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Crossrail on the cusp

She may have a lifetime of royal engagements behind her, but in December Her Majesty The Queen will experience a first as she opens a brand new railway bearing her name. There are now only six months to go until...
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has submitted its initial recommendations for Network Rail's multi-billion investment plan for CP6. Among the points raised by the ORR was that Network Rail should add around £1 billion to its renewals budget,...
Engineers working on the South Esk viaduct, Montrose, have discovered shrapnel marks and bullet holes consistent with a bombing attack by the Luftwaffe during World War II. Montrose was bombed 15 times during the war and the South Esk viaduct -...
Students from the National College for High-Speed Rail (NCHSR) will have the opportunity to get to grips with slab track at a new specialist training facility in Staffordshire. Thanks to a partnership between building materials firm Tarmac and the German engineering...
SSE Enterprise Rail has secured a five-year building and civils framework from Network Rail. The rail contractor said that the work - to be delivered between 2019-2024 -  could be worth more than £200 million across a number of regions. The...
London mayor Sadiq Kahn has announced the latest four schemes to receive funding from Transport for London's (TfL) Growth Fund. Around £24 million will go towards upgrading Walthamstow Central station, constructing a new station building with step-free access at Colindale,...
SB Rail has been awarded a contract worth more than £130 million by Network Rail for the supply, operation and maintenance of a fleet of specialised on-track machines. The seven-year deal will see the company deliver tamping, dynamic track stabilising and ballast...
Aarsleff Ground Engineering, the UK subsidiary of Danish construction company Per Aarsleff, has appointed a new managing director. Kevin Hague, previously a company director, will now lead the piling contractor with immediate effect. Kevin joined the business as piling manager in 2014...
Network Rail has awarded Bam Nuttall a £10 million contract for upgrade works on the Highland mainline. The contract involves extending platforms 1 and 2 at Pitlochry station and carrying out modifications to extend the track layout. Infrastructure works will also...
A group of track workers narrowly avoided being hit by a passenger train when they cleared trolleys from its path with two seconds to spare. One worker injured their knee as a result and several people who were either involved or...
Network Rail has announced that the railway between Preston and Blackpool North is set to reopen on April 16 following 22 weeks of work. The line's closure was extended in March to complete the upgrade following severe weather and the...
Network Rail is hoping to see greater innovation, cost efficiency and third-party funding in the rail network by asking contractors, suppliers and stakeholders to recommend changes to its standards. These standards - that is the detailed requirements that underpin how the...
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will no doubt be promoting the opportunities CP6 will bring rail suppliers as he delivers the opening keynote of Infrarail 2018. Grayling, who is coming to the end of his second year in the post, will...
Balfour Beatty has secured a £115 million contract from Network Rail for the supply, operation and maintenance of a fleet of 13 tampers. The seven-year deal will see Balfour Beatty become responsible for delivering tamping shifts across Anglia and South-East routes,...
Mark Carne says he’s going to miss heading up Britain’s rail infrastructure manager. In February, he presented a £47 billion plan for CP6 which will focus on investment in maintenance and renewals to improve reliability for a growing network....
Rail minister Jo Johnson has called on the North to speak with one "strong, unified voice" after attending Transport for the North's (TfN) first meeting since it was legally established as England's first sub-national transport body. Backed by £260 million...
From Glasgow to Gidea Park, members of Team Orange's 15,000-strong workforce put their chocolate-eating plans on hold to complete projects across Britain's railways this Easter. At Bristol Temple Meads, Network Rail conducted its largest-ever resignalling project, renewing lineside and station equipment...
The first of Eurostar's new fleet of high-speed trains has called at Ashford International station. Arriving at 2.55pm on its way to Paris, the Eurostar e320 was able to stop at Ashford thanks to the completion of a £10 million...
Rising costs and Network Rail's reclassification as a public body were the main factors behind the cancellation of three rail electrification schemes last year, a report by the public spending watchdog has confirmed. The National Audit Office (NAO) has published...
Picture the railway of tomorrow and dozens of ideas and innovations come to mind: driverless trains, digital tickets, predictive maintenance, passenger crowd control technology and railways that not only operate at higher speeds but at a higher capacity. But try and...
Network Rail's structures asset management team on the London North Eastern and East Midlands route is trialling the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to inspect large structures. Use of UAVs - also known as drones - is safer and...
Passengers between Kettering and Corby have begun using newly commissioned track and signalling following the completion of a £130 million project. Since construction began in 2014, a significant amount of work has been carried out to improve the capacity, speed and...
Crossrail has announced that its CEO, Andrew Wolstenholme, will step down after seven years to take up a position in the private sector. Andrew's departure is part of a planned demobilisation of Crossrail's delivery and leadership team as it enters...
VolkerRail has produced a video showing its renewals and realignment works at Bloxwich level crossing which have increased the line speed through the area. The works in Bloxwich were delivered over the course of three consecutive weekends. Network Rail has said...

West Coast appointments

Phil Whittingham remains as the managing director for services on what was formerly known as the InterCity West Coast franchise as he...

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