Projects stories

Network Rail

Rail Minister officially opens first section of Dawlish sea wall which will help protect vital rail link to the south west

25th September 2020

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has officially opened the first section of the new Dawlish sea wall which will help protect the vital stretch of railway connecting Devon and Cornwall with the rest of the country from rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions.

Hartlepool station

Plans to re-develop Hartlepool railway station revealed

25th September 2020

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Hartlepool Council Leader Shane Moore have announced plans to boost capacity at Hartlepool railway station by bringing the old second platform back into use, improving rail transport for local people and businesses.

southeastern

A new look station for Swanley thanks to £2.25 million

25th September 2020

The people of Swanley are set to benefit from a much improved railway station thanks to a £2.25m funding package.

Network Rail

Network Rail reveals Environmental Sustainability Strategy

23rd September 2020

Network Rail has published its Environment Sustainability Strategy about the steps to be taken over the next 30 years to see rail powering Britain’s green economic recovery.

Read the first RailDirector online for free

22nd September 2020

We are delighted to launch a special online version of our inaugural RailDirector magazine.

HS2

Discovery of the remains of Captain Matthew Flinders to be shown in BBC documentary

22nd September 2020

In January last year, archaeologists working on the HS2 project located the remains of Captain Matthew Flinders, the Royal Navy explorer who led the first circumnavigation of Australia and is credited with giving the country its name.

Network Rail

RAIB update on derailment and fire involving tanker train at Llangennech

21st September 2020

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has released more details into its investigation into the derailment and fire involving a tanker train at Llangennech last month.

John Askwith, Weardale Railway Trust

County Durham councillors agree to invest £2.1 million into heritage railway line

21st September 2020

New jobs, improved transport links and a welcome boost to County Durham’s visitor economy are a step closer after councillors agreed to invest £2.1 million into a heritage railway line.

Warwick District

Leamington Spa Station Improvement Scheme announced

21st September 2020

A new rail infrastructure initiative for Warwick District has taken an important step forward with the announcement of an improvement scheme for Leamington Spa Station.

Midland Metro Alliance

Midland Metro Alliance celebrates milestone track weld in Centenary Square

21st September 2020

A major milestone for the Birmingham Westside Metro extension was achieved on Sunday (20 September) as tracks laid last year in Centenary Square were successfully welded to brand-new rail installed in Broad Street.

Greater Anglia

Lowestoft railway station unveils National Park mural to promote tourism

18th September 2020

Lowestoft Railway Station has received a National Park revamp, with a brand-new mural installed by the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership, unveiled at the station.

John Laing

John Laing announces the sale of its 30% interest in InterCity Express Programme Phase 2 for a total cash consideration of up to £421 million

18th September 2020

John Laing Group plc has announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its 30% interest in the InterCity Express Programme Phase 2, the UK rolling stock project for the East Coast Main Line, to AIP Management P/S, on behalf of certain of its managed or advised funds, for a total cash consideration of up to £421 million (before disposal costs). 

Bluebell Railway

Bluebell Railway fundraising appeal steams past £400,000

18th September 2020

The Bluebell Railway says continuing support has pushed its fundraising appeal past £400,000.

First of the Rail Automation Seminars on Thursday (September 17th)

16th September 2020

Four major professional engineering institutions (IRSE, The PWI, IMechE and IET) have joined forces to deliver perhaps the most comprehensive in-depth seminar on rail automation to be held to date.

Nexus

Nexus unveils colour scheme for the £362m new Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet

16th September 2020

A vibrant yellow colour scheme for Metro’s £362m new train fleet can be revealed for the first time today, as Nexus launches a major public consultation on its interior design.

East West Rail

East West Railway Company seeks Development Phase Technical Partner: Prior Information Notice published

16th September 2020

East West Railway Company has published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) procuring technical and management resources to support the scheme development phase of the programme to build a new railway between Oxford and Cambridge.

Greater Anglia

Plan to encourage more visitors to the Essex Coast, with a plea to travel sustainably

16th September 2020

Walking routes starting at train stations have been drawn up to encourage people to travel more sustainably to the Essex Coast.

Hot off the press – the first RailDirector arrives this week

15th September 2020

The inaugural edition of RailDirector is on its way to 2,000 rail industry directors and leaders this week.

Scottish Enterprise

Greener train project moves to next phase

15th September 2020

Scotland’s greener railway ambitions are powering ahead with the next stage of a hydrogen train demonstration project getting underway.

Greater Anglia

Local volunteer will brighten up Sheringham station’s new platform

15th September 2020

A volunteer who has ‘adopted’ Sheringham rail station, Norfolk, plans to brighten up the town’s new train platform with flowers.