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Cumbrian Coast line damaged by storm set to reopen in one month

05 May 2020A section of the Cumbria Coast line, which was badly damaged at the beginning of the year following three consecutive storms, will reopen in one month as repairs come close to completion. High tides, strong winds and heavy rain brought by Storms... more >

EMR staff volunteer with NHS

05 May 2020In aid of supporting the NHS and wider care system during the Covid-19 outbreak, East Midlands Railway will be allowing employees to volunteer to help. The volunteers will be able to provide their wide range of skills and expertise that EMR emplo... more >

Manchester Piccadilly ‘super hub’ proposed

05 May 2020A Manchester Piccadilly ‘super hub’ has been proposed as part of the High Speed North rail project. The ‘Revisiting High Speed North’ report by rail research company Greengauge21 sets out the need to speed up plans for a n... more >

Planned rail works over Early May Bank Holiday in Yorkshire

04 May 2020People who may need to use train services over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend are being encouraged by Network Rail to check before travelling as track improvement work takes place in West Yorkshire, meaning there are further changes to service... more >

Network Rail team up with street artist to create a super tribute

04 May 2020Network Rail and street artist Lionel Stanhope have partnered up to pay tribute to our NHS heroes with a mural in a railway arch in Southwark. The artwork is situated on Cornwall Road, underneath Waterloo East railway station, round the corner fr... more >

Network Rail aids London’s vital supermarket supplies with new freight route from Spain

01 May 2020Network Rail have been working hard to help keep supermarket shelves full by working with suppliers on two new food routes from Valencia and Murcia into London. DB Cargo UK and Transfesa Logistics have successfully launched a new fast 72-hour rai... more >

West Midlands Rail Executive appoints new interim programme director

30 April 2020West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) have appointed Amanda White as their new interim programme director. Amanda White, former head of rail with Transport for Greater Manchester, joins the WMRE at a time of vital investment and development of the... more >

Network Rail key worker moves house to help keep the railway running

30 April 2020Network Rail track worker, Jennifer Hayton, from Saltburn-by-the-Sea, has moved house during the COVID-19 pandemic so that she is able to continue carrying out her role as a key worker in the rail industry. Jennifer has worked for Network Rail fo... more >

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Five Webinar Series

28 April 2020RIA’s last Unlocking Innovation webinar looked at ‘A 21st Century Mass Transit system for Leeds City Region’, with West Yorkshire Combined Authority looking at how the city can build more connected local travel. Tom Gifford, head... more >

Gin distillery provides hand sanitiser for NR route

28 April 2020Railway staff across the West Midlands and Chilterns area have been provided with hand sanitizer from a gin distillery who have changed their production line during the current pandemic. Network Rail’s signallers, who safely keep trains mov... more >

East Midlands NR worker supports the NHS during COVID-19 pandemic

28 April 2020Val Stephenson is a Level Crossing Manager in the East Midlands region, based in Derby. As a key worker, she is one of thousands of Network Rail workers helping to keep the railway running efficiently during the Coronavirus crisis. In her role, V... more >

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Four Webinar Series

28 April 2020‘Mobility as a Service’ (MaaS) in the rail sector came under scrutiny in the fourth session of the Railway Industry Association (RIA’s) ‘Digital Journeys for Rail Passengers & Freight’ webinar series. MaaS - the... more >

RIA 'Digital Journeys' - Day Three Webinar Series

27 April 2020The potential for better use of data to improve the prospects for rail freight came under the spotlight during day three of the Railway Industry Association (RIA’s) ‘Digital Journeys for Rail Passengers & Freight’ webinar ser... more >

PPE donated by South Western Railway to local emergency services

24 April 2020South Western Railway has donated spare items of PPE to the emergency services, NHS and care providers on the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus. This wonderful donation came about following a request by the local resilience forum, which... more >

HS2 commence search for lift and escalator suppliers

23 April 2020The search for contractors to design, deliver and maintain almost 300 state-of-the-art lifts and escalators for HS2’s four major new stations began yesterday (Apr 22.) 168 lifts and 128 escalators will be fitted across the project, helping... more >

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The challenge of completing Crossrail

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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 >
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 >

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