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Thursday 15th February 2018

Customers at the heart of Network Rail’s five-year proposed plan for Wales and Borders

Network Rail in Wales and Borders has announced its five-year spending proposals to improve the railway at a local level, benefitting as many passengers as possible. The £1billion+ plan for 2019-2024 (Control Period 6, CP6) builds on the transformation of…

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Technology Alone is Not Enough: RIA’s Innovation Conference opens for General Admission

The Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) 10th annual Innovation Conference, the leading event for innovation in the rail sector, is now providing a limited number of places for general admission. This year the theme will be ‘Technology alone is not enough’…

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Funding set to be given go ahead for phase two of rail project

Funding to support phase two of a Dudley based project that will revolutionise global rail technologies looks set to be given the green light. Dudley Council intends to commit £90,000 towards the design and development of phase two of the…

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National Railway Museum to bring Wonderlab to York

The National Railway Museum in York has unveiled ambitious plans to ignite young minds through the creation of an amazing interactive engineering gallery – Wonderlab. Making the announcement during the 2018 Year of Engineering and hot on the heels of…

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Tram life saving initiative scoops Chamber award

A project that’s seen life-saving medical equipment installed on the city’s trams has scooped a prestigious accolade at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Awards. Edinburgh Trams has become one of the first light rail operators in the UK to install…

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Wednesday 14th February 2018

Network Rail reveals significant investment, more services and fewer delays in its five-year plan

Continued significant investment in five-year period from 2019 with record expenditure of up to £47bn Big increase (25%) in funding to reduce delays and improve infrastructure reliability Around 1,000 extra services per day by 2021 The plan ushers in the…

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Thursday 15th February 2018

UK’s number one rail recruiter hosts HS2 Skills Roundtable

More action is needed between the supply chain and Government to futureproof the HS2 skills supply. This was the headline theme during a roundtable debate held by the UK’s number one technical recruiter, Morson International, last week, which brought together…

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Wednesday 14th February 2018

Final stages of £2 million improvement scheme at Lincoln Central now underway

The final stages of a £2 million improvement scheme at Lincoln Central station are now underway. Working in partnership to boost the local community and improve customer satisfaction, Lincoln Central Revival has already delivered a new cycle hub, refurbished roof,…

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Go-ahead for Cricklewood rail freight terminal boost for London Housing

Campaign for Better Transport welcomes Barnet Council’s approval to build a modern rail freight terminal on existing rail lands at Cricklewood, North London to service the £4.5 billion Brent Cross housing regeneration. Without the rail terminal, building between 7,000 to…

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End of the line for ‘leaves on the line’ now in sight

Delays due to leaves on the line could become a thing of the past if the rail industry adopts double variable rate sanders on trains, according to the latest research by rail safety body RSSB. Sanders are routinely used on…

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Echo wins seven-year customer service contract with Network Rail

Network Rail has appointed outsourced customer contact specialist, Echo Managed Services, to manage its 24-hour helpline, helpdesk and out-of-hours media services across a range of contact channels including voice, email, web chat and social media. The seven-year contract will see…

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Stalybridge named best large station

Stalybridge railway station has received the top prize at the 15th annual Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards. The station which is managed by TransPennine Express beat off competition from: Chester, Crewe, Macclesfield, Manchester Airport, Runcorn, Stockport, Warrington Bank Quay and…

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Tuesday 13th February 2018

New trains for GWR’s Devon and Cornwall route to embark on pan-European journey

The first new Intercity Express Trains for GWR’s Devon and Cornwall route have rolled off the production plant in Italy and will soon begin their rare journey across Europe to the UK. The trains will also allow GWR to preserve…

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UK Rail Report 2018 released to help identify business development prospects

Rail businesses are being urged to make the most of a report released which aims to drive development prospects and benefit from unprecedented levels of funding in the industry. The UK Rail Report 2018, released by Brooks Reports, offers one…

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HS2 awarded first BREEAM Infrastructure certificate

HS2 has become the UK’s first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) scheme certificate for its ambitious sustainability strategy on Phase 1 of the project. The assessment demonstrates that HS2 is committed to going beyond enhancement and…

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Shotts line closure gives platform for key electrification work

Livingston South station will undergo a £3.5m transformation when the Edinburgh Waverley-Glasgow Central line closes for 10 days this Easter as part of a £160m project to electrify the route. From Thursday, March 29, to Monday, April 9, no trains…

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Infrastructure specialist appointed as Head of UK & International Business Development

Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd has appointed an experienced infrastructure professional and rail industry specialist, Martin Eason, as its new UK & International Business Development Manager. With more than 25 years’ engineering consultancy experience in infrastructure development, Martin has developed a…

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ScotRail Alliance to keep people moving during major improvement works between Stirling and Alloa

The ScotRail Alliance will keep people moving during the upcoming improvement works between Stirling and Alloa. The work is the latest stage of the Stirling – Dunblane – Alloa electrification project, which has been underway since November 2016. This is…

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Monday 12th February 2018

Rail Regulator sets out its intention to require rail companies to join a new rail ombudsman

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has set out its intention to require all rail companies to participate in the rail ombudsman scheme currently being developed by the Rail Delivery Group in response to discussions led by the Department…

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Eurostar announces the launch of its new London-Amsterdam service on 4th April 2018

Eurostar, the cross channel high speed rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe, today announced that its new direct route from London to Amsterdam will launch on Wednesday 4th April. Tickets will go on sale from 20 February when…

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Welsh Rail and Infrastructure Showcase Event hosted at the Shard

As part of Wales Week, a Rail and Infrastructure showcase is being held in the London Shard. This free event, open to all, aims to discuss how infrastructure projects can help grow economies and connect communities. The event, being held…

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Network Rail closes Britain’s busiest foot crossing – keeping families safe from 90mph trains in Surrey village

Britain’s busiest footpath railway crossing, with more than 760 trains each day, has been closed and replaced by a footbridge.* The opening of the £1.5m footbridge in the village of Salfords, Surrey, means Dean Farm crossing over the Brighton Main…

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Black Country construction firm is first to win a lucrative contract through the HVM business procurement tool

An Oldbury-based construction firm is celebrating after winning a prestigious conservation contract as part of the preparatory work for the UK’s High Speed Two Railway. Currall Lewis & Martin Construction Ltd (CLM) is the first to win a lucrative contract…

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Brixton lifts to be replaced to improve reliability

Both lifts at Brixton Tube station will be replaced in order to improve their reliability, TfL has confirmed. The modernisation work means that step-free access will be temporarily unavailable from Monday 12 February until August. The current lifts suffer from…

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Friday 9th February 2018

RIA launches Meet the Bidder HS2 Rolling Stock Procurement Event

In 2017, HS2 shortlisted five Original Equipment Manufacturers, or OEMs – Alstom, Bombardier, Hitachi, Siemens and Talgo – to tender for their rolling stock procurement contract, worth £2.75 billion. A draft specification and a draft technical/commercial specification has been provided…

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Dyer & Butler awarded £1.5m design and build Totnes Station footbridge replacement scheme

Investment in new bridge as part of Network Rail ‘Access for All’ initiative Step-free access to provide safer and easier use of station for all passengers Dyer & Butler, a multi-disciplined engineering services specialist focused on transport infrastructure including airports,…

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Beaulieu Station moves a step closer

The delivery of a new station at Beaulieu in North Chelmsford has moved a step closer as funding for the next stage of its design was given the go ahead. The Beaulieu Park Station Group driving forward the project heard…

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AEGIS attains Notified Body, Designated Body, and RIS-2700-RST accreditation

AEGIS attains Notified Body, Designated Body, and RIS-2700-RST accreditation, adding to its existing Assessment Body and Plant Assessment Body status. AEGIS Engineering Systems (AES) Limited is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, AEGIS Certification Services Limited, has been accredited by…

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Belfast Central Station to get a new name and makeover

Belfast Central Station is set to benefit from improvement works to modernise the station entrance and enhance the overall passenger experience. Alongside the facelift, the station will also get a new name – Lanyon Place, reflecting the changing dynamics of…

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London Bridge goes digital as free Wi-Fi arrives at the station

Millions of station users are set to benefit from the launch of free Wi-Fi in London Bridge station. The station, which just reopened following a £1 billion redevelopment, caters to more than 56 million people each year, and they are…

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Thursday 8th February 2018

Feasibility study to investigate the possibility of reopening Skipton-Colne rail link

A new study into the potential reopening of a historic rail line linking Lancashire and Yorkshire has been announced by Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling. The study is being co-commissioned by the Department for Transport and Transport for…

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Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Corridor All-Party Parliamentary Group launched

​The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Corridor has launched in Westminster. Chaired by Iain Stewart MP, the corridor’s official champion, it builds on the East West Rail APPG with a wider remit that reflects the challenges and…

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Eurostar unveils new Tread Lightly environmental targets New 10 point plan in support of 2016 Paris Climate Agreement

Eurostar, the high speed rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe, has unveiled an ambitious 10 point plan in support of its Tread Lightly environmental commitments and in line with the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement and the Science Based…

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Railway upgrade to improve Cambrian Line

Network Rail is carrying out improvement work to the Cambrian Line, between Newtown and Aberystwyth, as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan. The £7.25m project will see 6km of track renewed over a period of 8 weeks. The track, which…

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Top government officials visit The Hub in Solihull

Top government officials were given the opportunity to see, first-hand, several major transport schemes now underway across the West Midlands, including The Hub in Solihull which will be home to the new HS2 Interchange Station. More than 100 senior Department…

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New compensation scheme gives c2c passengers the UK’s best deal for rail delays

Trenitalia UK train operator c2c has launched a new scheme that gives passengers improved compensation for delays and cancellations to their services. Under the new Delay Repay 15 (DR15) scheme, every c2c passenger is now entitled to compensation worth 25%…

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Wednesday 7th February 2018

Mark Carne to retire from Network Rail

Mark Carne, the chief executive of Network Rail, has advised the Board that he has decided to retire from the company later this year. The timing of his announcement ensures that a new chief executive will be established in the…

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GRAHAM appoints new Preconstruction Director

GRAHAM Construction has appointed Stephen Hand at its new Preconstruction Director. Stephen joins GRAHAM from VolkerFitzpatrick where he was Head of Precontract, leading on winning work and preconstruction activity in the business’s Rail division. He has been influential in the…

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Balfour Beatty awarded a Network Rail ‘Stoneblower’ operations and maintenance contract

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded a four-year contract worth more than £40m for the operations and maintenance of Network Rail’s fleet of track maintenance machines, known as ‘Stoneblowers’. The contract will deliver a minimum of 2,800…

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Rail travel in Bristol to be transformed with direct services to London from 2019

Passenger journeys from Bristol will be transformed from next year with two direct services per hour to London, with reduced journey times by up to 17 minutes on newer better trains with 24% more capacity. The transformation in rail travel…

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Virgin Trains announces free WiFi for millions of passengers on its West Coast route

Virgin Trains customers on the West Coast will see a significant improvement in on-board WiFi later this year. All 56 Pendolino trains will undergo a refit which will vastly improve the on-board equipment, and allow free WiFi to be extended to all…

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£500k upgrade for Harwich Town station

Passengers using Harwich Town station are to benefit from better lighting, resurfaced platforms and a brand new waiting shelter. Train operator Greater Anglia is spending £500K to transform the station, including dismantling of the dilapidated platform canopy which is no…

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Tuesday 6th February 2018

Northern unveils first new state-of-the-art train

Northern’s modernisation is gathering speed with the first completed new train due off the production line in a matter of weeks. The train, an electric unit Class 331, was presented to Northern at a special event hosted by manufacturer CAF…

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Next stage of Halton Curve upgrade gets underway this weekend

Work continues on the 1.5 miles of rail track near Frodsham, known as the ‘Halton Curve’ this weekend, Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 February and Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 February. Network Rail’s Team Orange will be renewing track, recovering…

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Stop blaming and start learning, rail companies advised

New guidance published by rail industry body RSSB aims to help rail companies develop more effective competence development plans (CDPs), that help staff perform to the best of their abilities. Guidance for train drivers has been around for some time,…

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Cambridge autonomous metro moves one step further

Cambridgeshire is one step closer to having an autonomous metro system now that the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have given the go ahead for the next stage of development at the latest Board meeting. In July 2017, the Combined…

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Network Rail launches hard-hitting safety campaign to warn of dangers of trespassing on electrified railway

A multimedia campaign has been launched to spread an important railway safety message as work continues to electrify the Midland Main Line between Kettering, Corby and Bedford. The suite of collateral includes a haunting radio message portraying electricity as having…

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Exhibitors lined up for Infrarail 2018

Exhibitors from the full range of sectors working across infrastructure equipment, products and services to the rail industry are now lining up to be at the forefront of Infrarail, the influential biennial trade event. Infrarail 2018 will take place at…

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Monday 5th February 2018

HS2 reveals world-leading design firms for biggest station building programme since Victorian era

HS2 names the architects, designers and engineers that will help transform Euston and deliver new stations in Birmingham, Solihull and Old Oak Common. The following designers will be awarded contracts to help develop and refine the detailed plans for the…

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Railway upgrade work gets underway in Aberdeen

The latest phase of the Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project to upgrade the railway between the two cities is now underway in Aberdeen. Over the next two months, engineers will be carrying out extensive devegetation work on the railway around Kittybrewster and…

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Register for RIN London and get on-track for success!

With less than three weeks until the next Rail Infrastructure Networking (RIN) event, companies are being urged to register to avoid the disappointment of missing out on one of the industry’s calendar highlights. RIN London takes place on Thursday February…

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Siemens to invest £8m in new Bogie Service Centre

Siemens has announced an £8m investment in a new UK Bogie Service Centre, creating up to 40 new skilled rail technician roles by the end of 2019. This is another milestone in the company’s continuous expansion of its UK rail…

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Proposed railway station for Welborne Garden Village

Fareham Borough Council has been working with Network Rail with a view to bringing a railway station to Welborne Garden Village. The Council commissioned a feasibility study in November, which was carried out by Network Rail engineers. The study suggests…

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Atkins appoints Philip Hoare as CEO for the UK and Europe

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has appointed Philip Hoare as CEO of its UK and Europe region. Philip will be responsible for leading Atkins’ 10,000 strong team and operations across multiple transportation, infrastructure, building and industrial markets. SNC-Lavalin…

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Friday 2nd February 2018

On the right track, major milestone for Trafford Park Line

A major milestone has been marked for the much anticipated £350m Metrolink Trafford Park Line scheme as the first piece of track was laid at Parkway Circle. Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, the Leader of Trafford Council, Councillor Sean…

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Victoria Tube station upgrade delivers quicker journeys

Transport for London (TfL) has opened a new entrance and revealed an enlarged south ticket hall at Victoria Tube Station as part of a project which will double the size of the station when finally completed this year. The new…

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First stage of Dundee station redevelopment unveiled

The ScotRail Alliance has opened new-look facilities for customers at Dundee station, following investment of more than £1 million. Customers will benefit from a refurbished customer area, making the station a more pleasant and relaxing place to catch a train….

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Railway lines in Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft set for major upgrade

The next phase of work to upgrade the signalling system on the Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft railway lines begins on Saturday 10 February as part of a £68 million investment. A total of 66 new colour light LED signals, 22…

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RFEM and RIA sign MOU to enhance benefits to members

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) and Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) setting out how the two organisations will work together to increase the recognition of the value of the rail supply chain in…

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East Midlands Trains receives two awards for most punctual trains

East Midlands Trains, part of the Stagecoach Group, has scooped a ‘Golden Whistle’ for the punctuality of its long distance trains for the third year running at an annual awards ceremony hosted by Modern Railways and the Institute of Railway…

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Thursday 1st February 2018

New Runcorn Station Quarter will help transform town

Plans are underway to remove unused roads on the Runcorn side of the Silver Jubilee Bridge to allow the regeneration of the area around the town’s mainline station. The scheme will see the removal of the ‘trumpet loop’ which will…

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New maintenance contractor for London Overground

Transport for London (TfL) has announced its intention to appoint Cleshar Contract Services Limited to take over maintenance work on London Overground’s East London Line. The new contract is subject to a 10 day standstill period and is due to…

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Rail progress for the North West of N. Ireland

Local elected representatives and other stakeholders in the North-West had an opportunity to learn about Translink’s exciting plans for the former Waterside Train Station at an engagement event in Derry. Ambitious plans are afoot to redevelop the former station as…

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Chiltern announces appointment of new Customer Services Director

Chiltern Railways, the Arriva UK Trains company has announced the appointment of Alan Riley as its new Customer Services Director. Chiltern, which holds a rail franchise until 2021, runs services between London Marylebone and the Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire…

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New trains to get longer numbers

Trainspotters could soon be jotting more digits down as new duties to display longer numbers take effect, according to rail body RSSB. All new trains, whether carriages, wagons or locomotives, as well as all existing trains that operate across borders…

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Greater Anglia staff help to save lives across East Anglia

Greater Anglia colleagues who have completed a Samaritans course are helping to save more lives on the railway than ever before. More than 15,000 rail workers across the country have completed Samaritans’ Managing Suicidal Contacts Course, which provides rail workers…

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Wednesday 31st January 2018

HS2 begins search for rail systems track and mechanical & electrical contractors

Successful bidders will deliver the track and overhead catenary system works and the tunnel and lineside mechanical & electrical and tunnel ventilation works, between London and Birmingham (Phase One) and Birmingham to Crewe (Phase 2a). The circa £1.55 billion track…

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Number of homes and jobs created by delivery of Elizabeth Line far exceeds predictions

With the Elizabeth line due to open in less than a year, property consultancy GVA has published new research that shows the impact of the Elizabeth line will be significantly greater than previously predicted in 2012. The Crossrail Property Impact…

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Network Rail renovation wins national conservation award

Network Rail has celebrated winning a national award for the restoration of Pantyffynnon Station, thanks to input from the local community. Local carpentry students were able to work alongside the team in restoring the building, helped by the local community,…

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Strong customer satisfaction scores for East Midlands Trains in latest independent survey

East Midlands Trains, part of the Stagecoach Group, has welcomed the results of Transport Focus’ independent National Rail Passenger Survey released on 30th January which show that 85% of customers are satisfied with its services, marking a 2% year on…

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GTR launches Passenger Security Awareness campaign

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has launched a programme of security awareness events for passengers. At a display stand on Blackfriars station’s north concourse this morning, the rail company’s Crime & Security team reminded passing passengers of the need for vigilance…

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Waterloo upgrade team scoops Golden Whistles Award

The team in charge of delivering passenger services during the Waterloo upgrade works scooped the Special Award at the prestigious Institution of Railway Operators / Modern Railway’s Golden Whistles. The Golden Whistle Awards are dedicated for those who work in…

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Tuesday 30th January 2018

Rail industry’s plan delivers 7,000 new carriages by 2021

Figures released by the Rail Delivery Group reveal a boost in the number of new train carriages coming on track by 2021. Last October Britain’s railway, a partnership of the public and private sector, published its plan to change and…

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Arriva’s Valley Lines trains benefit from £500,000 makeover

A major programme of refurbishment of carriage interiors is the latest investment project to be completed along Arriva Trains Wales’ Valleys network for the benefit of current and future passengers. In response to customer and community feedback, 60 carriages on…

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WATCH: Newcastle junction has a new lease of life

Network Rail has renewed tracks in Newcastle as part of the Great North Rail Project to transform rail travel in the north of England. We completed the £8.6m track renewal project at the southern end of Newcastle station on Sunday…

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Additional shelter confirmed for Cleethorpes

Plans to deliver a new customer waiting shelter at Cleethorpes railway station have now been confirmed. The new facility will provide shelter for those waiting for services towards Barton-on-Humber as well as those transferring to or from services to Manchester…

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Traffic changes in Birmingham Westside as part of the city centre tram extension work

Traffic changes are now in effect as part of the ongoing construction of the Birmingham Westside tram extension. The traffic restrictions will mean that Broad Street will only be accessible to buses, Hackney Carriages and servicing vehicles between Granville Street…

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GWR open day scoops prestigious industry award and raises over £50,000 for charity

GWR’s Legends of the Great Western open day at Old Oak Common depot has today scooped a prestigious silver Golden Whistle award for Outstanding Team. See the amazing footage of the open day here. Over 7,000 attended the open day held…

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Sunday 28th January 2018

Here’s the first look at carriages set to transform East Anglia’s railway from 2019

These are the first pictures of new train carriages that will arrive in East Anglia from 2019. These completed body shells, being painted in Greater Anglia livery, are the first off the production line. They will eventually form part of…

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Next stages of Kettering to Corby upgrade to take place in February

The major upgrade of the line between Kettering and Corby reaches the next stage in February as testing begins on the newly fitted equipment. Since 2014, work has been taking place to build a second track on the seven-mile stretch…

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Infrarail receives CPD certification for first time

Delegates attending Infrarail 2018 will be able to claim points towards their Continuing Professional Development (CPD), it has been announced. The CPD Certification Service has certified Infrarail’s supporting programme of events, allowing content at the exhibition to count towards individuals’…

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Fort William-Mallaig line to reopen

The rail line between Fort William and Mallaig will reopen on Monday (January 29) as engineers make good progress on repairing damage caused by a landslip near Glenfinnan. Over 1,000 tonnes of stone and mud was deposited on the track after…

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How advancing technology is allowing Network Rail to view rail like never before

Men and women walking up and down tracks across the country to carry out routine maintenance and lower-level surveying jobs may soon become a thing of the past thanks to a national intelligence model which is helping engineers and planners…

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RFG Chairman Tony Berkeley announces retirement

RFG Chairman Tony Berkeley has announced his intention to retire as Chairman at the RFG Annual General Meeting in November 2017. The Board of Directors, who met last week, will now consider the role of the Chair going forward and…

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Friday 26th January 2018

Joint campaign and new dedicated passenger website unveiled ahead of £200 million improvement at Derby

A partnership of Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and supported by CrossCountry, has launched a campaign and dedicated website to inform passengers, businesses and communities about the major works taking place at Derby later this year, starting Sunday 22nd July….

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Nexus starts the process of buying a new Metro train fleet

Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the Tyne and Wear Metro, has officially begun the process of buying a new train fleet – a £362m project which will transform the reliability of Metro services for passengers. A tendering…

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Solum gets the go-ahead for Guildford station transformation

A £150m regeneration scheme to redevelop the area around Guildford Station has been approved by the Planning Inspectorate. The scheme which is being developed by Solum, the development partnership between Network Rail and Kier, involves transforming Guildford’s station car park…

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Work underway to stabilise Streatham railway embankment as part of £300m investment programme

Vital work has started to stabilise a railway embankment in Streatham, south London, to reduce the risk of a future landslip after high-tech monitoring equipment confirmed it is subsiding. Network Rail engineers have been monitoring the stability of the embankment…

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Community projects to benefit from £45 million of HS2 government funding

Community projects along the new HS2 railway route will receive more than £245,000 as part of a £45 million pledge by the government to provide a legacy of improvements for generations to come, HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani announced on 25th…

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Great Western Railways is raising Autism awareness

Train operator GWR has provided bespoke autism awareness for front line staff, allowing them to be better prepared to help people living with the condition use public transport. Looking to provide the best possible experience for all passengers, GWR has…

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Thursday 25th January 2018

TfN’s new chief executive takes post

Transport for the North’s new chief executive, Barry White, took up post on 10 January and has taken the first steps in leading the organisation in its most monumental year to date. Barry is at the forefront of Transport for…

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Transport Minister backs BMet’s Rail Academy launch and skills development pledge

The Academy launch tied in with the Year of Engineering; a 2018 campaign to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession. There is currently an annual shortfall of 69,000 rail engineers….

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Rail event to discuss ways of opening up land for housing and investment

As government and local authorities grapple with the housing shortage, this year’s Rail Stations and Property Summit offers a timely look at how best to deliver new homes around rail stations.  The event, to be held at 15 Hatfields in…

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Roll-out of ‘virtual ticket agents’ on Greater Anglia ticket machines makes award shortlist

Giving rail passengers the ability to connect to a real person to get help when using ticket machines has led to an award nomination for Greater Anglia and creator, Scheidt & Bachmann. The innovation made the shortlist in the ‘Most…

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Transport for London is on the lookout for new apprentices

Transport for London (TfL) has started the search for around 180 new apprentices to kick-start their careers by taking up exciting opportunities in a range of areas including engineering, cyber security, finance and many others. TfL is building on the…

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New cycle hub opens in Hollinwood

Cyclists and commuters from Hollinwood and further afield can now benefit from newly opened, secure cycle parking at the town’s Metrolink stop. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has installed the cycle hub, which provides enclosed cycle parking with 20 parking…

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Wednesday 24th January 2018

New Maghull North station starts to take shape following recent milestone

The new Maghull North station scheme passed another key milestone last weekend, as lift shafts, footbridge and stairs were successfully installed. The scheme, which is being delivered by Network Rail on behalf of Merseytravel, began work on site in September…

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Ramps and lift to improve access at Greater Manchester station

Passengers at Mills Hill station are set to benefit from a new ramp and lift as part of the Great North Rail Project and the Access for All programme. Starting in July 2018 and completing in the winter, Network Rail’s…

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37714 departs to Heavy Tractor Group

HTG has recently purchased the locomotive from DRS. The loco is based at the Great Central Railway, Loughborough, and will operate throughout the year on its services. DRS’ Class 37, 37714 was used as a shunter at the Daventry Freight…

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Weston Wharf extension boost thanks to £120,000 Oswestry Town Council grant

Cambrian Heritage Railways (CHR) has been awarded a £120,000 grant from Oswestry Town Council towards the capital costs of extending its Oswestry passenger running line from Gasworks Bridge to Weston Wharf, on the southern edge of the town, off Maesbury…

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Govia Thameslink makes train travel a ‘possability’

A group of 11 ‘Possability People’ with various accessibility needs took part in a ‘Try a Train’ event from Brighton to Chichester last week, hosted by Govia Thameslink Railway. Possability People is a Brighton-based charity helping people who are disabled…

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Tuesday 23rd January 2018

DB Cargo UK and Malcolm Logistics announce £21million contract extension

DB Cargo UK, Britain’s leading rail freight operator has extended its contract with Malcolm Logistics until 2020. DB Cargo UK signed an initial three year deal with the logistics giant, in 2014 and this week it has been agreed the…

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Elizabeth Line stations take shape as the first iconic purple roundels are installed

One hundred and ten years on from the installation of the first roundel sign at St James’s Park Underground station, the latest version of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) historic design has begun to make an appearance across London’s newest railway…

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Work on new £40 million rail depot for Exeter due to start

Contracts have been signed for work to start on a new train maintenance depot at Exeter, part of a wider programme of improvements to increase rail capacity in the South West, including new and refreshed trains and station improvements. In…

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ad Modular provides the new Blackburn train care facility with high quality staff ‘accommodation building and Shunters cabin’

Recently installed for its client, Network Rail, ad Modular has provided two new permanent modular buildings at the new Train-care facility in Blackburn, Lancashire. Working closely with Network Rail, the ad Modular team designed the 2 buildings to be fully…

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​Dignitaries celebrate £2.5m makeover of Bognor Regis station

Dignitaries gathered to celebrate the £2.5 million makeover of Bognor Regis Railway Station that pays homage to its Edwardian seaside heritage, on 19 January. They were welcomed with a musical performance by the Aldingbourne Trust, a charity for people with…

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Cambridge station restoration wins heritage award

Painstaking work to restore 32 decorative college roundels on Cambridge rail station’s façade has led to a national heritage award for Greater Anglia. The rail operator received the MTR Crossrail Award for Urban Heritage at the National Railway Heritage Awards…

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Monday 22nd January 2018

King’s Cross station transformation receives two honours at London Planning Awards

The transformation of London King’s Cross station and the area around it has been awarded Best Project Five Years On and the Mayors Planning Award for Excellence at the London Planning Awards, underpinning the legacy of a redevelopment project that…

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HS2 reveals Colne Valley viaduct concepts

HS2 Ltd has revealed an outline concept for the Colne Valley viaduct, which will help inform development of its final design and form the basis for wider discussions with local communities. The concept was developed by independent specialist architects Martin…

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Huge boost for accessibility as further 13 stations to go step-free

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a major boost to the accessibility of the London Underground network by confirming the next 13 Tube stations that will be made step-free by spring 2022. The move is a key part…

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Transport for London selects RT Training Solutions to prepare its engineers for maintaining the Elizabeth line

The Elizabeth line will stretch more than 60 miles from Reading and Heathrow in the west through central tunnels across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The new railway – currently being built by Crossrail Ltd. – will…

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Heathrow Southern Railway Limited says improved rail access should be central to airport expansion plans

Heathrow Southern Railway Limited (HSRL) – the independent private sector venture set up to transform the rail network serving Britain’s busiest airport – said today that improved rail access should be central to plans for an expanded Heathrow. Responding to…

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Preston to Blackpool upgrade continues as new footbridge is installed at Kirkham & Wesham station

A footbridge which links a new platform to Kirkham & Wesham station has been lifted into place – the latest stage in the upgrade of the railway between Preston and Blackpool. The new 12 tonne bridge was lifted into place…

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Focusing on the great work in the UK rail industry

Since launching in July 2017, railbusinessdaily.com has continued to provide organisations with a platform to promote good news stories to the people that matter to them. Already we have built a great reputation for sending important news directly to your…

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Friday 19th January 2018

Next phase of Wolverhampton City Centre tram extension to get underway in March

The next phase of the project to extend the tram to Wolverhampton Railway Station will get underway in March. The Midland Metro Alliance, working on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority, will continue its work on the extension from…

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Preservica chosen by Network Rail to create new cloud-based business archive

Network Rail has partnered with Preservica to create a new cloud-based digital archive designed to actively preserve and provide secure access to vital operational information and unique digital assets from the history of the UK’s railway network. Established in 2002,…

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ORR publishes annual rail funding report – 18 January 2018

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today published its annual summary of how the rail industry is funded and how this money is spent. The report shows that in 2016-17: £9.7bn of rail funding came from passenger fares,…

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New footbridge will make crossing the railway into the Lea Valley safer

Pedestrians and cyclists who cross the railway at Slipe Lane, Broxbourne, will be able to do so more safely following the installation of a new footbridge as part of a £4m Network Rail project. Work to install the bridge started…

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New trains promised as Newbury to go electric

2019 promises to be a landmark year for train travel in Newbury, as Great Western Railway (GWR) delivers new trains, more seats and more frequent services. With the electrification of the route between Reading and Newbury, GWR will be able…

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Grand Central tops the table for customer satisfaction for commuters

Train operator Grand Central is the highest rated for customer satisfaction amongst British leisure and commuter travellers, according to research published this week by consumer champion Which? In the Which? leisure travel satisfaction survey, the company was named Britain’s best-rated…

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Thursday 18th January 2018

New ticket gates installed at Manchester Airport railway station as part of £3.7m investment

TransPennine Express has installed 15 new ticket gates at Manchester Airport. Two sets of ticket gates have been installed at the station, one at platform level between the tram and train platforms, and one at the station booking office level….

