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Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

13 July 2020As vital work continues on the £1.5bn Midland Main Line Upgrade, passengers who have to travel over the next two weekends are being urged by Network Rail to check their journeys beforehand. Engineers will carry out work to fit the final sec...

HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

13 July 2020During the excavation work at Wellwick Farm near Wendover, archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Buckinghamshire have discovered a skeleton believed to be a murder victim from the Iron Age. The discovery comes at the start of the Festival...

New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

New TfL Commissioner inspects cleaning efforts

10 July 2020Today (July 10th), Transport for London’s (TfL’s) new Commissioner, Andy Byford, saw some of the new measures underway to make the transport network cleaner than ever.    Byford was joined by Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heid...

New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

09 July 2020Following new agreements being signed earlier this week (July 7th) a direct high-speed train service from Amsterdam and London could be a possibility later this year. In order for these services to operate, existing agreements between the UK, Fra...

Network Rail backing revolutionary rail ideas

Network Rail backing revolutionary rail ideas

08 July 2020Network Rail is supporting 11 of the 25 winning entrants of the Government’s £9.4m First of a Kind (FOAK) 2020 competition to deliver a better, more dependable and efficient railway for passengers and freight users. Funded by the Depa...

£14m depot facility opened in Doncaster

£14m depot facility opened in Doncaster

08 July 2020After work began back in 2015 to transform the site at Marshgate, on Tuesday (July 7) Network Rail opened their new £14m depot in Doncaster. The site aims to bring highly skilled teams across the area together and to boost the economy in th...

HS2 eastern leg could create up to 150,000 jobs

HS2 eastern leg could create up to 150,000 jobs

07 July 2020Leaders in the North and the Midlands are calling for HS2 work to be brought forward as new research shows the eastern leg of the line could create up to 150,000 jobs. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being pushed to back his promise to ‘bui...

HS2 trials UK’s first electric forklift

HS2 trials UK’s first electric forklift

06 July 2020In their efforts to lessen their carbon footprint and support the country’s green economic recovery, HS2 are trailing the UK’s first electric forklift on one of its major construction sites in London. The Eco Telehandler vehicle is be...

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...

Queen Street project to restart after £64m investment

Queen Street project to restart after £64m investment

01 July 2020Network Rail Scotland is resuming work on major construction across Scotland’s Railway following a three-month standstill due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Reconstructive work on Glasgow Queen Street station, the new £14m Kintore station...

Calls from England and Wales to restore Beeching lines

Calls from England and Wales to restore Beeching lines

30 June 2020Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has today (June 30) announced fifty bids have been received from across England and Wales to build or reopen lines and stations closed by British Rail chief Dr Richard Beeching from 1963, with the potential to l...

West Midlands Trains reveals thousands of extra seats following extended timetable

West Midlands Trains reveals thousands of extra seats following extended timetable

29 June 2020From Monday (July 6th) West Midlands Trains is adding thousands of extra seats to its timetable as the surge and demand for train travel grows following the easing of lockdown restrictions. Despite the increased services, the advice remains the s...

Soham station given the go-ahead

Soham station given the go-ahead

29 June 2020On Friday (June 26th) proposals to construct a new station for Soham were confirmed by East Cambridgeshire District Council. Working alongside with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, led by Mayor James Palmer, who have provid...

Avanti West Coast adopts Sunflower scheme

Avanti West Coast adopts Sunflower scheme

26 June 2020Avanti West Coast has this month partnered with the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme. The scheme gives customers with hidden disabilities a lanyard, wristband or wallet card with a recognisable sunflower logo. They can then show this item to...

Newcastle Central Station set for renovation

Newcastle Central Station set for renovation

24 June 2020Last year Newcastle City Council and partners announced plans to open-up access to the Victorian station, accommodate more passengers, improve traffic flows in front, change taxi pick-up points and short stay parking. City residents, taxi drivers...

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Avanti West Coast upgrades Voyager fleet

13/07/2020Avanti West Coast upgrades Voyager fleet

Following an £8.3m deal which was signed with Bombardier last year, the 20 Voyagers, which operate over the non-el... more >
Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

13/07/2020Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

As vital work continues on the £1.5bn Midland Main Line Upgrade, passengers who have to travel over the next two w... more >
HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

13/07/2020HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

During the excavation work at Wellwick Farm near Wendover, archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Buckinghamshire ... 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 >