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Network Rail “making a good start” to CP6, says ORR annual assessment

Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published its 2019-20 annual assessment of Network Rail and has found that the infrastructure owner beat its target for efficiency savings last...

Wimbledon depot gets its first Class 701 train

South Western Railway's (SWR) first Class 701 train has arrived at Wimbledon depot, marking a significant milestone in the £1 billion transformation of suburban travel. The 10-car train, known...

Network Rail receives DfT funding to improve Peckham Rye station

Network Rail has received £1 million from the Department for Transport to develop designs for Peckham Rye station, to make it more accessible with more capacity and better facilities for passengers.

GB Railfreight contracts DB Cargo to maintain its Class 60 maintenance

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has announced a new three-year deal with fellow rail freight company DB Cargo UK for them to undertake the maintenance of ten of its Class 60 locomotives, as well...

Midland main line electrification gathers pace

Work continues on the £1.5 billion upgrade of the Midland main line to improve journeys for all those using the route. On 4/5 and 11/12 July, Network Rail will...

Joe Brooks joins rail team at MPI

Technical recruitment specialist MPI has appointed Joe Brooks as business development manager for the rail team. Joe joined MPI as a recruitment consultant in 2015 from BSI (British Standards...

£10 million towards solving rail capacity problems in Manchester

The government has announced £10 million of design and development funding so that Network Rail can start the next stage of work to unblock Manchester’s railways. The work will examine options to...

Porterbrook names Sir Adrian Montague as its new chairman

Rail asset management company Porterbrook has announced that former Railtrack deputy chairman Sir Adrian Montague has joined it as chairman of the board. He recently retired as Chairman of Aviva PLC and...

New report examines future design of local stations

A report commissioned by Network Rail which looked into the future of railway station design has been published by Design Council. ThinkStation provides a framework for the future design of local stations...

Unipart Rail wins First of a Kind competition for its new zero-emissions Trac Rail Transposer

One of the winners of the Department for Transport’s 2020 First of a Kind (FOAK) competition has been announced as being Unipart Rail, which won in the Environmental Sustainability category.

Approval given to start work at Soham station

East Cambridgeshire District Council has given the go-ahead for the proposed new station at Soham to be built. Network Rail can now proceed with starting the early enabling works...

Contract signed for three year restoration of Bristol Temple Meads

Bristol Temple Meads station is set to be brought back to its former glory as a huge restoration programme gets underway this summer.   Network Rail has signed Taziker to be the primary contractor...

Work commences to improve Victorian drainage at Manchester Victoria station

Work is commencing on a scheme to prevent flooding around Manchester Victoria station. The Department for Transport is investing £1 million in the critical scheme, which will bring drainage systems around the...

Passenger confidence will be key factor in future transport planning

Research undertaken by transport planning consultant Systra suggests that train travel could be very different in a post-Covid world. The current advice to avoid public transport could have far-reaching...

Avanti West Coast joins Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme

Avanti West Coast is the latest train operator to partner with the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme. This allows customers with hidden disabilities to obtain lanyards, wristbands or wallet cards with a recognisable...

First step towards new HS2 station at Euston completed

Preparations at London Euston for the construction of HS2 have taken the next step with the demolition of the station’s western ramp and canopy. Removal of the structure, which...

HS2 reveals list of bidders for Curzon Street station

HS2 has revealed the names of the construction firms in the running to build Birmingham Curzon Street station – which will be the high-speed rail project’s city centre terminus.

Essay collection on high-speed rail published

A new essay collection has been published in which voices from the worlds of politics, business and industry have come together, advocating the huge benefits high speed rail has and will bring...

Work on Cumbrian embankments almost complete

Network Rail is making a £3.5 million investment to protect the railway in Cumbria from landslips and provide more reliable journeys for passengers. It is upgrading the embankments along...

Newcastle Central Station access improvements obtain Listed Building Consent

Proposed access improvements to Newcastle Central station have taken a major step forward after planners have granted Listed Building Consent in this, the station’s, 170th year. Last year Newcastle...

Ty’n Y Graig footbridge will be replaced

Transport for Wales will replace Ty’n Y Graig footbridge at Llanbradach on the Rhymney line as soon as possible, CEO James Price has stated. The footbridge was demolished by...

Network Rail promotes inspirational women on International Women in Engineering Day

New research, conducted by Savanta ComRes for Network Rail, has highlighted a lack of female role models within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors. As a result, Network...

Take the QuaranTeam Challenge and do something amazing without leaving home.

Like many other charities in this time of Covid-19 and lockdown, Railway Children has had to cancel or postpone all their events this year including their popular Three Peaks Challenge by Rail.

Government to fund digital signalling on East Coast main line

The government has announced that it will invest £350 million to make the East Coast main line into Britain’s first mainline digital rail link by installing state-of-the art electronic signalling designed to...