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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...

£3.5m investment into Cumbrian West Coast mainline

£3.5m investment into Cumbrian West Coast mainline

23 June 2020A significant investment has been implemented to protect the railway in Cumbria from landslips and provide more reliable journeys for passengers. Engineers will upgrade the embankments along the railway to improve travel on the West Coast main li...

Network Rail promotes Women in Engineering Day following findings

Network Rail promotes Women in Engineering Day following findings

23 June 2020Today (June 23rd) marks Women in Engineering Day and to mark the occasion Network Rail is promoting the contributions of women in engineering as new research has exhibited a lack of female role models within Science, Technology, Engineering and Ma...

HS2 searching for operational telecoms supplier

HS2 searching for operational telecoms supplier

22 June 2020Today (June 22nd) HS2 have begun looking for an expert contractor to deliver 230km of revolutionary telecommunications systems which will link up to the UK’s new high-speed rail route between London, Birmingham and the north of England. The...

£5m Milngavie station improvement

£5m Milngavie station improvement

18 June 2020Network Rail are set to start £5m of works at Milngavie station to extend the platforms in an investment that will bring greater operational flexibility on the line. Both platforms at the station will be extended from 141m each in length to...

Anglia rail route to see major improvement work

Anglia rail route to see major improvement work

17 June 2020Network Rail have announced a huge set of improvement works across the region’s rail network today (June 16th) to improve reliability of train services for passengers. The work will be carried out across regional and main lines and will foc...

Government funding awarded to revolutionary rail projects

Government funding awarded to revolutionary rail projects

17 June 2020The Department for Transport, in partnership with Innovate UK, has today (June 17th) announced 25 pioneering projects have been awarded a share of £9.4m in the 2020 First of a Kind (FOAK) competition, which encourages innovation in the rail...

VolkerFitzpatrick to build Metro’s new £70m train depot

VolkerFitzpatrick to build Metro’s new £70m train depot

16 June 2020Stadler has officially appointed the Swiss train builder to construct Metro’s new fleet depot at Gosforth in Newcastle. The £70m facility will accommodate the new state-of-the-art trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro, which are set to e...

ScotRail announces all trains now fully accessible

ScotRail announces all trains now fully accessible

12 June 2020Today (June 12th) ScotRail have confirmed that all their operational trains on Scotland’s Railway are now fully accessible, following the withdrawal of its Class 68 loco-hauled services. Two Class 68 trains which had been in use since 2015...

New West Midlands railway signallers training facility

New West Midlands railway signallers training facility

12 June 2020New signalling training facilities have been opened at Walsall training centre and Birmingham’s New Street signal box. The signalling simulators, which shadow real-life scenarios faced on the railway every day, are already being used to del...

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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 >