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Buckinghamshire footbridge to be replaced

A picturesque footbridge over the Chiltern main line in Buckinghamshire is to undergo a major overhaul to make it safer and more reliable for passengers and the public. The £1.2million investment by Network Rail will see the high-maintenance old footbridge at Beaconsfield Golf Club entirely replaced with a more reliable,...

Work resumes on Access for All footbridges at Kidsgrove station

The old footbridges at Kidsgrove station, which has an unusual triangular shape, are to be replaced with new bridges and lifts as part of the Access for All scheme, providing step-free access to all four platforms for the first time. Network Rail began the multi-million-pound station upgrade in 2018 but...

Rail Operations orders 30 new Stadler Class 93 tri-mode locos

Rail Operations (UK) Limited has signed a framework agreement with Stadler for the supply of 30 Class 93 tri-mode locomotives, of which an initial batch of 10 locomotives will be due for delivery in early 2023. The Class 93 is a Bo-Bo mixed-traffic locomotive based on Stadler’s Class 68 and...

Essential track renewals near Dartford, Kent

A major track renewal project is about to get underway at Slade Green junction, near Dartford. Both track and points on the Up line towards London will be replaced in a £4.5 million project to reduce faults and delays at the heavily used junction, where lines from South East London...

£16 million invested in Scotland’s Railway over New Year

A programme of enhancements worth £16 million was successfully delivered over the Christmas and New Year break in Scotland, after engineers worked around-the-clock at dozens of locations to carry out vital projects to renew key pieces of infrastructure. From Christmas Eve until the early hours of Saturday, 2 January, engineers...

New report lays out plans for transport decarbonisation

Alstom has launched a new report detailing how the government can decarbonise the transport sector, and in doing so, jump start the economy post Covid-19. In particular the report calls for: Rolling out fleets of 300-400 hydrogen trains to replace diesels;A £10 billion programme of investment in areas where green transport...

Jacobs wins place on TfL’s transport planning & impact monitoring services framework

Jacobs, the international firm of consulting engineers, has secured 13 positions on Transport for London’s (TfL) renewed Transport Planning & Impact Monitoring (including Health & Safety and Environmental) Services Framework. The contract award includes include key service areas such as strategic modelling and bespoke analysis, strategic transport scheme planning and...

Tram Train Pilot Learning Hub launched

A Tram Train Pilot Learning Hub has been launched by Network Rail, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Stagecoach Supertram. It contains a wealth of information drawn from the collective experience of designing, constructing and operating Britain’s first Tram Train system. Tram Trains can generally provide new journeys and...

Rail innovation could level up northern economy

A report by economics and policy analysts Perspective Economics claims that greater investment in rail research could be used to help level up the economy in the north of England. Entitled ‘Rail Innovation Eco-System: Understanding the Region’s Research and Innovation Capacity, Capabilities and Potential’, the report says there is a...

RIA announces technical programme for 2021

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has announced the dates of its various technical conferences for 2021, including the Unlocking Innovation programme. The overarching theme for Unlocking Innovation will be Railway of the Future - to look at how innovation can help spur a recovery from Coronavirus in the short-term, and...

Three designers selected for Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM)

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has chosen three potential suppliers to develop innovative concept designs that push forward the pioneering Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) scheme and to present those designs to the Mayoral Combined Authority in March. The three designs will support the better understanding of how existing and...

Line between Guildford and Wokingham reopens

Services between Guildford, Aldershot and Wokingham have restarted following repair of a 40-metre landslip near the small village of Wanborough over the Christmas period. Heavy rain from Storm Bella caused the embankment to deteriorate, leaving the track unsupported. The line was closed for safety reasons and emergency work was carried...