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Balfour Beatty completes rail line electrification

Balfour Beatty completes rail line electrification

14 January 2020Balfour 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 from N...

EIC announces Network Rail collaboration to optimise UK railways

EIC announces Network Rail collaboration to optimise UK railways

08 January 2020The 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.

XRAIL Group awarded seven-year contract in Saudi Arabia

XRAIL Group awarded seven-year contract in Saudi Arabia

02 January 2020A 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 jewel&...

Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex reopened

Lewes to Seaford line in East Sussex reopened

03 December 2019Following 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 the sign...

Vital upgrades on Edinburgh’s track this Christmas

Vital upgrades on Edinburgh’s track this Christmas

02 December 2019As 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 replace of...

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 November 2019The 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 better s...

RIA launch RAIL 2050 Manifesto ahead of general election

RIA launch RAIL 2050 Manifesto ahead of general election

13 November 2019Railway Industry Association (RIA) has launched the Rail 2050 Manifesto, informing parties in the upcoming election of what the rail industry needs to thrive and develop long term. The report outlines the next 30 years in the rail industry and ca...

Network Rail takes on more accountability as devolution journey continues

Network Rail takes on more accountability as devolution journey continues

12 November 2019Network Rail geographic regions, established in June, have taken on accountability for delivering all projects within their borders. Yesterday (Mon 11) saw the second phase of the company’s passenger focused measures as accountability for a...

Edenbridge station refurbishment completed as part of £1.25bn Kent upgrade

Edenbridge station refurbishment completed as part of £1.25bn Kent upgrade

01 November 2019A £500,000 upgrade at Edenbridge station in Kent has been completed by Network Rail. Edenbridge station, one of two stations serving this area in Kent, carries well over 2,000 trains and 300,000 passengers every weekday and is among the bus...

London’s Docklands Light Railway will receive New Thales technology

London’s Docklands Light Railway will receive New Thales technology

31 October 2019122 million passengers are set to have their journeys improved following Thales’ signing of a new contract to support DLR’s rolling stock replacement programme, which will help bring more regular and reliable journeys in East London fr...

North East and Highland passengers to benefit from £4.5m investment

North East and Highland passengers to benefit from £4.5m investment

28 October 2019Network Rail Scotland has committed to an extra £4.5m of investment for enhanced performance in the North East and Highlands. Regular maintenance budgets still stand; however, this boost will serve as a further addition to Scotland’s...

Carlisle extension to Borders Railway making positive progress

Carlisle extension to Borders Railway making positive progress

09 October 2019Borders Railway trains could soon be travelling down as far as Carlisle, after campaigners for the line extension were told their goal is “moving closer” at their campaign group’s annual general meeting.

Jet-washing trains begin work in Kent and Sussex to remove leaves on the line

Jet-washing trains begin work in Kent and Sussex to remove leaves on the line

08 October 2019Network Rail have deployed jet-washing trains onto the lines in Kent and Sussex, where they will be travelling the equivalent of four times round the Earth in order to clean the railway. Thousands of tonnes of leaves are dropped onto the tracks e...

Community invited to Helpston signal box to get insider view of level crossing safety

Community invited to Helpston signal box to get insider view of level crossing safety

07 October 2019More than 200 residents were given an exclusive insight to the workings of Helpston signal box at a level crossing north of Peterborough. A number of public open days ran by signallers last month (16th-21st September) gave people the opportunity...

Mountain railway demolition to cost ‘more than £13m’

Mountain railway demolition to cost ‘more than £13m’

02 October 2019Dismantling of the Cairngorm funicular could run to as much as £13.3m in potential costs, according to the railway line’s owner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

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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 >