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Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

03.06.20: Network Rail are advising passengers that there will be no services in or out of London Euston after 9pm this Thursday (June 4th) while work to overhead electric power lines is carried out. Throughout the next three weeks, overnight work to...

Cumbrian Coast line back on track

Cumbrian Coast line back on track

02.06.20: Trains have begun running on the Cumbrian Coast line again after three successive storms forced the railway to close earlier this year. Northern services resumed yesterday (June 1st) after Network Rail completely replaced the railway bridge...

GTR uses 30-day Coronavirus killer to help protect passengers and colleagues

GTR uses 30-day Coronavirus killer to help protect passengers and colleagues

26.05.20: Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) entire fleet of Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express trains, plus stations and staff areas have been treated with a powerful new viruscide which sticks to surfaces, killing Coronavirus f...

Biggest restoration of Barmouth Viaduct in its history

Biggest restoration of Barmouth Viaduct in its history

26.05.20: Network Rail will begin a £25m project on Barmouth Viaduct to upgrade and protect the 1864 bridge for local people and visitors in the future. The work on the Grade II listed structure will involve replacing a large number of the timb...

DfT responds to the Public Accounts Committee report

DfT responds to the Public Accounts Committee report

19.05.20: On Sunday (May 17th) the Public Accounts Committee published a report, stating that the High Speed 2 rail project has gone “badly off course” and demanded that Government gives regular, accurate and open updates on the problems the p...

Victorian-era tunnel closure allows for West Coast main line improvement work

Victorian-era tunnel closure allows for West Coast main line improvement work

19.05.20: Kilsby Tunnel near Daventry reopened yesterday (May 18th) following major upgrades to drainage and track on a vital section of one of Europe’s busiest mixed-use passenger and freight railway lines. It’s thought by Network Rail t...

Multi-billion-pound railway investment to aid national recovery

Multi-billion-pound railway investment to aid national recovery

14.05.20: Journeys on railways set to be smoother and safer following a multi-billion-pound infrastructure package announced today (May 14th) by Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary. Major improvement works have already taken place over the past month....

Gatwick Airport station improvements on track despite Covid-19 outbreak

Gatwick Airport station improvements on track despite Covid-19 outbreak

13.05.20: The £150m Gatwick Airport transformation will begin the next stage next week (May 17th) thanks to innovative ways of working within Covid-19 social distancing safeguards. Enabling works have continued, as Network Rail continues their...

SWR depot begins next major phase

SWR depot begins next major phase

13.05.20: Engineering work at South Western Railway’s (SWR) flagship £60m Feltham depot has proceeded onto the next significant phase ahead of the Class 701 train rollout. The bank holiday weekend saw the preliminary phase of crucial new...

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria

RIA & DIT Exports Webinar – Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria

12.05.20: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), begun a series of Export Outreach webinars, on May 6th, as a forum for the UK rail industry to hear from international markets. During the f...

"Performance, performance, performance" - Rail North Committee meeting

"Performance, performance, performance" - Rail North Committee meeting

12.05.20: Today (May 12th) Transport for the North’s Rail North Committee met virtually to discuss the Northern trains review and rail recovery post Covid-19.  The discussion began with leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake...

Rail Committee North meeting to discuss rail recovery

Rail Committee North meeting to discuss rail recovery

12.05.20: Transport for the North’s Rail North Committee, which will meet virtually on today (May 12th) and will be live streamed to the public, has set out guidelines for rail operators such as Northern and Transpennine Express on how to run trains...

TfL announces plan to help London travel safely

TfL announces plan to help London travel safely

11.05.20: Following the Government’s announcement of an outline roadmap for the next period of lockdown, Transport for London today (May 11th) set out its initial plan to support this and help Londoners who need to travel do so safely and sustainabl...

Selby College selected as Siemens Mobility Ltd training partner

Selby College selected as Siemens Mobility Ltd training partner

11.05.20: Siemens Mobility Limited has elected Selby College as the training partner for its new rail facility in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire. The company has received 200 applications for the facility’s first 12 apprentice roles. The appre...

‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme continues to provide support during lockdown

‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme continues to provide support during lockdown

11.05.20: The ‘Rail to Refuge’ scheme which was launched at the beginning of April, has provided travel to 53 people escaping domestic abuse during lockdown. The scheme aims to provide support to people during the outbreak and train operators...

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Transport for the North joint submission to the Integrated Rail Plan

03/06/2020Transport for the North joint submission to the Integrated Rail Plan

In a collaborative submission to the Integrated Rail Plan, Transport for the North’s Members have called for a sus... more >
Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

03/06/2020Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

Network Rail are advising passengers that there will be no services in or out of London Euston after 9pm this Thursday (... more >
Tube stations begin phased return

03/06/2020Tube stations begin phased return

When lockdown began in March, many Underground stations were closed with only key stations remaining open.  On... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read 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 >