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Work to improve stations and tracks on TfL Rail continues

Work to upgrade stations, track, and other parts of the TfL Rail route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield will continue at weekends in the first few months of 2018. Over a series of ten weekends from late January to March,…

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Crossrail hands over major West End site to Derwent London

Derwent London is pleased to announce that Crossrail has completed the base infrastructure works at Soho Place W1 and handed over the site to the Group. It is the first Crossrail site to be delivered to a developer, and this…

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Solar power helps light up Essex railway station

An Essex railway station has a bright future ahead of after solar-powered LED cats eyes were installed. The lights have been installed on a walkway at Chappel & Wakes Colne railway station, on the branch line between Sudbury and Marks…

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Splott Road bridge in Cardiff to close in February for second phase of railway upgrade work

Splott Road bridge will be closed from 4 February while Network Rail carries out modernisation work. This is part of its Railway Upgrade Plan to improve journeys for passengers. To minimise disruption to the community, the bridge is being replaced…

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UGC looking for Senior Development Manager

The Urban Growth Company (UGC) – the body charged with creating a new destination for business, leisure and living at The UK Central Hub in Solihull near Birmingham Airport – is looking for a Senior Development Manager. This is a senior…

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Wednesday 17th January 2018

Northern leaders publish plan to transform the region

Civic and business leaders from across the North have come together to publish Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan. The thirty year plan is the first of its kind and outlines how transport connections across the North of…

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Major Metrolink construction milestone met overnight

A 13.5-tonne footbridge was removed from the Crumpsall Metrolink stop over the weekend as part of a significant series of upgrades in readiness for the new £350million Trafford Park line. The removal of the bridge, which was 14-metres-long, 2.5-metres-wide and…

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Queen Street demolition works start on a high

Engineers have craned three specialist machines onto the roof of Consort House as they begin the main structural demolition work to make space for the new Glasgow Queen Street station. Over the coming months, the light-weight excavators, which were craned…

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First of new Caledonian Sleeper trains arrive in UK

The first carriages from the new £100m fleet of Caledonian Sleeper trains have arrived in the UK ahead of their introduction to service later this year. Starting in October 2018, the overnight rail service will begin to be transformed as…

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Cabinet to consider Bath tram feasibility study

Bath & North East Somerset Council has undertaken a preliminary study in response to suggestions from the public to look at the potential for a sustainable light rail tram system. The study says ‘strategic evidence shows there is a demand…

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Competition to smarten up Thessaly Road Railway Bridge

Wandsworth Council has teamed up with the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) to launch a competition to improve an important gateway to the Nine Elms regeneration area. The aim is to improve the appearance and feel of Thessaly Road Railway…

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Tuesday 16th January 2018

Cardiff Capital Region Cabinet agrees £40 million City Deal Funding for Metro Central development

THE Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) Cabinet has agreed to support in principle the £180million re-development of Cardiff’s main transport hub with £40m of City Deal funding. The proposed Metro Central project will deliver a new Central Transport Interchange at the…

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Work begins to prepare Ashford International platforms for new international trains

Work has begun to prepare Ashford International’s high-speed platforms for new international trains, including e320 Eurostar trains, which will safeguard direct high-speed international services from Ashford. Network Rail is already installing new signalling equipment to allow Eurostar’s e320 trains –…

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Government, Midlands Connect & East Midlands Councils agree priorities to maximise the benefits of HS2 and improve Services on the Midland Main Line

The partial opening of the East Midlands Hub Station in Toton, several years before HS2 arrives in 2033, is part of a package of priorities the Department for Transport has agreed to work on with Midlands Connect and East Midlands…

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Engineering in the spotlight for 2018 as government launches campaign to inspire the next generation

A pioneering campaign to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession has been launched. Ministers from across government are joining forces with engineers, industry experts and hundreds of businesses to change perceptions around engineering…

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GTR offers new travel support for passengers with communication difficulties

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is introducing sets of innovative rail travel access aids to support passengers who need help with communication, such as those who are hard of hearing or have language or learning difficulties. The Travel Support Card is…

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Wales and Borders rail staff support Samaritans to turn ‘Blue Monday’ around with a cuppa

Rail staff across Wales and Borders are backing Samaritans’ bid to turn ‘Blue Monday’ into ‘Brew Monday’ on 15 January, by helping get people together for tea and a chat, on what has been dubbed ‘the most difficult day of…

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Monday 15th January 2018

New bridge in Tottenham marks the beginning of restoring a line lost during the Beeching era

As part of Network Rail’s £170m Lee Valley Rail programme, disused land is being used to reinstate a third track between Stratford and Angel Road stations which was lost during the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. Video footage shows the…

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Secure your place at RIN London- spaces disappearing fast!

Rail Infrastructure Networking (RIN) is returning to London in February- and spaces are being booked up rapidly. The quarterly networking opportunity, organised by Jobson James Rail, takes place every three months in a different UK town or city with specific…

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£2.7 million new railway bridge in Portsmouth to improve reliability for train passengers

Life-expired Burnaby Road railway bridge in Portsmouth to be replaced between Monday 12 February and Friday 16 February 2018. More than 50 Network Rail engineers and track staff will work around the clock to install Rail replacement buses in operation…

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Infrarail 2018 opens for visitor registration

Infrarail 2018 is now officially open for visitors to register, with the event free to attendees who register before the 30th April. The 12th edition of the biennial event takes place at London’s ExCeL from May 1 to 3 and…

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Greater Anglia opens up station rooms for community use

Greater Anglia is offering empty spaces in stations to local communities across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. As stations have evolved over the years, unused or under-utilised rooms have become available and many have the potential to be used…

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Friday 12th January 2018

First train tries out new tube track

The very first train has travelled on the extension of the Northern Line to Nine Elms and Battersea. Two new junctions which will connect the extension to the existing Northern Line have now been completed, and the first train to…

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TFL announces Murphy will complete major AFA scheme

Murphy has been awarded an Access for All (AFA) contract by TfL to construct step-free access at four future Elizabeth Line stations on the Great Western Route. TfL has brought Murphy on board to install lifts and bridges at Hanwell, Iver, Langley…

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Eric Wright Civil Engineering appointed to £25m Preston Tram Project

An ambitious project to bring tram services back to Preston for the first time since the 1930s has moved a step closer with the appointment of a contractor to build the proposed £25m Guild Line. Preston Trampower Ltd has reached…

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York EMC Services Becomes Eurofins York

Following purchase by the Eurofins Group in July 2017 York EMC Services Ltd has changed its name to Eurofins York Ltd. The formal name change reflects the new ownership as well as the much broader range of regulatory compliance products…

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Transport Secretary visits Queen Adelaide to discuss proposed works to Ely North junction

The Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, visited Queen Adelaide to discuss the proposed works to Ely North junction. The busy junction sees five railway lines intersect to connect Norwich and King’s Lynn to Cambridge,…

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New Intercity Express Train to be named after Paddington Bear author Michael Bond

Author honoured as famous book turns 60 Great Western Railway (GWR) has named one of the first of its new Intercity Express Trains after Paddington Bear author Michael Bond. The train, 800010, was unveiled by his daughter Karen Jankel at…

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Thursday 11th January 2018

Brighton Main Line rail improvement project is announced for October 2018 and February 2019

Rail passengers across Sussex are being urged to plan ahead as a ‘once-in-a-generation’ upgrade to the southern end of the Brighton Main Line was announced today by Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR). The work in October 2018 and…

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London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking line to re-open

London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking line reopens on Monday 15th January following the installation of new overhead electric lines by Network Rail, that will enable new longer electric trains to run from spring 2018. The completion of this physical…

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Track upgrade work to commence in Flint

Engineers will begin track modernisation work in Flint later this month as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. The £50m North Wales railway upgrade project includes the installation of new track along the railway line in Flint, increasing the…

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St Modwen sells Eastleigh works and realises substantial value

Key Property Investments (KPI), a joint venture between leading UK developer St. Modwen and Kuwait based Salhia Real Estate Company, has sold Eastleigh Works, a multi-let train maintenance facility, to the Corporate Pension Fund clients of Savills Investment Management LLP,…

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Tidyco launches core values for the business

Derby-based Tidyco, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry for over 40 years; talks to Managing Director, James Tidy about the recently launched core values for the business. Hi James, you have recently launched a…

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Great Northern gives Cambridge charity free rail travel to help bullied children

Red Balloon, founded in Cambridge 21 years ago to support and educate children and youngsters bullied to such a degree they can’t stay at school, has been given a year’s free travel with Great Northern, the rail company operated by…

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Wednesday 10th January 2018

Improving digital connectivity for rail passengers

A roadmap identifying the technology for improving high-speed mobile internet connectivity on Britain’s railway is ready for the industry to take forward. The report, produced by LS telcom UK and commissioned by RSSB, contains a 3 to 5-year technology roadmap…

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Cumbrian coast line fully reopens after sink hole repairs

The railway between Whitehaven and Workington on the Cumbrian coast line has reopened after repairs to a sink hole were completed. Network Rail engineers worked over the weekend to repair and make safe the section of line after the mysterious…

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Eurostar appoints Mike Cooper as its new Chief Executive Officer

Eurostar, the high-speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, today announced the appointment of Mike Cooper, currently CEO of the delivery service firm, Yodel, as its new CEO. Mike will succeed Nicolas Petrovic who will be leaving Eurostar…

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Have your say on plans to transform east-west rail services

The views of residents, businesses and passengers are being sought over the next four weeks on plans to continue the transformation of east-west rail services between Oxford, Bicester and Bedford and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury. Since the last round of…

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WSP makes key appointment to rail fire engineering team

WSP has continued to grow its transport team across the UK with a new set of senior appointments that will help to support the delivery of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, including an appointment to its rail fire engineering team. Nishani…

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Windsor Link Railway speaking at two January events

Windsor Link Railway is pleased to be speaking at two events in January, promoting better railways for the UK. The first is on Transport-Led Development in London and the South East, the third annual event, being hosted by Pinsent Masons in…

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Tuesday 9th January 2018

Very light rail project plans on track

Plans to create a multi-million pound innovation hub which will lead the worldwide development of very light rail technology have been submitted. Dudley Council in partnership with Warwick Manufacturing Group has submitted a planning application for the new very light…

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Tram popularity surges in Edinburgh

New figures released show Edinburgh’s tram system is continuing to deliver excellent results. Customer journeys increased by more than one million to total 6.6 million for the year. This represented a year on year growth of 19 per cent. Lea…

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Intertrain expands its operations to offer its quality Rail training and assessment services throughout the East Midlands

Intertrain is proud to announce the opening of two new training centres based in Derby and Nottingham; further strengthening its strategic growth plan as the UK’s leading national training provider for rail. Intertrain, established in 2003, is an ‘NSAR Gold Rated’ National…

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Bloxwich level crossing to close as Chase Line upgrade continues

Bloxwich level crossing is to permanently close as Network Rail continues to upgrade the railway between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley. The upgrade and electrification of the line, part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, means that trains will be faster,…

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The train standing at London Bridge is the first Thameslink test train

This is the moment that GTR’s first Thameslink train, on a test run, makes history as it pulls into the newly-built platform 5 at London Bridge on New Year’s Day. The eight-carriage Class 700 (known as a reduced length unit,…

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Monday 8th January 2018

Birmingham International Station takes next step towards major transformation

Plans to transform Birmingham International Station into a major transport hub have taken a significant step forward after Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s cabinet agreed to submit a business case worth £286m to government. The business case details the opportunity to…

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Design for new Northern Line tube station is given green light

The historic day that Northern Line tube trains start running to Battersea has moved a step closer with the approval of designs for a new London Underground station at Battersea Power Station. Wandsworth Council’s planning committee has voted unanimously to…

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Siemens awarded landmark ETCS contract by Network Rail

Network Rail has awarded Siemens Rail Automation a multi-million pound contract to supply, install and support its ETCS (European Train Control System) in-cab signalling equipment on the 745-strong fleet of freight locomotives which operates across Great Britain. ETCS will make…

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Historic milestone means Lancashire passengers are a step closer to a better railway

The railway between Preston and Blackpool has been connected to the West Coast main line by overhead electric wires for the first time in its history. The milestone was completed over the Christmas period as work continued to upgrade the…

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Investment Committee to consider proposals to improve Bradford Interchange

Plans to improve the travel Interchange as a gateway to Bradford city centre could take a step forward at next week’s West Yorkshire Combined Authority Investment Committee meeting. Work on the first phase would result in a new frontage, better…

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New Year, New Crossing for Crumpsall

A new pedestrian crossing at Crumpsall Metrolink stop is making it easier for passengers to cross the tram tracks and is the first of a number of upgrades planned at the stop. The crossing opened on 3 January 2018, providing…

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Saturday 6th January 2018

Arriva Trains Wales ends 2017 as Britain’s best right time rail service

Over 13,000 more trains arrived on time in 2017 making Arriva Trains Wales the most reliable right time operator in the UK . Latest figures from Network Rail show Arriva Trains Wales achieved an annual “Right Time” average of 82.8…

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Friday 5th January 2018

Legal & General commits a further £350m to improving UK transport infrastructure

Having now completed four rolling stock deals, committing a total of more than £550 million of investment to date to the sector, these latest transactions form part of Legal & General’s continued commitment to increasing its exposure to transport infrastructure….

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Network Rail appoints new non-executive director and two new members to its executive committee

Network Rail has announced the appointment of Mike Putnam as a non-executive director. He replaces Malcolm Brinded CBE, who retired from the Board in July 2016. Mr Putnam was most recently President & CEO of Skanska UK plc, having joined…

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Stephen Glaister reappointed as chair of rail and road regulator ORR

Professor Stephen Glaister CBE has been reappointed as the chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for a further year. ORR is the UK’s independent rail regulator and strategic roads monitor for England. It protects the interests of rail and road users…

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Card payments for Metro travel are on the increase

Half of all Tyne and Wear Metro passengers no longer use cash to make their journeys, operator Nexus has revealed. The switch to credit/debit cards, contactless payments and the Pop smart cards heralds the end of payment with notes and…

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Hector Rail Group appoints John Smith as new Group CEO

John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight (GBRf) has been appointed the new CEO of parent company Hector Rail Group and will assume his new role and responsibilities from Monday 8th January 2018. John Smith founded GB Railfreight in 1999…

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Rail pastors to patrol Greater Anglia network in Essex

Rail pastors, who help vulnerable people during their time of need, are patrolling part of Greater Anglia’s network in Essex. Ten volunteers have been trained to work as rail pastors, and will provide support to passengers at stations and on…

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Thursday 4th January 2018

Network Rail successfully completes £8 million upgrade in Southampton

South Western Railway passengers are able to travel through Southampton again after Network Rail successfully completed £8 million of track renewal work on schedule over the Christmas period. The replacing of worn out infrastructure will mean more reliable journeys for…

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Festive Tube improvement work completed

Customers are set to benefit from quicker and more reliable journeys London Underground customers are set to benefit from quicker and more reliable journeys after TfL completed significant upgrade work during the festive break as part of its record investment…

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Talks planned to speed up Metro bid in time for Commonwealth Games

Dudley Council chiefs have welcomed news the Commonwealth Games will be coming to Birmingham in 2022 – and will be holding talks to get the Metro on track quicker in the town. In light of the announcement, local authority bosses…

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Broadway back on the railway map as volunteers lay last tracks

Volunteers on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway celebrated with a cup of tea at the end of last year when the last steel rails were laid to connect to Broadway station with Cheltenham Racecourse, 15 miles to the south. Shortly…

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New arrival in the board of Groupe Eurotunnel SE

The board of directors of Groupe Eurotunnel SE met and co-opted Bertrand Badré as an independent non-executive director in view of his strong experience in the areas where the group’s major challenges lie. Bertrand Badré will replace Philippe Camu, who…

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Eurostar unveils Amazon Prime Video on board

Eurostar, the high-speed rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe, will be unveiling a range of critically acclaimed Amazon Prime Video content on board its fleet of e320 trains via the new app. Eurostar will be the first transport…

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Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Harsco delivers benchmark for European market

Harsco Rail Europe hands over maintenance vehicles for the Gotthard Base Tunnel to Swiss national rail service Schweizerische Bundesbahn SBB The Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, which opened in 2016, is a major transport project that poses exceptional challenges with…

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New benefits for rail passengers as 260 projects, worth over £160m, finish on time

Over the festive period more than 260 projects, valued at over £160m, were delivered across Britain. Thousands of new services and trains will soon start to come into operation this year as a result of this Christmas investment programme –…

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Better mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity for rail passengers

The Government has fired the starting gun on an ambitious plan that could see the UK’s train passengers to benefit from a dramatic improvement in onboard mobile and Wi-Fi connections. The rapid growth of mobile data requirements and the use…

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Infrarail to bring new Knowledge Hub to ExCeL London for 2018

The twelfth edition of Infrarail will feature a new theatre dedicated to education and learning, it has been announced. Infrarail 2018 will host a stand-alone Knowledge Hub for the first time, creating a dedicated space for visitors to receive the…

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RIN heading to London in February – Book Now!

FREE Rail Infrastructure Networking Events in 2018 Rail Infrastructure Networking (RIN) is back and is expected to be bigger and better than ever in 2018. Venues in London, Crewe, York and Derby are now booked for 2018 and people are…

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New GWR Electrostar fleet helps drive huge increase in train seats

Great Western Railway (GWR) will provide almost 8,000 extra trains seats across its network at the busiest times of the morning from this month. New, and more modern trains mean that the company will be able to deliver 10% more…

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Long serving Metro maintenance vehicle set for the Far East

A maintenance vehicle which has given 30 years of service to the Tyne and Wear Metro is to benefit railway operators in the Far East. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has sold its giant track tamping…

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Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Full Steam Ahead in 2018 – High speed news service by railbusinessdaily.com

A very happy New Year to all of customers, readers and followers. Today marks six full months of railbusinessdaily.com. Having launched the rail industry’s only daily news service on 4th July 2017, we are delighted with the positive feedback and…

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Friday 22nd December 2017

Peers give green light for Transport for the North’s statutory status

The House of Lords has approved regulations for Transport for the North to become the first Sub-national Transport Body in England. A motion will now be considered in the House of Commons on Wednesday 10th January 2018 which, if approved,…

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Welsh Government maps out latest transport finance plans

The National Transport Finance Plan (NTFP) was published in 2015 and set out how the government proposed to deliver the outcomes set out in the Wales Transport Strategy from 2015 and beyond. The plan included all transport interventions financed by…

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New hydraulic technology cuts carbon emissions

A new hi-tech hydraulic pump being trialled by ScotRail could reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions by four thousand tonnes of CO₂ per year. Most modern diesel trains rely on a hydraulic unit to power each of the carriage’s cooling fans and…

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£8 million rail upgrade work to cause travel disruption in the Southampton area

Passengers travelling through Southampton this month reminded to check before travelling ahead of £8 million upgrade work. South Western Railway passengers have been reminded to plan their journeys in advance as Network Rail prepares to deliver an £8 million investment…

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Level crossing awareness day after Insch barrier strike

British Transport Police and Network Rail will be holding an awareness day at Insch level crossing on Friday (December 22) after a worrying rise in misuse incidents. The BTP’s Scottish-based Mobile Safety Van, which is fitted with CCTV cameras, will…

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Mural adds splash of colour to Patricroft station

A new mural has been added to a subway at Patricroft station, adding a splash of colour to the lives of Northern customers. The artwork, which has been created by young volunteers as part of the National Citizens Service, was…

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Thursday 21st December 2017

Christmas work keeps electrification of central Scotland’s railway on track

Network Rail engineers will deliver a range of work over Christmas and New Year period, as part of ongoing activity on the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa (SDA) electrification project. Part of a Scottish Government investment being delivered by Network Rail, electrification of central…

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Vital escalator refurbishment at Camden Town station starts next month

The station’s two escalators will be refurbished from January 2018 to renew key components TfL is advising customers who use Camden Town Underground station that vital refurbishment of the first of its two escalators will begin on Tuesday 9 January…

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Freightliner and Unipart Rail’s joint supply chain solution wins at the FTA Logistics Awards

Leading UK intermodal and bulk freight provider Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), and Unipart Rail, supply partner to the rail industry, were triumphant at last week’s inaugural Freight Transport Association (FTA) Logistics Awards, picking up the…

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Record numbers choosing a Eurostar Christmas getaway

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service between the UK and mainland Europe, is expecting its busiest December ever with over 370,000 booked to travel during the Christmas period, and a 2% increase across the month.* The rise is driven by an…

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ScotRail Alliance in £300,000 safety investment

The ScotRail Alliance has invested £300,000 to make the railways even safer for customers and staff. Over 300 body-worn CCTV cameras are being made available to frontline staff across the country. The devices can be clipped on to the staff…

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You’re hired! GTR gives 10 more Prince’s Trust youngsters a start in life

Friends and family broke into spontaneous applause when Govia Thameslink Railway told 10 out-of-work youngsters they all had a job with either Southern, Thameslink or Great Northern. The group had gathered to celebrate the end of a four-week work experience…

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Wednesday 20th December 2017

The most viewed stories of 2017 – railbusinessdaily.com

railbusinessdaily.com is publishing the top ten most viewed stories of the year after a fantastic first six months with some huge stories covered. We will return on January 3rd – so get your stories in over the Christmas period and…

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Work begins on new futuristic train fleet

–  Production of new intercity trains connecting northern England and Scotland has started with exclusive images released – 19 new five carriage trains harnessing Japanese bullet train technology to enter service in 2019 – This is the third fleet being…

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Freight trains in Britain to be upgraded with delay-busting digital technology in multi-million pound deal

A less congested, better performing railway comes a step closer to reality today, with the signing of a major, multi-million pound contract that will ultimately see freight trains in Great Britain upgraded with technology to make them safer, make better…

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One year to go until beginning of Elizabeth Line services that will transform travel across London

Elizabeth line services will be introduced in phases, with the central London stations opening in December 2018 New December 2018 Tube map featuring the Elizabeth line unveiled – images are available via Flickr Elizabeth line is expected to boost the economy…

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ie people appoints new board members

ie people, a revolutionary provider of executive search, talent acquisition consultancy and recruitment programme management services into the Smart Transportation, Smart Infrastructure and Smart Buildings sectors are extremely proud to announce that it has made two key appointments. Kathryn Cooper-Fay,…

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Midland Metro Alliance helps reduce unemployment in Wolverhampton

The Midland Metro Alliance has been credited for helping to reduce unemployment in the Wolverhampton area. New figures from the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment in the city fell to 6,590, and according to the JobCentre Plus this…

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Festive fun sees transport bosses raise record amount for corporate charities

Transport leaders got into the festive spirit and are on track to mark another successful year of fundraising – having raised more than £13,000 for charity in the last year. Since 2016, Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) in-house charity committee…

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Tuesday 19th December 2017

Virgin Azuma train debuts in Highlands

Virgin’s state-of-the-art Azuma train made its inaugural visit to the Highlands this weekend as preparations to transform cross-border rail services gather pace. The iconic train, which takes its name from the Japanese word for “east”, will be rolled out on…

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NSAR to help young unemployed people aim for careers in digital rail

NSAR has been awarded a grant by UFI Charitable Trust to fund a project to encourage young unemployed adults to consider careers within digital rail. Central to the project is the innovative way that technology will be used, working with a specialist…

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Passengers across the north urged to check before they travel as work increases on the Great North Rail Project

Work to complete the Manchester-Preston railway upgrade alongside work on other key parts of the Great North Rail Project is continuing in 2018. From January 2018, Network Rail’s Team Orange will be: Working to complete the upgrade of the 25…

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Challenging start to winter – but ScotRail on top

ScotRail remains the best performing large operator in Britain, despite a challenging start to winter. ​Figures published by ScotRail show that the company’s moving annual average – the average performance for the 12 months to 9 November 2017 – stands…

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More customer assistance as Greater Anglia changes ticket purchase arrangements

Upgraded ticket machines with a 24-hour helpline and additional customer assistance are being introduced at seven Essex rail stations as Greater Anglia responds to more customers buying tickets online or at ticket machines. Seven part-time ticket offices with very low…

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Tees Valley Mayor backs 30 year transport plan

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, has worked with leaders from across the North to agree a 30-year plan to transform the region’s transport infrastructure. Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan will outline seven rail and road “corridors” where…

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Monday 18th December 2017

Northern leaders unite behind 30-year draft Strategic Transport Plan

Civic and business leaders from across the North of England have agreed a draft Strategic Transport Plan, to be published for public consultation early in the new year, which outlines the transport infrastructure needed to transform the region’s economy. Calling…

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CAF Executive team discuss jobs boost for Wales with Welsh Government

Andrés Arizkorreta, CEO for Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) met with Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones and Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates, to update the Welsh Government on progress for the construction of the new factory…

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SSE Enterprise Rail and VolkerFitzpatrick host joint safety forum

Two of the country’s leading rail industry principal contractors, SSE Enterprise Rail and VolkerFitzpatrick, held a joint safety forum in December at SSE’s new Forbury Place offices in Reading. Attended by around 70 organisations, the event was designed to engage,…

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Route Knowledge becomes easier to manage with the click of a button

The innovative AARK route knowledge system is launched with Harsco Rail UK Harsco Rail UK Ltd. has invested in a new route knowledge system which will allow the firm to efficiently manage driver route knowledge and route retention portfolios. Using…

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Rail Minister views 150 refurbishment

Northern and Arriva TrainCare welcomed Rail Minister Paul Maynard for a tour to see the refurbishment of the region’s newly arrived Class 150 trains. The trains have come from Great Western Railway (GWR) and form the latest part of the…

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Vital engineering works for Coatbridge railway line

Network Rail engineers will deliver a £3.5m investment to renew a key junction in Coatbridge this Christmas. The work will take place between Sunday, December 24, and Tuesday, January 2, and is vital to the long-term future of the railway….

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Friday 15th December 2017

Launch of new East West Railway Company puts UK’s own ‘Silicon Valley’ rail link on fast track

A direct rail link between the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge took a step closer, as Transport Secretary Chris Grayling officially launched the East West Railway Company. The Transport Secretary launched the new company, which will oversee the restoration…

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Mayor presents bold proposal for Darlington Station

The Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen presented an ambitious case to the Transport Secretary to transform Darlington Station into a modern rail hub. Mr Houchen joined Chris Grayling at the station to discuss Darlington 2025 and pressed the minister on…

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c2c signs major deal for brand-new British trains

Local passengers will benefit from thousands of extra seats within the next four years thanks to a £100m+ deal for new trains signed by Trenitalia-owned train operator c2c, manufacturers Bombardier and financiers Porterbrook and agreed with the Department for Transport….

