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Severn Bridge Junction Signal Box refurbishment scoops 2021 National Railway Heritage Award

Network Rail is delighted to be recognised for the £250,000 restoration of one Britain’s most famous signal boxes Shrewsbury’s Severn Bridge Junction Signal box is one of our most striking and famous signal boxes in the world and it has just won the ‘National Rail Heritage Signalling Award’ at this...

Sir Peter Hendy CBE appointed Chair of National Railway Museum’s Advisory Board

Network Rail Chair Sir Peter Hendy CBE has been appointed Chair of the National Railway Museum’s Advisory Board to spearhead delivery of the Museum’s Vision 2025 masterplan.  Outgoing Chair Anton Valk CBE, founding CEO of transport company Abellio, will step down from the museum’s Advisory Board.  The appointment comes at an important phase in the museum’s Vision 2025 masterplan...

HS2 Launches First Midlands Giant Tunnelling Machine

Today HS2 CEO Mark Thurston pushed the button to start HS2’s tunnel boring machine on its one-mile journey under Long Itchington Wood in Warwickshire, marking the launch of the first TBM on the Midlands section of HS2. Around 170 engineers have been working on the 2,000 tonne, 125m long...

Lynebeg rail bridge successfully installed on Highland Mainline

Despite the impact of Strom Arwen, Network Rail has successfully demolished and replaced the bridge over the railway at Lynebeg, south of Inverness on the Highland Mainline between Perth and Inverness.  It’s part of supporting work ahead of the dualling of the A9 between Tomatin and Moy. In continuous working...

Rail industry welcomes Louise Haigh MP as new Shadow Transport Secretary

The Railway Industry Association, the voice of the UK rail supply community, has welcomed Louise Haigh MP as the new Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), said: “I would like to welcome Louise Haigh to the role of Shadow Transport Secretary,...

RSSB: Sustainability: Decarbonising Traction

RSSB explores GB rail’s most efficient route to Net Zero. Traction decarbonisation in context As world leaders meet at the 26th UN Climate Change conference (COP26), RSSB is spotlighting the challenges—and opportunities—of moving to sustainable rail. In our first piece we focus on traction. A key characteristic of trains is that they...

Trial Operations underway ahead of Elizabeth line opening next year

Delivery of the Elizabeth line has reached its next significant milestone with the Trial Operations stage now underway. This marks the final phase of the programme before the Elizabeth line opens for passenger services between Paddington and Abbey Wood in the first half of 2022. Trial Operations involves operational exercises...

Government announces £96 billion Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands

The government has today announced its Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands - a £96 billion plan that outlines how major rail projects will be delivered. The plan brings together the HS2, Northern Powerhouse, and Midlands Rail Hub projects, in an effort to accelerate improvements to the rail...

Loram UK and Network Rail in multi-million-pound wagon repurposing deal

The rail and rolling stock maintenance specialist, Loram UK, has announced a multi-million-pound deal with Network Rail to repurpose at least 250 side tipper ballast wagons. The work will involve removing the tipper element of the wagons to create reusable and more versatile non-tipping static containers.  Loram UK and Network Rail...

Railway Restored: regular trains to run on Dartmoor Line for first time in 50 years

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will today dispatch the first passenger train to run on the Dartmoor Line for over 50 years, as the line once again becomes part of the UK rail network for passengers. This has been made possible thanks to over £40 million of Government investment through the...

Railway signals in Middlesbrough now controlled from York after successful reliability upgrade

Over the weekend (13-16 November), Network Rail’s Rail Operating Centre (ROC) in York welcomed its newest workstation as part of a £45m project to upgrade signalling in the Middlesbrough area. Teams renewed around six miles of signalling equipment, with control of the signals moving from two 19th Century signal boxes –...

GB Railfreight Delivers New High-Speed Electric Fleet for Lumo

GB Railfreight (GBRf), in partnership with Hitachi Rail, is proud to have supported Lumo by delivering its brand-new fleet of Class 803 high-speed electric trains that entered service last month. Since May, GBRf has provided Hitachi Rail with train planning, haulage, and crews for the testing of these new trains...