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 station’s front portico, to create a dramatic new public space. Train operator East Coast unveiled...

Park’n’Pedal

Drawing on its Dutch heritage, Greater Anglia has built a bicycle centre at Chelmsford station. The new CyclePoint combines secure cycle parking with cycle- hire and maintenance facilities in a single location. Such centres are a common sight in Holland....
White Walkers were spotted patrolling King's Cross station yesterday as fantasy drama Game of Thrones celebrated the launch of its seventh season. The Iron Throne was placed in the station's ticket hall for customer selfies on the chair of power and...
As our roads become more congested and the green agenda encourages us out of cars and onto public transport, rail is becoming more important as a means of travel. Writes Dave Darnell, UK rail sector director, WSP Group With the...
Following calls for its closure, Transport Scotland has announced that Breich railway station's future has been secured. A consultation was launched to decide the fate of the station, in West Lothian, which is used by 2.6 users on average each...

Southern switch for Gatwick

The day-to-day management of Gatwick Airport station has transferred from Network Rail to Southern. Says Southern Director, David Scorey, ‘We already manage 156 stations and it’s that station management experience, which includes provision of excellent levels of customer service and...
Tuesday, March 5 is a day postmaster Kevin Beechey is unlikely ever to forget.  What began as a normal morning for the Network Rail worker started to turn into anything but when he spotted...
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...
A street artist has produced a major piece of art in memory of the London Bridge terror attacks. James Cochran, also known as Jimmy C, has previously created works of art paying tribute to David Bowie and William Shakespeare and...
Network Rail and the six train operating companies (TOC) that serve Liverpool Lime Street are putting transport plans in place for when upgrade work closes the station later this year. From September 30 to October 22, the station will be closed...
The 1st Kidwelly Scouts have been hard at work landscaping the town’s railway station. Their efforts have been officially unveiled by the Mayor of Kidwelly, Jeanette Gilasbey. The £1,800 project, funded by the Welsh Government’s Local Environmental Quality Fund, started in...
More platforms and a new ticket hall feature in a £43m plan to upgrade Peterborough station. The redevelopment heralds longer, more frequent trains and anticipates a surge in passenger volume. Four million people a year use the station and this...
One of America’s iconic railway stations, New York’s Grand Central Terminal - colloquially known as Grand Central Station - celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Now the home of the Metro-North Railroad, the station boasts top class restaurants, cocktail lounges,...

A city of two tales

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, or at least it has been for Wakefield's contrasting railway stations. Writes Graeme Bickerdike Westgate has a shabby chic vibe influenced by a Sixties redevelopment that no doubt felt...
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,...

Vision for stations

Towards the end of the 19th century, Joseph Pulitzer ran a campaign in his newspaper, the New York World, to raise money for the base of the Statue of Liberty after the US government had failed to raise the...

Prince visits King’s Cross

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have visited the redeveloped King’s Cross station, seeing at first hand the restored train shed and new western concourse. Railways have always been popular with the Royal Family and the Prince was...
MTR Corporation has appointed John Robinson as the head of property in Europe as it looks to capitalise on opportunities to develop spaces around its stations. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the business operations rail systems all over the world, including TfL...
The British Transport Police (BTP) has revealed it has spent months piecing together plans to ensure the travelling public get to their destination safely for the royal wedding on May 19. More than 100,000 people are expected to head to...
Network Rail has been flying high in the sky taking birds eye shots of track in London. In August, major improvement work will take place in the capital with 'significantly fewer' trains coming in. Network Rail will continue to re-build...
A high-speed service could be becoming to Stoke-on-Trent after transport secretary Chris Grayling backed plans to extend a key platform at Crewe station. HS2 Phase 2a plans from the West Midlands to Crewe will  be modified to extend Platform 5...

New station for Westgate

Transport Minister, Simon Burns MP, interviewed in this edition of RailStaff, visited Wakefield Westgate station, to check out progress on the £8.8 million new station project. Construction work at Westgate began earlier this year and the new station is scheduled...

King’s Cross: The final works

After the opening of the Western Concourse at King’s Cross in March 2012, the next stages of the work to restore King’s Cross to its deserved grandeur was temporarily halted so as not to disrupt the passenger flows during...

Just the Ticket

This month a total of £18.7m is being made available to fund improvements to stations. Projects must be able to deliver a financial return over and above cost. The money is the final tranche of a £100m fund to improve...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work