Data is a wonderful thing. It fuels modern business, but how do you take it from its rawest state and turn it into something useful. New legislation has made it compulsory for all companies in the UK employing more than...
An electric train has travelled to and from Blackpool for the first time as part of the Great North Railway project. Operated by Virgin Trains on May 14, the Pendolino train was used to test new infrastructure along the 17...
Infrastructure specialists Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) has announced the acquisition of Carillion Welding. The move sees 63 jobs secured and all pre-existing framework contracts transferred over. Richard Toy is the CEO of RSS's parent company, Auctus Management Group. He said: "This...
Train tickets could be dramatically changed under plans for "root and branch" reforms unveiled by the trade body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). Today's range of fare options have not kept up with the rise of smartphone technology and how...
Passenger rail services have returned to Kenilworth in Warwickshire for the first time in more than 50 years. People were lining the single platform at Kenilworth on 30 April for the long-awaited reopening of the town’s railway station. The new station...
Alex Burrows, Alstom's former marketing and strategy director, has joined the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham as business director. BCRRE is an integral part of the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network, a collaboration between...
SB Rail has been awarded a contract worth more than £130 million by Network Rail for the supply, operation and maintenance of a fleet of specialised on-track machines. The seven-year deal will see the company deliver tamping, dynamic track stabilising and ballast...
Contractor Taylor Woodrow has started work at Greater Anglia's (GA) Crown Point depot in preparation for longer trains. A fleet of 58 Flirt trains are currently on order from Stadler and will be maintained and housed at the depot in Norwich...
Network Rail has awarded Bam Nuttall a £10 million contract for upgrade works on the Highland mainline. The contract involves extending platforms 1 and 2 at Pitlochry station and carrying out modifications to extend the track layout. Infrastructure works will also...
Network Rail has announced that the railway between Preston and Blackpool North is set to reopen on April 16 following 22 weeks of work. The line's closure was extended in March to complete the upgrade following severe weather and the...
Network Rail is hoping to see greater innovation, cost efficiency and third-party funding in the rail network by asking contractors, suppliers and stakeholders to recommend changes to its standards. These standards - that is the detailed requirements that underpin how the...
Balfour Beatty has secured a £115 million contract from Network Rail for the supply, operation and maintenance of a fleet of 13 tampers. The seven-year deal will see Balfour Beatty become responsible for delivering tamping shifts across Anglia and South-East routes,...
Open the doors, check the platform, close the doors and launch the train. This is the procedure for driving London Underground’s semi-automated S Stock trains. It sounds simple but the rollout of the revolutionary new signalling system which controls...
Mark Carne says he’s going to miss heading up Britain’s rail infrastructure manager. In February, he presented a £47 billion plan for CP6 which will focus on investment in maintenance and renewals to improve reliability for a growing network....
Rail minister Jo Johnson has called on the North to speak with one "strong, unified voice" after attending Transport for the North's (TfN) first meeting since it was legally established as England's first sub-national transport body. Backed by £260 million...
RSSB has published new advice which gives signallers the option of alerting train drivers who are approaching poor rail conditions through an automated message, allowing drivers to adapt their technique in response. These poor conditions could be brought about by the weather...
Operator Grand Central has unveiled the first of ten revamped Adelante trains as part of a £9 million refurbishment programme. The scheme includes a full interior refresh, new seats with leather edging in standard class, new floor covering throughout, exterior and...
More than 700 jobseekers attended a CAF recruitment day in March. The Spanish rolling stock manufacturer is looking for around 300 newstarters to fill roles such as logistics specialists, administrative personnel, skilled technicians, production operatives, engineers as well as apprenticeships at...
From Glasgow to Gidea Park, members of Team Orange's 15,000-strong workforce put their chocolate-eating plans on hold to complete projects across Britain's railways this Easter. At Bristol Temple Meads, Network Rail conducted its largest-ever resignalling project, renewing lineside and station equipment...
The first of Eurostar's new fleet of high-speed trains has called at Ashford International station. Arriving at 2.55pm on its way to Paris, the Eurostar e320 was able to stop at Ashford thanks to the completion of a £10 million...
An apprenticeship dedicated to the construction and renewals of tram could be launched as early as 2019. Led by the Midland Metro Alliance (MMA), the UK's light rail industry has been given the green light from the Institute for Apprenticeships...
Rising costs and Network Rail's reclassification as a public body were the main factors behind the cancellation of three rail electrification schemes last year, a report by the public spending watchdog has confirmed. The National Audit Office (NAO) has published...
SPL Powerlines UK, a subsidiary of the Austrian Powerlines Group, has taken over insolvent firm Carillion's 50 per cent stake in its Carillion Powerlines Ltd (CPL) joint venture. The move is set to save 300 jobs and is an "important...
South Tyneside Council has approved plans submitted by Galliford Try to build an £8.4 million skills centre for the Tyne and Wear Metro. The three-storey Metro Maintenance and Renewals Skills Centre will feature a 70m stretch of dual track, a metro...

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