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Newcastle Central Station set for renovation

24 June 2020Last year Newcastle City Council and partners announced plans to open-up access to the Victorian station, accommodate more passengers, improve traffic flows in front, change taxi pick-up points and short stay parking. City residents, taxi drivers... more >

Ep.13 Innovation is about people, David Rowe

23 June 2020David Rowe, Head of Strategy at Network Rail in the newly established Technical Authority, joins host Ailsa Cowen for episode 13 of Rail Technology Magazine’s podcast, Track Talk, to talk all things innovation in the rail industry. David di... more >

£3.5m investment into Cumbrian West Coast mainline

23 June 2020A significant investment has been implemented to protect the railway in Cumbria from landslips and provide more reliable journeys for passengers. Engineers will upgrade the embankments along the railway to improve travel on the West Coast main li... more >

Network Rail promotes Women in Engineering Day following findings

23 June 2020Today (June 23rd) marks Women in Engineering Day and to mark the occasion Network Rail is promoting the contributions of women in engineering as new research has exhibited a lack of female role models within Science, Technology, Engineering and Ma... more >

Multi-million-pound summer investment in Sussex rail route

22 June 2020Rail passengers in Sussex are set to benefit from a significant renewal and refurbishment to Oxted Viaduct and a footbridge replacement in Eridge, a village on the Uckfield branch of the Oxted line.   Oxted viaduct was constructed in 1881 an... more >

HS2 searching for operational telecoms supplier

22 June 2020Today (June 22nd) HS2 have begun looking for an expert contractor to deliver 230km of revolutionary telecommunications systems which will link up to the UK’s new high-speed rail route between London, Birmingham and the north of England. The... more >

£350m investment for Britain’s first mainline digital railway

22 June 2020The East Coast Main Line will become Britain’s first mainline digital rail link with £350m of new investment to install state-of-the-art electronic signalling designed to cut journey times and prevent delays. This significant investme... more >

Historic 175-year-old hillside tunnel repaired from the air

19 June 2020A helicopter has been used to repair a Victorian railway tunnel that takes passenger trains between Clitheroe and Manchester though a hillside in Darwen, Lancashire. The tunnel has two shaft turrets that protrude out of the Darwen moors. They hel... more >

The Office of Rail and Road warns trespassers

19 June 2020The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is reminding people of the dangers around trespassing on the railway and to not take any unnecessary risks. The rail regulator has seen a concerning spike in near miss incidents being reported as well as a surge... more >

HS2 pledges to double its investment in graduate recruitment

18 June 2020Back in September 2018, at their Skills, Education and Employment event, HS2 illustrated their commitment to furthering a diverse workforce that addressed the gender and age imbalances that are commonplace across construction and rail engineering.... more >

£5m Milngavie station improvement

18 June 2020Network Rail are set to start £5m of works at Milngavie station to extend the platforms in an investment that will bring greater operational flexibility on the line. Both platforms at the station will be extended from 141m each in length to... more >

Anglia rail route to see major improvement work

17 June 2020Network Rail have announced a huge set of improvement works across the region’s rail network today (June 16th) to improve reliability of train services for passengers. The work will be carried out across regional and main lines and will foc... more >

HS2 launches Innovation Accelerator initiative

17 June 2020HS2 Ltd announced yesterday (16th June) a new initiative of theirs titled ‘Innovation Accelerator.’ This new scheme aims to encourage and develop entrepreneurial ideas that can help drive project efficiencies and create wider long-ter... more >

Government funding awarded to revolutionary rail projects

17 June 2020The Department for Transport, in partnership with Innovate UK, has today (June 17th) announced 25 pioneering projects have been awarded a share of £9.4m in the 2020 First of a Kind (FOAK) competition, which encourages innovation in the rail... more >

HS2 minister to host roundtables on integrated rail plan

16 June 2020Andrew Stephenson, HS2 Minister, is hosting a series of virtual meetings with leaders from across the north and Midlands, making sure regional representatives can voice their properties for the integrated rail plan (IRP) and the current plans for... more >

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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 >
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The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

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Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
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In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >