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Why is now the time for electrification?

The coronavirus pandemic has forced changes of an unprecedented scale across the UK’s commuting networks. COVID-19 has given us all the space to pause and reflect, to build a different future – one where we work, live and travel in a different way.

The publication of Network Rail’s Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy report in September is symptomatic of this reflection.

We need to decarbonise our railways now, and the only way we can meaningfully do this is by finally, wholly committing to a long-term rail electrification plan.

As businesses look to return to some form of on-site work, they are aware that many employees will not return to their former travel patterns.  It is likely that many staff, will have new expectations for flexible, greener, COVID-secure travel. 

For commuting, this means recognising longer-term trends impacting journey and using current disruption as an opportunity to design transport systems that help the UK transition to a better connected, decarbonised and rebalanced future state.

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RTM Dec/Jan 21

RTM Dec/Jan 21

The Railway of tomorrow

Click here to read the Dec/Jan issue of RTM magazine, where we hear from the likes of Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Transport on Rail, Network Rail and BAM Nuttall talk about their use of WaveWalker1, the progress on Gatwick Airport Station, the importance of rail freight to Greater Manchester and how GTR are working to double their number of female train drivers.


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Events Calendar 2021

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We’re working in partnership with over 320 industry leading speakers over the next twelve months to deliver a series of lively and engaging virtual events that provide unfettered access to your target customers.


The Green Rail Revolution

Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect discusses the importance of HS2 to the Midlands and the UK, their collaborative work with the Department for Transport, and how we need to embrace the railways again.

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