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East Grinstead line on track to reopen Monday 30 March

The East Grinstead line is expected to reopen on Monday 30 March after it was closed following Storm Ciara on 12 February. The embankment, near Cookspond Viaduct in Surrey,...

Network Rail delivers urgent medical supplies – by road

Network Rail turned to road transport to deliver vital medical face masks to the NHS frontline on behalf of the British Army. Railway workers drove hundreds of miles through...

France: TGV used to transport Coronavirus patients

A double-deck TGV high-speed train has been used to transport patients sick with Coronavirus from the eastern side of the country to the quieter west. Photo credit -...

Infrarail postponed until 2021

Infrarail, the UK’s leading showcase of railway infrastructure technology and expertise, has been postponed following the escalation of COVID-19 in Europe. The exhibition will now be co-located and take place...

Neil Hannah to chair NCB

Network Certification Body (NCB), which provides a system-wide approach to railway assurance and certification on infrastructure, vehicle and freight projects, has announced the appointment of Neil Hannah as chairman, succeeding Tim Dugher.

Govia Thameslink Railway suspends Gatwick Express service

Govia Thameslink Railway has announced that from Monday, 30 March, the Gatwick Express service will be temporarily suspended until further notice, in response to a significant fall in passenger numbers at the airport and to...

A grateful nation says Thank You

The current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put many strains on society. Large numbers of people are working from home or otherwise quarantining themselves, either as a precaution or because they actually have the virus.

Morson develops app to check if contractors are ‘fit for work’

Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, rail recruitment specialist Morson Group is preparing to supply its 3,000 remote workers with early intervention technology that will help to identify whether contractors are experiencing...

Times of change?

The railway industry never stands still - there is always something happening, which is what makes reporting on it in these pages so fascinating. Last month, I wrote about...

New London Overground trains enter service

London Overground has now introduced its new Class 710 trains onto routes from Cheshunt, Chingford and Enfield Town into London Liverpool Street, bringing passengers a welcome boost in capacity.

Rail Minister opens East Midlands Gateway

Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State at the Department for Transport with particular responsibility for rail, has officially opened the new strategic rail freight interchange at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway....

Clayton Equipment to build two new locos for Sellafield

Clayton Equipment is to supply two innovative Hybrid+™ Diesel CBD80 locomotives to Sellafield Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. These will enable Sellafield to realise significant commercial savings...

It’s HS2, but not as we know it

So, HS2 is going ahead, much to the relief of many in the railway construction industry. The report of the Oakervee Review has been published, and it recommended that,...

Help for those with hidden disabilities

TransPennine Express (TPE) and Hull Trains have introduced Sunflower Lanyards and assistance cards to make journeys easier for customers who have non-visible disabilities. The scheme, which was developed at...

New Heathrow Express trains revealed

Heathrow Express revealed the first glimpses of its new fleet of trains which is due to launch in the summer. Featuring at-seat USB power, new Business First seating and work tables and...

Quattro signs TT legend

Quattro Plant chose the MCN London Motorcycle Show to unveil its new challenger for TT glory on the Isle of Man in June. John Murphy of Quattro Plant introduced...

Alstom to buy Bombardier Transportation?

Alstom has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bombardier Inc. and its shareholder Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) with the view of acquiring Bombardier Transportation...

Management buyout at Ford & Stanley

Ford & Stanley Recruitment has been bought from its previous owners by its senior management. Specialising in rail, but working across a spectrum of sectors such as digital technology and infrastructure, the...

Freight grant for Tarmac

The Scottish Government has allocated a Freight Facilities Grant worth £1.49 million to Tarmac. It will be used to expand rail operations at Tarmac’s Dunbar cement plant. Scottish Cabinet...

Rail to refuge

GWR has launched a partnership with the Women’s Aid charity to help women fleeing an abusive relationship and travelling to safety at a refuge. Quite often, one of the...

End of term report

Tim Dugher, who is standing down as chairman of the network certification body (NCB), looks back on his time with the company Two years after joining Network Rail’s fledgling...

Railways need people

Graham Coombs visits Coyle Rail - popularly known as 'Coyles' - to find out just what it takes to be one of the industry's leading labour supply agencies Back...

The challenge of new train introduction

New train fleets are being introduced into service, but they are almost all late. Malcolm Dobell considers why With an unprecedented number of new vehicles ordered since 2010 -...

Are railway engineering responsibilities adequately delegated?

Colin Wheeler asks whether infrastructure inspection, maintenance and renewal need to be improved and should individual railway engineers be held accountable With two recent derailments having caused extensive damage...