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Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

03 April 2020The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the needs of colleagues on the front line, who are helping keep services running for key workers during the Coronavirus outbreak. &... more >

Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

03 April 2020The viaduct, which you can see in the Harry Potter series of films, joined other famous attractions and venues like Glasgow’s SSH Hydro in lighting up in the colours of the NHS to recognize the efforts of healthcare workers in the fight agai... more >

Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02 April 2020During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by declaring a move to immediate payments for its suppliers. This means payment could be up to seven days quicker for SMEs and up... more >

Railway work proceeds to keep vital lines open

01 April 2020Staff on nationally critical routes, such as the West Coast and Chiltern main lines, are keeping essential supplies and key workers moving during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the weekend, Network Rail maintenance teams and signallers delivered vit... more >

LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

31 March 2020London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is continuing to support its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak by giving out fresh sandwiches that would have been served onboard LNER services to a charity fighting food hunger. 5,000 sand... more >

Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

30 March 2020Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations have made their parking free of charge for NHS and care workers during the coronavirus crisis. Network Rail has relinquished parking charges to display their support and appreciation for th... more >

370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

30 March 2020Last week alone key workers from Network Rail helped more than 370,000 tonnes of freight to be moved between west London and Cornwall and into and across Wales to support the economy, the NHS, petrol at the pumps and food in shops. The demand has... more >

Scottish Enterprise: There’s never been a greater challenge than right now

30 March 2020As the UK enters its second official week of lockdown, members of the rail industry have voiced their support for the country’s response. Scottish Enterprise told RTM they were proud to see how, “companies here have diversified where... more >

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

27 March 2020As retired signallers are called out of retirement to help keep our country’s railways moving during this pandemic, members of the rail industry have expressed their support for the country’s response. Network Rail’s Commercial... more >

RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

26 March 2020As the UK comes to an end of its first week under lockdown to tackle this pandemic, members of the rail industry have voiced their support for the country’s response.   Darren Caplan, The Rail Industry Association Chief Executive, has... more >

GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

25 March 2020As the UK and the world comes under lockdown of varying degrees to tackle this pandemic, rail services must continue, and perhaps more than ever. GB Railfreight, Managing Director, John Smith, released a statement today (Mar 25th) exemplifying th... more >

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

25 March 2020Debbie Francis, Direct Rail Services, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from a freight perspective. Debbie is a rail fanatic, leading the way in a male dominated area of the rail industry. With hosts Matt Roberts and A... more >

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

25 March 2020Despite losing staff to self-isolation and sickness during the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail Southern Region operations team are working to keep signal-boxes and control centres open 24/7. However, with the necessity to keep lines running day... more >

Lord Berkeley calls for six month delay to HS2

25 March 2020In light of the current coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation and the world, Lord Berkeley has published a letter to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps calling for HS2 to be paused for six months. At... more >

Birmingham New Street has opened an NHS outpatient clinic

24 March 2020From today (Mar 24th), Network Rail has opened an empty shop at Birmingham New Street station for an NHS outpatient clinic. This will allow patients to have routine blood tests away from hospitals. The space will be open for medics for sixth mont... more >

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