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Network Rail to complete critical signalling work on SE London lines

Network Rail to complete critical signalling work on SE London lines

20.05.20: Railway lines through Hither Green in South East London are set to be closed for a nine-day period between July 25, 2020 and August 2, 2020 to allow Network Rail to complete critical signalling upgrades in the area. The current signalling s...

How ORR is helping to keep Britain’s railways moving

How ORR is helping to keep Britain’s railways moving

07.05.20: The Office of Rail and Road CEO, John Larkinson, has issued a statement this morning in regard to how ORR is playing its part to keep Britain’s railways moving. He began his statement by saying: “Covid-19 presents unprecedented...

Wherry Lines see introduction of new signalling system

Wherry Lines see introduction of new signalling system

17.02.20: 130 years of signalling history came to an end today (Feb 17th) on the Wherry lines alongside the reopening of the Norwich to Yarmouth line. This follows completion of work to introduce a new computerised signalling system, improving depend...

£46m depot unveiled in Wigan

£46m depot unveiled in Wigan

10.02.20: Officially opened on Friday (Feb 7th) the new £46m state-of-the-art train depot in Wigan has been built by Network Rail alongside Arriva Rail North. The depot will provide a home for many of Northern’s new trains that will be cl...

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street unveils £15bn transport plan

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street unveils £15bn transport plan

05.02.20: As part of his re-election campaign, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has unveiled his ambitious £15bn transport plan for the region. The plans would represent a huge expansion of the West Midlands’ metro and rail services, creat...

ORR launch signalling systems market study

ORR launch signalling systems market study

27.01.20: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today (Jan 27) opened a market study into the supply of rail signalling systems. The study will aim to examine issues within the rail signalling marketplace and address them if appropriate, taking into...

The age of Intelligent Infrastructure - Network Rail

The age of Intelligent Infrastructure - Network Rail

21.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20   Predictive technology that informs engineers when, where and why faults will occur on the railway are vital to improving infrastructure performance and driving a better service for passengers. Jona...

Network Rail unveil new Holcombe to Teignmouth rail protection plan

Network Rail unveil new Holcombe to Teignmouth rail protection plan

21.01.20: Updated proposals have been published by Network Rail, outlining a series of potential changes to a section of railway line in south Devon between Holcombe and Teignmouth. The rail line, which provides a vital artery connecting Cornwall and D...

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

15.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20  Tom Wake, head of national rail route teams at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), discusses the importance of improving the safety of track workers.  On June 24, 2014 a group of 12 track workers nea...

Balfour Beatty completes rail line electrification

Balfour Beatty completes rail line electrification

14.01.20: Balfour Beatty, as contracted by Network Rail, has successfully completed the electrification of 77km of the Great Western Railway (GWR) line between Bristol and Cardiff. It comes as part of a wider Greater Wester Electrification Programme...

EIC announces Network Rail collaboration to optimise UK railways

EIC announces Network Rail collaboration to optimise UK railways

08.01.20: The Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) has announced a new collaboration with Network Rail which will see it support the rail company in continuing to deliver reliable and sustainable power to its infrastructure. The EIC will look to draw...

XRAIL Group awarded seven-year contract in Saudi Arabia

XRAIL Group awarded seven-year contract in Saudi Arabia

02.01.20: A long-term maintenance contract on the Haramain High Speed Railway (HHR) in Saudi Arabia has been awarded to XRAIL Group. HHR is a 453-kilometre long high-speed, digital inter-city rail system, and has been referred to as the ‘crown...

Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex reopened

Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex reopened

03.12.19: Following four days of successful improvement work on the Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex, Network Rail have welcome passengers back on board. The major upgrade programme, that took place between Nov 28 and Dec 1, included replacing th...

Vital upgrades on Edinburgh’s track this Christmas

Vital upgrades on Edinburgh’s track this Christmas

02.12.19: As of Christmas Day (25 Dec), engineers at Network Rail will be working to renew Edinburgh’s Haymarket junction. Essential track work will be carried out from the Dec 25 to 29, with major upgrades to renew four sets of points and repl...

Network Rail to carry out signalling upgrade to Lewes to Seaford line

Network Rail to carry out signalling upgrade to Lewes to Seaford line

26.11.19: The line between Lewes and Seaford in Sussex is reaching the end of its transformation this weekend as engineers work around the clock to carry out the end of the commissioned project. The line will be more modern, more reliable and have be...

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Network Rail reminds walkers in Whitby to stay off railway

02/06/2020Network Rail reminds walkers in Whitby to stay off railway

NR is warning people in Sleights about the dangers of trespassing on the railway following a series of incidents where walkers are using the rail... more >
£8m Aberdeen station redevelopment

02/06/2020£8m Aberdeen station redevelopment

ScotRail have announced that an £8m redevelopment of Aberdeen station is to commence later this year. During the redevelopment, the st... more >
Cumbrian Coast line back on track

02/06/2020Cumbrian Coast line back on track

Trains have begun running on the Cumbrian Coast line again after three successive storms forced the railway to close earlier this year. Nort... 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 >