The Train Drivers Academy

In the months up until 2021, around 7,000 new vehicles are set to be introduced by train companies across the country. Drivers will swap some of the oldest rolling stock on the network for some of the...
Network Rail has been instructed to design an extension of the Midland main line electrification programme from Kettering to Market Harborough station, rail minister Andrew Jones has confirmed. Andrew said the extension will...
Light rail minister Jesse Norman was joined by regional transport chiefs to see the Midland Metro Alliance lay the first track for the Westside tram extension in Birmingham. Jesse used the opportunity to launch...

Travelling by train in China

Over the past 30 years China’s economy has grown at an average of 10 per cent. Although it has recently slowed to around six per cent, it is still an economic powerhouse with most of its...
Freightliner has released plans to build a state-of-the-art locomotive and wagon maintenance and fuelling facility at its Ranelagh Road freight yard in Ipswich. Around 20 skilled and semi-skilled jobs will be created as a result of the "multi-million pound investment",...
Sixteen of Caledonian Sleeper’s new carriages made their first trial run from Scotland to London Euston on January 22. Final stages of testing and approvals have now begun for the £100 million fleet ahead of the overnight service beginning to...
London's skyline has welcomed the first of three tower cranes for HS2's work in the Euston area. The arrival of the 66m-high crane, which took four days to assemble, came a week after the completion of Euston station’s new taxi rank...
Volunteers are being sought to help to tell the "sad and costly story" behind Britain’s railways by transcribing a historic railway trade union notebook from 1901-1905. Led by historian Mike Esbester, the project aims to encourage armchair historians to give up as...
While many spent the Christmas and New Year break with family and friends, a 25,000-strong workforce laboured through £148 million worth of work for Network Rail. In total 330 projects were completed over the festive period, a time when the...
Construction of the London Overground extension to Barking Riverside on the northern bank of the River Thames will begin in the next few months following the appointment of the main contractor. A joint venture of Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure...
Review chair John Varley has called on Network Rail to be not only the safety railway in Europe but also the greenest as a report into the infrastructure manager's tree-felling practices has been released. The Vegetation Management Review - which was launched...
Simon Blanchflower has become the first CEO of the East West Railway Company (EWRC). Simon, who was most recently the programme director for the £7 billion Thameslink project, will lead the company through its next phase of development as it works...
Storm Callum brought parts of the Welsh rail network to a halt last month, washing sections of track away and forcing damaged trains out of service. As passengers struggled with delays and overcrowding, the optimism of a few days...
Siemens Mobility has finally signed a £1.5 billion contract with London Underground for new Piccadilly line trains. Confirmation comes after Transport for London (TfL) announced its intention to award the deal to Siemens in June. Other bids were received by...
Talgo intends to build a train factory in Fife, Scotland, should it secure a major order. The Spanish manufacturer is one of five shortlisted bidders for HS2's £2.75 billion contract to build at least 54 trains. It also has plans to...
The Severnside Community Rail Partnership (SCRP) scooped the top award at the Association of Community Rail Partnerships' (ACoRP) biggest night of the year. Around 480 community volunteers, groups, industry leaders and government representatives attended the Community Rail Awards, which was this...
The Department for Transport (DfT) has signed off a £350 million loan to help cover the rising cost of Crossrail. A statement from Rail Minister Jo Johnson published on the DfT website said that, while discussions were ongoing with Transport...
It’s 1:30pm at Etches Park train depot in Derby and the canteen is filling up. Technicians down tools and join the excited chatter of colleagues standing side by side managers and a number of executive site visitors, who are...
You can achieve a lot in 79 days. Last year, British cyclist Mark Beaumont, inspired by the Jules Verne novel, cycled around the world in less than 80 days, covering more than 18,000 miles and claiming a new world...
Fabrice Muamba was one of the lucky ones. On 17 March, 2012, the former footballer collapsed on the field during a match. A cardiac arrest caused the 23-year-old’s heart to stop and for 78 minutes he was clinically dead. Each...
Working at height is a common scenario on worksites. It can include anything from using a ladder to working on a flat roof.  Anywhere where there’s the possibility of falling through a fragile surface or stumbling into a hole...
Engineers have completed the first stage of repairs at Nottingham railway station following a huge blaze in January this year. The fire caused significant damage to the building, including to a footbridge, which is now open for use following work...
Network Rail estimates it will save up to £1.6 million by centralising the storage of its High Output machines' spare parts. Spares for such machines as the ballast cleaning and track renewal system trains will be moved to the newly opened...
An open challenge has been launched to find and fund a solution to detect when a tram driver might be about to lose consciousness. Spearheaded by the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Trams, the Driver Innovation Safety Challenge (DISC) invites applicants to...

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