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HS2 launches race for Overhead Catenary System suppliers

HS2 has launched its procurement process looking for specialist contractors to deliver the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) for the electrification of the new high-speed...

Rail decarbonisation update

The feature in our March issue that considered the electrification required for a zero-carbon railway attracted a great deal of interest. This included a...

Midland main line electrification gathers pace

Work continues on the £1.5 billion upgrade of the Midland main line to improve journeys for all those using the route. On 4/5 and 11/12...

Reducing the costs of electrification

Guest writer: Justin Moss - Strategic Development Manager at Siemens Mobility. In March 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) published its ‘Decarbonising Transport’ paper, outlining...

Greens call for commitment to increased electrification and regional connectivity

In its response to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) rail assessment commission for the North and Midlands, the Yorkshire and Humber Green Party has...

Electric services from London reach Cardiff as Severn tunnel electrification is completed

Passenger trains are finally running from London Paddington to Cardiff using electric traction the whole way, following the electrification of the Severn tunnel. As Rail...

Altran helps develop new railway signalling interlocking

Having just won a challenging new railway project in Belgium, a German manufacturer needed local support in the form of experienced and competent people...

£46 million upgrade of line to Southend Victoria completed

Network Rail has completed the installation of a new overhead wiring system on the Southend Victoria branch line in a £46 million upgrade to...

Getting electrification done: the net-zero imperative

On 24 June 2019, the House of Commons unanimously passed an amendment to the Climate Change Act that committed the UK to net-zero carbon...

Signalling failures: why do we hear about them so much?

We often hear that “trains are delayed because of a signalling failure”. But why do we hear about it so much, and is it...

Collis hits 50 NOT OUT

Having opened its doors in 1970, Collis Engineering is celebrating 50 years in business this year. From its local steelwork origins to a multi-disciplined...

Steventon Bridge: Overcoming the Obstacle

In the complex story of the electrification of the Great Western main line, one name keeps cropping up - Steventon Bridge (issue 167, September...

Finishing off the fourth track between Bedford and Kettering

Apart from the electrification of the section of route from London St. Pancras to Bedford in the late 1970s, the Midland main line has...

Electric Trains Arrive in Wales, though not for the first time

Following energisation of the overhead line equipment between St Brides, Newport, and west of Cardiff Central, the first GWR electric train arrived at Cardiff...

The quest for a cleaner railway

The UK’s railway is eliminating carbon. You must have noticed. The government has pledged to get all diesels off the railway by 2040 and have it...

First light: The Riding Sunbeams trial of solar-powered electric traction

How many times have we looked at clever innovation and wondered why on earth no one thought of doing it before? Often the simplest of ideas...