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Prime Minister unveils GWR Intercity Express Train carrying special ‘We Mean Green’ livery

Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood at Paddington Station this morning to unveil a special train livery outlining the environmental benefits of travelling by train. The livery is part of the rail industry’s ‘We Mean Green’ campaign, designed to encourage more people and businesses to choose...

Major railway improvements in Bridlington – Network Rail upgrades signalling and track this month

Passengers in East Yorkshire will soon benefit from a more modern, reliable railway as Network Rail is carrying out major work to upgrade the signalling system at Bridlington. On Friday 22 October, signallers at Bridlington South signal box will pull the levers for the last time – before the 65-lever...

Hitachi Rail awarded contract to design digital signalling solution to improve reliability and safety for Gloucester area

Hitachi Rail and Linbrooke have been awarded a contract by Network Rail to design digital signalling technology specifically for the Gloucester area. This digital signalling solution will be a significant upgrade, replacing the current switch panel that was installed in the 1960s. The introduction of digital Signalling Command Control (SCC)...

HS2 launches major new initiative to share project insight with the wider industry

HS2 Ltd today launched a major new initiative to share insight from Britain’s largest construction project with the wider UK infrastructure industry that will see the publication of lessons learnt, good practice and innovation from across the project. The HS2 Learning Legacy project was formally launched at the Institution of...

Major engineering work in November and December to provide better journeys for rail passengers in Weymouth, Dorchester and Yeovil – but watch out for line closures

Passengers in Weymouth, Dorchester and Yeovil will soon benefit from big improvements to their railway as engineers get to work on improving track and stations. Between Thursday 18 November and Friday 3 December there will be major surgery for the ‘Heart of Wessex’ line, which connects Weymouth and Bristol. Almost...

Upgrades continue at Leeds station this month in project to remodel track

Work is ramping up on a major project to upgrade the track layout at Leeds station to bring more reliable services for passengers. On Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October, our teams will be working around-the-clock to prepare the new track cross over and install new overhead wires. They will...

HS2 to host biggest ever ‘Meet the Contractor’ event

High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd is preparing to host it’s biggest ever ‘Meet the Contractor’ event. Businesses from across the UK are being invited to register to attend the online event, and snap up the opportunity to participate in one-to-one meetings with HS2’s contractors. New for 2021, HS2 will be...

“Wrecking-ball act” threatens future of historic bridge

Unrest is brewing in an East Sussex village over National Highways’ plan to infill a historic railway bridge within a conservation area. The state-owned roads company manages more than 3,100 legacy structures on the Department for Transport’s behalf. A controversial programme to infill or demolish 134 bridges and tunnels was...

SLC Operations launches revolutionary new 3D traction training product

SLC Operations, a UK train operator and driver training specialist, has launched an exciting new 3D training product through its training division, The Rail Academy.  The Rail Academy – working with its partners Creactive Design - can now produce the 3d and virtual reality training materials for any type of...

Surbiton station set for major £6.7m upgrade to provide better passenger journeys thanks to Department for Transport and Network Rail

Work on building new staircases, a footbridge extension and ticket gates for platforms three and four at Surbiton station in Surrey has begun. The Network Rail upgrades are designed to improve passenger safety and journey times as passenger levels grow post-Covid and should be completed by the end of May...

Construction ramps up at £260 million Mossend International Railfreight Park in Scotland

The development of a major new low carbon, multi-modal rail freight facility located in the heart of Scotland has taken a significant step forward with the laying of a private rail track to facilitate construction. Once complete, Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP) will provide 2.2 million sq ft of logistics space and Scotland’s...

Network Rail announces nine-day closure of Brighton Main Line between Three Bridges, Brighton and Lewes, in Sussex, for major engineering work

Network Rail engineers will use a nine-day closure of the Brighton Main Line in February next year, to deliver an £11m junction renewal near Haywards Heath and build a new underpass at Hassocks. As a result of the work, the railway between Three Bridges, Brighton and Lewes will close for...