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Bigger grants to make Greater Manchester’s stations even better

Community groups that look after rail stations across Greater Manchester are now able to apply for larger grants for improvement projects. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is increasing the amount Friends Groups can apply for to £500 (previously £250), and…

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Metro driver highly commended for preventing a fatality on the track

A Tyne and Wear Metro driver has received a top award for the high standards she sets and her professionalism during two emergencies. Janet Morrison was highly commended at the North of England Transport Awards in the frontline employee of…

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New platform arrives for Edinburgh Waverley passengers

Edinburgh Waverley’s newly-extended platform 12 entered service last Sunday (December 10) The longer platform is a key part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) which completed the electrification of the main Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, line in September. Located…

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Thursday 14th December 2017

Network Rail awards £11.6m Shotts Line electrification contract

Network Rail announced that Carillion Powerlines Ltd has won a further contract to deliver work on the electrification of the Shotts line between Holytown Junction and Midcalder Junction. Network Rail today (Wednesday December 13) announced that Carillion Powerlines Ltd has…

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GB Railfreight continues to invest in new rolling stock

GB Railfreight (GBRf) took delivery of the first of its brand new, purpose-built IIA hoppers, which will be used to transport sand on behalf of Sibelco from Middleton Towers in East Anglia to Barnby Dun, Monk Bretton and Goole in…

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Harsco Rail staff take on Christmas Jumper Day for Save The Children

Harsco Rail staff will leave their dignity at the door for the good of needy children over this festive season. UK employees of the global railway track maintenance and construction supplier are being urged to don their most garish Christmas…

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Opening of a new Park & Ride at Cullybackey Station

A new park and ride for NI Railways passengers has opened at Cullybackey station. It has 56 parking spaces, including accessible parking spaces, a cycle shelter, a drop-off area, a new smart lighting system and CCTV for users safety and…

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Transport Select Committee Chair meets UK railway suppliers in Derby to debate rail funding and Brexit

Lilian Greenwood MP, Chair of the UK Parliament Transport Select Committee, met with rail sector suppliers in Derby to discuss rail funding and Brexit related issues. At a roundtable meeting specially organised by the Railway Industry Association, the trade body…

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Friday 1st December 2017

Volunteers at Bodorgan station mark one year anniversary of station improvements

A group of volunteers from the Women’s Institute of Bodorgan are celebrating one year since they adopted their local train station for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the village on Anglesey. The six volunteers have planted…

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Wednesday 13th December 2017

CAF signs contract for West Midlands Trains

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) are delighted to announce that the West Midland Trains contracts have been signed and work will begin on manufacturing the trains, bringing modern rail technology to the West Midlands. West Midlands Trains Ltd, a…

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TFL announces Murphy will complete major AFA scheme

Murphy has been awarded an Access for All (AFA) contract by TfL to construct step-free access at four future Elizabeth Line stations on the Great Western Route. TfL has brought Murphy on board to install lifts and bridges at Hanwell,…

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Bridgeway Consulting Ltd presents at Unlocking Innovation Seminar

Bridgeway Consulting Ltd presented at the Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) Unlocking Innovation Seminar at the City Hall, Cardiff last month. Geoff Kenney, Associate Director – Survey, spoke on Integrated Project Delivery highlighting some of the issues encountered when dealing with…

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Gap Minders: Heathrow Express and Network Rail collaborate on new gap initiative

Blue lights which flash when the train doors of Heathrow Express open on Platform 6 at Paddington are being switched on as part of a new measure to help passengers mind the gap and improve train and platform safety. The…

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Railway investment means changes to trains in the West Midlands this Christmas and New Year

Train customers in the West Midlands are being urged to plan journeys in advance and allow extra time over the festive period while work takes place to make the railway more reliable. Certain services in and out of Birmingham New…

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1,000 more seats for rail passengers travelling to London

There will be over 1,000 more train seats available for rail passengers heading to London for days out and shopping trips thanks to changes to Greater Anglia’s timetable, which starts on Sunday 10 December. On the Norwich to London mainline,…

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Tuesday 12th December 2017

Grand Central celebrates 10 years in business

Grand Central is celebrating 10 years in business and has marked its special milestone with a series of special anniversary events and promotions to thank its loyal customers, staff and supporters. The train operating company, which was established in 2007…

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East Midlands Trains announces plans for new May 2018 timetable

£7bn is being invested in transforming the Thameslink programme, alongside the biggest upgrade of the Midland Main Line since it was completed in 1870. As part of the Government-sponsored Thameslink programme, a brand new timetable will be introduced in May…

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Virgin Trains saves customers up to £11m with low-cost fares available on the day of travel

Virgin Trains customers could save £11m a year on the east coast route following moves to reduce fares by a third on the day of travel. The intercity operator began offering cheaper advance fares on the day of travel in…

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West Midlands Trains starts £1 billion investment into the UK rail network

Monday marked the start of the £1 billion investment into the West Midlands franchise network by West Midlands Trains (WMT), a joint venture between Abellio, JR East and Mitsui. WMT won the right to operate the franchise in August and…

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Southeastern opens a new Strood railway station for Medway passengers

As part of the National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP) and Medway Council’s plans to regenerate the local area, Southeastern has just completed a £2.59 million upgrade to Strood Station. This is the first new station building delivered by Southeastern, which…

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TfL seeks six exclusive commercial partners for the launch year of the Elizabeth line

Transport for London (TfL) has revealed that the Elizabeth line is to be launched in partnership with six sector-exclusive brands, offering a unique opportunity that will align with this historic moment for London. Connecting Reading and Heathrow in the west,…

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Monday 11th December 2017

Over 1,000 apprenticeships delivered by Crossrail programme

More than 1,000 apprenticeships created by Crossrail Limited, Network Rail, Bombardier Transportation and MTR Crossrail during delivery of the Crossrail programme Roles have supported construction of the Elizabeth line, manufacture of new Class 345 trains as well as future operation…

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Northern to take first rail customers across Manchester’s Ordsall Chord

Rail operator Northern is preparing to welcome customers onto the first passenger service to cross Manchester’s Ordsall Chord on Sunday 10 December. The historic bridge, a centrepiece of the Great North Rail Project, connects north and South Manchester and, on…

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Passengers travelling through Southampton this month reminded to check before travelling ahead of £8 million upgrade work

Service alterations in Southampton area this Sunday and next Sunday Upgrade work will then take place from 24 December to 1 January, with service alterations throughout Network Rail and South Western Railway advise passengers to plan their journey ahead and…

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Derby hosts record-breaking RIN event

Rail Infrastructure Networking’s (RIN) first event in Derby was the biggest event yet, breaking records as exhibitor and visitor numbers hit new heights. The event attracted over 70 exhibitors and more than 250 people from 160 railway companies from all…

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More seats as electric trains to run between Edinburgh and Glasgow

Customers travelling between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High will benefit from more seats from Sunday as electric trains run on that route for the first-time. Following Network Rail’s electrification of the line, ScotRail will introduce Class 380 electric trains…

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Metro recruits a new security manager

The Tyne and Wear Metro has recruited a new security manager. Paul Harris, a former Sergeant in the Royal Military Police, will take up the new role created by Nexus to oversee security for the 38 million passengers who use…

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Friday 8th December 2017

Andrew McNaughton appointed to new strategic role at HS2

Professor Andrew McNaughton is to become Strategic Technical Adviser, a new part-time role within HS2 Ltd. Andrew will provide strategic advice and assurance to the High Speed Two (HS2) Executive and Board on technical matters. At the same time Andrew will…

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Behavioural Safety Intervention Recognised

AMCO/Giffen have been rolling out a programme of behavioural safety which promotes the idea if there is a change to the plan stop the work. The key to this roll out is intervention. It was great to see one of…

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Vital improvements for Norwich to London rail passengers to take place at Christmas

Important upgrades for the Crossrail programme and work to install new overhead wires on the line between Norwich and London will take place during a ten-day closure at Christmas. During that time, Network Rail’s engineers will spend the equivalent of…

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Infrarail picking up speed ahead of return to ExCeL London

Infrarail 2018, the UK’s leading exhibition of railway infrastructure equipment, products and services, is now less than five months away. The biennial event returns to ExCeL London in the capital’s Docklands from May 1 to 3 – and with more…

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Ashford International Station celebrates 175-year milestone

On Friday 1 December Southeastern celebrated Ashford International’s 175th birthday with a ceremony to mark the station’s rich history. The event, which was attended by dignitaries including Leader of Ashford Borough Council Cllr Gerry Clarkson CBE, featured a photographic exhibition donated by…

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Grand farewell for Grand Central HST fleet

Grand Central will be saying a fond farewell to its fleet of three High Speed Trains (HSTs) at the end of this month (December 2017). The Class 43 HST fleet, which are 40 years old, will go into retirement at…

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Thursday 7th December 2017

Angel Trains raises over £1.1 billion

Angel Trains Group, one of Britain’s leading train leasing companies, today announces it has secured £835 million of new funding to refinance the procurement of 665 Bombardier Aventra vehicles that will be leased to Abellio Greater Anglia franchise from 2019….

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Multi-million pound upgrade to historic Shoreham Viaduct, Sussex, to be completed at Christmas

A major project to refurbish a historic railway viaduct over the River Adur in Shoreham is close to completion after more than a year’s work by Network Rail engineers. The 16-span, 360m-long Shoreham Viaduct was built in 1892 to replace…

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Rail engineering role model recognised for exceptional contribution

World-leading railway engineer Bridget Eickhoff has been awarded the prestigious James Clayton Prize by her peers at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).​ Based at rail industry body RSSB as their Principal Infrastructure Engineer, Bridget is renowned as one of…

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Government go-ahead for tramway extension

Blackpool Council’s confidence in successfully securing Government approval to allow a major Blackpool regeneration project to proceed has been rewarded with positive news following the council’s ongoing reassurances that the ‘green light’ would be given. Legislation to build and operate…

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London Midland continues its winning ways

London Midland’s work with communities has been acknowledged for the third time this year with a win at the Business Culture Awards. The success at the awards this week follows railrepay winning ‘UK App of the Year’ in the travel,…

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Yorkgate station grounds to be transformed into community garden

Land at the front of NI Railways Yorkgate station is to undergo a transformation. Landscaping was carried out earlier this year to remove overgrown shrubs and bushes to improve the appearance of the station grounds. In a first for Translink,…

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Wednesday 6th December 2017

All tracks surrounding landmark London Bridge station are now in place and ready for the New Year

Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme has reached another crucial milestone ahead of the New Year with the completion of all track work around London Bridge. The infrastructure is now in place around the striking new station, ready to be brought into…

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Grayling tells Parliament he hopes BML2 investors will be successful

The recent publication of the Department for Transport’s Connecting People: A Strategic vision for Rail ponders whether reopening closed railways, funded by new house building schemes, could stimulate local economies and improve transport. Thanks solely to the long-running Wealden Line…

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PPS Rail Services opens new Derby location

PPS Rail’s dedicated recruitment division, PPS Rail Services, is pleased to announce the opening of a brand-new office location in Derby, a move that will boost its provision by enabling further appointments to its ever-growing recruitment team. PPS Rail Services…

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Dyer & Butler showcases scope of expertise at M Group Services Capability Day

Dyer & Butler, a leading provider of transport infrastructure repair, maintenance, replacement and engineering services, recently participated in the inaugural M Group Services Capability Day which was held at the Museum of London. The hugely successful event provided M Group…

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Stockton & Darlington Railway wins heritage backing

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has hailed two key steps in driving forward ambitious plans to realise the potential and develop major backing to preserve the heritage of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. Tees Valley and Durham are the international…

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Stalybridge station to be transformed into a community hub

This December, Stalybridge station is being transformed into a space for art, fitness, shopping and free mental health and financial advice. The project, Platforms For All, will enable commuters and local residents to take part in free activities and workshops…

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Tuesday 5th December 2017

High-Speed Trains for Scotland move one step closer

High-speed trains (HSTs) connecting Scotland’s seven cities are another step closer as the ScotRail Alliance’s welcomed the arrival of its second train this week. The high-speed train arrived in Edinburgh at the weekend and will be based in Haymarket, where…

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£7 million investment for new Scarborough Depot

TransPennine Express is investing £7 million in constructing a train servicing depot in Scarborough. The new structure, which is planned to open in summer 2018, will maintain brand new trains. The modern facility will provide light maintenance services including fuelling…

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Unipart Rail’s vision for delivering the Condition Based Supply Chain

Digital technology has been transforming business practices and processes for some time and the Industrial Revolution 4.0 is having a huge impact on all commercial sectors including the rail industry. The increasing expectations of passengers and government regulators are providing…

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Assembly event celebrates the economic impact of the railway across Wales and Borders

Network Rail hosted its largest ever event at the National Assembly for Wales, celebrating the economic impact of the railway across Wales and Borders. Record producer and lifelong supporter of the rail industry Pete Waterman joined Network Rail chair Sir…

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Arriva adapts virtual reality rail platform to give Vocational Access students first taste of public transport

Arriva Trains Wales has adapted a virtual reality rail platform it uses for staff training to provide passengers with an Autism Spectrum Disorder their first taste of public transport – and the chance to become more independent. Three Vocational Access…

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Tree planting marks end of first phase of Malvern Link adoption project

Colleagues from London Midland, Network Rail and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) and members of the local community have turned out in force at Malvern Link station for the final stage of an innovative woodland planting project. Following…

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Monday 4th December 2017

Valleys set to benefit from UK’s first Community Rail Apprentice

A 23-year-old Tonypandy woman has become the UK’s first Community Rail Apprentice. Danielle Hopkins has joined Arriva Trains Wales on an 18-month assignment to forge links with the communities in the Valleys. Danielle, a former railway engineering apprentice, is working…

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SWR to compensate passengers if their journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more

Passengers travelling on South Western Railway trains will now be able to claim compensation if their journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more. This compares to the previous Delay Repay compensation threshold of 30 minutes. Customers can apply for…

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Innovative, new grinding trains will help passenger and freight trains run smoothly and safely for years to come

Network Rail has unveiled three new grinding trains costing £36m, which we be deployed across Great Britain to keep the track in good condition and provide passengers with a smooth, reliable journey. The multi-million pound trains, which remove small layers…

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Govia Thameslink Railway cuts customer response times by 50% on Social Media thanks to new software

Britain’s busiest rail company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has halved customer response times after introducing new software. CX Social, a dedicated social communications platform from Clarabridge, monitors customer queries on social media across all four GTR brands—Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink…

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EE focuses on boosting time on 4G in next phase of campaign

Marc Allera, CEO of EE, today outlined the next phase of EE’s Clear on Coverage campaign, with a focus on introducing the ‘Time on 4G’ measure of customers’ network experience. ‘Time on 4G’ is a measure that shows the percentage…

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Quattro Plant launches White Paper 2

Quattro Plant has launched its second white paper to further discuss the state of the Road Rail Vehicle Market. This white paper is a follow up paper to the discussion published last year that raised concerns and issues facing the…

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Friday 1st December 2017

HS2: Getting the best out of Britain

As the government and others have recognised, to succeed in the future, Britain needs a more balanced, more productive economy. But how do we maximise Britain’s assets for the future and, in the process, increase our national productivity? How do…

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Access improvements planned for Stirling station

Network Rail will shortly submit a planning application for work at Stirling station, including creating step-free access to all platforms. The planned enhancements will be delivered as part of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa (SDA) Electrification Project. The electrification work, which includes the…

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Knightsbridge Tube station to become step-free in 2020

Transport for London (TfL) today announced that Knightsbridge Tube station will become step-free in 2020, making travel in central London easier for older and disabled people and other customers who find it difficult to use stairs or escalators. It will…

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Virgin Trains opens new Coventry Bike Hub

Virgin Trains opened its new Bike Hub at Coventry Station, one of four schemes that has delivered an additional 574 secure spaces for cyclists on the West Coast route. Working in partnership with the Department for Transport (DfT), Coventry City…

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More trams at the double for Altrincham and Bury Metrolink lines

Passengers on one of Metrolink’s busiest lines have been given a festive boost, with more double trams now running at peak times. Two additional trams on the Altrincham line have now been launched, allowing more single unit services to run…

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East Midlands business booking system unveiled

East Midlands Trains Business Travel has been designed specifically for SMEs. This online portal allows employees to easily book their own travel within the guidelines set by the business itself. The online system allows employees to set up profiles, book…

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Thursday 30th November 2017

Greater Anglia engineers win awards for improving train reliability

Greater Anglia has won six rail industry awards for big improvements to train reliability so that they go further without developing faults, making them the most reliable trains of their category in the country. The awards illustrate the impact of…

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ScotRail Alliance smashes MND Scotland fundraising target

The ScotRail Alliance has already smashed its MND Scotland fundraising target for 2017/18 after just seven months. The organisation raised £51,154 for charity partner MND Scotland between April and October this year – well ahead of the target of £50,000…

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Demolition works start to make way for a £100m new transport hub in South Shields town centre

Demolitions are underway in South Shields town centre, clearing the way for the new transport interchange. Excavators have moved in to pull down the former Post Office and Royal Mail building and the former Dawson and Sanderson travel agents on…

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New Thameslink station to be named Brent Cross West

The move to build a new Thameslink station, as part of Brent Cross Cricklewood scheme, is one step closer following Barnet Council’s decision to name the new rail line Brent Cross West. Following extensive work on behalf of the council…

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Successful tram test on Bilston Road’s new tram track

Trams returned to Bilston Road overnight as the tram track recently installed by the Midland Metro Alliance was tested ahead of the road reopening in both directions on Saturday 2 December. At midnight, the team had a safety briefing and…

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Strategic vision for rail

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today (29 November 2017) set out a new vision for our railways, including plans to end the operational divide between track and train and an evolution of the franchising system. The proposals – contained in the…

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Wednesday 29th November 2017

Railway improvements this Christmas as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan

Network Rail’s teams of engineers and contractors – Team Orange – are working day and night on some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects this Christmas (Saturday 23 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 inclusive). Tens of thousands of…

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Maghull North station scheme on track for 2018 opening

As work to build the new Maghull North station heads into its next phase, key Liverpool City Region partners visited site to see the progress being made. Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson and…

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Installation of one of London’s largest ever artworks begins at Paddington Elizabeth Line station

Assembly of the first work of art being integrated into the Elizabeth line is underway as the first panes of glass have been fixed into place on the 120 metre long canopy at Paddington. A Cloud Index, designed by critically…

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26-30 ‘millennial’ Railcard to be piloted

A new Railcard card for 26-30 year olds will be piloted in East Anglia from 6th December 2017. The digital 26-30 Railcard will give customers a third off most rail fares in Great Britain. It will be available to purchase…

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South Western Railway’s station development manager wins prestigious award

South Western Railway’s station development manager, Steve Smith walked off with the highly prized Cycle Champion award at the recent 2017 National Cycle-Rail Awards. The National Cycle-Rail Awards recognise the progress made by the rail industry and associated organisations towards…

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London Midland runs most reliable trains in the UK

London Midland’s Class 350/2 unit has been crowned the most reliable train in the UK at the Golden Spanner awards 2017. The trains run on the West Coast Main Line from London, through the Midlands to Liverpool, and between Birmingham…

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Tuesday 28th November 2017

Keltbray Aspire opens new Warwickshire facility

Keltbray Aspire, which is part of Keltbray Group and provides overhead line electrification services on the UK’s rail infrastructure, has opened a new facility at the Dunchurch Trading Estate in Rugby, Warwickshire. The grade one, 20,000 square foot facility includes…

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Ground-breaking beginnings for DB Cargo UK Logistics Centre

Building work starts on £6million logistics centre in Wolverhampton As of today (Thursday 23rd November) building work is officially underway on the new £6 million DB Cargo UK Logistics Centre in Wolverhampton. The first mark in the ground was celebrated…

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Govia Thameslink launches third consultation phase on once-in-a-generation timetable restructure

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has today (24th November 2017) opened the third phase of public consultation on the once-in-a-generation timetable transformation made possible by the £7 billion Thameslink Programme. The first two phases attracted over 20,000 responses on the rail…

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Newcastle set for major investment as passengers urged to check before they travel after Christmas

Network Rail is investing £8.6m to renew vital pieces of track to the south of Newcastle station this January as part of the Great North Rail Project. Between Saturday 6 January and Monday 15 January, a total of 19 sets…

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Stand-down health check success

More than 140 people took advantage of VGC’s offer of free health checks at an ATC stand-down day this month. As part of ATC’s energisation stand-down day, workforce provider VGC Group commissioned K2 Associates to provide free health checks to all…

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4G mobile coverage on Tube on track to begin from 2019

Trial of 4G mobile technology in Tube tunnels on Waterloo & City line during summer shows potential to remove one of the UK’s most high profile ‘not-spots’ TfL to begin tendering for service provider in New Year to deliver 4G…

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Monday 27th November 2017

TfL services outperform national rail services thanks to fares freeze

TfL has today published its updated Business Plan, which covers the period from 2017/18 to 2022/23. The plan confirms how, over the next five years, TfL will deliver the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and make London a fairer, greener, healthier and…

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Siemens Rail Automation appoints new managing director

Rob Morris has been appointed Managing Director of Siemens’ Rail Automation business in the UK, with effect from 1 December 2017. Rob joined Siemens in January 2015 and is currently Director of Operations, where he has responsibility for the execution…

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Don’t miss a record-breaking RIN event in Derby

Records will be broken when the next Rail Infrastructure Networking (RIN) event takes place this week at Derby’s Pride Park. Organisers say numbers will hit all-time highs for both visitors and exhibitors at the free event, which will be held…

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Key speakers announced for The Great Western Rail Forum

The key speakers for a rail dinner that focuses on the investment in the South have been announced. Network Rail’s Route Managing Director, Mark Langman, and Malcolm Parsons have been confirmed for The Great Western Rail Forum, alongside HEX Director…

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Christmas comes early for Sellafield passengers with £1m new bridge

Passengers in Sellafield have got an early Christmas present after a £995,000 new footbridge and improved lighting were unveiled at the station. Despite its remote location, Sellafield station, on the scenic Cumbrian coast line, serves as the primary stop for…

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Aston station adoption planting project helps local people grow

A London Midland planting project is helping to restore confidence and independence to people experiencing mental ill health, whilst making Aston station more welcoming for customers. Aston station’s new 10-strong adoption team, formed of volunteers and staff from Aston’s Park…

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Friday 24th November 2017

​Thameslink and Great Northern railway staff raise over £14,000 for Keech hospice

Thameslink and Great Northern railway staff have given Keech Hospice Care in Luton a further £518 at the end of a year’s support which has netted the charity over £14,000. The money was donated by the parent company Govia Thameslink…

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Cubic to continue delivery of revenue collection services for Transport for London with contract extension

Cubic Corporation has announced its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division has signed a (US)$185 million contract with Transport for London (TfL) for a three-year extension of services to London’s Oyster and contactless ticketing system. In addition, CTS has finalized…

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RSSB releases Annual Report

RSSB’s Annual Report for 16/17 has been released, highlighting the work it has done for the industry. RSSB members can read the RSSB Annual Report for 2016/17, to learn more about the successes of the year. Key highlights include; Developing…

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Engineering work on Bakerloo line boosts reliability

Transport for London (TfL) has completed incredibly complex engineering work on the Bakerloo line to boost reliability and improve journey times. The work is part of a £2.3billion programme to modernise the Tube and improve customers’ journeys. The essential improvements…

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Avoiding bridge reconstruction with pioneering bridge-jacking technique

Reconstructing bridges to fit overhead wires is a costly part of electrifying the railway, so Network Rail teamed up in 2014 with Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB) and Department for Transport to find alternative, innovative solutions with a co-funded competition….

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New 26 to 30 ‘millennials’ railcard confirmed by Chancellor

A new railcard for those aged from 26 to 30 has been announced by the Government. The ‘millennials’ railcard, which will be digital-only, will shave a third off the cost of many fares for commuters in this age bracket, Chancellor…

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Thursday 23rd November 2017

Consortium delight at Budget announcement

In his November 22 Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond­­­ announced funding to build the Western Section of East West Rail, while promising to accelerate progress on the missing link between Bedford and Cambridge. The Treasury’s position paper states that funding will…

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£250m Government transport cash signals go-ahead for Midland Metro extension

£250m of government funding has been secured for transport infrastructure in the West Midlands. The money, from the Transforming Cities Fund, signals the go-ahead for the long-anticipated Midland Metro extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill. Mayor Andy Street confirmed the…

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Unipart Rail employee awarded Best Young UK Researcher Award 2017

Unipart Rail employee Alex Knight-Percival has been awarded the Best Young UK Researcher Award from the Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA) in conjunction with the railway division of IMechE. These awards celebrate the achievements of an individual and highlight the…

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Statutory status for Transport for the North – an important step forward

John Cridland CBE, Independent Chair of Transport for the North, explains the importance of the organisation becoming a Sub-national Transport Body. Last week the Statutory Instrument that will enable Transport for the North to become a statutory body was laid…

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Funding for a new Metro fleet: A message from Nexus

The Government has today announced funding for a new Metro train fleet, in the form of a commitment to provide £337 million made in the Chancellor’s budget speech. I don’t need to tell you how important this is for Metro,…

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Better journeys for passengers as £4m embankment repairs are completed on the West Coast main line

Passenger journeys in and out of Euston will be more reliable following a £4m project to stabilise railway embankments near Watford. Services on the West Coast main line were severely affected in September 2016 when a train derailed after hitting…

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Wednesday 22nd November 2017

West Midlands Trains’ top team announced

Following last week’s announcement that Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde has been appointed Managing Director of West Midlands Trains (WMT), his top team for the franchise can now be announced. They are: Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Managing Director; Adrian Thompson, HR…

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A new name for a new challenge: Groupe Eurotunnel becomes Getlink

Groupe Eurotunnel has today changed its name to Getlink. This new name, reflecting the dynamism of connection and exchange, marks the Group’s passage into an exciting new era for mobility infrastructures. “Getlink is all that is Eurotunnel and more than…

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SLC-AECOM Joint Venture appointed to Coventry City Council Rail Advisory Framework

A joint venture between global infrastructure services firm AECOM and SLC Rail has been appointed on a pioneering framework, with a maximum value of £30m, to provide rail advisory services to Coventry City Council. The Rail Advisors Framework will enable…

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Vital railway upgrade to take place in Nottinghamshire

Network Rail will begin work on a project in Newark which will see around 1km of track removed and replaced with new, modern rails. The project is part of the Railway Upgrade Plan and will include renewing the track through…

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Alstom’s Citadis trams arrive in Dublin from La Rochelle

Alstom has successfully delivered the first longest Citadis trams ever to Dublin from its factory in La Rochelle, France. Seven, 55-metre trams, purchased for €35 million by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), will run on the extension of the Dublin tram…

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Secretary of State visits York

Train company TransPennine Express (TPE), and train manufacture and rail service provider Siemens, welcomed Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, to York to showcase the £32 million major upgrade in its current fleet of trains. The Secretary of State…

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Tuesday 21st November 2017

Record boost to R&D and new transport fund to help build economy fit for the future

The UK will see its biggest ever increase in research and development investment and a new fund to transform transport connections within city regions across the country, the PM announced on Monday 20 November. As part of the Industrial Strategy’s…

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New entrance opens as Bond Street station upgrade is complete

TfL has unveiled the completed £300 million upgrade of Bond Street Tube station, a key West End location and one of the busiest stations in central London. Shoppers, workers and visitors to the Capital will enjoy quicker, easier and more…

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Cambridge North sees continued passenger growth six months on

Passenger numbers at the UK’s newest railway station – Cambridge North – are continuing to grow six months after the station was opened, figures have revealed. Over 75,000 people have used the station since it opened in May, with almost…

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ATC Crossrail Safety Stand Down – 14th November at the Excel Arena

As part of the Crossrail ATC OHLE going live /energisation programme, Bridgeway attended and exhibited at the Safety Stand Down held on the 14th November at the Excel Arena in London. A highly interactive day saw many frontline workers participate…

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Transport Minister drives ahead with first fully fitted new electric train

The first of a seventy strong fleet of fully fitted electric trains is set to arrive in Scotland later this week as electrified passenger service moves another step closer. This class 385 train is in addition to the trains currently…

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‘Now let’s turn this into reality’: East West Rail reaction to NIC report

The National Infrastructure Commission has published its final report on the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge growth corridor, in which it makes a strong recommendation to deliver East West Rail as soon as possible (see https://www.nic.org.uk/our-work/growth-corridor). Councillor Mark Shaw, chairman of the East…

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Monday 20th November 2017

New generation of DLR trains en route

Transport for London (TfL) took a significant step today in its search for a manufacturer to design and build a new generation of trains for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), by issuing an Invitation to Negotiate. Four pre-qualified bidders –…

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Network Rail launches commercial asset sale

Network Rail has today announced the sale of its commercial property business in England and Wales. The majority of properties will be sold on a leasehold basis, reflecting that access to these properties will be required for the future operation…

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Conwy Valley Line re-opens after storm damage

AMCO and Network Rail engineers have been working closely to repair storm damage and re-open the Conwy Valley Line. The storm and associated heavy rainfall on the 20th October caused damage to a structural pillar inside the Blaenau Ffestiniog Tunnel…

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Last chance to book places at Rail Infrastructure Networking Derby

Time is running out to register your place at the next Rail Infrastructure Networking (RIN) event, which is taking place in less than two weeks at Derby’s Pride Park. Bookings have been extremely popular for RIN, which will be held…

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Exciting £1 million plans to improve Bridgend Station set to begin

A MAJOR investment project to improve Bridgend Station is starting this weekend. The £1m refurbishment is being funded through the National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP). Works are expected to be completed in Spring 2018, when regular commuters and visitors alike will…

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Virgin Trains To(i)let Will Ferrell loo-se with onboard toilet announcements

Virgin Trains’ passengers may be accustomed to advice not to flush their ex’s sweater, hopes, dreams or goldfish down the toilet, but when they pop to the on-board loo this festive season, they could be greeted with advice from an…

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Friday 17th November 2017

Nexus inspires the next generation of railway engineers

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has played its part in inspiring the next generation of railway engineers. A group of Nexus engineering staff joined exhibitors at the North East Exhibition for Future…

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£500k funding awarded to Cecence through Finance Birmingham and the Rail Supply Growth Fund

Hampshire-based composite innovators and manufacturer Cecence has secured a £500k investment from Finance Birmingham’s national Rail Supply Growth Fund. The funding will enable the business to apply its extensive experience in delivering lightweight products for the aerospace, marine and motorsport…

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HRH The Princess Royal re-opens Kemble Station car park

Parking at Kemble Station has recently doubled, following the completion of work on a new car park officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal. The £1.4 million works will provide 333 additional spaces at a new, separate car park, and…

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Working together to build an accessible railway for all

Micky Ball, Customer Experience at the Rail Delivery Group, discusses how the team is working hard to improve customer accessibility. As part of the rail industry’s long-term plan, which contains commitments to improve customer satisfaction and make communities stronger, we…

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ERA confirms compliance for Hit Rail’s Path Request Web App for train operations across Europe

Hit Rail’s H20 Path Request tool, one of its new services designed to enable railways to meet the European Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI), has been verified by the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) as fully compliant. This opens…

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North set to become first region in country to get new transport powers from government

New legal powers to give the North an unprecedented say on how money is spent on transport were announced by Transport Minister Jesse Norman. Pioneering legislation to transform TfN into the first ever statutory sub-national transport body – with legal…

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Thursday 16th November 2017

Railway supervisory boards set up to improve performance and help win external investment

