton rail depot plans

14 October 2019Transport secretary Grant Shapps has given the green light to plans submitted for the Northampton Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange, a huge rail depot located to the south of Northampton.

Passengers and freight will see improvement in Cumbria following major investment

Passengers and freight will see improvement in Cumbria following major investment

08 October 2019From October 19, the Cumbrian Coast line will feel seven Sundays of disruption as Network Rail continue their major improvements. Just under two miles of worn out track will be removed and replaced between Drigg and Bootle as part of the £2...

ORR quotes £26m in charges per year to continue using HS1

ORR quotes £26m in charges per year to continue using HS1

01 October 2019The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today announced if train operators want to keep using High Speed 1 (HS1) and preserve the condition of the assets, they will pay £26m per year. HS1 operates 67 miles of high-speed track connecting Londo...

New open-access operator plans hourly service between Wales and London

New open-access operator plans hourly service between Wales and London

23 September 2019Grand Union Trains, a new open-access train operator, has announced that they are hoping to launch a train service between Wales and London in May 2021. Initially the trains will run every two hours, but plans are to make them hourly by May 2023....

Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines service

Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines service

15 August 2019In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from France.

RSSB: Railways crucial in UK becoming net zero-carbon by 2050

RSSB: Railways crucial in UK becoming net zero-carbon by 2050

22 July 2019The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has said that Britain’s railways have a crucial role to play in helping the UK economy decarbonise by 2050.

Maritime Transport launch new rail services

Maritime Transport launch new rail services

17 July 2019Maritime Transport has launched two new rail services from DP World London Gateway to its rail terminals in Trafford Park and Wakefield. It marks further efforts to expand into the intermodal market in response to rising customer demand in the sec...

GBRf brings back Class 92 to run Caledonian Sleeper service

GBRf brings back Class 92 to run Caledonian Sleeper service

10 July 2019GB Railfreight (GBRf) have announced that Locomotive 92006 has re-entered service following a £2 million refurbishment at Wabtec’s Brush Traction facility in Loughborough. The Class 92 will be used on the Caledonian Sleeper service, t...

Cumbria Coastal line plans secure over £8m funding

Cumbria Coastal line plans secure over £8m funding

03 July 2019Plans to improve the railway line across the Cumbrian coast have secured over £8.5m in funding, including £7.5m to prepare the next stage of the project. Network Rail propose to use the money to carry upgrades that aim to improve conn...

Major railway suppliers join forces to form ‘Rail Innovation Family’

Major railway suppliers join forces to form ‘Rail Innovation Family’

26 June 2019The UK’s major rail suppliers have joined forces to form a ‘Rail Innovation Family’ that will help provide greater and clearer support for suppliers seeking to bring innovation into the rail industry. The Rail Innovation Family...

£14m Peak District rail freight extension unveiled

£14m Peak District rail freight extension unveiled

30 April 2019A £14m rail freight extension in the Peak District has been unveiled by Network Rail to boost construction productivity and take lorries off the road. A disused council tip has been transformed by Network Rail into 430 new metres of railway...

Lord Berkeley: TransPennine freight is being sidelined

Lord Berkeley: TransPennine freight is being sidelined

05 March 2019Lord Berkeley, former chairman of the Rail Freight Group, makes the case for extra freight capacity across the proposed TransPennine route upgrades. Freight has suffered from the lack of capacity across the Pennines, especially for container trai...

Northumberland unveils £3.5m rail project to bring back passenger services

Northumberland unveils £3.5m rail project to bring back passenger services

05 February 2019A county council has unveiled a new plan to reintroduce direct trains between Newcastle and south-east Northumberland, bringing back passenger services to a current freight line in a £3.5m investment. Northumberland County Council said it i...

RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

01 February 2019The RAIB has published a warning about the maintenance of freight vehicles and the safety of wheel and braking systems on trains which can lead to derailment. In a safety digest published following an investigation into the derailment of a rail h...

Operator revealed for flagship rail freight interchange in the East Midlands

Operator revealed for flagship rail freight interchange in the East Midlands

29 January 2019Segro has been named as the operator of a new flagship rail freight interchange in the East Midlands ahead of its construction by the end of 2019. The company has signed a 25-year lease with Maritime Transport to operate the huge Strategic Rail F...

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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 >