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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). ...

Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18 September 2020The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked tenaciously to repair the line which was partially washed away near Polmont when the Union Canal burst its...

Network Rail and Highways England publish ‘New Station Guidance’

Network Rail and Highways England publish ‘New Station Guidance’

17 September 2020Network Rail and Highways England have collaborated to improve Britain’s transport infrastructure for rail passengers and road users, making it easier for other organisations involved in delivering local transport systems to work with them. ...

£800k new footbridge delivered by Network Rail

£800k new footbridge delivered by Network Rail

17 September 2020Westgate-on-Sea station has received a £800,000 replacement footbridge with stepped access between the station’s two platforms over the tracks of the Chatham Main Line. Network Rail designed, manufactured and erected the new steel bri...

Heart of Wales line to partially reopen following storm damage

Heart of Wales line to partially reopen following storm damage

16 September 2020From November, passengers will again be able to travel on a section of the Heart of Wales line, which runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea, as Network Rail has set out the timescales for repairs to the line after two major incidents within a month. Fo...

Grant Shapps calls on Network Rail to help tackle graffiti

Grant Shapps calls on Network Rail to help tackle graffiti

16 September 2020Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has published a letter to Network Rail in regards to the prevalence of graffiti on Britain’s rail network. The letter discusses confidence for passengers, trespassing, response time to complaints, longer-ter...

Scotland’s greener train project progresses

Scotland’s greener train project progresses

15 September 2020Scotland’s goals of a greener railway are coming ever closer with the next stage of a hydrogen train demonstration project underway. As part of the plan from Scottish Ministers to diminish diesel from passenger rail services within the next...

Work begins to restore passenger services to Leven

Work begins to restore passenger services to Leven

15 September 2020The first phase of work by Network Rail is set to begin as part of the restoration of passenger services to Leven. Engineers will be carrying out vegetation clearance, site surveys and geological investigations to help the development of the proj...

TfW launches Supply Chain Platform events

TfW launches Supply Chain Platform events

14 September 2020Transport for Wales are launching a series of bi-monthly interactive Supply Chain Platform events alongside Business Wales to help them deliver and grow a diverse and sustainable supply chain. Following recent news over the past few months of sig...

Network Rail & Bombardier offering work experience for students

Network Rail & Bombardier offering work experience for students

14 September 2020In response to numerous students deferring their higher education place this year, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the government have assembled the Higher Education Taskforce, led by the Universities Minister. The Taskforce has worked to offer stu...

Trains kept moving by AWC despite damaged overhead wires

Trains kept moving by AWC despite damaged overhead wires

11 September 2020Avanti West Coast have taken an unlikely option to allow their timetable to run, without delays, despite damaged overhead wires. The operator successfully ran their Pendolino fleet without power under damaged overhead wires for the first time. T...

GTR spreads messages of support on Suicide Prevention Day

GTR spreads messages of support on Suicide Prevention Day

10 September 2020As today (10 Sept) mark the annual World Suicide Prevention Day, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), have revealed ‘Affirmation Art’ clusters across some of its busiest stations to raise awareness of the company’s ongoing support and...

Transport Secretary commits to a resilient railway

Transport Secretary commits to a resilient railway

10 September 2020Network Rail’s provisional report on the Stonehaven tragedy, commissioned by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps immediately after the event, has bene released today (10 Sept), illustrating out direct and lasting action to advance the railw...

Welsh Government call for backing of South Wales Main Line major upgrade

Welsh Government call for backing of South Wales Main Line major upgrade

10 September 2020Plans for new train services and stations in south-east Wales have been outlined by the Welsh Government, who have called on the UK Government to “play its part” in delivering developments to Wales’ railway. This comes as part o...

Major station improvements and electric vehicle charging hubs

Major station improvements and electric vehicle charging hubs

09 September 2020Following the announcement of Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) programme to develop numerous stations, today (9 Sept) on World Electric Vehicle (EV) Day, GTR welcomed Secretary of State Grant Shapps to open rail’s largest dedicated EV...

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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 sign... 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 Rai... 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 U... 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 >