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Northern leaders discuss post-Covid rail operations

Northern leaders discuss post-Covid rail operations

12 June 2020A meeting was held yesterday (June 11th) by Transport for the North to discuss the importance of getting the ramping up of rial operations right, and also the need for a Northern infrastructure pipeline of road and rail schemes over the next 20 ye...

More seats for passengers following platform extensions in East and West Sussex

More seats for passengers following platform extensions in East and West Sussex

11 June 2020In support of the £150m Gatwick Airport station upgrade, platforms have been extended at Cooksbridge, Lancing and Goring-By-Sea, which will also improve accessibility and reduce overcrowding and delays for commuters and leisure travellers ac...

Transport for London’s construction projects begin phased restart

Transport for London’s construction projects begin phased restart

09 June 2020Numerous Transport for London’s (TfL) construction projects will see work resume, with more restarting in the coming weeks, in line with the Government’s announcement of lockdown measures being eased for those who could not work from h...

Network Rail installs new flood barrier north of Exeter

Network Rail installs new flood barrier north of Exeter

09 June 2020Network Rail have fitted a new flood defence barrier to protect passenger journeys from being disrupted by flooding to the north of Exeter. The barrier, which was installed at the end of May, is part of £26.5m programme to lessen the reoccu...

Nine-day closure between Yeovil Junction & Gillingham

Nine-day closure between Yeovil Junction & Gillingham

08 June 2020Network Rail is reminding passengers that a section of railway in the Templecombe area in Somerset will be closed this weekend for nine days to give NR chance to work on a cutting that suffered severe damage last winter. Following heavy rain duri...

Multi-million-pound investment for Cumbria Coast Line coastal viaduct

Multi-million-pound investment for Cumbria Coast Line coastal viaduct

05 June 2020A major investment to improve a crucial costal viaduct will start next month to make journeys faster and more reliable for Cumbrian Coast line passengers.   A £2m Great North Rail Project investment will see wooden timbers and 600 metr...

Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

03 June 2020Network 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 renew...

Cumbrian Coast line back on track

Cumbrian Coast line back on track

02 June 2020Trains 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 that...

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 May 2020Govia 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 for...

Biggest restoration of Barmouth Viaduct in its history

Biggest restoration of Barmouth Viaduct in its history

26 May 2020Network 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 timber and...

DfT responds to the Public Accounts Committee report

DfT responds to the Public Accounts Committee report

19 May 2020On 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 pro...

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 May 2020Kilsby 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 to be t...

Multi-billion-pound railway investment to aid national recovery

Multi-billion-pound railway investment to aid national recovery

14 May 2020Journeys 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. In Apr...

Gatwick Airport station improvements on track despite Covid-19 outbreak

Gatwick Airport station improvements on track despite Covid-19 outbreak

13 May 2020The £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 progre...

SWR depot begins next major phase

SWR depot begins next major phase

13 May 2020Engineering work at South Western Railway’s (SWR) flagship £60m Feltham depot have proceeded onto the next significant phase ahead of the Class 701 train rollout. The bank holiday weekend saw the preliminary phase of crucial new cabli...

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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 >