Transport for London (TfL) is set to award Cleshar Contract Services a contract previously held by Carillion for maintenance on the London Overground's East London line following the construction giant's collapse. The contract is due to begin on April 1...
London Bridge station, now fully reopened following its £1 billion redevelopment, was at the centre of a huge programme of works completed over Christmas and New Year. Network Rail said more than 260 projects across 3,400 work sites, representing an...
Stewart Thorpe attended the Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) annual conference to get a flavour of the region's big plans   It might be overshadowed by its West Midlands neighbour, which continues to press for great devolution and has positioned itself...

‘I built Ordsall Chord’

The ambition and scale of the Ordsall Chord project has given MPs and other local leaders plenty of opportunities to dust off their favourite superlatives. It was a project of firsts - both for Manchester and the country as a...
Specialist rail contractor Readypower Rail Services Group has acquired civil engineering firm Terrawise Construction. Readypower said the move creates "one of the largest specialist rail civils contractors in the UK" and gives Terrawise the largest, most modern fleet of specialist road rail vehicles...
Engineers have successfully tested new track on a 2.7km stretch of the Midland Metro line to Wolverhampton St George's. Overhead lines on the Bilston Road stretch have been turned on for the first time since June and a tram tested,...
Former Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron is part of a group of senior politicians that have delivered a petition to the Department for Transport (DfT) calling for scrapped electrification schemes to be restored. In July, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced...
Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond has presented the Autumn Budget 2017, setting out his strategy for the UK's future economy. Infrastructure - and railways - feature prominently in the chancellor's plans as the UK seeks to boost productivity and build...
Network Rail has launched the sale of its commercial property business as it seeks to focus on delivering mega projects such as Thameslink, Crossrail and Great North Rail. Selling the "non-core property assets" will create a significant injection of cash...
The effectiveness of control periods (CP) is to be assessed in a new inquiry by the transport select committee. Chair Lilian Greenwood said the inquiry will address failures of the current CP, noting scrapped electrification plans, differences in regional funding, and uncompleted...
Manchester's Metrolink will be liaising with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) after a low-speed collision on the tram network this morning. Shortly before 8.30am two trams collided in St Peter's Square, causing major delays on the tram network. Transport for...
Network Rail has completed track installation between London Bridge and Blackfriars - meaning cross-London Thameslink services are a step closer to returning to London Bridge in May. After a hiatus of three years, Thameslinks services will stop at London Bridge next year...
New images have been released revealing what Leeds station could look like following a £500 million improvement scheme. Released as part of the Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan, the images bring to life the Leeds Station Board's ambitious plans to connect...
The British Transport Police's (BTP) chief constable has said that the force is using a 'disproportionate amount of time' chaperoning footballing fans around the country. In the last three football seasons, BTP has spent almost £16 million on policing the...
Network Rail has concluded a £2.9 million 12-week scheme to stabilise half a mile of subsiding embankment beneath the Chiltern main line in Buckinghamshire. Using a Giken silent piling machine from Japan, engineers drove 865 six metre-long steel sheer piles...
An alliance between Network Rail, Amey, BAM Nuttall and Arup has been awarded a contract to design infrastructure options for the Transpennine Route between York and Manchester. The alliance's contract covers upgrades to civils, track, railway systems and electrification West of Leeds to...
Network Rail has revealed which bridge has been bashed by lorries more than any other - and it's been hit 113 times since 2009. Stuntney Road bridge in Ely, Cambridgeshire, claims the unfortunate title for having the most bridge strikes...
A new railway station has been built in Forres as part of upgrade work to the Aberdeen-Inverness line. The station sits to the north of its predecessor and was built during a recent 10-day closure of part of the line. During...
A 23-day transformation of Liverpool Lime Street has finished with the station now fully re-open to the public. During the project engineers replaced almost 2,000m of track, redesigned and lengthened platforms and built two new ones: platforms 7 and 8. A...
Network Rail has sold its National Logistics Centre for £35 million - five years after spending £25 million to open it. The site, in Ryton, Coventry, is now owned by the West Midlands Pension Fund who will lease it back...
The new Wales and Borders franchise competition has deviated sharply from the process that awarded the previous contract to Arriva Trains Wales 14 years ago. The Welsh Government has aspirations to run a ‘not-for-profit’ railway that delivers for passengers,...
Christmas is 80 days away - let that sink in. With friends and family putting festive travel plans in place, Network Rail has revealed the major work that is set to take place on the network in December. Passengers have been...
Northern Powerhouse Rail has been given £300 million funding from the government. The award is part of a wider £400 million package to improve transport across the Northern Powerhouse, which includes the core cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull...
BakerHicks is a company with a habit for reinvention. The business, which employs around 390 people in the UK, can trace its roots back to the 1950s but the name - which combines the surnames of two of the...

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...

Christmas work