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£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

24 September 2020Passengers are being asked by Network Rail to check before they travel this weekend during essential railway improvement work on a busy route into Manchester Piccadilly station. £1.8m of funding is being used, as part of the Great North Rai...

£2.2m to better protect Conwy Valley Line

£2.2m to better protect Conwy Valley Line

22 September 2020North Wales’ Conwy Valley Line, which runs from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llandudno, is set to reopen next Monday (28th Sept) following the completion of Network Rail’s £2.2m investment into protecting the railway from severe weather...

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...

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...

Contract awarded by Network Rail to strengthen bridges

Contract awarded by Network Rail to strengthen bridges

09 September 2020Three contracts have been awarded by Network Rail to carry out strengthening work to three railway bridges across the Wessex route in the South of England. The contract with Dyer and Butler, part of M Group Services, includes all aspects from des...

Network Rail engineers reopen bridge ahead of schedule

Network Rail engineers reopen bridge ahead of schedule

08 September 2020Following a fast response by Network Rail engineers, a Cambridgeshire bridge has reopened to rail services ahead of schedule after it was hit by a lorry yesterday (7 Sept). The lorry caused widespread damage to the bridge in Coldhams Lane, Cambri...

Network Rail begin work to recover railway at Stonehaven

Network Rail begin work to recover railway at Stonehaven

08 September 2020This week Network Rail are beginning the careful procedure of recovering the carriages involved in the tragic accident that occurred on the 12th of Aug at Stonehaven. The ScotRail service derailed after striking a landslip and heartbreakingly, th...

Solar-powered scarecrow used to keep trains on time in Manchester

Solar-powered scarecrow used to keep trains on time in Manchester

01 September 2020A solar-powered scarecrow that sends out the calls of a hawk is being used to scare away birds that have been causing delays to passengers travelling between Manchester and London Euston.   Significant numbers of birds have been causing dama...

£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...

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...

Network Rail reminds people of the dangers when crossing the railway

Network Rail reminds people of the dangers when crossing the railway

20 August 2020A group of walkers not far from Sevenoaks in Kent were involved in a near-miss when using a pedestrian crossing, triggering a reminder from Network Rail for people to take care around railway crossings.   As Covid-19 restrictions are lessene...

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...

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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 Transport, highlighting his... 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 Finsbury Park, on Saturday 17... 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 work on a busy route int... 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 >