Companies interested in taking part in an innovative project to trial 5G on the TransPennine route have been asked to come forward with their comments. The project aims to test ways of providing high quality passenger connectivity while onboard trains using trackside...
A £30 million revamp of Southeastern's Class 375s has been completed after thee years. The project saw a third of the train operator's fleet upgraded in partnership with Eversholt Rail and Bombardier Transportation. Each of the 112 trains required three weeks...
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail (APPGHR) wants the law changing to legally allow under 16s to volunteer on heritage railways. APPGHR describes the Employment of Women, Children and Young Persons Act 1920 as "outdated" and  "divisive" as it makes...
The Department for Transport (DfT) has committed up to £300 million for its Access for All programme to create obstacle free, accessible routes from station entrances to platforms. Funding was announced together with the DfT's Inclusive Transport Strategy as it...
Worcestershire County Council has released images showing the progress on Worcestershire Parkway station. The station's steel frame, which will include a ticket office, toilets and a retail outlet, can now be seen and the footbridge over the Birmingham Gloucester railway is...
Cancelled electrification projects should be revived and future schemes considered, according to MP Lillian Greenwood, chair of the Transport Select Committee. The committee has published a new report into rail infrastructure investment which calls on the Government to re-evaluate its...
Balfour Beatty has opened a Rail Innovation Centre at its site in Derby which will drive the development of its intelligent asset management technology. Around 150 members of staff will be employed at the Derby centre and its supporting offices...

Fair deal for suppliers

In 2012, Network Rail introduced its Fair Payment Charter - a voluntary scheme which encouraged the industry’s biggest contractors to pay their suppliers faster. It wasn’t a contractual obligation to adopt the charter but what it did was make...
The Midland Metro Alliance has laid the first tram track for the Wolverhampton city centre extension of the West Midlands Metro. The major milestone saw 36m of track laid in Pipers Row, with work now progressing to take the tram system to...
Merseyrail has opened a brand new station in Merseyside to serve the growing community in Maghull. Maghull North station has been built off School Lane between Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail's Northern line. It is...
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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...
Network Rail major programme director Chris Montgomery explains how a collaborative approach is delivering the Great North Rail Project If you’ve ever caught the 17.49 train from Leeds to Manchester on a Friday night, you’ll understand how essential the Transpennine...
Rail companies of all sizes came together to recognise the industry’s greatest achievements at the Rail Partnership Awards on 7 June. Last held in 2015, the relaunched event was organised by Rail Media on behalf of Network Rail and provided...
New trains, investment in infrastructure and hundreds of additional staff have been promised in the new 15-year Wales and Borders franchise. KeolisAmey, the same partnership which runs Manchester Metrolink and Docklands Light Railway, will take over the franchise later this...
Network Rail has announced plans to ban retailers from supplying plastic cutlery and cups in its managed stations by the end of 2020. Recycling schemes for coffee cups and coffee ground will also be introduced in all of these stations before 2021. The...
Great Western Railway (GWR) has unveiled a special livered intercity express train to promote Pride events across its network. The train company launched the special "trainbow" train from London Paddington at 11.45am on June 7. The Class 800 will operate services...
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 -...
An innovative project has been launched on the Leeds-Morecambe line - also known as the Bentham line - to make it the country's first dementia-friendly community railway. Jools Townsend, CEO of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), said the project demonstrates...
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...
Following a number of high-profile stories related to rail franchising, Paul Plummer, CEO of the Rail Delivery Group, says that the way in which these contracts are let and managed needs to change. Train operators have played a crucial role...
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,...
Work has begun on Stadler's new £20 million depot in Kirkdale, Merseyside. Representatives from contractor BAM Nuttall were joined by those from the Swiss train maker and Liverpool City Region's metro mayor Steve Rotheram. Stadler signed a £460 million deal with...
Network Rail's head of training strategy believes apprenticeships are changing for the better but that negative headlines could give them a bad name Apprenticeships are undergoing a major rebrand. Access to new funding is opening up apprenticeships to more people...
T‌he economic value of Britain’s railways was a recurring theme at Infrarail 2018. Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), opened this year’s show by suggesting that the value of the rail industry to the UK economy...

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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