Transport expert and business leader Geoff Inskip has been appointed chair of two independent supervisory boards to oversee business performance and help attract external investors on the West Coast, West Midlands and Chiltern railway routes. Geoff will chair the West…

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£3.4 million investment announced for Borders railway corridor

Major funding packages totalling £3.4 million have been secured to revitalise the centre of Gorebridge and turn a disused building at Newtongrange railway station into a community space and bistro. The Borders Railway Blueprint Programme, set up to maximise the…

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Train station transformation continues to progress

Plans to transform Doncaster train station are moving forward at full speed as the Council’s Planning Committee gave approval of the designs and layout of the new station forecourt. Residents and visitors may have already noticed improvement works taking place…

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ASLEF and Virgin launch driver apprenticeship scheme

ASLEF joined with Virgin Trains today to announce the launch of the rail industry’s first driver apprenticeship scheme. The scheme, the first to be launched by a train operating company, will develop the train drivers of the future and the…

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Train operator competition to improve operational performance

A £3.25m competition to find innovative solutions for improving operational performance of the railway has been launched by RSSB. The Train Operator Competition 2017 (TOC17) is designed to encourage greater collaboration between two or more railway undertakings and/or rolling stock…

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New passenger facilities open at Pitsea Rail station

Essex train operator c2c has officially opened its new secure cycle shed and platform shelter at Pitsea Rail station. The ribbon was cut by Essex County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, Councillor Mike Steptoe and c2c Delivery…

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Wednesday 15th November 2017

Britain’s first high speed rail line, HS1, turns 10 years old

High Speed 1 (HS1) is celebrating its 10th birthday with record passenger numbers and exceptional passenger satisfaction, unrivaled punctuality and a marked impact on Kent’s economy. To mark the milestone HS1 Ltd, the company that owns and operates HS1, has published…

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Network Rail invests in Dumbarton bridges

Engineers are delivering a £7m rolling programme of investment in Dumbarton’s railway bridges as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. Work being done on the 11 structures is based on the condition and individual requirements of each bridge or…

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Community rail stations of the future to be shaped by new blueprint for success

A scheme which allows local communities to adopt under-used stations and rail lines is set to enter a new era under multi-million pound plans to be announced by the Rail Minister Paul Maynard. Nearly 60 Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) have been set…

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ScotRail invests £375 million in living wage suppliers

Abellio ScotRail has invested £375million in living wage suppliers since taking over the franchise to run Scotland’s railway. To mark Living Wage Week, which saw the announcement of the a new level of £8.75 per hour, Abellio ScotRail released the…

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Greater Anglia and Network Rail’s leaf busting plans lead to improved performance

Passengers on rural branch lines have suffered less disruption due to ‘leaves on the line’ so far this autumn. Train operator, Greater Anglia has reported a 4% improvement in the punctuality of branch line services, compared to this time last…

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Porterbrook appoints new Chief Financial Officer

Porterbrook Leasing has confirmed the appointment of Peter Coates as its new Chief Financial Officer. Peter joined the company and its board on 6th November 2017. He takes over from Will Day who has been with Porterbrook for over 10…

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Tuesday 14th November 2017

Merseyrail’s Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde appointed Managing Director of West Midlands Trains

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde has today been appointed as Managing Director of West Midlands Trains, which will take over the next West Midlands franchise on 10th December. He joins from Merseyrail where he has been MD since 2015. Prior to…

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South Western Railway passengers to benefit from £50m train refurbishment upgrade

South Western Railway (SWR) announced that as part of its £1.2bn investment plans, it has signed contracts worth £50m with Siemens to refurbish its existing 172-strong Class 444 and Class 450 Desiro fleet of trains, which currently operate across the…

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Landmark step on Midland Main Line Upgrade takes place

Network Rail reached a significant milestone in work to upgrade the line between London and Corby as overhead line masts for electrification were installed on the route for the first time in over 40 years. The improvements being delivered will…

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SOCOTEC hosted Railway Environmental Forum 2017 at Tower Bridge and Auchentoshan Distillery

SOCOTEC, formerly ESG, the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, has just hosted the annual Railway Environmental Forum in both London and Glasgow. The Railway Environmental Forum has been running for over 20 years, with this year’s…

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North Wales Railway Station adoption project ready for take-off thanks to young aerospace apprentice

An apprentice aerospace engineer is hoping to transform a train station in north Wales, with a little help from his local community. You might think that learning aerospace engineering whilst working for a major European company company would be enough…

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Virgin Trains’ Azuma inspires new trend for hipster trainspotter

New findings revealed by Virgin Trains have unveiled trainspotting as the latest emerging hipster trend, as millennials with a thirst for photography, high-speed travel and fast-moving technology declare their love for trains online like never before. With barely one year…

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Monday 13th November 2017

HS2 appoints Neil Hayward as new HR director

Neil will be a member of the High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd executive team and report directly to Chief Executive, Mark Thurston Neil has over 20 years experience working in large and complex organisations, at the most senior levels, delivering…

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London Overground celebrates 10 successful years

Since 2007/08, over one billion customer journeys have been made on London Overground London Overground is one of the most reliable train operators in the country An ‘Out and about on the London Overground’ guide has been launched to celebrate…

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Blackpool’s railway revolution starts tomorrow

With one day to go, passengers are being reminded to plan their journeys as 19 weeks of work gets underway to help transform the railway between Blackpool and Preston. Nineteen weeks of work to upgrade Blackpool’s railway from 11 November…

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Experience Greater Anglia’s brand new trains through virtual reality

Greater Anglia is giving people the chance to experience its brand new trains through virtual reality. The train company is replacing every single train with brand new trains which will start to come into service from 2019. In the meantime…

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New £5 million fund to create and restore woodlands

£5 million will be invested in woodlands through the spine of England, from London to the West Midlands, following today’s launch of the HS2 Woodland Fund. As part of the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway, High Speed Two…

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DB on the big screen: Rail freight operator stars in ‘Paddington 2’

Paddington 2 is out at cinemas today (Friday 10th November) and if you are going to see the film make sure you watch out for the scenes created with the support of DB Cargo UK! The rail freight operator helped…

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Friday 10th November 2017

Old gives birth to the new as iconic railway bridge completes

Iconic new bridge connects Manchester’s three main stations for the first time Old gives birth to the new at the birthplace of modern intercity railways Rail Minister completes Great North Rail Project showpiece Manchester’s three main railway stations were today…

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Free travel for Service Personnel and Veterans on c2c on Remembrance Sunday

Train operator c2c is offering free travel to service personnel and veterans on Remembrance Sunday and commemorating the day with a special train mural designed by local pupils. c2c, which is owned by Italian rail giants Trenitalia, is offering the…

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Video captures successful 125 tonne bridge removal

Video footage has captured VolkerFitzpatrick removing an old railway bridge as part of Network Rail’s £170 million Lee Valley Rail programme to build a new track between Stratford and Angel Road stations. Due to be completed in 2019, the project…

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Rail operators support Manchester Christmas Markets

In the bleak midwinter, rail customers can look to Northern and TransPennine Express to help them have a merry Christmas. The train operators are seeking to give customers Yuletide cheer by helping them to get to and from the Manchester…

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Young at Art and Translink add some sparkle to festive journeys

Translink and Young at Art are helping families across Northern Ireland prepare for Santa’s arrival with special festive workshops in bus and train stations ahead of the local Christmas lights switch-on. The team from Young at Art, Northern Ireland’s leading…

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Murphy part of alliance awarded contract by Network Rail

Network Rail has awarded contracts to two Alliances ahead of future rail enhancements on the Transpennine Route between York and Manchester. The Transpennine Route Upgrade aims to deliver faster, longer, more frequent and more reliable services across the north of…

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Thursday 9th November 2017

Breakthrough for Northern Line Extension tunnelling machines

The Northern Line Extension reached a major milestone with the completion of tunnelling work. Huge tunnel boring machine, Amy, broke through at Kennington, which means that the two 3.2km tunnels from Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, have now been…

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OSL Rail steams into Swindon’s Focal Point

OSL Rail, one of the UK’s leading railway consulting companies which provides rail signalling and multi-disciplinary engineering, technical and project delivery support to rail companies across the UK and internationally, is expanding its Swindon operation by relocating to Focal Point…

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WSP to improve southern connectivity with Great Western project appointment

The south of England and Wales is set to gain increased route capacity, performance and greater connectivity as the next phase of work begins by WSP on the main Great Western lines in the region. This next phase of the…

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GB Railfreight delivers Christmas

Even Father Christmas needs a helping hand and this year GB Railfreight (GBRf) will be taking some of the load as it begins to deliver products that will soon be on the shelves of the UK’s major grocery stores and…

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Thousands raised for charity at DB Cargo UK Open Day

Britain’s leading rail freight operator DB Cargo UK opened its gates to the general public to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Almost 100 lucky people received a tour of the DB Cargo UK Knottingley depot and buildings. The select…

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New wave of apprentices begin rail careers

A group of seven new apprentices have joined train company, TransPennine Express (TPE). The individuals, who come from locations across the North of England have now embarked on the two year programme allowing them to earn a salary while learning…

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Wednesday 8th November 2017

Council to launch consultation on draft Crewe HS2 Masterplan Vision

Cheshire East Council is to launch a public consultation on its draft Crewe HS2 Masterplan Vision. The document provides a strategic framework for the town, showing how current regeneration plans for Crewe could be built upon through future development, investment…

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Stunning images revealed of how remodelled Leeds Station could look

Stunning new images of how the remodelled Leeds Station could look have been revealed. The images have been released as part of a new report, the Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan, which provides the blueprint for the station’s ambitious transformation into…

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ScotRail Alliance reveals the interiors of its new fleet

New trains for Scotland are another step closer as the ScotRail Alliance revealed the interiors of its new fleet. The new Class 385 electric trains – which are being built by Hitachi Rail Europe – will deliver faster journeys, more…

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Cross-border rail improvements planned

Major step towards three-hour journeys between Scotland and London. The next stage in plans for reducing train journey times between Scotland and England have been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Addressing an audience of business leaders in Newcastle, the…

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Network Rail completes refurbishment of iconic Cutty Sark bridge

Engineers will shortly complete work on the £1.5 million refurbishment of the iconic Cutty Sark bridge over the A8 at Bargeddie as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. The Cutty Sark bridge, which gained its name from a long…

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First new Thameslink trains arrive on Peterborough route

Rail passengers at Peterborough, Huntingdon, St Neots, Sandy, Biggleswade, Arlesey, Hitchin, Stevenage and Finsbury Park have been on two new cutting-edge Thameslink trains that are so smart they tell passengers how the Tube is running and where to find more…

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Tuesday 7th November 2017

Carillion awarded Network Rail contracts

Carillion is today (Monday 06 November) announcing two contract awards, both in respect of Network Rail’s Midland Mainline improvement programme. Carillion has signed a contract with Network Rail to upgrade the existing track and infrastructure on the route from London…

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Railway neighbours invited to find out more about £1.8m investment in historic Wyre Viaduct

Residents living near the Wyre railway viaduct between Preston and Lancaster are invited to a drop-in event next week to find out more about upgrade work to the historic structure. As part of Network Rail’s £1bn+ Great North Rail Project,…

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Northern supports community rail stations of the future

A scheme which allows local communities to adopt under-used stations and rail lines is set to enter a new era under multi-million pound plans to be announced by the Rail Minister Paul Maynard today (6 November). Nearly 60 Community Rail…

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Unexpected extra benefits from behaviour-based safety programme

VGC’s behaviour-based safety programme has produced unexpected additional benefits. As well as improving site safety culture, ‘Be Safe by Choice with VGC’ has promoted dialogue between staff. The Be Safe by Choice behaviour-based safety programme includes the appointment of workplace safety…

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Soldiers join forces with railway staff to launch ‘poppy trains’

The ScotRail Alliance has unveiled one of five specially-branded trains as part of its support for this year’s poppy appeal. The trains were unveiled by soldiers from the 2nd and 4th Battalions, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, alongside ScotRail Alliance…

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Blythefield Primary School makeover by Belfast Transport Hub volunteers

A team of volunteers from Translink’s Belfast Transport Hub project have painted classrooms at Blythefield Primary School as part of a community outreach event. The school, which caters for 232 students aged between 5 and 11, is situated on Blythe…

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Friday 3rd November 2017

Statutory status remains on track

Transport for the North remains on track to be recognised as England’s first Sub-National Transport Body by the end of 2017. Becoming a Sub-National Transport Body will mean that Transport for the North can inform vital decisions which are being…

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East Midlands Trains named as a Best Employer for Race in new Business in the Community listing

East Midlands Trains, part of the Stagecoach Group, has been named by Business in the Community as one of the UK’s Best Employers for Race in a new listing published this week. Creating a Best Employers for Race list was…

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Nestrans studies identify effective improvements to transport links north of Aberdeen

Politicians from across the north east have met to hear the findings of two reports which look at improving transport links north of Aberdeen. Members of the Nestrans Board, MPs and MSPs received presentations from the two consultant teams who…

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A few days until Blackpool’s railway revolution begins

With one week to go, passengers are being reminded to plan their journeys as 19 weeks of work gets underway to help transform the railway between Blackpool and Preston. The investment will make the railway bigger and better to carry…

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DB Cargo UK introduces new HRA aggregate hopper wagons

Rail freight operator DB Cargo UK is working with Axiom Rail and WH Davis to convert 110 HTA coal hoppers into new state of the art HRA aggregate hopper wagons. This significant investment demonstrates DB Cargo UK’s commitment to the…

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Massive increase in Bristol train seats continues

Over 80% more seats and better trains between Bristol Parkway and Weston-super-Mare. Bristol and the surrounding area is benefiting from more modern trains as Great Western Railway (GWR) continues to modernise services throughout the city. Trains running between Bristol Parkway…

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HS2 reveals bidders in race for £2.75 billion trains contract

Content from gov.uk HS2 Ltd today revealed the train-builders vying to deliver Britain’s next generation of state-of-the-art high speed trains, which will carry tens of thousands of people every day across the UK’s new high speed network and beyond. Operating…

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£1.6bn infrastructure investment at The Hub unveiled

Details of the vision to create a new urban quarter around the new HS2 Interchange Station in Solihull have been unveiled, with the potential for £1.6bn of infrastructure investment to be delivered over the next ten years. The Urban Growth…

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New images for Coventry Station Masterplan released

New images have been released of the £82 million Coventry Station Masterplan which will transform part of the city centre. The planning application for the multi-million pound plans to regenerate the fastest growing station outside London are to be submitted…

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Dyer & Butler erects first steels at Custom House station

Last week saw a major step forward with the installation of the first steels at DLR Custom House station. Specialist engineers from Dyer & Butler are managing the erection of steel during short night closure periods. The works comprise of…

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A rail system to deliver economic growth – Balfour Beatty launches its paper “Fast Track to Digital Railway: Delivering the vision”

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has published its paper “Fast Track to Digital Railway: Delivering the vision.” The Digital Railway is a rail industry-wide programme encompassing a range of digitally enabled interventions to improve the passenger experience by unlocking…

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Siemens hosts supplier day with Welsh Government in bid to seek new suppliers and boost innovation

On Wednesday 1 November, Siemens hosted a supplier engagement day, in partnership with the Welsh Government’s Department for Economy and Infrastructure, in a bid to increase collaboration with local SMEs and boost innovation in the rail supply chain. Over 40…

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Thursday 2nd November 2017

Edinburgh to Glasgow electrification enters final phase of testing

Passengers who travel on the Edinburgh to Glasgow mainline are another step closer to new electric trains, as the ScotRail Alliance successfully tested one of its new trains along the full route this morning. One of the new Hitachi Class…

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More railway modernisation work in Bristol this November

Network Rail will continue to modernise the railway in Bristol this November, with upgrade work affecting rail services for three weekends. The work includes the installation of Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) used to hold the wires for electrification, platform upgrades…

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Eurotunnel retains Carbon Trust Standard certification following a new 9% reduction in its carbon footprint

The Eurotunnel Group is delighted to have retained the prestigious, independently awarded Carbon Trust Standard certification for its Fixed Link following its policy and success in reducing its carbon footprint. In order to retain the certification, the Fixed Link had…

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Greater Anglia and Network Rail Autumn Preparation fact file

This autumn, leaves have fallen off trees at a faster rate than last year, but performance is up by about 3% on average across all the branch lines. Branch lines suffer more with slippery rails during Autumn as they operate…

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Siemens is a Top Graduate Employer

Siemens has been named as one of the UK’s leading graduate recruiters and is one of the top climbers at number 56 in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2017/18. The rankings have been compiled from research with over 19,000…

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Greater Manchester Victoria Cross heroes

TransPennine Express (TPE), together with the Royal British Legion (RBL) have launched a specially decorated train that honours two Greater Manchester men who were awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War. It is the third year that TPE…

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Wednesday 1st November 2017

Orange army use cost-saving Japanese method to stabilise railway

Dramatic time-lapse footage emerged today of a 12-week Network Rail scheme to stabilise half a mile of subsiding embankment beneath the Chiltern main line in Buckinghamshire. Until this permanent solution took place Network Rail engineers had to make ongoing temporary…

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New hoppers will allow GB Railfreight to carry one-third more biomass

Following the signing of the rail haulage contract Lynemouth Power Limited, GB Railfreight (GBRf) has announced that it will be leasing 50 newly built, lidded biomass wagons from Nacco. These wagons will provide a more efficient service, with a payload…

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Christmas cheer for Inverurie Rail Station parking

Aberdeenshire Council, Nestrans and Luddon Construction will start work with the ScotRail Alliance on 13 November to complete the extension – which forms an early phase of the Inverurie Transport Interchange – by Christmas. Vacant land adjacent to the north…

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Merseytravel’s Long Term Rail Strategy update review

An updated Long Term Rail Strategy will be presented to the Liverpool City Region Transport Committee on Thursday (2nd November) for its endorsement. Taking into account national and local developments which will impact the future delivery of the Strategy, the…

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CN Group and Virgin Trains join forces for exclusive partnership deal

CN Group is delighted to announce a unique partnership with the leading long-distance train operator, Virgin Trains, which is celebrating 20 years on the track. CN Group is the first media company in the country to have forged a partnership…

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ISS wins contract with KeolisAmey Docklands

ISS has secured a new contract with KeolisAmey Docklands (KAD), Operator of Docklands Light Railway (DLR). The new contract will focus on improving customer experience around the services and working closely and collaboratively with KAD and all stakeholders. Brian Raven,…

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Tuesday 31st October 2017

Landmark coming together sees rail companies launch plan for a changing railway

In a landmark coming together, passenger and freight train companies, Network Rail and their suppliers will, as one railway working in partnership, launch a ‘single plan’ for Britain’s railway. The plan, backed by business and passenger groups, makes four commitments…

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Network Rail awards contracts to two alliances as industry supports Partnership for Britain’s Prosperity

As the industry launches its plan to Partner for Britain’s Prosperity, Network Rail has awarded contracts to two Alliances ahead of future rail enhancements on the Transpennine Route between York and Manchester. The Transpennine Route Upgrade aims to deliver faster,…

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First of a Kind competition: transform tomorrow’s train journeys

Innovative, real-time working models of ideas to transform rail passenger travel could benefit from a £3.5 million fund by the Department for Transport (DfT). The First of a Kind (FOAK) competition invites bids from companies to fund existing innovations that…

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Disruption kept to a minimum as footbridge project gets under way

The complex Government-funded development spans a live railway line and two dual carriageways – Rampart Way and the A442. This means that areas near the bridge, where people are working, will be separated by cones for their protection. However, on…

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Southern helping commuters go home fully charged

Southern Railway has announced a project to upgrade its free-to-use electric vehicle (EV) charging points along the route. For the past year, Southern has been monitoring the usage of the EV charging points at a selection of its busiest station…

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Crossrail completes UK’s largest archaeology programme

The secrets of Mesolithic stone tool makers, mysterious Roman skulls, and victims of The Great Plague are revealed in the final books of the Crossrail archaeology series published today and brings to an end to the largest archaeology programme ever…

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Monday 30th October 2017

London Northwestern brand being brought back to the UK rail network

Abellio, JR East and Mitsui have announced that London Northwestern will replace London Midland’s west coast services for the next West Midlands rail franchise, which starts on 10 December. London Northwestern is designed to reflect the increasing economic power and…

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Blackburn’s new £23m train maintenance depot unveiled

Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP, Northern and Network Rail have officially opened a new £23m train maintenance depot in Blackburn. The facility will be used to maintain up to 30 Northern diesel trains and will be a key part of…

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Advertising estate generates more than £140m to invest in transport network

Annual advertising revenue across TfL network increases by nearly 20 per cent TfL has revealed an increase in its advertising revenue with more than £140m generated in the last year to be invested back in the transport network. The publication…

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ScotRail investment delivers for the south of Scotland

The ScotRail Alliance today announced that customers in the south of Scotland are set to reap the benefits of major new investment – with more services and more seats. From 10 December, commuters, business travellers and leisure customers will benefit…

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Call for fund to help reverse Beeching cuts

Campaign for Better Transport has written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP urging him to introduce a new fund to pay for the opening of additional railway lines and stations across the country to help reverse some of Dr Beeching’s…

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Lighting up the next fifty years

A £2.5 million appeal has been launched to secure the future of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) and you can now pledge your support online. Earlier this year, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded NYMR £4.6M as part of…

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Friday 27th October 2017

Kiepe Electric UK appointed by South Western Railway for train refurbishment programme

South Western Railway (SWR) announced today that as part of its £1.2bn investment plans, it has signed a £multi-million contract with Kiepe Electric UK Ltd to refurbish its 18 incoming Class 442 trains. The enhancement programme includes full interior refurbishment;…

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Eversholt Rail’s Scottish fleet fully accessible two years ahead of deadline

Eversholt Rail is pleased to announce that all 133 of its trains in Scotland now meet accessibility standards for passengers with disabilities and passengers with reduced mobility, two years before the legal deadline to comply. With the re-entry into service…

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Thursday 26th October 2017

Research to break new ground in reducing the effects of leaves on the line

A ground-breaking project aiming to optimise train braking systems will increase the capacity and reliability of the rail network. Funded by RSSB and led by train manufacturer, Alstom Transport UK Ltd, a research consortium comprising partners TRL and the University…

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Friday 27th October 2017

Greater Anglia managing director reflects on first year of franchise

It’s now one year since Greater Anglia won the franchise to run the train service in East Anglia. Managing Director Jamie Burles talks about the first 12 months of the nine-year franchise. “We’ve got off to a flying start, but…

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Lorry drivers urged ‘check it, don’t chance it’ as Network Rail reveals railway bridge bashes in the South East cost £7.5m each year

Drivers of lorries and buses who take a chance driving under railway bridges without knowing the height of their vehicles are being targeted by a new campaign after figures revealed the true cost of ‘bridge bashes’ in the south east….

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Arriva Trains Wales drivers are helping keep school pupils safe ahead of electrification upgrades

TRAIN drivers from Arriva Trains Wales visited Willows High School in Cardiff to teach young people about the dangers of trespass and vandalism on railway lines as Wales prepares for its first ever electrified track. Nearly 600 pupils engaged with…

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Thursday 26th October 2017

Siemens willing to play a bigger part in delivering UK rail projects

Gordon Wakeford, Managing Director, Mobility Division at Siemens UK has welcomed the Government’s pledge to make £47.9 billion of funding available to Network Rail for Control Period 6, from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2024. Siemens also outlined its…

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More than 100 new cycle spaces at Watford Junction

Watford Borough Council and London Midland are providing 142 additional spaces for cyclists at Watford Junction railway station – so there’s no excuse but to get on your bike! A new two-tier bike shelter and four new cycle stands have…

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Rail overtakes housing as new top infrastructure priority for Britons

Ipsos MORI publishes new research which finds rail infrastructure to be a growing priority for the British public. The survey – the second of its kind across 28 countries including Britain and undertaken last month – comes alongside Chancellor Phillip…

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South Western Railway encourages submissions for £300,000 community improvement fund

South Western Railway is calling on Islanders to submit proposals for community project funding on the Isle of Wight. Over £300,000 is being made available (split in to £50,000 available each financial year until 2024) for community improvement schemes on…

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Railway upgrade will improve River Artro viaduct

Network Rail is carrying out improvement work to the River Artro viaduct in Gwynedd as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan which will help accommodate growing passenger numbers. The innovative £1.4m project will jack the tracks, to carry out repairs…

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Multi-million pound investment into transport schemes given the green light

Over £4 million pounds worth of investment into key infrastructure projects across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region has been given the go-ahead by the Combined Authority at the Board meeting, which includes significant railway development. Seventeen schemes have been shortlisted…

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Wednesday 25th October 2017

Watch new video about £5m Metro bridge scheme

A new corporate video has been produced to showcase the £5m replacement of Killingworth Road Metro Bridge. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, replaced the bridge over the summer in what was one of the biggest engineering…

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New improved standard for platform safety

​Rail companies should check they are taking full advantage of an updated standard capturing good practice in platform safety, according to rail industry body RSSB. ​The industry has collectively agreed and signed up to an updated Rail Industry Standard: Passenger…

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TfL seeks views on plans to improve Holborn station

There are four weeks remaining in a public consultation on Transport for London’s (TfL’s) proposals to modernise and improve Holborn Tube station. The proposed upgrade would see the station more than double in size and feature a new second station…

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Campaign given mandate to Carlisle

The unanimous vote of the membership gave the Campaign for Borders Rail leave to continue pressing the case for a new cross-border rail link via the Scottish Borders, by extending the Edinburgh – Tweedbank (Borders Railway) through Hawick to Carlisle….

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Murphy to the rescue- the trilogy

The old adage of ‘bad things happening in threes’ seemed apparent recently but Murphy’s rail team were on call to help with a trilogy of emergencies in just 10 hours along the London North West route. First came the call…

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Community voices inspire new artwork for Longbridge station

Distinctive artwork by artists Ian Richards and Cathy Wade, inspired by the Longbridge community, has been unveiled at Longbridge station. The work has been produced as part of the five-year Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP) by WERK to support the…

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Tuesday 24th October 2017

Hat-trick for rail insurance expert at industry awards

Specialist rail insurance broker Square Mile Broking has swept up at the UK Broker Awards. The team were crowned Insurance Broker of the Year and also collected the awards for Customer Service and Best Employer. The awards are the leading…

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Abbey Wood’s new station building is now open

The new station building at Abbey Wood has opened on schedule. Delivered by Network Rail as part of the Crossrail project, the opening of the striking station building and concourse marks the start of the transformation of transport links for…

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Liverpool Lime Street fully reopens after successful first phase of major upgrade

Liverpool Lime Street station fully reopened after Network Rail completed a 23-day transformation of Merseyside’s main station, a key part of the Great North Rail Project. Engineers replaced almost 2,000m of track, redesigned and lengthened platforms and built two new…

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ESG becomes SOCOTEC: A new name and a new logo for new ambitions

A new name ESG, the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, has changed its name and identity to SOCOTEC, following the acquisition earlier this year by the SOCOTEC Group, a major player in risk management and performance…

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Southern passengers in line for better loos and new waiting room at Eastbourne station

Southern Rail contractors this week started work at Eastbourne Station putting in new toilets, a better waiting room and a wider, step-free entrance. The improvements to the station concourse will be finished by the spring and complement work already carried…

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Join the ghost train – ScotRail unveils Halloween trains

With the dark nights upon us and the days growing ever colder, Halloween is just around the corner – and the ScotRail Alliance is marking this with the launch of specially-branded trains. The carriages have had their distinctive ScotRail logos…

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Monday 23rd October 2017

Masterplan unveiled for Stoke-on-Trent station

A masterplan outlining the vision for the future of Stoke-on-Trent railway station has been unveiled. The plan, announced at the MIPIM UK property conference, builds on regeneration and development work taking place across the city, and outlines how the station…

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£35m to be reinvested into the railway as Network Rail sells national logistics centre

Network Rail has generated £35m from the sale of its National Logistics Centre in Ryton, Coventry to the West Midlands Pension Fund, following a competitive sales process. Funds generated from the sale will be reinvested into the railway to contribute…

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Official opening for Scotland’s newest station

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead joined ScotRail Alliance managing director Alex Hynes to officially open the new Forres station. The new station is part of the Scottish Government-funded Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project, which is transforming rail travel between the two cities by…

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Govia Thameslink welcomes Ian McLaren as new finance director

Ian McLaren will be joining Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) as Chief Financial Officer on 11 December. Ian is currently the Finance and Contracts Director at London Midland, a role he has held since 2014. Ian brings wide experience to GTR…

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Metrolink marks 25 years with celebratory book launch

A special commemorative book will be launched this weekend looking back on the history of Metrolink and its expansion over the past 25 years. Since its opening on 6 April 1992, Metrolink has gone on to become the largest tram…

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Mayflower Engineering opens new plasma plus division

Manufacturer of high quality engineered products, Mayflower Engineering has just launched Mayflower Plasma Plus – a new division which uses the latest cutting-edge technology to help its customers achieve greater efficiency. The new division will operate from Mayflower’s dedicated facility…

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Friday 20th October 2017

Edinburgh to Glasgow electrification takes steps forward

The electrification of the Edinburgh to Glasgow mainline took positive steps forward as the ScotRail Alliance prepares for full testing of its new trains on the electrified route. One of the new Class 385 electric trains – which has still…

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North Wales railway upgrade continues in Rhyl

Engineers will begin track and signalling modernisation work in Rhyl this month as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. The £50m North Wales railway upgrade project involves installing new signalling equipment and track along the railway line in Rhyl…

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Unipart Rail sites achieve Swords of Honour

Unipart Rail is thrilled that its sites in Doncaster, Southport and Crewe have each received their first ever British Safety Council’s prestigious Sword of Honour award. Safety is at the heart of everything Unipart does, and across the Unipart Group…

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​London Midland welcomes back Liverpool Lime Street

London Midland services between Birmingham and Liverpool Lime Street will resume on Monday, 23 October, following a period of improvement works. During the works passengers have had to change at Liverpool South Parkway and travel in and out of the…

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SigmaRoc acquires Topcrete Limited and Allen Concrete for £9m

SigmaRoc plc, the buy-and-build construction materials group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Topcrete Limited and its wholly owned subsidiary Allen Concrete Limited (‘Allen Concrete’), the specialist precast concrete producer, for an initial cash consideration of £9m and a…

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175 years of Headcorn Railway Station

Southeastern celebrated Headcorn station’s 175th birthday with Helen Whately, MP Faversham and Mid Kent. The event also featured a photographic exhibition of the station’s long history and a chance for passengers to travel to Leeds Castle on a heritage Pullman…

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Thursday 19th October 2017

Leeds on track: new Institute for High Speed Rail

The University of Leeds is investing £10m to develop the UK’s first dedicated centre for high speed rail technologies and system integration. Offering a ‘complete system’ approach to high speed rail engineering, it will give the UK an unrivalled centre…

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High powered leaf busting trains travel “twice round the world” to keep South Western Railway passengers moving

This week marks the start of our high powered leaf busting trains rolling out across the South Western Railway route – they will travel the equivalent of twice round the world over the next three months clearing leaves and debris….

