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DfT ‘Access for All’ programme has transformed Cadoxton station

DfT ‘Access for All’ programme has transformed Cadoxton station

02 September 2020As part of the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ programme, a range of new multi-million-pound developments have been done at Cadoxton station in south Wales to improve accessibility for passengers. Any passenger visit...

Investment into Wigan North Western station for better rail journeys

Investment into Wigan North Western station for better rail journeys

02 September 2020As part of the Great North Rail Project, passengers travelling from Wigan North Western station to Manchester and Leeds, will soon be provided with a multi-million-pound platform extension to allow for longer and more reliable trains. Platform 3...

Major rail upgrades completed across August bank holiday

Major rail upgrades completed across August bank holiday

01 September 2020Across the West Coast main line over the August bank holiday weekend, Network Rail successfully completed numerous essential upgrades. The multi-million-pound investment as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan included signalling upgrades...

£7.5m station investment for Denmark Hill passengers

£7.5m station investment for Denmark Hill passengers

28 August 2020From September, work will commence to improve reliability and prevent over-crowding at Denmark Hill train station. Passenger numbers at Denmark Hill, now one of London’s busiest stations outside of the large terminals with nearly 7 million...

Rail industry to increase services to boost passenger confidence

Rail industry to increase services to boost passenger confidence

28 August 2020Just in time for going back to school, from Monday 7th September, train services will increase to near pre-Covid outbreak levels, as part of the introduction of a new timetable formulated to build on the improved punctuality performance seen durin...

23-days of upgrade work around Clacton-on-Sea

23-days of upgrade work around Clacton-on-Sea

27 August 2020Reliability and safety to be dramatically improved for passengers in the Clacton-on-Sea area when a computer-based signalling system goes live next spring, including a 23-day stretch of intensive engineering works during February and March 2021. ...

Network Rail forms two new task forces following Stonehaven tragedy

Network Rail forms two new task forces following Stonehaven tragedy

25 August 2020Following the tragic derailment at Stonehaven on the 12th of August, Network Rail have formed two independent task forces, led by world renowned experts, to help better manage its extensive earthworks (cuttings and embankments) portfolio and its u...

Significant flood damage to Edinburgh and Glasgow line

Significant flood damage to Edinburgh and Glasgow line

19 August 2020Following recent heavy rainfall, Network Rail have said they will be working tirelessly to repair flood damage on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line near Polmont. With the flood water finally clearing away from the tracks, engineers have had chance...

August bank holiday rail upgrades in Liverpool

August bank holiday rail upgrades in Liverpool

18 August 2020Network Rail is advising passengers to check before they travel ahead of signalling upgrades in Liverpool, this coming back holiday. Between Saturday 29 and Monday 31, signalling control is being shifted from Ditton to the state-of-the-art Manche...

Coulsdon South station made more accessible for passengers

Coulsdon South station made more accessible for passengers

13 August 2020Construction of a new footbridge and lifts at Coulsdon South station has been completed by Network Rail, alongside the installation of platform edge tactile paving and upgrade to the station power supply. This work forms part of the Department fo...

Northern supports song writing workshops in the community

Northern supports song writing workshops in the community

10 August 2020As part of the Northern supported project Lyric and Line, singer-song writer Gareth Davies-Jones has been working with three groups with additional needs, using music to explore the adventure of traveling by train, and the obstacles they may face...

HS2 searching for high voltage power supply systems

HS2 searching for high voltage power supply systems

10 August 2020With the green light for construction given a few weeks ago, HS2 have today (10 Aug) began the search for expert contractors to deliver the high voltage power supply systems. These systems will transfer electricity to the UK’s new high-spee...

Network Rail’s Southern Region completes installation of secure radio channels

Network Rail’s Southern Region completes installation of secure radio channels

07 August 2020A new digitally secure radio system has been successfully rolled out across Network Rail’s Southern region. As their Wessex route joins Sussex and Kent in introducing Airwave to its front-line responders, speeding up response times to impro...

Network Rail repairs lifeboat ramp during Cumbrian Coast line work

Network Rail repairs lifeboat ramp during Cumbrian Coast line work

07 August 2020Railway engineers have rebuilt a section of public walkway at St. Bees beach which is used to launch lifeboats to rescue those in distress at sea. Network Rail is securing the Cumbrian Coast line from extreme weather and erosion as part of an &po...

Overhead electric line overhaul to improve passenger journeys

Overhead electric line overhaul to improve passenger journeys

03 August 2020Passenger and freight journeys are set to be made more reliable in Lancashire and Cumbria as part of a £3.4m investment into the overhead 25,000-volt electric cables which power trains.

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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 Tr... 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 Fins... 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... 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 >