More than £5 million in funding has been secured to develop plans for a railway to Skelmersdale - the second largest town in North West England without a station. The project - led by Lancashire County Council - is estimated...
Mott MacDonald will support Hitachi in the implementation of its Tranista traffic management system for the Thameslink route. The engineering consultancy will advise on the necessary changes to operational roles, processes and decision-making, to support the introduction of the new...
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) have committed £27.5 million towards the construction of a new Midland Metro stop at the proposed HS2 station at Birmingham Curzon Street station. The...
Had plans to extend London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) from Gallions Reach to Dagenham Dock gone ahead in 2008, the 6.5km addition would have been operational this year. The estimated £750 million extension was to serve Beckton Riverside, Creekmouth,...
The first of 50 electric car chargers have gone live at stations in Scotland. Electric vehicle registration is up 62 per cent on this time last year, and owners will now benefit from free fast-charging facilities at ScotRail Alliance stations...
An iconic metal statue in Birmingham has been uprooted to make way for Midland Metro's £149 million extension. Based in Victoria Square for 24 years, the six tonne Iron: Man was lifted out of the ground by two cranes on...
Overhead power cables on the line between Edinburgh and Glasgow, via Falkirk High, will go live for testing this weekend. From September 2, the line will enter a testing and safety validating process ahead of the introduction of new electric trains later...
An army of engineers has begun a major recovery in Anglia following the derailment of a freight train. A Colas Rail crane was called in to lift 11 wagons from the tracks after the incident in Ely on August 14. Network Rail...
Tyne and Wear Metro operator Nexus has started major work to replace an ageing railway bridge. The Victorian era bridge over Killingworth Road, Gosforth, is being replaced by a new steel bridge as part of a £5.5 million scheme. Story Contracting removed...
Amey is already seen as a diverse business, employing more than 20,000 people around the country across a mix of sectors. Its name is as synonymous with roads and utilities, even the military, as it is with railway maintenance. The...
Network Rail (NR) has set out the final timeline for work on the Gospel Oak to Barking line electrification. By January 2018,  NR expects the electrification installation to be complete, to enable the testing of new electric trains and the training...
Network Rail's annual report has revealed that it spent a record £3.9 billion across 2016-17 - 10 per cent more than in any previous year. Infrastructure reliability and performance improved to become the best on record, according to the arms-length public...
Crossrail has released a series of photos revealing the work taken to install the line's overhead catenary system. A team of engineers are working all hours to install two 25kv overhead traction power systems in the tunnels, using more than 1,500km...
Prime minister Theresa May has opened a new railway sidings in her Maidenhead constituency. The £4.5 million sidings have been installed as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan and will ease congestion on the railway, allowing Great Western Railway (GWR)...
The number of platforms at Blackpool North railway station is to be reduced from eight to six as part of remodelling work by Network Rail. Electrification work and upgrades on the Blackpool-Preston line means that Blackpool North's track layout and platforms...
Consultancy firm WSP is working with Coventry City Council to improve capacity at the city's railway station. WSP will be looking at the benefits of a second station building and supporting infrastructure to improve UK-wide connectivity and accommodate for future growth. The station...
Network Rail has awarded engineering firm Atkins a contract to upgrade the signalling capability in the South of Cornwall. The contract is worth around £9 million and will improve local connectivity and enable one extra train per hour between Plymouth and...
Members of the public living in the West Midlands are being reminded they can air their views on how £3.4 billion investment should be spent on improving the area's transport network. From tram extensions in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country...
Repair work is to be begin on the Cutty Sark railway bridge in the next few weeks. Located outside of Glasgow, the bridge sits on the Argyle line between Bargeddie and Baillieston railway stations and passes over the A8. Network Rail will...
What more is there to write about Thameslink? The project will forever change rail travel through central London for the better, transforming one of the capital’s busiest interchanges and helping to develop the next generation of signalling technology. At the project’s heart,...
telent Managing Director, Rail, Steve Pears spoke to Marc Johnson about telent’s future and how new technology is the answer to rail’s skills challenge. The modern passenger takes for granted the ease with which they are able to make a call...

Apperley ever after

Closed by Beeching in 1965, Apperley Bridge station has reopened on the Leeds-Bradford line. Two former stations - Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge - are being reopened on the route as part of the £16.9 million West Yorkshire Rail Growth...

Rail upgrade beats storm front

As Britain suffered extensive flooding, sustained bad weather and gale force winds, over 20,000 members of Network Rail’s Orange Army worked on undaunted over Christmas and New Year. Railway engineers and track workers refused to bow to the elements, pressing...

New tricks

RailStaff profiles NCB conformance engineer Matt Bower, whose commitment to his own professional development has made him a leading figure in the field of electrification. Education ends at college or university for many. The thought of fitting exams and essays...

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