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Derby College joins National Training Partnership to support world-class career opportunities in rail

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) has announced the launch of the National Training Partnership, a new skills initiative to help solve the growing demand for new talent across the rail sector. The National Training Partnership will bring together…

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Quattro Plant creates the UK’s largest Railway Drainage Specialist

Quattro Plant has acquired the assets of specialist drainage company Geoff Brown & Sons, who provide a range of services nationwide including: Rail Contracting, Emergency Response and Commercial Cleaning. This purchase will see Quattro Plant take over the rail drainage…

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Translink supports Anti Bullying Week

With only a few weeks to go before Anti-Bullying Week (13-17 November 2017) schools and youth organisations are being urged to register online at www.endbullying.org.uk to access a comprehensive free resource pack linked to this year’s theme, ‘All Equal, All…

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Children help create brighter welcome at Shifnal station

Colourful new artwork has been launched at Shifnal station, created by schoolchildren to demonstrate local pride whilst making the station more welcoming for customers. The project, coordinated by London Midland in partnership with Shifnal Forward Transport Group, involved children from…

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Wednesday 18th October 2017

Preston kids get behind the scenes look at station

Primary school children from Preston have been given a first-hand look at the workings of the railway. Pupils from St Stephen’s Church of England Primary School visited Preston station recently as guests of Northern and Community Rail Lancashire, and were…

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More reliable rail services between Norwich and London following installation of new track

Work to install new track at Kelvedon, Essex was completed this weekend and will make services from Norwich to London more reliable for the millions of people that travel on the route every year. Over the last three weekends, Network…

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Talgo unveils localisation plan for the UK, scouts plant locations in Northern England

Spanish train manufacturer Talgo is set to gain a foothold in the United Kingdom rail market and has devised a detailed long-term industrial plan which includes the construction of a plant in the UK and the creation a fully localised…

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Big Data harnesses trackside rail workers’ safety concerns

Huddersfield rail researchers are developing computer software that can accurately analyse the millions of entries from trackside workers. RAIL workers are trackside at all hours and in all conditions. Whilst performing their work they can use hand-held devices to send…

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Record private sector investment in rail, new figures show

New figures from the rail regulator show record levels of investment from the private sector going into Britain’s railway. The £925 million invested last year is the highest figure in at least a decade. The figures show that £767 million…

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ASSA ABLOY Security Doors secures another major station on the Crossrail project

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has been awarded the contract to supply fire, security and personnel steel doorsets on the Crossrail project at its new Woolwich station. Main…

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Tuesday 17th October 2017

First new trains in a generation launched by GWR

Great Western Railway’s brand new Intercity Express Train carried passengers for the first time today (Monday 16 October), marking the next stage in the biggest fleet upgrade on the Great Western in 40 years. Watch amazing footage of the inaugural journey….

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TfL consults on two potential new London Overground stations at Old Oak

Transport for London (TfL) has today begun a five week consultation on plans for two potential new London Overground stations that would provide a link to the Elizabeth line and High Speed 2 (HS2) and support the regeneration at Old…

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Passengers and railway neighbours invited to find out more about upgrades between Blackpool and Preston

Residents living near the railway and passengers who travel between Blackpool and Preston are being invited to find out more about the next phase of upgrade work at two drop in events. As part of Network Rail’s £1bn+ Great North…

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Rail Alliance member Aquarius Rail, promotes Abi Broadley to managing director

Aquarius Rail is delighted to announce the promotion of Abi Broadley to Managing Director of the company. Having started with the company in 2010 she has helped shape and drive the company forwards and has been heavily involved in helping…

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Virgin Trains ticket to write

Virgin Trains played host to a story telling with a difference in Birmingham over the weekend as part of their 20th birthday celebrations. Forty expectant guests, who were told nothing more than to turn up at Birmingham New Street station were whisked…

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GTR community partnerships: Merstham station makes 66

Merstham has become the 66th Govia Thameslink Railway Station Partnership. The partnership began as an extension of the activities of community gardening group Growing Redhill, who have been helping people in Redhill to ‘grow their own’ fruit and veg for…

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Monday 16th October 2017

Network Rail joins celebrations as Barmouth viaduct turns 150 years old

As the community comes together to celebrate the history of Barmouth viaduct this weekend, Network Rail is making plans to refurbish the renowned structure and protect its future. Andy Thomas, route managing director for Network Rail in Wales, said: “Barmouth…

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Brand new Tube signalling successfully tested

Reliability and customer information on sections of Circle and Hammersmith & City lines to improve from next year The transformation of London Underground’s sub-surface lines has taken a significant step forward, with multiple test trains running on the brand new…

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Infrarail 2018 – the perfect platform for networking and showcasing your capabilities

Following recent announcements on building plans and contract awards for HS2, and the latest news outlining the government’s extensive investment aspirations for CP6, there is a real sense of optimism amongst the developers, operators and users of Britain’s railways. As…

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Innovation continues at London Midland

London Midland will be showcasing the latest innovations in rail travel on Wednesday 18 October. The train company will be holding an industry ‘Demo Day’ at its innovation lab in Birmingham’s ICentrum building. Labs by London Midland brings together some…

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North East Rail students to benefit from new partnership

An innovative partnership has been launched in the North East to coincide with the start of ‘Rail Week’, where the rail industry and educational establishments come together to promote careers in the rail sector. Embracing the regions proud legacy of rail…

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Specialist trains and engineers out in force in Wales to help keep rail passengers moving this autumn

Specialist ‘railhead treatment’ trains are out in force across the railway in Wales and the Borders, as Network Rail’s and Arriva Trains Wales’ joint autumn plan steps up a gear, with teams of highly trained engineers ready to work 24/7…

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Friday 13th October 2017

Cardiff bridge to be reconstructed as modernisation of the South Wales Mainline continues

Network Rail engineers will begin demolishing Mardy Road bridge in Cardiff this weekend as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan to improve journeys for passengers. The bridge, which connects Rumney and Newton, is currently too low to accommodate the overhead…

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New trains better connecting Scotland’s communities

Hundreds of new train carriages with more seats are among major improvements to Scotland’s railway, set to make journeys faster, more comfortable and more reliable, better connecting communities across the country over the next two and a half years. Almost…

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Unipart Rail joins the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS)

Railway industry supplier Unipart Rail has been certified by the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS), run by RSSB. It is the first to have been certified to the S02 module that covers Products Groups Procurement, Storage and Transport Processes….

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National College for High Speed Rail opens its doors in Doncaster – with British Steel rail

Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education, has officially launched The National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster. The new employer-led college – which has been donated more than 700 metres of rail by British Steel – has…

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Parents alerted to pushchair risk on platforms

Parents and others looking after children have been warned to take extra care when using pushchairs on station platforms, by rail safety body RSSB. ​CCTV footage from Nuneaton station shows the alarming consequences when a pushchair was briefly left unattended…

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UK rail investment: share your success story

Following yesterday’s announcement from the DfT that £48bn will be spent on the UK’s railways between 2019 to 2024, now is the perfect time to get your business’s story out to the industry. Rail Business Daily is still the only…

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Thursday 12th October 2017

New £48 billion funding for Britain’s railways

*From Gov.uk press release 12 October 2017 Railway investment to boost reliability and punctuality, for major upgrades and for new, faster, more comfortable trains. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today (12 October 2017) unveiled the latest stage in the government’s record…

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Wellington station celebrates adoption success

Rail partners, sponsors and members of the local community gathered yesterday to celebrate the community’s adoption of Wellington station as part of London Midland’s Adopt a Station scheme. Despite only being established in May 2017, Friends of Wellington Station now…

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Next stage of Great North Rail Project to take place in West Yorkshire

Passengers are advised to check before they travel as the next stage of improvement work to the signalling system takes place in West Yorkshire as part of the Great North Rail Project. The project will see the old signalling technology…

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Chris Scoffield to head up Rail, Aviation & Environment at Galliford Try

Chris Scoffield has been appointed as Managing Director of the Rail, Aviation & Environment business unit within the Infrastructure division of Galliford Try from 1 November. Chris, previously Commercial Director of the same unit, succeeds Nick Salt following his promotion…

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New report provides rationale for deeper investment in regional rail infrastructure and services

A report from the Urban Transport Group has found that investing in a typical range of different types of regional rail services would represent high value for money and bring significant economic benefits. ‘The Transformational Benefits of Investing in Regional…

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Inspire the next generation of Future Engineers

This autumn, the National Railway Museum is launching Future Engineers – an exciting programme of family activities to reach and inspire the next generation of rail engineers.   The four-week programme aimed at the public and schools, will run from 21…

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Fundraisers walking on air after success of 100km ‘Let off Steam’ trek

Ahead of World Mental Health Day, 12 members of the AECOM, Murphy, Kier (AMK) Joint Venture team took part in a 100km trek in aid of STEAM, a mental health support group. In a bid to raise £5,000 for STEAM…

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Wednesday 11th October 2017

GRAHAM bridges the gap at Kenilworth Station

In 2016, construction work got underway at Kenilworth to create a new station building, platforms and a footbridge as part of an ambitious integrated transport system. For many years, residents in the Warwickshire town had lobbied hard for a new…

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Strong support for plans to transform Oxford Street District

Work to make the Oxford Street district a globally renowned public space has taken a step forward with the publication of the full results of the first public consultation that showed strong support for transforming the area. A second consultation…

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New safety measures for Fisherman’s Path level crossing

Network Rail is to make improvements to Fisherman’s Path level crossing in Formby. Following a number of incidents, including near misses and a tragic fatality in August 2014, Network Rail is making the changes to immediately increase safety levels at…

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Translink supports Samaritans We Listen Campaign

To mark ‘World Mental Health Day’ this week Samaritans Northern Ireland are launching the charity’s ‘We Listen’ campaign, which lets people know that anyone can call Samaritans, whatever they’re going through. Striking posters will be in railway stations across Northern…

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Hull Trains hosts first ever Employee Excellence Awards

Hull Trains has held its first ever Employee Excellence awards at The Deep, hosted by former Home Secretary and MP Alan Johnson. The ceremony was attended by the companies’ colleagues and their partners in a celebration of the firms’ values…

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Lowestoft station’s Laura Englestone is named Greater Anglias’s Employee of the Year

Laura won the title at Greater Anglia’s ‘Everyday Legends Awards’ which were held last week to celebrate the good work done by rail staff across the network to help customers and make the railway a better place. The judges were…

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Tuesday 10th October 2017

Greater Anglia and Network Rail work together to tackle ‘leaves on the line’

Greater Anglia and Network Rail are taking action and investing in new equipment in an effort to minimise disruption to rail passengers caused by slippery rails during the Autumn. After a successful trial last year, the completion of a £500K…

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Saturday services transformed on Virgin Trains’ east coast route

Customers on Virgin Trains’ east coast route will see the biggest boost to Saturday services in more than 25 years this December. A new timetable, part of a £140m investment in the route by Virgin Trains, will change weekend travel…

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Public drop in ahead of road bridge reconstruction

Residents and businesses in Bedford are being invited to a drop-in event ahead of road bridge reconstruction work close to Bedford Station. While electric overhead wires already pass beneath a number of the spans of Ford End Road bridge, which…

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Fast-track to work with the ScotRail Alliance

The ScotRail Alliance is setting jobseekers on the fast-track to work with the offer of free travel. Managing director Alex Hynes was at Clydebank station to highlight the ScotRail Alliance’s offer of: Two free return journeys a month for jobseekers…

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East Midlands Trains invests in driver training and skills

East Midlands Trains has announced a major investment in training for its drivers, and at the same time has announced the start of a recruitment drive for additional drivers at its Derby and Nottingham depots. East Midlands Trains has invested…

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​Fantastic five wins for London Midland at Community Rail Awards

London Midland’s dedication to getting closer to local communities was recognised last week with a clutch of wins at the Community Rail Awards 2017. In total, London Midland and its community rail partners, walked away with five awards. First prize…

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Monday 9th October 2017

Crossrail project nears completion with British Steel rail

The final piece of rail track has been installed in Crossrail, one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects, as the completion of the project draws closer. The 118km (73 mile) Crossrail line, due to open December 2018, will provide commuters and…

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CILT and RSA merger puts rail sector on the right track

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), is pleased to announce the successful merger with the Railway Study Association (RSA), with effect from 6th October 2017. CILT and RSA will be joining forces to create an industry-leading forum for…

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Edinburgh Trams scoops Operator of the Year

Edinburgh Trams has scooped the coveted Operator of the Year title at a prestigious awards event celebrating excellence in the light rail sector. As well as winning the top award, it was Highly Commended in the Most Improved System category…

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Multi-billion pound Great North Rail Project transforming travel

Train customers and taxpayers are today benefitting from the Great North Rail Project (GNRP), the largest upgrade since Victorian times – and there’s more to come between now and 2020. Working together, Northern, TransPennine Express, Network Rail, Rail North, Rail…

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‘Getting more women into the railway is key to better performance’ says Network Rail

New research undertaken by Network Rail has found that better performing teams are those that are diverse in their make-up, especially in their gender mix. Teams that are evenly balanced between men and women perform best while a 20% critical…

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Countdown to Infrarail 2018 begins

Infrarail 2018, the UK’s leading exhibition of railway infrastructure equipment products and services, is now less than eight months away, and available stand space is rapidly being booked up. The biennial event returns to ExCeL London in the capital’s Docklands…

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Friday 6th October 2017

Government plans £80 million smart ticketing rail revolution

The government has this week set out details of its £80 million programme to introduce smart ticketing across England and Wales by the end of 2018. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Passengers across the country want smart ticketing and this…

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Railway upgrade will improve Newport viaduct

Network Rail is carrying out improvement work to the River Usk Viaduct in Newport as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan which will help accommodate growing passenger numbers. Bill Kelly, chief operating officer for Network Rail in Wales, said: “The…

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Deputy Mayor celebrates supplier that helps keep London journeys on track

London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross CBE, officially opened the new factory of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Oldham-based supplier, John Bradley and Son (Springs) Limited, along with the MP for Oldham West and Royton, Jim McMahon. TfL has a…

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NI Railways tackling leaf fall

Translink NI Railways is working hard to minimise disruption caused by leaf fall, which can cause problems at this time of year. Mark Atkinson, Head of Civil Engineering at NI Railways explained, “Leaf fall season leads to challenging conditions on…

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Siemens’ Graeme Clark appointed Honorary Lecturer at UCL

Siemens announced that the Head of Business Development (Rolling Stock) for Rail Systems at Siemens UK, Graeme Clark, has been awarded the title of Honorary Lecturer at University College London. His appointment with the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic…

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ScotRail Alliance apprentice wins top award

A Glasgow man working at the ScotRail Alliance has been named Scotland’s apprentice of the year at a recent awards ceremony. Cameron Shaw, from Govan, scooped the accolade at the Scottish Training Federation’s annual conference at Crieff Hydro. The 18-year…

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Thursday 5th October 2017

New rail academy to train 500 apprentices opened by Transport Secretary

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling opened a new north-west rail academy which is due to train 500 apprentices over the next 5 years. Thousands of extra rail apprentices will be needed in the coming years as the network grows rapidly, and…

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Five Metro stations are to undergo modernisation work

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to carry out modernisation work at five stations on Metro’s airport line in Newcastle, improving access for passengers with disabilities. The £300,000 scheme will see Callerton…

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Industry first disruption dodging tool launches

Virgin Trains has launched an industry first tool aimed at helping customers avoid rail disruption on their journey and get to their destination. TrainMapper, powered by Google Maps and National Rail Enquiries, will allow passengers to check in real-time travel…

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How is Britain already benefitting from Hitachi’s work on HS2?

Jim Brewin, Head of Business Development for Hitachi Rail Europe, writing for the “HS2 on Track” report HS2 is a huge opportunity for the UK – from the capacity it frees-up for passengers to the economic opportunities it unlocks. What…

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Future Wolverhampton tram extension reaches first milestone

The future tram extension to Wolverhampton railway station has reached its first milestone with a new junction due to be installed. These additional works have been scheduled specifically while the tram is not serving Wolverhampton St. Georges tram stop due…

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Wednesday 4th October 2017

Office of Rail and Road opens review of supply of ticketing equipment and systems

Regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), has opened a market review of the supply of ticketing equipment and systems. These include ticket vending machines, ticket issuing systems, and ticket gates. ORR will consider whether any structural or conduct…

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Thousands of jobs and almost £4 billion for economy detailed in HS2 Strategy

‘People, place and connectivity’ are the focus of a new East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy, revealing how the planned high speed rail network could add thousands of jobs and billions of pounds to the region’s economy. In July (2017) Government…

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ScotRail Alliance invests millions to keep people moving during autumn

The ScotRail Alliance will invest millions of pounds to keep people moving during autumn, as it undertakes a major push to deal with the very real safety risks caused by leaves on the line. With much of Scotland’s railway lined…

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New track installed between Norwich and London to make railway services more reliable

Work began this weekend to install new track at Kelvedon that will make services from Norwich to London more reliable for the millions of people that travel on this route every year. Two switches and crossings units, the moveable sections…

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Welsh Government show commitment to Wales and Borders staff

Following positive and constructive discussions, begun by Wales TUC, the commitments mean Wales, its passengers and its rail staff can move ahead with confidence as the Welsh Government’s ambitious plans for the future Wales & Borders Rail Service gathers pace….

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Places still available for 2017 technical tour

People looking for an opportunity to learn more about modern technologies and management methods in the rail sector are being encouraged to take part in a tour across Europe. Each year, the Railway Division of the IMechE offers a Technical…

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c2c is the most punctual train service in the country once again

Essex and East London train operator c2c has once again been announced as the UK’s most punctual train operator. For the four weeks from 20 August to 16 September 96.1% of c2c trains arrived on time, which was the best…

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Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Northern transport gets further funding from government

The Government today backed transport improvements across the Northern Powerhouse with £400 million of extra funding. More than £100m will go towards local road schemes to bust congestion pinch-points and speed up journeys, while an extra £300m will help push…

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Green light for major upgrade to increase freight services and improve reliability on the Felixstowe branch line

A £60.4m scheme to increase freight services and create a more reliable railway for passengers travelling between Ipswich and Felixstowe has been given the green light by the Secretary of State for Transport and the Port of Felixstowe. The project…

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DB Cargo UK runs trial train to Wolverhampton

Rail freight operator DB Cargo UK and steel and mining company ArcelorMittal launched a trial service moving 1,300 tonnes of steel coil by rail to Wolverhampton. It is envisaged that the service will operate weekly once the trial is complete….

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Transport for the North welcomes new Chief Executive

Transport for the North (TfN) is delighted to announce the appointment of Barry White as its new Chief Executive. Barry comes to TfN with a wealth of experience in delivering major investment programmes. He joins from his role as Chief…

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East Midlands Trains marks National Customer Service Week

East Midlands Trains managers and head office staff will be getting back to the floor this week to listen first hand to the views of its customers and hear thoughts on how services can be further improved. And joining them…

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How the Borders have reaped the rewards of the new line

The Borders Railway has been about so much more than simply transporting commuters up to Edinburgh or allowing tourists to access the beautiful landscapes and historic sights further south. The railway has been about stimulating the economy of the central…

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Monday 2nd October 2017

Grants totalling £600,000 available in competition to boost accessibility on the railway

A competition to improve accessibility on the railway for disabled passengers and those with less visible impairments has been launched by the Department for Transport and RSSB. ​The DfT is offering £600,000 for grants to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),…

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ORR consultation on recovering fixed network costs

As part of the 2018 periodic review (PR18) of Network Rail, the Office of Rail and Road is consulting on its approach to calculating the charges operators pay to access the rail network. Access charges are important as they affect…

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Westerton’s new accessible footbridge takes shape

Work to provide step-free access at Westerton station has entered a key stage over the weekend as engineers prepare to construct a new accessible footbridge over the railway. From Saturday afternoon, the station car park was temporarily closed to set-up…

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Arriva improves railway station for Colwyn Bay passengers

Arriva Trains Wales has started work to improve the facilities at Colwyn Bay railway station for the benefit of regular commuters and visitors to the area. Over the forthcoming months the rail operator will carry out refurbishments to modernise the…

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All change as Jake the trainspotting dog models new Virgin Trains uniform

Virgin Trains has gifted a special-edition, tailored uniform for loyal Virgin Trains fan and trainspotter, Jake the Dog, to launch its new body-neutral uniform range for every gender, size and shape across both the East and West Coast. To create…

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​London Midland celebrates bumper year for Community Rail

Following a bumper year for station adoption, the achievements and hard work of local communities taking part in London Midland’s Adopt a Station scheme were celebrated in the annual stakeholder conference. 12 new community rail posters were launched, featuring images…

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Friday 29th September 2017

Merseyrail trains project moves forward as work starts on new depot

Ground work has started on the new state-of-the-art depot at Kirkdale where all maintenance work for the new Merseyrail trains, due to be introduced in 2020, will take place. Warrington-based BAM Nuttall are currently undertaking enabling works after being awarded…

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Very light rail plans for Coventry move forward

Plans for a very light rail service in Coventry moved a step closer as researchers from WMG, at the University of Warwick, unveiled early vehicle concept designs to representatives from Coventry City Council. The project, funded by the Government’s Local…

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Councillors approve Outline Business Case for taking tram to Newhaven

The Outline Business Case (OBC) for taking trams to Newhaven was approved today by the City of Edinburgh Council. The OBC has been closely scrutinised by members of all political groups on the Council over recent weeks and gained approval…

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Translink welcomes EU funding for North-West Multimodal Transport Hub

A significant award of €23.5 million from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme has been announced by the Special EU Programmes Body. The funding is for the creation of an iconic new multi-modal transport hub for the North West that will…

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Northern reaches the big three-oh

This week marked the achievement of another milestone in train operator Northern’s modernisation plans as it sent its 30th refurbished train out onto its network. The latest unit to go into service was 150276, which went into service out of…

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Major recruitment drive following rail contract win

A major recruitment drive is currently underway at MTL Advanced, after securing a multi-million pounds order to supply complex safety critical aluminium fabrications to a leading rail industry OEM. Over 30 new welding/fabrication, CNC machining, press braking and painting jobs…

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Thursday 28th September 2017

Siemens and Alstom join forces to create a European Champion in Mobility

Signed Memorandum of Understanding grants exclusivity to combine mobility businesses in a merger of equals Listing in France and group headquarters in Paris area; led by Alstom CEO with 50 percent shares of the new entity owned by Siemens Business…

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More reliable train services on the Southend Victoria line as first new overhead wires installed

The first new overhead wires were installed on the Southend Victoria branch line this weekend, as part of a £46m programme, meaning fewer delays and improved reliability for passengers travelling to and from London. Network Rail engineers installed just over…

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Hull Trains shortlisted for its excellent customer service team at prestigious Northern Transport Awards

Hull Trains, the UK’s Rail Operator of the Year, has been shortlisted in the Customer Service Team of the Year category ahead of the North of England Transport Awards on 30th November. The open-access operator, which runs 92 direct services…

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Pedal power raises money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

On Sunday, over 15,000 cyclists took to the streets of the West Midlands for the inaugural Vélo Birmingham. Amongst them was a team of 60 riders from London Midland, raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The route for the event…

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Aggregate Industries all aboard with McDermotts to create new National College for High Speed Rail

Aggregate Industries has provided the platform for the newly created National College for High Speed Rail, located in the centre of Birmingham. The college, which welcomed students for the first time in September 2017, is a new three-storey building on…

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Harsco Rail team completes another chapter in fundraising series

Harsco Corporation’s railway track maintenance division, Harsco Rail, has successfully completed a range of community initiatives to raise funds for Railway Children, a charity which works to help vulnerable children living on the streets across the world. The team have…

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Wednesday 27th September 2017

The first jumbo train to leave Cardiff

DB Cargo UK and CEMEX UK made history this month when the first jumbo train of 34 wagons transported 2,300 tonnes of building materials to be used in the construction industry from ABP’s Port of Cardiff to Acton in London….

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Mott MacDonald appointed on Hitachi Tranista traffic management system implementation

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Network Rail to support the implementation of the Hitachi Tranista traffic management system for the Thameslink rail network in the UK. Tranista is one of several new systems being introduced to enable 24 trains…

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Expansion plan on track for Wolds Railway

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway has taken the first step in its quest to run steam trains from Ludborough southwards towards Louth. The LWR owns the trackbed as far as the industrial estate at Louth – a distance of five miles….

