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Bluebell joins rail network

Saturday, 23rd March saw the Bluebell Railway open its long awaited extension into East Grinstead. Writes Clive Kessell The celebrations took place in a snow...

Glaze and blaze for Newcastle

An £8.6 million project to revamp Newcastle Central station has been welcomed by local people. Its centrepiece will be the pedestrianisation and glazing of the...

New portal at Victoria Dock

Construction work is forging ahead on the new Crossrail tunnel portal at Victoria Dock. This will create a 1,000 metre tunnelled section for the new...

Foregate conclusion

Worcester’s historic Foregate Street railway bridge has been officially reopened following much needed repairs and restoration. First built in 1860 and last replaced in 1906,...

Top backing for Crossrail 2

The rail industry has swung firmly behind plans for Crossrail 2 as outlined by former transport secretary, Lord Adonis. The new north-south cross-London railway will...

Olympic railways for Sochi

Sochi’s 2014 Winter Olympic Games are the first to be held in Russia since the Soviet Union’s controversial 1980 Moscow Olympics. Russia is keen to...

Smoking: Decision to quit

Five million people still smoke tobacco in the UK alone. Health experts estimate up to a million of them will try and kick the habit...

Rail plan launched by industry leaders

In a comprehensive display of unity, rail industry leaders have outlined strategies to take forward £37 billion worth of investment, stressing a commitment to...

Rail procurement procedure recognises sustainability

Network Rail Infrastructure Projects has made sustainability a formal part of its procurement process, with five per cent of tenders now hinging on a...

Cubitt returns to Square

With the old green canopy gone, the historic frontage of King’s Cross station has been revealed for the first time in 150 years. Lewis Cubitt’s...

Taking ownership: Privatisation and the rail industry

Andy Milne considers the success of the mix of individual staff power with private sector dash as the rail industry prepares for more change...

New station for Wokingham

Wokingham is to have a new station with better shops, waiting areas and information displays. A new footbridge will link both platforms and provide step...

Starters Orders for Borders

The Scottish Government has signed an agreement with Network Rail for the building of a new Borders Railway connecting Edinburgh and Tweedbank. The new rail...

Elizabeth goes underground

Engineers at Crossrail lowered a 550 tonne tunnelling machine into a 40 metre deep shaft in east London on 25th October. The TBM, called Elizabeth,...

Tunnel aid for Wallasea Island

One of Europe’s largest wetland wild life projects is emerging in Essex thanks to Crossrail. Wallasea Island, on the River Crouch, near the Thames Estuary,...

URS backs McNulty’s Value for Money Strategy

‘The rail industry has the opportunity for substantial further growth, building on the successes of the past fifteen years,’ said Sir Roy McNulty at...

Plumstead preparation complete

Preparatory work at Crossrail’s Plumstead portal is now complete. Engineers from Hochtief Murphy JV worked safely just three metres from the main line. The Plumstead...

Welsh work prepares for electrification

Work has begun on a £220m scheme to boost capacity on the railway in South Wales. Starting with the Vale of Glamorgan line the three-year...