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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 Four Webinar Series

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Four Webinar Series

28 April 2020‘Mobility as a Service’ (MaaS) in the rail sector came under scrutiny in the fourth session of the Railway Industry Association (RIA’s) ‘Digital Journeys for Rail Passengers & Freight’ webinar series. MaaS - the...

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day One Webinar Series

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day One Webinar Series

22 April 2020The Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) Unlocking Innovation series has gone virtual, with a series of five webinars being held over the week of 20 April. With the first webinar taking place on Monday, the discussion looked into what opport...

Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

09 April 2020The biggest rail investment in almost 40 years at Guildford is set to begin on Good Friday (Apr 10) with passengers, who need to use the railway for necessary travel at this time, advised to check ahead before travel. On Friday, upgrades on track...

Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

07 April 2020Network Rail’s station teams are inviting the public to send in home-made pictures of rainbows with a railway theme, which will be displayed at Bristol Temple Meads, Reading and London Paddington. The railway rainbow-themed images are hoped...

Cabinet Office releases procurement guidance to support suppliers

Cabinet Office releases procurement guidance to support suppliers

06 April 2020In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabinet Office has changed the way procurement cards may be used. The outbreak has placed increased pressure on commercial and finance teams and increased importance on maintaining cashflow to supplie...

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...

Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

03 April 2020The viaduct, which you can see in the Harry Potter series of films, joined other famous attractions and venues like Glasgow’s SSH Hydro in lighting up in the colours of the NHS to recognize the efforts of healthcare workers in the fight agai...

Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02 April 2020During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by declaring a move to immediate payments for its suppliers. This means payment could be up to seven days quicker for SMEs and up...

Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

01 April 2020Staff on nationally critical routes, such as the West Coast and Chiltern main lines, are keeping essential supplies and key workers moving during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the weekend, Network Rail maintenance teams and signallers delivered vit...

LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

31 March 2020London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is continuing to support its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak by giving out fresh sandwiches that would have been served onboard LNER services to a charity fighting food hunger. 5,000 sand...

Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

30 March 2020Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations have made their parking free of charge for NHS and care workers during the coronavirus crisis. Network Rail has relinquished parking charges to display their support and appreciation for th...

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

27 March 2020As retired signallers are called out of retirement to help keep our country’s railways moving during this pandemic, members of the rail industry have expressed their support for the country’s response. Network Rail’s Commercial...

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...

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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. Rail travel forms an important part of any national transport network for both passengers and freig... 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 >