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Peloton Events looks towards the south after event success in Scotland

An events organisation is looking towards a new rail dinner in the south of England after hundreds of delegates from UK rail businesses attended a networking dinner which discussed the current situation of the industry north of the border. Peloton…

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Felixstowe rail loop to increase freight capacity

Network Rail senior development manager Alex Kirk won an attentive audience at the Felixstowe Chamber September Breakfast at the Brook Hotel with his absorbing description of the on-going multi-million pound ‘Felixstowe railway branch capacity enhancement project.’ The latest “reduced scope…

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Wrightstyle working on Europe’s largest construction project

Wrightstyle has added to its transport portfolio by supplying a range of systems for five new Crossrail stations. It is supplying to Bond Street, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Woolwich stations on what will become the Elizabeth Line. The systems…

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Tuesday 26th September 2017

Major signalling upgrade to provide safer and more reliable rail journeys for passengers in Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft

A new, state of the art signalling system is to be installed on train lines in the Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. The new system is part of a £68 million investment…

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Network Rail reiterates commitment to RISQS

Network Rail has reiterated its commitment to RISQS, the only supplier assurance scheme run by the rail industry, for the rail industry. Ken Blackley, Head of Commercial, Process & Governance for Route Services at Network Rail today told suppliers: “Network…

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North East bid to be national testbed for 5G trial based round Metro

Plans to position the North East as a key focus for the UK’s 5G revolution have been unveiled and will form the basis of a proposal to locate a national testbed here in the region. The North East Combined Authority…

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Hull Trains celebrates 17 years of growth, innovation and outstanding customer service

Hull Trains, the UK’s Rail Operator of the Year is celebrating its 17th birthday – and what a 17 years it has been. In just the past year alone, Hull Trains has reported unprecedented increases in customer journeys, introduced new…

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Fibre optics the way forward to detect faults on the railways

The Institute of Railway Research will appraise the full potential of a Distributed Acoustic Sensing technology developed by Frauscher Sensor Technology. Fibre optic cables could make a major contribution to the safety and maintenance of railways. Installed alongside the tracks,…

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Strange lost property items left on South Western Railway trains

In the first six weeks of operations, South Western Railway has accumulated thousands of lost property items including an ironing board, leather lounge chair and giant inflatable shark. As much as the rail operator enjoys sorting through these curiosities and…

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Monday 25th September 2017

Government invests in northern digital railway plans to improve TransPennine journeys

The government is developing plans for Britain’s first digital intercity railway in the north, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced, as the government invests a record £13 billion in improving journeys across the region. As part of the Great North Rail…

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Tarmac celebrates opening of new rail depot

A new Tarmac rail depot contained within Freightliner’s existing Garston complex, which will take around 10,000 trucks off the roads every year, has been officially opened by the Mayor for Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram and local MP for Garston…

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Unipart Rail wins Rail Freight Innovation Award

Unipart Rail has won the Innovation and Technical Development Award at the 2017 Rail Freight Group annual awards in combination with Freightliner.     The Award is for the creation of the new depot stores facility in Crewe based on a…

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Nomad wins WiFi contract with CrossCountry

Nomad Digital, the world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet connectivity solutions to the railway industry, has signed a new contract with CrossCountry to provide its digital train technology and associated services to keep the operator’s passengers connected on their…

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Angel Trains achieves best in peer group rating from GRESB

Angel Trains is pleased to announce that it has been ranked top of it’s peer group of 10 UK transportation companies under the 2017 GRESB assessment. This achievement provides transparency of Angel Trains’ sustainability performance for investors and underwrites Angel…

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London Midland brings CBSO to New St Station to kick off Birmingham’s Big Weekend

Passengers at New Street Station were treated to free concerts by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) on Friday (22 September). Through its partnership with train operator, London Midland, the CBSO staged two free performances in the iconic station…

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Friday 22nd September 2017

Glasgow Queen Street redevelopment enters new phase

The £120m redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street has entered a new phase as work begins to prepare redundant buildings in front of the station for removal. Consort House and the Millennium Hotel extension buildings are currently being encapsulated in a…

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AECOM funding unveiled for Heathrow Southern Railway

Heathrow Southern Railway Limited (HSRL) – the private sector venture set up to transform Heathrow Airport’s rail access and wider regional connectivity – has received a significant boost by agreeing terms for a major investment with AECOM, a premier, fully…

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Rail passengers to benefit from further station upgrades

Work to further improve a number of rail stations across Greater Manchester has started this week. The first phase, which began from Monday 11 September, will see customer information screens, public address systems, CCTV cameras, help points and induction loops…

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Urban transport authorities set out vision for change

Blueprint for better urban transport shows way forward on devolution and investment. As the party conference season begins the Urban Transport Group (which represents the seven largest urban transport authorities in England) has set out its vision for a partnership…

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Heathrow Express unveils first Business Travel Insights Report

To coincide with the start of the busiest quarter for business travel, Heathrow Express publishes the 2017 Heathrow Express Business Travel Insights Report, which reveals London as the most popular business travel destination. The report, which takes a comprehensive look…

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Community champion to oversee employment, education and volunteering initiatives

An award winning community champion has been appointed to oversee East West Rail’s employment, education and volunteering initiatives. Danny Miller, the East West Rail Alliance’s Social Value Manager, previously worked on the ThamesLink project, which was recognised by several awards…

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Thursday 21st September 2017

Donna Air launches world-first app for First Class upgrades at London’s King’s Cross station

Donna Air joined Virgin Trains to launch the innovative upgrade app Seatfrog. The rail operator’s customers can now bid on last minute upgrades for First Class tickets on east coast services from just £5. The partnership is a world first…

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Great Northern train emails warning to engineers months before breakdown

Great Northern railway, run by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), is making trains to and from London King’s Cross more reliable by fitting smart hi-tech kit that warns engineers by email when parts are developing a problem. In a UK first,…

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RFEM entry talent summit: a resounding success

The summit saw over 70 graduates, apprentices and students travel from all over the UK for the first Rail Forum East Midlands Entry Talent Summit at Nottingham Trent University. Delegates took part in a series of interactive sessions hosted by…

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PCTEL launches bi-directional train top antenna for passenger wi-fi

PCTEL, a leader in Performance Critical TELecom solutions, announced its new 5 GHz bi-directional train top antenna. Wi-Fi on passenger and metro rail systems is evolving from a competitive advantage to a basic service expectation. PCTEL’s new bi-directional antenna communicates…

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ScotRail Alliance achieves best performance since May 2015

The ScotRail Alliance’s performance in recent weeks is the best it has achieved since May 2015. Figures for the four weeks to 16 September 2017 show that 94.1 per cent of trains met the industry standard public performance measure –…

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Network Rail issues final call for apprentices in Yorkshire

Network Rail has vacancies available in Yorkshire for their Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme as it doubles the number of places on the programme nationwide. The company is currently recruiting for 24 apprentices in Yorkshire with vacancies throughout the region in York,…

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Wednesday 20th September 2017

Work gets underway on new station at Maghull North

Work has begun this week on the construction of a new railway station at Maghull North, which will give increased travelling options to rail users in the area. The new Maghull North station will be located just off School Lane…

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New cutting-edge trains in full operation across Thameslink route

Passengers travelling between London Bridge, Gatwick Airport and Brighton now have brand new Thameslink trains that are up to three times longer giving more space and more seats. Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has withdrawn the last of its older trains…

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ProPhotonix delivers digital lasers for train wheel inspection systems

ProPhotonix Limited (London Stock Exchange – AIM: PPIX & PPIR, OTC: STKR), a high technology designer and manufacturer of LED illumination systems and laser diode modules, with operations in Ireland and the United Kingdom, announces a new application of its…

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Work underway on South Esk viaduct refurbishment

Work is now underway on a £4.2 million refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose as part of Network Rail’s UK wide Railway Upgrade Plan. The 16 span (section), 440 metre, grade B listed structure stands on 15 pairs…

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All systems go for new transport hub in South Shields

Plans for a new Metro and bus interchange in the centre of South Shields are on schedule to start in the spring of 2018. And a new series of artist’s impressions show what the new bus and Metro concourses will…

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ScotRail Alliance helps drive local economy

The ScotRail Alliance has announced the latest intake of trainee drivers in Aberdeen. The announcement reaffirms the ScotRail Alliance’s commitment to support the Scottish economy, particularly in the north-east. Following a recruitment drive, ten new trainee drivers based in Aberdeen…

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Tuesday 19th September 2017

HS1 adds £72 million to Kent economy in 2016 as leisure journeys increase nine-fold

The economic impact that High Speed 1 (HS1) has had on Kent’s tourism economy has been revealed for the first time in a new report. You can read the executive summary of the report here, and the full version here….

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The sky’s the limit – with Torrent Trackside’s fleet of the latest Mobile Elevated Work Platforms

Torrent Trackside leads the way in hiring portable rail and OLE maintenance equipment to the UK rail industry. The company has now made a considerable investment buying a large fleet of the latest Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) and eighteen…

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Modernising customer service on London Overground

Transport for London (TfL) and Arriva Rail London (ARL), which operates London Overground, have announced plans to review and modernise customer service on London Overground. TfL is delivering an ambitious programme of improvements on the Overground network, which includes Night…

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Network Rail completes £4.5m Findhorn viaduct refurbishment

Engineers will shortly complete work on the £4.5m refurbishment of the Findhorn viaduct at Tomatin in the Scottish Highlands as part of Network Rail’s UK wide Railway Upgrade Plan. Findhorn is widely regarded as one of Britain’s finest railway viaducts…

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Plans for Skelmersdale rail link take a step forward

A rail link to Skelmersdale – the second largest town in the North West without a rail connection – could be a step closer as funding is agreed to take the plans to the next stage in development. Merseytravel will…

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New lick of paint for Virgin Trains’ Pendolino

Virgin Trains’ Pendolino is sporting a new look as part of a fleet repaint programme. The first train came off the depot earlier this week, and following testing, re-entered service with a run down from Liverpool Lime Street. Eagle-eyed customers…

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Monday 18th September 2017

Birmingham Curzon HS2 regeneration plans boosted by funding for new Midland Metro stop

A £27.5 million funding package by the WMCA and GBSLEP has been committed to support the construction of a new Midland Metro stop at the proposed HS2 station at Birmingham Curzon. The work marks an important next stage in the…

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Crystal clear case for Crossrail 2 at London Infrastructure Summit

Business leaders highlighted their key asks of Government at this year’s London Infrastructure Summit – with Crossrail 2 and housing high on the agenda. The case for Crossrail 2 is crystal clear – and business is firmly behind it. So…

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Cisco and partners enable high-speed connectivity on trains

Cisco, ScotRail, CGI, Network Rail Telecoms and Wittos announced their collaboration on an Innovate UK and RSSB funded proof of concept to enable super-fast Wi-Fi on trains (Project SWIFT). The project will see ScotRail trialling the fastest in-train Wi-Fi service…

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Minister launches first Citylink Tram Train into service

Government Transport Minister Paul Maynard MP was joined by transport leaders and representatives from Sheffield Children’s Hospital for the introduction of the first Citylink Tram Train into passenger service on the Supertram network in Sheffield. To celebrate the occasion, Stagecoach…

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Freight team scoops Customer Care award

The leading representative body for rail freight in the UK, the Rail Freight Group (RFG), presented Network Rail with their prestigious Customer Care award at a ceremony held at Shendish Manor, Apsley. Members of Network Rail’s freight team were presented…

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Northern swaps tracks for runway at launch of new uniform

Northern swapped the tracks for the runway last week when staff at the rail operator took to the catwalk to launch their new uniform. The uniform, which will be worn by all of Northern’s customer facing employees including conductors, drivers,…

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Friday 15th September 2017

Elizabeth Line permanent track installation is complete

A significant milestone has been marked today with the official completion of the permanent track for the Elizabeth line – London’s newest railway. Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling and Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross joined Crossrail Chairman…

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First high speed train arrives in Scotland

The first of the ScotRail Alliance’s high-speed trains has arrived in Aberdeen for driver training ahead of the fleet being rolled out next year. When the fully refurbished fleet has entered passenger service, the high-speed trains will connect Scotland’s seven…

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Station investment boosts retail sales

New quarterly results released today show total retail sales at Network Rail-managed stations grew by 5.29% between April and June 2017. This compares favourably to British Retail Consortium figures, which show average total sales growth of 2.8% in the wider…

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High-speed slab tracks put to 20m tonne axle test at Heriot-Watt

A slab track system that has been used in high-speed railways around the globe is being tested in Heriot-Watt’s Structures Lab to discover whether it is suitable for UK conditions. Eight sections of an FFB Bögl slab track system and…

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Businesses benefiting from Borders Railway

Borders Railway was hailed for its role in stimulating business growth along the line at an event in Edinburgh, featuring speakers from three companies that are benefiting from improved transport links in the region. Compered by Scottish Enterprise Chairman Bob…

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Railway staff help charity fund new centre for children with special needs

Staff from Govia Thameslink Railway have raised £12,000 to help an Eastbourne charity open a therapy centre for children with special educational needs. GTR adopted Embrace as one of its two corporate charities, for its Southern Railway network, following a…

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Thursday 14th September 2017

London business body supports a ‘Crossrail for the North’

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has called on the government to seriously explore the construction of the so-called ‘Crossrail for the North’ rail line. LCCI believes that it is in the best interests of the whole UK if…

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New board created to represent customers in Wales and the borders

Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales have joined forces with Welsh Government and passenger representatives to create a new board bringing track and train closer together and ensuring there is one voice to represent customers in Wales and the borders….

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Develop at transport hubs to help meet growth challenges, says report

A new report from Centre for London has found that developing at London’s rail and tube stations could provide a sustainable way of accommodating the city’s population growth, but needs action from the Mayor and central government to make the…

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Defibrillators on Edinburgh trams

A special ceremony has marked the completion of a project that will see Edinburgh’s entire fleet of 27 trams equipped with defibrillators. As part of a pioneering partnership with St John Scotland, the city’s tramway became the first in the…

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Bangor station platform refurbishment underway

Translink has announced that the platforms at Bangor station are being upgraded to cater for passenger demand. The work is due to take place during September and October 2017. Works will take place on a phased basis to ensure minimal…

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Metro is nominated for five top industry awards

Snowdogs and the Great North Run have helped Tyne and Wear Metro reach the shortlist in no less than five categories at this year’s North of England Transport Awards. Metro, which carries about 40 million passengers a year, is recognised…

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Wednesday 13th September 2017

WMCA approves transport plan for the next decade

A transport blueprint that will see £3.4 billion of tram extensions, new suburban rail lines, cycle routes and motorway improvements built over the coming decade has been approved. Members of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) agreed to the 2026…

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Vislink to bring unprecedented video communications capabilities to rail industry

xG Technology, Inc. (‘xG’ or the ‘Company’), a leading provider of wireless video solutions to broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for critical communications, announced that its Vislink business has entered into an agreement with…

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Peel Ports to launch Liverpool rail container service

Peel Ports is set to launch a new rail container service for its customers using the Port of Liverpool. The company is in advanced contract discussions with both a rail provider and shippers, with the aim of running the first…

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A world first as fire-retardant anti-trespass panels installed at level crossing

Installation of the first fire-retardant anti-trespass panels in the UK have been completed by Network Rail using panels supplied by HR Kilns Ltd. The firm supplied the panels as part of the work completed at Ashstead level crossing, near Epsom…

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Windsor Link Railway submits formal feasibility report to Network Rail

At Network Rail’s request, The Windsor Link Railway has submitted a formal feasibility report. This is often known as a ‘GRIP 2 report’ in the rail industry. This follows on from WLR being included in the Hansford Review, commissioned by…

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Arriva Trains Wales fleet goes green to deliver significant fuel savings

Arriva Trains Wales has converted its entire fleet of trains into much greener machines to deliver significant fuel savings and minimise the impact on the environment. All of Arriva’s 125* passenger trains have now been fitted with the Driver Advisory…

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Tuesday 12th September 2017

The last of nine bridges to be upgraded in Monmouthshire as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan reopens

Rogiet Road bridge reopened to motorists this week as work continues to prepare the railway from London to Cardiff for brand new bi-mode Intercity Express Trains. Network Rail has carried out essential upgrade work to nine bridges in Monmouthshire to…

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Bridgeway has signed The Armed Forces Covenant

Currently employing four reservists and a number of ex-service personnel in Nottingham, the organisation also has five other locations around the country each providing consultancy and contracting services in a variety of industries from civil engineering to asset management. After…

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London Midland and Thorlux join forces to light up Redditch station

As the autumn nights draw in passengers will be able to enjoy a, brighter and greener Redditch station thanks to an innovative new lighting project. Train operator London Midland has worked with West Midlands lighting company, Thorlux Lighting, to install…

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Virgin Trains in OOH ‘first’ with ads that use traffic and geo data to compare journey times

Virgin Trains is combining traffic and location data to accurately tell drivers stuck in traffic how much longer their journey will take them by car compared with how long it would take by train. The out-of-home campaign goes live today…

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Glass cullet rides the rails from the Port of Tilbury

The Port of Tilbury, London’s major port, and URM UK loaded their first train of bulk glass cullet processed from a new recycling facility at the port. 1200 tonnes of raw glass cullet left Tilbury en route for Cheshire this…

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ScotRail Alliance roll out free electric car chargers

The first of 50 chargers are now live, with the remainder set to follow over the coming weeks. The chargers at Uphall, Bathgate, East Kilbride and Johnstone are available to all customers parking at the stations and are free to…

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Monday 11th September 2017

HICL acquires stake in HS1

HICL Infrastructure Company Limited (“HICL” or the “Company”), the listed infrastructure investment company advised by InfraRed Capital Partners Limited (“InfraRed”), is pleased to announce that it has today completed the acquisition of an equity interest in the entities that comprise…

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Borders Railway celebrates two years

Two years after it was re-opened, the Borders Railway shows no sign of losing momentum as it continues to capture the world’s attention. VisitScotland’s international marketing campaign to promote the Borders Railway has reached almost 35 million people in the…

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Pilot shows how WiFi data can improve Tube journeys

Tube journeys could be improved through TfL harnessing WiFi data to make more information available to customers as they move around London, new research has shown. The four-week TfL pilot, which ran between November and December last year, studied how…

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New documentary series in behind the scenes look at London Paddington

A Network Rail worker who fondly refers to London Paddington Station as his “mansion” will feature in the first episode of a new documentary series which goes behind the scenes at Brunel’s most famous station on the evening of a…

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New Forest rail bridges resurfaced by Hampshire County Council

The surfaces of rail bridges in the New Forest have been improved by Hampshire County Council, to help provide safe footing for walkers, horse riders and free roaming livestock. The local authority’s Countryside Access Team have recently re-decked bridges on…

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Bright future for Arriva Trains Wales apprenticeship scheme graduates

Jordan Reed and Dale Williams are the latest recruits to successfully complete the Arriva Trains Wales apprenticeship scheme and gain industry recognised qualifications. Dale and Jordan have become full time engineers upon completion of the scheme, and will join the…

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Friday 8th September 2017

Iron: Man kicks off next phase of Midland Metro tram expansion

The next phase in work to expand the West Midland’s tram network officially got underway when one of Birmingham’s most iconic statues – Iron: Man – was lifted out of Victoria Square. Mayor for the West Midlands, Andy Street, and…

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New intercity train carries out first Edinburgh test journey

A new intercity train bound for passengers next year reached a major test milestone as it reached Edinburgh station for the first time. Train manufacturer Hitachi carried out the test journey between Doncaster and Edinburgh Waverley station, where passers-by were…

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GB rail supplier assurance providers sign contracts

RSSB has signed contracts with Altius and Capita to provide enhancements to RISQS, the GB railway’s supplier pre-qualification scheme. Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) is used by Network Rail, London Underground and over 100 other buyers with over 4,000…

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Greater Anglia invests more than £150,000 in train toilets

Greater Anglia is investing more than £150,000 in improving toilets on its trains. Following customer feedback, the operator is replacing all the toilets on its Class 360 commuter trains, which operate between Ipswich, Colchester, Clacton and London Liverpool Street. New…

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TfL commences consultation on cashless trams in Croydon

Transport for London (TfL) has begun an eight-week public consultation on plans to make trams in London ‘cashless’. The proposal would see existing cash ticket machines, which only sell a small number of the more expensive paper tickets every week…

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Popular South Bristol station reaches 90th birthday

Parson Street station has celebrated its 90th anniversary with a special, free family event. Visitors were able to see the Torbay Express steam train pass through the station at 09:20, and watch the unveiling of a special commemorative plaque about…

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Thursday 7th September 2017

Preston to Blackpool railway upgrade is the biggest since 1800s

Train passengers were today advised to prepare for a major railway transformation in Blackpool. The purpose of the work is to make the railway bigger and better to carry the increased numbers of people forecast to want to travel by…

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Arcadis appointed to lead delivery of Belfast Transport Hub

Arcadis has been awarded the Delivery Partner contract by Northern Ireland’s Translink to create a new integrated public transport hub in the heart of Belfast. The Belfast Hub will provide a world-class gateway for the city, linking it to national…

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New trains for the North West and Scotland are coming

TransPennine Express (TPE) has shared an exclusive image of the first carriage from the second fleet of its brand new trains. The ultramodern trains will operate on routes across the North West and into Scotland from spring 2019. The new…

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Women in Rail launches its South Regional Group

Industry leaders, led by Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chair of Network Rail, launched the Women in Rail South Regional Group (WRS) at an event in Reading last week. Women in Rail (WR) has been created to improve diversity in the…

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Eurotunnel sets new historical traffic records for summer 2017

Summer 2017 has seen Eurotunnel set new traffic records for Le Shuttle Passenger service. With almost 564,000 vehicles carried over the period from 17 July to 3 September, traffic grew by 2% compared to the same period in 2016, which…

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Business leaders back Metro fleet bid

Business organisations in North East England have come together to urge the Government to fund a new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro. The North East England Chamber of Commerce, Confederation of British Industry and Federation of…

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Skills Minister John Hayes brings together transport and further and higher education experts in new advisory group

The Education Advisory Group will discuss best practice in promoting transport through education. Skills Minister John Hayes brought together a team of experts today (6 September 2017) to plot a course to build more transport skills than ever before. The…

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London Midland scores extended partnership with Albion Foundation

London Midland has extended its partnership with the Albion Foundation, the community arm of Premiership club West Bromwich Albion. The train operator has been an official partner of the Foundation for the last six months and has supported the organisation…

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railbusinessdaily.com is recruiting!

Thanks to the success of railbusinessdaily.com since its launch in July, we’re recruiting for various roles. We have business manager, client relationship manager, copywriter and media sales representative vacancies available. Rail industry experience is desirable. If you want to join…

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Wednesday 6th September 2017

Further £7.9 million on offer to develop new ways to improve the rail network for passengers

Lightweight energy-saving carriages, software telling passengers how busy arriving trains are, and personalised ticket machines that help customers with their ongoing journeys are just some of the projects that have won funding in the government’s railways innovation scheme. Now another…

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Launch of new brand at Waterloo International Terminal

South Western Railway launched its brand today with a newly-liveried train and 100,000 half-price advance tickets for passengers. Waiting at platform 21 of the Waterloo International Terminal to greet the Class 444 train as it pulled in were: Chris Grayling,…

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New platform and tracks at London Bridge station as Network Rail’s major redevelopment heads into the home straight

The redevelopment of London Bridge station and the surrounding railway ­– part of the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme – moved a step closer to completion this weekend after a successful eight days of engineering work to the railway in central London…

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Last few places remaining on UK’s fastest growing rail networking event!

There is still time to register a place at the next Rail Infrastructure Networking (RIN) event, which is taking place in York on Thursday. RIN is a quarterly networking opportunity organised by Jobson James Rail, a specialist insurance broker which…

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Cable leader commits to quality

Leading supplier AEI Cables has further invested in service excellence for existing and new customers by moving into a new UK headquarters in the North East. The company – which has moved into the new modern Birtley Business Centre in…

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Porterbrook appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Porterbrook Leasing has confirmed the appointment of Mary Grant as its new chief executive officer. Mary will be joining the company and its board on 13 September 2017. She takes over from Paul Francis, the retiring CEO who has been…

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Tuesday 5th September 2017

Record year for Virgin Trains on the London to Liverpool route

Virgin Trains has broken new records for passengers travelling on its west coast route between Liverpool and London. As the intercity operator celebrates 20 years of operating the west coast route, new figures show it carried 1,765,874 customers between Liverpool…

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Do you need help obtaining and maintaining your RISQS Accreditation?

Bridgeway Consulting Limited can assist you in obtaining and maintaining RISQS Accreditation. We have a team of professional safety and compliance specialists who currently have a 100% success rate in supporting clients through their annual audits. Key benefits in utilising…

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New images highlight Abbey Wood Station construction progress

New images released by Network Rail and Crossrail highlight the progress being made with the construction of the new station at Abbey Wood as work enters its final stages. The new station, run by Transport for London, will open to…

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‘Mobile’ rail tickets now available across Greater Anglia network

Paperless ticketing is a step closer for Greater Anglia rail passengers as the train operator completes its roll out of mobile tickets. ‘M-tickets’, which can be purchased from the Greater Anglia app, downloaded straight to a mobile phone, and scanned…

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ScotRail Alliance Conversation Cafés to mark World Suicide Prevention Day

The ScotRail Alliance will mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2017 by offering support to people all across Scotland. Conversation Cafés will see representatives from the Samaritans, NH24 Breathing Space, Railway Chaplains, SAMH and other organisations, engaging and meeting customers on…

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Translink gets active with Castlerock WalkFest

Now in its seventh year, Walkfest again offers a great day of guided walks to suit all ages and abilities with hillwalking to the Gentle Journey – and all things inbetween! Check Walkfest Facebook or the website for details of…

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Monday 4th September 2017

Edinburgh-Glasgow electrification goes live

The public are being reminded that overhead power cables on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line are now live for testing from Saturday September 2nd. Work on the line between Edinburgh and Glasgow, via Falkirk High, will enter a testing and safety…

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Specialist trains lead the charge against leaf fall on the Piccadilly line

A robust action plan to tackle leaf fall on the Piccadilly line is well underway for the Autumn months, TfL confirmed today. It follows the publication of an independent report, commissioned by TfL, into leaf fall issues on the Piccadilly…

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‘Mobile’ rail tickets now available across Greater Anglia network

Paperless ticketing is a step closer for Greater Anglia rail passengers as the train operator completes its roll out of mobile tickets. ‘M-tickets’, which can be purchased from the Greater Anglia app, downloaded straight to a mobile phone, and scanned…

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New images highlight Abbey Wood station construction progress

New images released by Network Rail and Crossrail highlight the progress being made with the construction of the new station at Abbey Wood as work enters its final stages. The new station, run by Transport for London, will open to…

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Full steam ahead for Rawtenstall Station vision

The East Lancashire Railway has today confirmed that a planning application for the redevelopment of Rawtenstall Station has been submitted to Rossendale Borough Council. The £600,000 proposed development, which is being led by Bury based Equilibrium Architects, will see Rawtenstall…

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Midland Metro extension gets £59.8 million green light from government

A key metro extension linking Birmingham city centre with Edgbaston and the city’s growing Westside area has been given the go-ahead thanks to a multi-million pound funding pledge from the Department for Transport. Five new stops will be served by…

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Friday 1st September 2017

Track, train and passengers line up to transform the East Coast Main Line

Railway companies running the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have got together to form a dedicated Route Supervisory Board. The board will ensure there is one voice representing customers, holding the rail industry to account and ensuring the different elements…

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Level crossing shocker: footage shows children risking their lives in St Albans

A shocking video has been released by Network Rail showing children risking their lives at a St Albans level crossing. It is hoped that parents who see the footage will speak to their children about level crossing safety before they…

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Hitachi Rail doubling number of trainees in UK to over 100

Hitachi Rail, one of the largest builder and maintainer of trains in the UK, has launched a new national apprentice and graduate programme. The company already employs 54 apprentices to build trains at its manufacturing site at Newton Aycliffe, County…

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Farewell to last of Thameslink’s old train fleet

Thameslink, operated by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) between Bedford, Brighton, Wimbledon, Sutton and Sevenoaks, has reached a major milestone in its transformation of the railway by replacing the last of the 29-year-old Class 319 train fleet with modern Class 700…

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The Scandinavian way to better public transport

A new report, ‘The Scandinavian Way to Better Public Transport’, published by the Urban Transport Group, shows how transport authorities in three Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Denmark and Norway) are using devolved powers to transform public transport for the better –…

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Edinburgh Trams celebrates busiest ever month

Edinburgh Trams is celebrating its busiest ever month after recording over half a million customer journeys during the city’s festival season, worth over £1 million in revenue. At peak times, additional services were introduced between the airport and the West…

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Wednesday 30th August 2017

Metro’s new £5m bridge is installed at Killingworth Road

The new £5m Killingworth Road Metro bridge has been installed in one of the biggest engineering projects in Metro’s history. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and wear Metro, is replacing the bridge which serves one…

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William Cook Rail wins export orders with Alstom

William Cook Rail has won export orders that could be worth millions of pounds to supply critical components to the world leader in light rail systems. The family-owned business will manufacture structural parts for bogies on Alstom’s range of Citadis…

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ScotRail Alliance donates £33,000 to MND Scotland

The ScotRail Alliance has donated more than £33,000 to MND Scotland in a bid to find a cure for the terminal illness. The news comes after ScotRail Alliance staff took part in a zip slide across the River Clyde on…

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Edinburgh-Glasgow boundary works complete

Network Rail has completed a programme of work between Edinburgh and Glasgow to secure the railway boundary and make it compliant with new safety standards ahead of the electrification of the line. Completion of the Linlithgow cemetery boundary wall marks…

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Hydraulic and pneumatic product supplier Tidyco appoints Rail Account Manager

Derby-based Tidyco, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry for over 40 years, welcomes back Gareth Scaife to the team as Rail Account Manager. Gareth brings with him a wealth of rail industry experience having…

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Birmingham and Doncaster Councils officially hand over keys to National College for High Speed Rail

The keys to the National College for High Speed Rail have now been officially handed over, in preparation for the college’s launch next month. Marking the successful completion of a 15-month construction period by Willmott Dixon, the keys were presented…

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HS2 kicks off hunt for London stations construction teams

Work to transform Euston station into a gateway to the capital fit for the 21st Century and deliver a brand new transport hub at Old Oak Common ready for the arrival of High Speed Two (HS2), took a step forward…

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Railway reopens after bank holiday upgrades are completed on time

Passengers are benefiting from a better, more reliable railway after a number of significant upgrades over the bank holiday weekend were successfully completed on time. As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail‘s orange army worked round-the-clock over the…

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Bombardier wins contract to supply new propulsion technology to London Underground

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has been awarded the contract by London Underground (LU) to supply new motors and traction control equipment for its fleet of Central line trains. This contract, which will commence today and run until 2024, is…

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London Midland thanks passengers as railway between Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall reopens on time

London Midland has thanked passengers as the railway between Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall reopened on time on 29th August after 16 days of work to upgrade the Chase line. The £100m+ upgrade, which forms part of the Railway Upgrade…

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Major expansion for St Helens Junction Car Park

Work on a new car park at St Helens Junction Station has been announced, significantly increasing the number of parking spaces from 66 to 242. The improved facility will include an increased number of blue badge spaces, better walking routes…

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Year 3 of GWR’s £2.2 million community fund closing soon

Applications for the third and final year of Great Western Railway’s £2.2 million community improvement fund must be submitted soon. Closing date is on Thursday 31st August. Complete the online form. Got an idea? Get in touch Launched in 2015,…

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Tuesday 29th August 2017

Tom Joyner joins Arriva as Managing Director of Arriva Train Wales

Arriva, one of Europe’s largest passenger transport companies, announced today that Tom Joyner has been appointed as Managing Director of Arriva Train Wales, which operates the Wales and Border franchise. Tom is currently Passenger Services Director for London Midland and…

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Work starts on new-look Crumpsall Metrolink stop

Crumpsall Metrolink stop is set to be transformed, allowing customers to switch between Bury and future Trafford Park line services. The popular tram stop will undergo a significant upgrade in readiness for the new £350 million Trafford Park line, currently…

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Politicians get on track with Scotland’s railway

Scotland’s politicians are getting the chance to see first-hand what it takes to keep the nation’s railway moving. MPs and MSPs are being invited to spend a day at Network Rail’s purpose-built £4m training centre in Larbert to find out…

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Automatic delay compensation for Southern and Gatwick Express passengers

As part of its continued plans to modernise one of the most congested networks in the country, train operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has today announced that Southern and Gatwick Express passengers using its key smartcard are now being automatically…

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New Caledonian Sleeper carriages on the road to Velim

In a major programme milestone, the first of the 75 new carriages for the iconic Caledonian Sleeper service have arrived at the Velim test centre in the Czech Republic, where they are to undergo several weeks’ testing. Five carriages, two…

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Northern looks to enhance disability awareness

Enhance the UK is delighted to announce a new project partnership with Northern (Arriva Rail North) to deliver staff disability awareness training. This partnership entails formal in-classroom training for their new staff including conductors, gateline and ticket office staff and…

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Friday 25th August 2017

Repairs in the dark finish on time

Murphy has successfully completed a repair and strengthening project in St John’s Wood – and all under the cover of darkness. The work was carried out on retaining walls next to railway lines at Alexandra Road stretching over 30 metres,…

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Major improvements for passengers on the way as South Western Railway begins operations

Unveiling a new brand and major investment programme for the network Rail passengers in London and the south of England will today be served by a new operator – South Western Railway (SWR). The change in operator will see more…

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Southend Victoria line to reopen at nights following early completion of first phase of major upgrades

The first phase of major reliability improvements on the Southend Victoria line will complete one month earlier than planned allowing the line to reopen for late night services from November, meaning less disruption for passengers. Network Rail is working on…

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Class of 66 earns Pickersgill-Kaye repeat rail business

The UK’s leading rail freight operator DB Cargo UK turned again to Pickersgill-Kaye’s engineering capabilities for the rail industry when its original fleet of Class 66 locomotives needed new cab door locks. Pickersgill-Kaye, a trading division of ASSA ABLOY the…

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Bridgeway receives the royal stamp of approval with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Bridgeway Consulting Limited is delighted to announce that they have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2017. Revealed on the occasion of Her Majesty’s official birthday, the honour is one of just a few hundred awards given…

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CLS LITE Supports Thameslink

Thameslink is the primary north/south rail route in London and work has been undertaken on a programme first raised in the 1990s to increase the capacity and efficiency of this vital commuter route. As the project heads into its final…

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Thursday 24th August 2017

Balfour Beatty awarded Great Western Mainline contract

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been selected by Network Rail to deliver a contract to electrify a 40-mile train route as part of The Great Western Mainline upgrade. The contract award follows successful collaboration…

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ScotRail is the best performing large train operator in the UK

ScotRail becomes the best performing large train operator in the UK Performance for the four weeks to 19 August 2017 the best for that period in five years ScotRail pledges no complacency as it builds the best railway Scotland has…

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New stations framework identifies rail investment opportunities

A new study External link has produced a framework for assessing and comparing the performance of railway stations. ​By giving quick and easy access to relevant data for local stations across the network, the framework can help train operator companies…

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Arriva Trains Wales driver, Nic Davies, hosts successful Twitter takeover

Arriva Trains Wales driver, Nic Davies, stepped out of the driver’s cab and into the office when he joined the Social Media team to host a successful Q&A session with Arriva Trains Wales customers on Twitter. Nic, who has spent…

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Safety First on the Railways

CCTV shows level crossings misuse Translink NI Railways is appealing to parents to help reinforce the message that railways are not safe places to play or congregate. During the summer months we see an increase in the number of near…

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c2c and Rossi join forces to offer a taste of Southend

Italian-owned train operator c2c and legendary Southend-based ice cream makers Rossi have teamed up to give away 14,000 free ice creams to help shoppers and passengers get in the summer spirit. The two Southend institutions joined forces to give away…

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Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Cow Lane improvement works set to get under way after Reading Festival

Works to improve traffic flow and safety for cyclists and pedestrians in Reading will begin after this year’s Reading Festival, as Network Rail prepares to widen the existing single lane carriageway and alleviate the bottleneck between the bridges on Cow…

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Govia Thameslink Railway brings number plate recognition to 25 stations

Commuters parking at 25 Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) stations will soon save time through the convenience of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). The new system, to be installed by the end of September, means that motorists no longer need to…

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Metro hosts CPR awareness event at Monument Metro station

Tyne and Wear Metro has teamed up with the North East Ambulance (NEAS) Service and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to offer life-saving CPR awareness sessions for members of the public. The drop-in sessions will take place at Monument Metro…

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West Runton rail station volunteers hold annual charity event

A group of volunteers at a North Norfolk railway station are holding an event to raise funds for the station gardens. Station adopters at West Runton, on the Bittern Line, are holding their annual event on Saturday 26 August to…

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HARTING distinguished for exceptional quality

The HARTING Technology Group has been known for decades for its high-quality products and solutions. Now, the technology group has received an award for exceptional quality from rail manufacturer Hitachi Rail. Hitachi Rail presented the prize to three representatives of…

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We are recruiting!

