Andy Milne

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Merseyrail gives Energy Vault the green light

In a continuously innovating modern world, in which technology advancements seem to have no boundaries, rail stations are now facing increasing pressure to deliver...

Secretary of State at Infrarail

Having been confirmed as remaining Secretary of State for Transport in the Prime Minister’s recent cabinet reshuffle, Chris Grayling has also been announced as...

Christmas under London: TfL’s festive engineering work

London Underground, like it’s Network Rail cousin, took advantage of the Christmas closedown, and the opportunity to take longer possessions over the holiday period,...

Rail Engineer February 2018: Yuletide Activities

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Complex asset portfolio? Avoiding surprises and delivering benefits

Railways are highly complex systems, reliant on many assets of varying types and ages that are operated and maintained by different organisations. If part...

VolkerFitzpatrick: Upgrading stations

With Network Rail’s comprehensive Railway Upgrade Plan well underway and the modernisation of Britain’s railways firmly in the spotlight, there is a growing need...

Microsleep causes accidents

Two recent accident reports have highlighted the dangers of 'microsleep' in the railway environment.The website Tuck.com, which claims it has the largest collection of...

Making a point on Thameslink (149 of them to be exact)

Much has been written in Rail Engineer about the Thameslink Programme and, more recently, about the changes at London Bridge and the construction of...

It’s the Year of Engineering!

2018 has been designated the "Year of Engineering" in a Government campaign to support the engineering profession in recruiting the next generation of engineers.Throughout...

Issue 159 – Hydrogen the new diesel

Millions of tons of coal were burnt when railways were steam-hauled. The result was harmful pollution and working conditions that would be unacceptable today....

Introducing surge arrester technology

The electrification of existing railway lines is often associated with high costs, due to the inevitable proximity between live overhead line conductors and trackside structures.As...

Physical resilience in a digital age

The prospect of a digital railway in the UK promises quicker journey times, greater capacity, slicker timetabling, better cost efficiency and improved operational safety,...

Station success: the Lowery Group tackles Reading and Euston

Capacity enhancements are the name of the game these days. Rail Engineer has recently been full of articles on longer trains, platform extensions to...

D2 Rail: Planning for success

The Ordsall Chord is a near-textbook example of Network Rail getting a project right. This means, of course, serving the public: putting their interests...

The art of smart

Remember just a few years ago how long work site lighting took to set up? The generator that had to be parked some distance...

Transport of Delight

Good lighting design is essential to the functional operation and differentiation of spaces, within and around railway stations and transport interchanges. It can reveal...