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Abbey Wood station is now open

Abbey Wood station has now opened to Southeastern passengers. Delivered by Network Rail as part of the Crossrail project, the station will become part of the Elizabeth line from December 2018 when passengers from Abbey Wood will be able to...
A new railway station has been built in Forres as part of upgrade work to the Aberdeen-Inverness line. The station sits to the north of its predecessor and was built during a recent 10-day closure of part of the line. During...
A 23-day transformation of Liverpool Lime Street has finished with the station now fully re-open to the public. During the project engineers replaced almost 2,000m of track, redesigned and lengthened platforms and built two new ones: platforms 7 and 8. A...
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has said that passengers will be able to use smart ticketing across "almost all" of the network in England and Wales by the end of 2018. A planned £80 million will be spent on the programme...
Christmas is 80 days away - let that sink in. With friends and family putting festive travel plans in place, Network Rail has revealed the major work that is set to take place on the network in December. Passengers have been...
More than £5 million in funding has been secured to develop plans for a railway to Skelmersdale - the second largest town in North West England without a station. The project - led by Lancashire County Council - is estimated...
Earlier this year railway adventurers Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall set out to visit all 2,563 railway stations in Great Britain, completing the ambitious journey in 14 weeks, six days, eight hours and 22 minutes. From Penzance on May 7...
Work has begun on the construction of a new railway station at Maghull North. The station is due to be open in May 2018, on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line, in support of a new 370-home housing development....
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) have committed £27.5 million towards the construction of a new Midland Metro stop at the proposed HS2 station at Birmingham Curzon Street station. The...
The first of 50 electric car chargers have gone live at stations in Scotland. Electric vehicle registration is up 62 per cent on this time last year, and owners will now benefit from free fast-charging facilities at ScotRail Alliance stations...
London’s Paddington station has seen a sharp increase in retail sales over recent months, rising by 40 per cent between April and June 2017. This comes as the Paddington Lawn development is completed. The £13 million upgrade commenced in July...
Middlesbrough council is drawing up a masterplan to make Middlesbrough railway station a strategic transport hub in the near future. With funding from the Tees Valley Combined Authority and First Group, the study will support the Department for Transport's view...
Secretary of State Chris Grayling has said that a new station in Cambridgeshire can help create the 'UK's own Silicon Valley'. Officially opening the station on August 7, the member of parliament said that by making journeys quicker and easier...
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...
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...
Construction firm Kier has announced a takeover of McNicholas Construction. Kier is one of the UK's biggest construction firms and has previously worked on the refurbishment of King's Cross station (pictured above) and the regeneration of Epsom station. McNicholas is headquartered...
Graham Construction has been awarded a contract from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) to refurbish two Glasgow subway stations. As part of SPT's modernisation programme, Shields Road and Bridge Street subway stations will be upgraded. Work at Shields Road will begin in July...
Transport for London (TfL) is asking for the public's feedback over plans to treble the size of Camden Town tube station. Under plans to radically improve and modernise the station - which is used by 30 million customers a year...
Commuters across Britain will be used to that early morning scene on the station platform as cyclists, last-minute ticket purchasers and morning gossipers all squeeze onto the platform in time to catch a peak commuter service. But imagine the opposite....
The number of platforms at Blackpool North railway station is to be reduced from eight to six as part of remodelling work by Network Rail. Electrification work and upgrades on the Blackpool-Preston line means that Blackpool North's track layout and platforms...
Consultancy firm WSP is working with Coventry City Council to improve capacity at the city's railway station. WSP will be looking at the benefits of a second station building and supporting infrastructure to improve UK-wide connectivity and accommodate for future growth. The station...
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...

Culture along the line

From the start of the railway age, Britain’s railway stations have been part of the nation’s social fabric. Today, the realities of transport economics have rendered many impressive station buildings surplus to operational requirements. Yet much is being done...
Railway pioneers have boarded the first service in 45 years from Swanage to Wareham, in Dorset. Two generations of enthusiasts rebuilt the line following its closure in January 1972, with the inaugural service marking the start of a two-year trial...

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