Thanks to the success of railbusinessdaily.com since its launch in July, we’re recruiting for various roles. We have business manager, client relationship manager, copywriter and media sales representative vacancies available. Rail industry experience is desirable. If you want to join…

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Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Major improvements for passengers on the way as South Western Railway begins operations

Unveiling a new brand and major investment programme for the network Rail passengers in London and the south of England will today be served by a new operator – South Western Railway (SWR). The change in operator will see more…

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Apprenticeship boost as Network Rail doubles the number of opportunities available

600 apprenticeship opportunities to be offered nationwide by the company over the next 12 months across a range of disciplines Number of places on Network Rail’s renowned Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme doubled from 150 in 2015 to more than 300 in…

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Virgin Trains wins highest ever market share against airlines between Scotland and London

New peak follows 18% growth between Edinburgh/Glasgow and London Comes as report sheds new light on environmental benefits of switching from plane to train CO2 savings on Glasgow-London over last decade equivalent to taking 140,000 cars off the road for…

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Non-Executive Board Appointment

Serco Group plc (‘Serco’ or ‘the Company’), the international service company, announces that Kirsty Bashforth will be appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Serco with effect from 15 September 2017. Sir Roy Gardner, Serco’s Chairman, said: “I am delighted to…

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Will Cambridge be named ‘Station of the Year’?

Cambridge rail station has been shortlisted to be crowned ‘Station of the Year’ at the National Rail Awards. The station has recently undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment with a wide range of improvements including a complete refurbishment of the existing…

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Remit brings national training facility to Derby!

Remit Group are thrilled to announce the opening of a brand new Automotive Academy in Derby this September. The launch of the Automotive Academy will bring hundreds of our automotive apprentices to the city. Permission is being sought from the…

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Monday 21st August 2017

Rail Delivery Group responds to RPI figure which will set regulated rail fares for 2018

Commenting on the release of July’s RPI figure – 3.6% – which is used by government to set next January’s increase to regulated rail fares, Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group – which brings together train companies…

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GTR hires 10 from Prince’s Trust training programme

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has offered 10 young people from Luton, Cambridge, Stevenage, Brixton and Bedford new roles with Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern, after they graduated last week from a work experience scheme the rail operator runs with the…

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US private investment group acquires Sheffield manufacturer

The Watermill Group, a US-based investment firm, has completed the acquisition of Sheffield-headquartered Cooper & Turner. Cooper & Turner is a global manufacturer and distributor of high-strength, large diameter fastener systems for can’t-fail fastening applications (for end products like wind…

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Night Tube boosts London’s economy by £171m in its first year

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hailed the huge success of the Night Tube after economic and passenger numbers for the first year far exceeded predictions. Figures released to mark the service’s one-year anniversary this weekend show that the…

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Rugeley Trent Valley to Walsall electrification work is well underway

Improvements to the railway between Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall are progressing as planned as Network Rail engineers continue work to electrify the Chase line. Over the past six days, engineers have carried out a range of work including installing…

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railbusinessdaily.com is recruiting

Thanks to the success of railbusinessdaily.com since its launch in July, we’re recruiting for various roles. We have business manager, client relationship manager, copywriter and media sales representative vacancies available. Rail industry experience is desirable. If you want to join…

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Friday 18th August 2017

Network Rail is on the hunt for new apprentices in Wales and the borders

Network Rail is looking for 11 new apprentices in Wales and the borders for its award-winning engineering apprenticeship scheme to start in March next year. Apprentices will have the opportunity to work on the ambitious Railway Upgrade Plan, providing plenty…

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Virgin Azuma debuts in Scotland on east coast test run

Virgin’s state-of-the-art Azuma train has visited Scotland for the first time as part of plans to transform Edinburgh-London rail journeys. The inaugural run north of the border was made as part of a testing programme by manufacturer Hitachi in preparation…

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Blairhill on track for new booking office

Rail customers in Blairhill are set to benefit from a new ticket office, as part of almost £5 million of investment in the station’s facilities. The new building is part of a £700,000 investment by the ScotRail Alliance. Construction work…

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Shocking video shows life threatening prank at Blakedown level crossing

A shocking video showing a youngster running across a Worcestershire level crossing and throwing himself under the safety barriers has been released by Network Rail. The irresponsible youth is seen darting across Blakedown level crossing after the warning lights and…

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Places still available for dinner which discusses future of Scottish rail

Places are becoming limited for an event which will discuss the future of rail in Scotland. Rail: North of the Border, is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow on 14th September 2017. The event is designed to bring…

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East Midlands Trains launches new low price ticket tool

East Midlands Trains customers can now search for tickets before they are even on sale and make sure they don’t miss out on booking their favourite journeys at the best prices. The brand new ticket alert tool means customers don’t…

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London Midland gives back to the Prince’s Trust

A bumper year for staff engagement allows train company to make a significant donation to the Prince’s Trust. In a ceremony held at Birmingham New Street station, London Midland’s managing director, Patrick Verwer, handed the charity a cheque for £15,000….

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Thursday 17th August 2017

Liverpool City Region is open for business during major upgrade to Lime Street station

Passengers are being reassured that the Liverpool City Region will remain ‘open for business’ when the first phase of a major transformation of Liverpool Lime Street kicks off next month. Work will take place at the station between 30 September…

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AMCO – River Witham blockade success

AMCO has successfully completed the reconstruction of a four span Underbridge over the River Witham in Lincoln City Centre during a nine day blockade of the railway on August 17th. Working on behalf of Network Rail, AMCO demolished the existing…

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CITB revolutionises training for next generation of plant operators

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has made a major investment into revolutionary technology to help train the next generation of plant operators. The £1.2m funding has seen 16 state of the art plant simulators move into CITB’s National Construction…

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Over 1.5 kilometres of escalators now installed in Elizabeth Line stations

With over half the escalators now installed in the new Elizabeth line stations, new timelapse footage and photos released by Crossrail highlights current progress. 17 escalators have been fully commissioned at Canary Wharf station and the framework for 37 more…

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Greater Anglia launches route-based Twitter accounts

Passengers using Greater Anglia train services can now get tailored information about their journeys as the train operator launches four new route-specific Twitter accounts. Live now, the new accounts are @ga_southend, @ga_mainline, @ga_westanglia and @ga_regional. Passengers can follow the account…

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Metro’s two busiest stations are fitted with defibrillators

Two of the busiest stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro system have been fitted with life-saving defibrillators. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has funded the installation of defibrillators at Haymarket and Monument Metro stations in…

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Wednesday 16th August 2017

Atkins wins Anglia resignalling contract

Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management organisations, has been awarded a £29-million contract for the resignalling of the Norwich-Yarmouth-Lowestoft route by Network Rail. The project is due for completion in Spring 2019. Atkins will be…

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Portway new railway station works underway

Work is underway to help design the first new railway station in the Bristol area in over 20 years. The station will serve the existing Portway Park & Ride site near Avonmouth. Over the next month rail engineers will survey…

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New footbridge replaces high-risk Stirling level crossing

Network Rail has officially opened a new footbridge at Millhall Road in Stirling to replace a level crossing once considered Scotland’s highest risk pedestrian only crossing. The fully accessible, ramped footbridge was built over a period of seven months from…

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John Motson to host 2017 Dinner at the Roundhouse

Legendary BBC football commentator and national treasure John Motson – the man in the sheepskin coat – will be this year’s celebrity host at the 2017 Dinner at the Roundhouse, Derby on Thursday October 19th. Following in the footsteps of…

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GB Railfreight continues to support armed forces by updating the livery of the Chinook locomotive

Following on from the highly successful collaboration and naming of the HMS Argyll F231 (formally 66 775) after the 23 Frigate HMS Argyll in July, GB Railfreight is continuing its support of the forces by updating the livery of the…

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‘Great eight’ shortlisted for national Community Rail Awards

Community rail projects from all over the London Midland network have been shortlisted in the 2017 Community Rail Awards. In the West Midlands, London Midland’s community rail art project with Sandwell College for Smethwick Rolfe Street station has made the…

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Tuesday 15th August 2017

Ordsall Chord nears completion as stunning steel bands are lifted into place

The final eye-catching piece of the Ordsall Chord, which will improve connectivity across the north of England, has been lifted into position by Network Rail. A steel cascade weighing 40 tonnes, was installed during the early hours of Sunday 6…

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England’s Economic Heartland confirms support for East West Rail

England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Transport Forum chairman, Councillor Heather Smith, has written to Network Rail to confirm the Heartland’s support for East West Rail. Cllr Smith was responding to the consultation on phase two of the Western Section of the…

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Transport for London awards new cleaning contract to ABM UK

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it has awarded a five-year contract for the provision of cleaning and associated services to ABM UK – guaranteeing 2,800 people will receive the London Living Wage. The contract includes the cleaning of…

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Jewers Doors secure Hitachi’s Doncaster maintenance depot

Specialist industrial door manufacturer, Jewers Doors, has installed five of its latest Swift SEW automated sliding bifolding doors at Hitachi Rail Europe’s (HRE) new £80m maintenance depot for the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains at Doncaster. There has been a…

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Amazon adopts two London Midland rail stations

Two London Midland stations, Rugeley Town and Rugeley Trent Valley, have been adopted by online retailer Amazon. In what is thought to be a first for the rail industry, Amazon has joined London Midland’s award-winning Adopt a Station programme to…

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Plowman Craven introduces Vogel R3D – the future of rail surveying

A revolutionary new service from the surveying experts at Plowman Craven, Vogel R3D is a unique, UAV-based system that enables the comprehensive surveying of rail infrastructure to a sub-5mm accuracy in a fraction of the time of a traditional survey….

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Monday 14th August 2017

Network Rail showcases £7.5m Mid Wales scheme to improve safety as part of Railway Upgrade Plan

Montgomery’s Assembly Member, Russell George, joined Powys Councillors Diane Jones-Poston and Les George to see rail safety improvements in Talerddig, which are being carried out as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. The project includes the construction of two…

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Take a look at the new trains set to transform rail travel in East Anglia

The latest computer-generated photos of some of Greater Anglia’s brand new trains have been unveiled. The photos show how the intercity, regional and Stansted Express trains will look when they come into service from 2019. Greater Anglia is replacing every…

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Edinburgh Trams unveils first ever advertising partner

Edinburgh Trams has announced its first ever commercial partnership with CR Smith. The two-year deal will see 18 of Edinburgh Trams’ 27 fleet wrapped in a highly visual campaign that aims to promote a ‘Window to Scotland’ and the breadth…

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Ballyclare Ltd continues to increase standing in rail industry

Having recorded a number of significant advances over recent months, Ballyclare’s position as a leading supplier of workwear to the rail industry continues to go from strength to strength. An appearance at both the Railtex and Rail Live exhibitions have…

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ScotRail taking Pride in its trains

As Scotland prepares for the Pride Glasgow 2017 weekend on 19th and 20th August, five ScotRail trains will be displaying the rainbow flag in support of Scotland’s biggest LGBTI festival. The trains will be in service on the Edinburgh –…

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Machynlleth’s train depot celebrates 10 years of engineering excellence

Content and image from Arriva Trains Wales website Fixing trains, fitting wifi and first in the UK with a new signalling system. It’s all in a day’s work for the Arriva Trains Wales team in Machynlleth. Open every day except…

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Friday 11th August 2017

More seats for rail passengers as nearly £1 billion is invested in Midlands services

Better trains, services and stations for passengers travelling between the north-west, the Midlands and London. Rail passengers will get new longer trains with more seats and more space as nearly £1 billion is invested in services on the West Midlands…

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Senior management team announced for new South Western rail franchise

FirstGroup unveiled the senior management team for the new South Western train operating company today, ahead of the franchise starting on Sunday 20th August. In addition to Andy Mellors, previously announced as Managing Director, several senior directors have now been…

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Dave Harwood joins the D2 Rail Team

Dave Harwood has recently joined the D2 Rail team as a Project Controller and will work closely with its Planning Director, Simon Blair. He joins D2 Rail from Mott MacDonald, where he has spent seven years working in the rail…

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New images highlight Elizabeth Line progress above ground

New images released by Crossrail highlight construction progress above ground for the Elizabeth line. The photographs highlight construction progress with the exteriors of the new stations and railway structures including: Paddington: construction has started on the 120 metre long glazed…

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Transport for London working to bring mobile connectivity to London Underground

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a package of measures to boost digital connectivity across the capital and tackle London’s areas of poor connectivity – known as ‘not-spots’ – including the appointment of a troubleshooting ‘Not Spot Team’….

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All aboard the first ever children’s coach

The laughter and chatter of excited children replaced the usual clatter of keyboards and quiet conversation yesterday, as the Chiltern Railways ‘Kids’ Coach’ arrived into London Marylebone station for the first time this summer. The dedicated family-friendly carriage – complete…

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Thursday 10th August 2017

Eurostar arrives in Doncaster as the National College for High Speed Rail prepares to open its doors

A rare sight greeted residents in Doncaster as a refurbished Eurostar power car – previously used to carry more than 160 million passengers between the UK and mainland Europe – became the latest arrival at the town’s new world-class further…

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Solihull’s HS2 ambition officially unveiled

The first step towards creating a new, mixed-use destination for the HS2 Interchange Station on the outskirts of Solihull has been taken. The UK Central Solihull Urban Growth Company (UGC) has formally asked HS2 Ltd to upgrade the current plans…

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New Intercity Express Trains for Devon and Cornwall begin testing

Passengers in the South West are a step closer to experiencing new trains as Hitachi begins testing the Class 802 Intercity Express Train fleet. This week, the first of Great Western Railway’s Intercity Express Trains for Devon and Cornwall carried…

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East Midlands Trains and its community partners shortlisted for 14 national community awards

East Midlands Trains and its community partners have been shortlisted for a total of 14 awards in this year’s national Community Rail Awards. The ACoRP awards, which will be held in Derby for the first time this year, take place…

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REO UK becomes member of Rail Forum East Midlands

Power quality specialist REO UK has become a member of the Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM), an organisation that operates as a source of knowledge and a voice for the rail industry. REO UK’s membership represents the company’s increased focus…

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Murphy shortlisted for Biodiversity Award

The Jones Bridge project in Mickle Trafford, near Chester, has been nominated for the ‘Pollinator Award’ at the Biodiversity Challenge Awards 2017. The event has been organised by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) as they aim to…

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Wednesday 9th August 2017

London Overground extension to Barking Riverside gets the green light

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London (TfL) have welcomed the news that the Government has given the green light for a vital new extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside. Transport for London (TfL) has…

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New Railcard app as train companies make it quicker and easier to save 1/3 on fares

A new app is set to make it quicker and easier for rail passengers to save money on fares. For the first time customers will be able to buy and store Railcards on smartphones, starting with the 16-25 Railcard –…

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New standards aim for safer heritage trains on the national network

​The rail industry is aiming to give steam train and other heritage operators greater clarity on their safety obligations. Britain’s rail standards body RSSB is bringing together national rail and heritage interests to make it easier for operators to understand…

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£14.5m roof investment is transforming Carlisle station

Carlisle passengers are beginning to reap the benefits of a better station with lighter, brighter platforms thanks to the transformation of the historic roof. As part of the Great North Rail Project, a key strand of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan,…

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ISS cleans up with Hitachi Rail

ISS has secured a new contract with Hitachi Rail for the IEP (Intercity Express Programme) for Great Western Main Line. The three year contract will see ISS providing fleet cleaning services at Hitachi’s Train Maintenance Centres to stabilise the brand…

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NYMR secures National Lottery support

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has been awarded £4.6M by the National Lottery. This funding will go towards NYMR’s Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey, a £9.2M Sustainability Project aimed at securing the future of the railway. An award-winning visitor attraction steams across…

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Tuesday 8th August 2017

Multi-million pound transport projects show commitment to UK’s new Silicon Valley

From gov.uk Cambridge North station is officially opened by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Cambridge’s newest rail station is already helping to speed up journeys for commuters into and out of the city less than 2 months after opening. Cambridge North…

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Train companies committed to new independent ombudsman to settle complaints

Train companies have committed to introducing a new independent ombudsman to investigate and rule on unresolved customer complaints. The move underlines train companies’ commitment to continuing to improve services for customers. Following discussions led by Rail Minister Paul Maynard, the…

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Unprecedented conservation project starts in Warwickshire

From gov.uk As part of preparations for Britain’s new high speed railway, HS2 Ltd is creating its first new wildlife habitats along the line of route. Work at the Finham Brook site in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, starts this month and includes…

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TBM Rail commences major carriage refurbishment

Crewe-based TBM Rail has begun a complete refurbishment of passenger grab poles, rails and handles for the Southern (GTR) fleet of Class 377 vehicles. The upgrade work involves sand-blasting the old polyester layers, before applying a new coating of Nylon…

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Masterplan for town’s historic station

A masterplan is being drawn up to secure a historic Middlesbrough landmark as one of the region’s key transport hubs. The study – led by Middlesbrough Council with funding from the Tees Valley Combined Authority, First Group – will provide…

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Great Northern and Thameslink’s safety programme is a hit with youngsters

Volunteers from Great Northern and Thameslink have delivered talks about safe and independent rail travel to almost 10,000 primary school children over the past six months. The Go-Learn programme, which sees members of staff give up their time to attend…

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Monday 7th August 2017

Proposed rail upgrades would support £2bn economy boost with more trains and better HS2 links

A major boost to the Midlands economy supported by more trains and better connections between towns, cities and with HS2 is predicted if proposed rail upgrades become a reality. Midlands Connect predicts that the development of a new Midlands Rail…

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“We are very happy” – Crossrail

Infrarail 2018, the UK’s leading exhibition of railway infrastructure equipment products and services, returns to London next year. The event will take place at ExCeL London in the capital’s Docklands from 1st to 3rd May 2018, and will feature the…

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Taylor Woodrow awarded £18 million contract to upgrade White Hart Lane Station

Transport for London (TfL) has announced Taylor Woodrow as the successful bidder to design and rebuild the station by spring 2019. TfL and Taylor Woodrow will work together to redevelop the station, which is used by 1.3m customers a year,…

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East Midlands Trains marks ten-year charity partnership with Railway Children

A special train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway was recently chartered by East Midlands Trains to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its partnership with Railway Children, successfully raising £30,000 for the charity. Staff and volunteers from East Midlands Trains,…

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Rail Institute investigates development of light-weight bogies

An ambitious plan to double the amount of European freight carried by rail could depend on the development of lighter-weight bogies produced using stronger steels and innovative manufacturing techniques, according to findings by experts at the University of Huddersfield. Its…

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Greater Anglia to run second rail enthusiasts’ charity train

Greater Anglia is to run a rail enthusiasts’ charity charter train on Saturday 16 September to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). The special trip will operate with one of the company’s intercity MkIII carriage sets “top and…

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Friday 4th August 2017

Payroll business further bolsters BBP performance

BemroseBooth Paragon (BBP) is very pleased to announce that, as a specialist supplier of magnetic tickets, smart enabled cards and print services for bus and rail operators throughout the UK, it has secured an ongoing contract to supply Virgin Trains…

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Bridge project is definitely different in Denchworth

As part of Network Rail’s Great Western Electrification project, Murphy recently completed constructing a new footbridge at Denchworth, in Oxfordshire, which is on the Reading to Swindon mainline. Engineering manager James Drury tells us about the project in more detail….

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Major bridge lifted into place over railway in Apsley

A major construction project in Apsley, Hertfordshire took a big step forward this week with the installation of a major bridge across the West Coast Main Line at Featherbed Lane. The work, which was carried out by contractor Osborne and…

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Stadium of Light Metro station earns its stripes

Stadium of Light Metro station has been revamped to celebrate 20 years of the nearby football ground and recognise the station’s importance for the growing leisure and conference market. The station is decked out in red and white stripes and…

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Virgin Trains accelerates journeys with eight-minute London-Scotland film

Virgin Trains is inviting customers to experience travel between Scotland and London in just eight minutes. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the intercity operator has released speeded-up footage showing the incredible sights viewed from the drivers’ cab on some of…

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UK’s first Community Rail apprentice wanted in South Wales

Arriva Trains Wales is looking to recruit a keen and passionate person to strengthen links between the railway and local communities. Having already developed strong links to communities across Wales, Arriva Trains Wales is hoping to build on this while…

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Thursday 3rd August 2017

Jacobs to acquire CH2M to create premier $15 billion global solutions provider

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) and CH2M HILL Companies Ltd. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Jacobs will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value (EV)…

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Britain’s biggest builder opens up for competition under new reforms

Network Rail is investing almost £130m in Britain’s railways every week, with over 15,000 live projects on its books to deliver improvements to our railways for the 4.5m people who use it every day. The reforms unveiled by chief executive,…

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Keltbray appoints new Group Investment Director

Keltbray Group; a leading UK specialist business that offers engineering, construction, demolition, decommissioning, remediation, rail, reinforced concrete structures and environmental services, today announced the appointment of Joseph Goldberg as Group Investment Director with immediate effect. This is a newly created…

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Courteenhall embankment strong and stable thanks to Murphy

As Murphy comes to the end of another Network Rail CP5 project, Mark Jasper, site manager for the Courteenhall site in Northamptonshire spoke to us about some of the innovations and sustainability initiatives that have led to the team finishing…

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Costain receives prestigious Patron’s Award

Costain recently received the highest-level achievement award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) which recognises organisations who have achieved an exemplary record of 25 plus years of consecutive RoSPA gold awards. The Patron’s award, launched this…

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New Leadership Programme for Colas Rail

Colas Rail recently launched its brand new Leadership Programme and it was a great success. Ten of our top leaders had the opportunity to take part in the five day “Intensive Leadership Training” in Hertfordshire. Jennifer Simms, Colas Rail Legal…

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Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Green light for HS2 as first major contracts signed

From gov.uk HS2 took a major step forward today, with the formal signing of contracts to deliver the tunnels, bridges and earthworks that will carry the first phase of the UK’s new high speed railway from London to Birmingham in…

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Amey CEO leads industry group to double UK rail export by 2025

A group of leaders from the rail industry and government are aiming to drive UK rail exports in a new drive led by Amey CEO Andy Milner. The Rail Supply Group (RSG), the leadership body for the rail supply sector,…

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Fenix’s Matt Wain to attend IRSE Annual Convention in Texas

As Fenix Signalling continues to invest in the industry’s brightest young talent, it is reaping the benefits of its investment. Matt Wain, one of Fenix’s talented signalling design engineers, continues to flourish in his role, and has recently been selected…

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DRS Open Day 2017 – a great success

DRS’s Flagship event took place on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at our Kingmoor Depot in Carlisle. The annual event raises money for charities and local causes and we are delighted to announce that a record breaking £29,000 was raised at…

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500 not out at New Cumnock Station

Over 500 cups of tea and coffee and countless traybakes have already been served at the Wee Train Café at New Cumnock Station since it opened in May, the ScotRail Alliance said today. Despite being a new kid on the…

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Hertfordshire Bridge lift eases traffic and provides new housing opportunities

This weekend, saw the bridge deck at Apsley, Hertfordshire lifted into position over the West Coast Main Line. As the bridge was installed, the local community cheered and celebrated with fireworks. Osborne began the scheme to build a bridge over…

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Tuesday 1st August 2017

D2 Rail’s visualisations team work with Amey at Ordsall Chord

D2 Rail has recently been involved in aiding the understanding of a major track installation as part of the Ordsall Chord project. With the new Ordsall Chord structure in Manchester now nearing completion, the final Switches & Crossings (S&C) units…

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RJ Power Networks to pilot e-Learning training and development initiative

RJ Power Networks has teamed up with Business Training TV, an online training platform of high quality video-based eLearning content, to develop a suite of training modules as part of a pilot programme. As well as providing access to Business…

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Technology developed for subsea can improve railway signalling availability

These are exciting and challenging times for the UK rail industry; exciting because the future of rail is positive, yet challenging as Network Rail embarks on the necessary programme of expansion and upgrading to accommodate the inevitable growth whilst continuing…

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Passengers and residents thanked as Ashton-under-Lyne station opens on time

Passengers and neighbours have been thanked for their patience and understanding after Ashton-under-Lyne station reopened on time following a 23 day closure. Network Rail had closed the station between 8 and 30 July to carry out upgrade work as part…

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Latest Bakerloo line extension consultation shows continued strong public support

Work is continuing on proposals to extend the Bakerloo line beyond Elephant & Castle after Transport for London (TfL) today published the results of its latest consultation. The Bakerloo line extension is vital to meeting the needs of the capital’s…

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Time-lapse video shows construction of new Doncaster depot

Time-lapse footage, released by Hitachi Rail Europe, shows the construction of their new £80 million Doncaster depot, which was designed and built by VolkerFitzpatrick. Over 2,000 people worked on the project, which began in July 2014 and ran for two…

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Monday 31st July 2017

New station boost for passengers thanks to £16 million government investment

Rail passengers are set for better journeys with 5 new stations to be built across England and Wales, the government has announced. The Department for Transport (DfT) has given the green light for the stations, which will provide long term…

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Global Rail Construction Ltd secures Feltham Resignalling Works

UK Rail contractor, Global Rail Construction Ltd, is delighted to have secured the Principal Contractor (PC) role for the design and construction of the advanced civil engineering works on Phase 1 of the Feltham resignalling project – having submitted a…

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Eurostar reports a positive performance in the first half of 2017

Eurostar, the high speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, has reported a positive performance in the first six months of the year. Sales revenues grew by 6% at constant exchange rates (£452.6m vs £428.4m) and by 11%…

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New report by passenger watchdog highlights the vital role played by small stations as the capital grows

A report published by London’s independent passenger watchdog highlights the need for improvements at small stations in and around the capital. Passengers make almost 100 million journeys to and from small stations in and around London every year but these…

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ScotRail Alliance outperforms improvement plan

The number of trains running on time in the last four weeks saw the ScotRail Alliance pulling ahead of its performance improvement plan target, new figures reveal. In the four weeks to 23 July 2017, 93.7 per cent of trains…

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Brighter, bigger, better: A modern makeover for TPE trains

TransPennine Express (TPE) has launched its first refurbished train as part of an overhaul of its entire fleet for customers across the North. The full ‘Class 185’ fleet of trains are now going through a phased refurbishment programme, and over…

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Friday 28th July 2017

LNE & EM hits new record for performance

Network Rail’s London North Eastern and East Midlands Route has announced its best period on record for delay minutes. In period 4, LNE & EM Route clocked up just 79,000 minutes of delay; the lowest total for a period for…

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Rail Freight Group publishes position paper on East-West Rail link

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has published a new position paper on the East – West Rail link. The reopening of the link will play a vital role in supporting economic development of the Oxford-Cambridge corridor, including new housing and…

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Vivarail announces grant to develop new battery train

Vivarail, the designers and manufacturers of the Class 230 DEMU, has announced new investment to develop its ground-breaking battery D-Train. The Accelerating Innovation in Rail grant competition is run by Innovate UK and Vivarail’s success recognises the huge strides the…

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Bridgeway Consulting awarded royal accolade

Bridgeway Consulting Limited has been awarded The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2017. Revealed on the occasion of Her Majesty’s official birthday, the honour is one of just a few hundred awards given annually to businesses in the UK…

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£200m Midland Metro expansion plans presented to transport secretary Chris Grayling

Plans for the £200m extension of the Midland Metro from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill have been handed to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling. Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, and Laura Shoaf, managing director of Transport…

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SPT gets behind the British Transplant Games

SPT is supporting the British Transplant Games which, this year, take place in North Lanarkshire. Approached by North Lanarkshire Council, SPT is supporting the local council and the Games by organising transport arrangements for the competitors and their families to…

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Thursday 27th July 2017

Britain’s railways get even safer

Britain’s railways continue to become even safer, according to the latest figures from rail industry body, RSSB. The latest data covering the 2016-7 financial year clearly shows further reductions in the amount of harm in terms of injuries and fatalities…

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New Hitachi trains pass Department for Transport digital tests

Hitachi’s new intercity trains, due to enter passenger service this autumn, have passed tests to run their digital technology required by the Department for Transport. The UK-built fleet, known as the Class 800s, is among the first in the country…

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tusp launches Project Planning Solution to ease delivery

A group that specialises in the delivery of projects safely, on time and within budget, has introduced a new project planning solution which aims to give clients a one-stop resource. The Ultimate Solution Partnership (tusp), which was established in 2000,…

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Eurotunnel celebrates 1 millionth Flexiplus customer and opens a new 500m² lounge dedicated to its premium service

Eurotunnel held an Exclusive Press Preview of its new Flexiplus lounge at the Coquelles terminal in France, as part of the celebrations for the millionth customer to use the Flexiplus service since its introduction in 2006. Eurotunnel’s Flexiplus ticket is…

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TfL makes it easier to top up Oyster cards while on the go

Image copyrighted by Transport for London Getting around London is set to become even more convenient after a range of improvements to London’s Oyster ticketing system were introduced. Passengers who top up their pay as you go credit or buy…

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Harsco Rail continues focus on corporate social responsibility with range of initiatives

The team from Harsco Corporation’s railway track maintenance division, Harsco Rail, is currently completing a series of challenges in order to raise money for Railway Children, a charity which works to help vulnerable children living on the streets across the…

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Wednesday 26th July 2017

Working together – new partnership between Rail Supply Group and Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Supply Group (RSG) and the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) have announced a new partnership to coordinate shared objectives better and to strengthen further the industry’s voice. New partnership will give supply chain a stronger voice Move will ensure…

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Welsh Government announce extra rolling stock to improve rail services

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates has today announced the addition of 5 extra 4-carriage trains to boost and improve rolling stock available in Wales. The class 319 flex bi-mode trains have been funded by Welsh Government with £1m of…

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Work gets underway on ‘Halton Curve’ to boost Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and North Wales rail links

Work has started on the 1.5 miles of rail track, known as the ‘Halton Curve’, that will unlock leisure and business opportunities between the Liverpool City Region, its airport, Cheshire and North Wales. The Halton Curve scheme, delivered by Network…

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Hitachi Rail skills on track thanks to Aycliffe training provider

Hitachi Rail Europe says it hasn’t struggled to recruit skilled people at its new train assembling factory – thanks to the support of local training providers. The Japanese manufacturer, which opened its new rail facility in September 2015, has already…

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Survey shows customer satisfaction with Greater Anglia at record high

Improvements to trains and stations have led to a significant increase in customer satisfaction with Greater Anglia, according to the latest industry-wide rail passenger survey. Overall satisfaction with Greater Anglia is now at the equal highest level it has ever…

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New High Efficiency Slim Line Din Rail power supply series

Stadium Stontronics, a leader in the design and manufacture of power supplies and cable products, has introduced a slimline, high-efficiency din rail product range up to 960W, which has been designed up to 30% smaller than the industry standard for…

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Tuesday 25th July 2017

Crossrail 2: a way forward

Last week the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had a productive meeting to discuss the way forward for Crossrail 2. They agreed that there is no doubt London needs new infrastructure to support its growth…

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New report proves devolved rail networks work for passengers and the areas they serve

A study of devolved rail services in the UK has identified a strong trend of dramatic increases in performance, reliability and satisfaction levels among passengers since responsibilities for local rail services were devolved from Whitehall. The Rail Devolution Works report,…

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RIN York breaks through 1,000 delegate barrier

Organisers of Rail Infrastructure Networking (RIN) announced today that exhibitor numbers for the upcoming event on 7th September in York have already passed the record set in Crewe in May with registered visitors also set to reach an all-time high….

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Beacon Rail acquires voyager fleet

Beacon Rail Leasing, a leading Pan-European rolling stock lessor, is pleased to announce that it completed the acquisition of a fleet of Bombardier Class 220 and Class 221 Voyager diesel-electric multiple units from subsidiaries of Lloyds Bank plc and the…

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LED Wig Wag celebrates its 10th year

July 2017 sees ten years since the Unipart Dorman/Unipart Rail LED Wig Wag head for level crossings was first approved for use. This was one of the first true collaborations across Unipart’s Rail Division, in that the LED light modules…

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Northern to explore innovations for Lakes Line

Northern is to explore new solutions to provide enhanced services for customers on the Lakes Line. The largest train operator outside of London is working on proposals to develop innovative solutions following the news that the line is not to…

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Monday 24th July 2017

Knorr-Bremse Rail UK celebrates 50,000

Employees at the Knorr-Bremse Rail UK headquarters, based in Melksham, Wiltshire are celebrating the milestone of the 50,000th Knorr-Bremse EP2002 Distributed Brake Control (DBC) valve to be manufactured there to date. Knorr-Bremse EP2002 is an advanced train brake control system,…

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A strong year for Keltbray

Keltbray Group; a leading UK specialist business which offers engineering, construction, demolition, piling, decommissioning, remediation, rail, reinforced concrete structures and environmental services, today announced its financial results for the year ending 31 October 2016, including an increase in turnover from…

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Pod-Trak Ltd makes £2m plant investment in 12 months as it continues to grow year-on-year

Multi-disciplinary rail firm Pod-Trak Ltd has continued on a path of growth after investing £2m in plant machinery over the last year. The investment, which includes Doosan DX270 Ultimate RRVs and Liebherr A924 RRVs; rail trailers and MEWPs along with…

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ABB to provide innovative traction power solution for UK railway network

ABB has won a $20 million contract from Network Rail to provide a trackside power electronics solution for new high-speed electric trains. The UK’s main rail link between London and Edinburgh is the East Coast Mainline (ECML). Network Rail, which…

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Consultation launched into Portrush Train Station

Translink has launched a public consultation on proposals to redevelop Portrush Train Station. This is an exciting new development for the town which will provide modern facilities to cater for growing passenger numbers and contribute to the overall regeneration of…

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Lichfield MP goes trackside with Network Rail and London Midland

The MP for Lichfield, Michael Fabricant, met with Network Rail and London Midland to see first-hand how the railway in his constituency is run and maintained. Mr Fabricant was taken on track where he saw Network Rail’s orange army repair…

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Friday 21st July 2017

New improvements for rail passengers in Wales, the midlands and the north

Content from gov.uk The Department for Transport announces plans for new bi-mode trains for passengers with more seats and better on-board facilities. Passengers in Wales, the midlands and the north will get faster and more comfortable journeys quicker under new…

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Private sector tech-gurus share expertise to enhance Britain’s Digital Railway Programme and supply next generation technology

Bosses responsible for upgrading and modernising Britain’s railway with digital technology have revealed plans how they could incorporate next generation tech from new suppliers, non-railway sectors, and businesses with specialist tech-sector knowledge, while making it easier for these organisations – not usually…

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Local community get on board

GRAHAM Construction recently worked with Artis Community to transform the external wooden site hoardings next to Pontypridd Train Station in South Wales into a large mural (47m2) of a steam train with a rotating exhibition of photographs, from local amateur…

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New operator just the ticket for Metrolink

Greater Manchester’s Metrolink tram system – the largest of its kinhttps://www.railbusinessdaily.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=m_newsd in the UK – has welcomed a new operator on board to run the iconic network. ​KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM), a joint venture partnership of leading global public transport operator,…

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Building a centre of excellence for rail at Pickersgill-Kaye

Pickersgill-Kaye’s facility in Leeds is undergoing a major redevelopment, as owner ASSA ABLOY’s significant investment plans for turning the Yorkshire lock maker into a specialist production base for the rail industry gathers pace. An ongoing programme of refurbishment is being…

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Aspiring Railway Engineers complete Technical Challenges

Between 17th and 20th July 2017, The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham hosted 50 secondary school students for a three-day residential programme that involved two design, make and test challenges with railway…

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Thursday 20th July 2017

Rail companies together adopt most transparent train punctuality measure in Europe

Britain’s rail companies are working together to adopt the most transparent measure for train punctuality of any railway in Europe as part of the industry’s drive to improve services for the long-term. Train punctuality to be measured to the minute…

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Virgin Trains helping to transform Doncaster station entrance

Virgin Trains is supporting a multi-million pound transformation of the entrance and approach to Doncaster station. Doncaster Council is planning to pedestrianise the forecourt outside the station, with an attractive, partially grassed area. The transformation of this key gateway to…

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RSSB announces new GB rail supplier assurance providers

Altius VA and Capita have been selected by RSSB to provide enhancements to RISQS, the GB railway’s supplier pre-qualification scheme. RISQS (Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) is used by Network Rail, London Underground and 116 other buyers with over 4,300…

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Tracsis Software Team wins significant contract

Tracsis is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a significant multi-million pound contract for provision of its key software planning products with a major UK rail operator. The contract will be delivered over four years and includes the…

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SWGR opens dedicated industrial supplies store and showroom in Glasgow

SWGR has opened a dedicated industrial supplies store and showroom based at its headquarters in Glasgow. The store stocks a variety of specialist industrial products including workwear, signage and high visibility clothing for businesses of all sizes. Joe Devlin, from…

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Web firm celebrates 50th rail website

Leading digital media company, MercuryWeb, has reached a significant milestone having delivered its 50th rail company website with the business’ creative and digital teams delivering more than 500 websites for clients across various sectors in the last three years. In…

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Wednesday 19th July 2017

National College on track to train Britain’s next generation of engineers

During the week that HS2 has announced the successful main civils works contractors, the National College for High Speed Rail has announced it remains on track to open its doors this September. The HS2 main civils works announcement is expected…

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World first rollout for British technology innovation set to deliver a more punctual railway

A new delay-busting Traffic Management system on the Great Western Railway will boost performance on train journeys between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway. Thanks to a two year contract agreed between Network Rail and the British signalling & train control…

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Sixth formers reinterpret the future railway in The Apprentice-style skills challenge

In the week leading up to World Youth Skills Day, 16 students took part in a classroom-to-boardroom challenge. The aim was to develop their business skills and introduce them to potential future opportunities in the rail industry. Network Rail’s Research,…

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Office move signals continuous growth

Leading signalling design, installation, testing and commissioning business, Fenix Signalling, is expanding its operations with a move to new offices in Stratford-upon-Avon. After three years at its current Hatton base, the team at Fenix is getting ready to relocate to…

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40 Years of the Nene Valley Railway

Steam trains at the bottom of your garden, that’s something you might imagine in the middle of rural Wales but it’s not the sort of thing you’d expect in Peterborough, but for the last 40 years that’s exactly what has…

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Onyxrail provides DC Airco Cooling Equipment to an increasing number of UK trains

Birmingham-based Onyxrail has seen an increase in demand for DC Airco Cooling Equipment. Since 2006, DC Airco equipment has been fitted as an aftermarket enhancement to many fleets both in the UK and Internationally, it provides a real uplift in…

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Tuesday 18th July 2017

Huge economic boost for the north of England as Transport Secretary confirms HS2 routes

Text and map image from gov.uk HS2 page Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed Britain’s high speed rail lines to the north-west, East Midlands and Yorkshire. The decision will mean new connections between Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and the…

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First big HS2 contracts to build Britain’s new railway will support 16,000 jobs

From gov.uk The winners of the major construction contracts for Britain’s new railway were announced today (17 July 2017), with the £6.6 billion contracts supporting 16,000 jobs across the country. The huge infrastructure investment covers the main civil engineering work…

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Tom Smith joins SSE Enterprise Rail’s senior leadership team

Tom Smith has joined SSE Enterprise Rail’s senior leadership team. Tom brings vast operational and delivery experience in project management and client relations, having spent 18 years with telecoms giant British Telecoms (BT), where he was responsible for running three…

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Hull Trains bucks industry trend with high satisfaction scores and performance

At a time when consumer watchdog Which? is lamenting a ‘decade of discontent’ for rail customers and is calling on operators to improve satisfaction and reliability, Hull Trains is flying the flag for how train companies can exceed expectations and…

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BWB primed for expansion after becoming part of the CAF Group

BWB, one of the UK’s leading design engineering consultants, is set to embark on significant expansion in the UK and abroad after becoming part of the global transport engineering giant CAF Group. A multi award-winning business which delivers advice and…

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Great Western Railway uniform ‘highly commended’ at professional clothing awards

The staff uniform created for Great Western Railway (GWR) by London based design company Jermyn Street Design has been Highly Commended in the Professional Clothing Awards. The range, which was launched last year, featured in the ‘Business Manager of the…

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Monday 17th July 2017

Construction of new Cambridge North Station delivered successfully

VolkerFitzpatrick recently completed work on the new Cambridge North Station, for Network Rail. The station’s first commuter services began on Monday 22 May. Located next to Cambridge science and business parks, and the A14 and A10, the new station is…

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Midlands Engine on track for rail investment

The Midlands Engine partners, came together with DIT, Rail Alliance and Rail Forum to host an investors event to present the opportunities UK rail presents, with the Midlands as the perfect place to locate to for HS2 and the many…

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Unipart Rail part of launch of £92m UK railway research partnership

Unipart Rail is a member of a partnership between the rail supply industry and a consortium of eight universities which has secured £92 million to fund research aimed at establishing the UK as a world-leading centre of railway excellence. The…

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SureStaffing sets sights on rail industry recruitment

Leading people placement business, SureStaffing, has reinforced its commitment to rail industry recruitment with a number of specialist appointments at offices across the UK. The company, which has placed more than half a million people since it was formed in…

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Railway Benefit Fund encourages people to book early as tickets continue to go for annual dinner

Tickets to the 11th annual dinner for the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) continue to book up fast as the event approaches this October in Glasgow. Hosted at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 20th October 2017, the dinner…

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Nominations and sponsorship still available for the RailStaff Awards

The 7th October 2017 will see the RailStaff Awards celebrate its 11th anniversary as sponsorship and nominations still remain open. Those who have attended previously will know that Rail Media don’t do things by half, and this year is no…

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Friday 14th July 2017

The week that was – railbusinessdaily.com

Well, they say a week in politics is a long time, but for the team here at railbusinessdaily.com the last week since we launched the company has absolutely flown by. We couldn’t be more pleased with the support and positive…

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Great Britain’s transport revolution leaps closer this August bank holiday

Significant passenger benefits to be realised in the months ahead as Network Rail’s mega-projects start to draw to a close More than £133m to be invested in the biggest August bank holiday railway investment programme ever undertaken Come 2019, passengers…

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Fission Recruitment celebrates a decade of delivery

This week, Fission Recruitment Services is beginning celebrations to recognise a ‘decade of delivery’ – 10 years since the company was founded in Ellesmere Port. From very humble beginnings, Fission has grown steadily over the last ten years to the…

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Linbrooke welcomes Anthony Thompson

Following Linbrooke’s recent success securing project and maintenance contract works with train operating companies (TOCs) such as Great Western Rail (GWR), TransPennine Express and Arriva Rail North (ARN), Linbrooke is delighted to welcome Anthony Thompson to the firm to bring…

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Ground Control launches new business division to improve tree clearance across the UK

Ground Control, the UK’s leading arboricultural and vegetation management provider, has launched a mechanised vegetation clearance division. With years of experience in tree clearance throughout the UK, Ground Control’s new business division will improve project delivery through efficiency, quality and…

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Tim Fitch of Invennt launches fitness initiative to improve health of rail staff

A leading business consultant has linked up with renowned fitness coach, Phil Agostino, to launch an initiative which encourages rail companies to consider the health and wellbeing of their staff. Tim Fitch of Invennt, has undergone a dramatic change in…

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Thursday 13th July 2017

The Rail Safety Summit 2017 encourages all to secure tickets

13th September 2017, Eversheds Sutherland, London. The Rail Safety Summit, one of the UK’s must-attend events for up-to-date rail safety information, is encouraging rail professionals to secure tickets sooner rather than later ahead of the event in September. Now in…

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Trackwork Group acquires TICS (Global) Limited

TICS (Global) Limited has been acquired by the Trackwork Group in a strategic move to provide an enhanced rail offering to the companies’ joint customer base. Trackwork is a family owned business formed in 1976, based at a 37 acre…

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College’s pioneering Rail Academy goes from Strength to Strength

Newcastle College’s multi-million pound Rail Academy is continuing with its successful growth through the offer of a new educational provision; Rail and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering and Construction Management), to provide engineers that have the skillset to support the…

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Infrarail bookings continue to flood in

Less than two months after its launch, Infrarail organisers confirm that more than a third of available stand space has already been booked at the country’s leading infrastructure event. Exhibition Manager Kirsten Whitehouse said: “With major long-term projects like Crossrail,…

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Maxima Telecom selects Fluidmesh Networks for passenger WiFi for all metro lines in St. Petersburg

Maxima Telecom is among the largest telecommunication providers specialised in passengers connectivity. In partnership with Moscow Metro, Maxima has been successfully operating the largest passengers connectivity system in in the world, connecting their 9.7 millions daily passengers. In 2016, St….

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Safeaid launches Mi365 – transforming PPE management and control

For four decades, PPE specialist Safeaid, has been pushing the boundaries on development and supply of safety equipment and workwear. Its own brand of PPE and workwear – Signal – was launched in 2011. Developed specifically for the rail industry,…

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Wednesday 12th July 2017

Network Rail set to start some of Britain’s largest infrastructure projects in August

Network Rail is working on some of Britain’s largest infrastructure projects this August. They are all part of the Railway Upgrade Plan to relieve crowding and congestion on the railway by providing more reliable infrastructure and better facilities for passengers…

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New signalling equipment building lifted safely into place

A team of rail engineers from Siemens Rail Automation and Network Rail have carefully moved a new relocatable equipment building (REB) into its final position behind platform 2 at Tackley Station. Due to its designated position and the absence of…

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Rail Safety Week set for biggest year yet

Rail Safety Week 25th September – 1st October 2017 Rail Safety Week 2017 is fast approaching and, after the huge success last year, it is looking to be the biggest year yet – with almost 125 organisations committed to contributing….

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York EMC Services Joins Eurofins Group

Eurofins Product Testing Lux Holding SARL has acquired the entire share capital of York EMC Services (YES) Ltd from The University of York. YES was formed in 1995 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of York and has developed…

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Serfis awarded Network Rail Principal Contractors Licence

Serfis Construction and Engineering Limited has achieved a major breakthrough in the UK rail sector following the formal award of a Principal Contractors Licence (PCL) to the company by Network Rail. This licence enables the family-run minor civil engineering and…

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Clearsy announces the SIL4 certification of its safety vital relay range

The six safety vital relays developed by Clearsy France are the very first self-controlled safety vital relays guaranteeing opening of their NO contacts at a SIL4 level. Since 2016, these safety vital relays are SIL4-certified according to the EN 50129…

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Tuesday 11th July 2017

Jobson James Rail introduces personal guarantee insurance

Leading rail insurance broker Jobson James Rail has launched a new product to protect UK rail customers who have signed personal guarantees from unexpected losses if the guarantee is ever called upon. For many companies, personal guarantees are a necessary…

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KM&T launches Productivity Improvement Programme for rail

As productivity in the UK fell by 0.5% this year, global improvement firm KM&T is launching its Productivity Improvement Programme designed to support increased efficiency in the rail sector. Many industry operators or those part of the rail supply chain…

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Mercury is rising in the UK rail sector

Rail industry marketing and communications specialists, Mercury Group Limited, has reported strong growth in the first half of 2017 following a number of large contract wins in the rail sector. The company’s rail division, which is headed by Simon Taylor…

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D2 Rail’s creative 4D visualisation works impress

John Taylor, a specialist in project planning, has recently been interviewed to highlight some of the great animation work D2 Rail has been undertaking on rail projects such as the construction of the Ordsall Chord, which forms part of the…

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SNC-Lavalin graduate engineers triumph again at Railway Challenge

A team of nine graduate engineers from SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit, Derby, has retained the award of Overall Winner at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge 2017 at the Stapleford Miniature Railway near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. The competition, which…

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Multi-disciplinary business SWGR appoints new head of SQE

SWGR has appointed Kevin Boyle as its new head of SQE. Kevin joins the business from civil engineering contractor George Leslie Ltd where he worked as senior QSE for five years. Prior to this he worked for support services and…

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Monday 10th July 2017

University of Birmingham team takes 2nd place at the IMechE Railway Challenge

A team from the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at The University of Birmingham were placed 2nd in the annual IMechE Railway Challenge which was held at the miniature railway (10.25 inch gauge) based at Stapleford Park in…

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Rail Vehicles and Enhancements 2017 – 5th October 2017, Derby, UK

RVE is back with a new venue – www.rve-expo.co.uk – 80% of stands now sold Register now for free attendance. Organised by Onyxrail, RVE 2017 promises significant expansion into a major international event with exhibitors already lining up and with…

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Scot-Train gives employers peace of mind with tailored occupational health services

Employee health and wellbeing in the UK rail industry continues to be an issue of much debate, with sickness costing the industry an estimated £316 million a year. As well as financial implications, the practical and personal consequences of neglecting…

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Komplete Group strengthens team with strategic appointments

Komplete Group has enjoyed a rapid growth since it was established, and the company has recently appointed two new members of staff to continue expansion across its three complementary service offerings. The group’s recruitment division has seen considerable success over…

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Global Rail Construction wins GAGA award

Global Rail Construction Ltd has been awarded the Sustainability Award at the Galvanisers Association’s GAGA Awards 2017 for its work to design, supply and install several large galvanised steel signal structures for Network Rail at Crossrail. The company was commended…

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Rail specialist, Aaron Group, opens new southern-base

Aaron Group, rail industry specialists in civil engineering and programme management, has launched a new operations hub in Guildford, Surrey, as part of the company’s ongoing and significant expansion. The new facility, which is based in Centrepoint House on Denmark…

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Friday 7th July 2017

New faces at Fenix Signalling

Fenix Signalling is celebrating the start of its third year by welcoming four new members to the team to strengthen its technical capabilities and resourcing service. New team members Gareth Fussell, Chris Hendricks, Geoff Clark and John Houghton bring with…

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Haigh Rail completes its first contract as Network Rail PCL

Haigh Rail has completed its first project as a Network Rail Principal Contractor Licence (PCL) holder, delivering a complex infrastructure project at Watford South Junction, which was awarded at the end of 2016. This success came just weeks after the…

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Scot-Train unveils new training facility

UK rail industry training provider Scot-Train has opened a new training facility in Glasgow which will support the delivery of its high-quality training services in rail and construction and the provision of occupational health services across the UK. Scot-Train, part…

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Victoria Line Upgrade on London Underground – enables 36 trains per hour

Working from 20.00hrs on Saturday 15 April to 05.00hrs on Tuesday 18 April and in close collaboration with London Underground (LU), Siemens’ 70-strong team successfully and safely completed the final commissioning of the Victoria Line Upgrade 2 (VLU2) programme, which…

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Southco latches prove they can take the heat

Southco, the leading global access hardware specialist, now has further proof that its products can cope with the most extreme and demanding conditions. Independent tests of Southco’s acclaimed range of E5 Cam Latches, E3 VISE-ACTION® Compression Latches and R4 Rotary…

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Mechan MD speaks out for rail suppliers

Depot maintenance equipment specialist, Mechan, is adding its voice to the SMEs looking to shape the future of the rail industry. Managing director of the Sheffield-based manufacturer, Richard Carr, has joined the Rail Supply Group’s (RSG) SME Council to represent…

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Thursday 6th July 2017

AMCO innovation looks to revolutionise tunnel working

Leading contractor Amalgamated Construction (AMCO) has recently been showcasing its bespoke ‘Tunnel Screen’ that it believes could revolutionise the delivery of maintenance, repairs and renewals works within railway tunnels. The latest in a series of innovative items of plant and…

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Unipart Rail’s Key Fasteners launches new service for LUR

Safety issues continue to be of paramount importance, and at Unipart Rail this focus continues right to the lineside to give complete confidence that only the right materials are being fitted, and that they can be traced back through the…

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Quattro Plant attends the First Women Awards

It has been exactly one week since Quattro Plant attended the First Women Awards held in London’s Hilton Bankside Hotel, in order to support Road Services Director, Ann Harding. Ann was one of the top seven finalists at the awards…

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Rail Infrastructure Networking experiences record growth as exhibitor and attendee numbers soar

The free UK rail networking event, Rail Infrastructure Networking (RIN), is preparing for its next exhibition, following an impressive growth in attendees and exhibitors over its first four events. Since its inception, RIN has grown steadily to become one of…

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The clock is ticking: send your railbusinessdaily.com story for FREE – ends at 12noon

railbusinessdaily.com has already seen a strong start to the week, with many new registrations and dozens of businesses submitting their stories over the last few days. Many of you have taken up our offer of a free story this week…

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Steel Line discusses range of platform furniture

Steel Line Ltd manufactures stainless steel public realm furniture, balustrades and handrails particularly suited to robust public environments such as railway and bus stations, transport interchanges and shopping centres. The Metro and Standup seating ranges are durable yet elegant whole…

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Wednesday 5th July 2017

SSE Enterprise Rail bringing Camden’s Winding Vaults back to life

Leading UK rail services provider SSE Enterprise Rail is working on a project on behalf of Network Rail to transform a network of hidden underground vaults in Camden into space for public-use facilities. The Grade II listed vaults date back…

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Murphy engineers take part in ‘Engineer like me’ event

Murphy engineers were recently grilled by a bunch of enthusiastic children about what it’s like to build bridges, what they actually do all day and what superpower they wished they had. As part of Murphy’s sponsorship of the National Railway…

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Polomarconi pursues UK antennae market with a turnkey offering with Onyxrail

Polomarconi of Verona, Italy, and Onyxrail of Birmingham, UK, have entered into an agreement through which Onyxrail will assist Polomarconi to promote their products to clients looking to technically upgrade their vehicles. Polomarconi is a company leader for GSM-R applications…

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PPS Rail increases its recruitment capability

PPS Rail is expanding its capability with the recruitment of a specialist professional recruitment manager to increase its provision for companies in rail, engineering, energy and utilities. PPS Rail is an industry leader for possession planning and training, and its…

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Numill attends inaugural council which aims to boost SME influence in rail sector

Numill Tooling Solutions’ Managing Director, Anne Wilson MBE, joined the inaugural meeting of the newly-formed Rail Supply Group SME Council last week hosted at Resonate in Derby. The group has been formed to provide SME representation into the Rail Supply…

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Stuart appointed as commercial manager to lead growth for AEI Cables

Leading supplier AEI Cables has appointed Stuart Dover as Commercial Manager to lead the company into future growth. Stuart, who has worked for North East-based AEI Cables for two decades, steps up to the position from various roles including Business…

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Tuesday 4th July 2017

railbusinessdaily.com launches service giving rail companies complete news control

A new rail industry digital news service has launched, giving businesses complete control over their media coverage for the very first time. The launch of railbusinessdaily.com means that organisations can now release their own, unedited, news stories – sending them…

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New director for GRAHAM as part of ambitious growth plans in rail industry

As GRAHAM secures further projects within the rail industry, and as part of its ambitious growth plan in rail, Jonathan Kerr has been appointed as the company’s director for the rail sector. Jonathan is a highly experienced and widely respected…

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Harsco’s Rail Division Receives Multi-Unit UK Stoneblower Order from Network Rail

Harsco Corporation’s railway track maintenance division, Harsco Rail, has announced a significant new order for seven Stoneblower track geometry machines to Harsco Rail Ltd. from Network Rail, the owner and manager of the mainline railway infrastructure in Great Britain. The…

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CrossCountry partners with The Scout Association to encourage youngsters to be safe this summer

Britain’s most expansive train operator, CrossCountry, and The Scout Association are today announcing a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. The partnership is a response to the record number of trespassing incidents that were recorded on Britain’s…

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RJ Power Rail completes Gospel Oak to Barking Scheme Electrification Works

RJ Power Rail has successfully completed works to support Amey Inabensa on Network Rail’s Gospel Oak to West Barking Electrification scheme, a rail programme to upgrade the existing rail freight and passenger train lines from diesel to traction power via…

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New online tool to improve tender writing process for rail businesses

The challenge of setting up and managing multi-disciplinary teams to produce tender bids is set to become a thing of the past with the launch of a new online tender collaboration tool. Nexus is a new turnkey collaborative working solution…

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