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Unlocking innovation online

Last year’s Leeds Digital Festival saw 25,000 attendees across 240 events with 750 speakers in 96 venues. The event was to be even bigger...

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...

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...

The Grand Paris Express – A catalyst for urban development

The Greater Paris project seeks to transform the French capital from a monocentric city to a multipolar metropolis. At the heart of this ambitious...

Intelligent Infrastructure explained

Guest writer: Tim Flower – professional head of maintenance at Network Rail. Intelligent Infrastructure is Network Rail’s digital asset performance management programme,...

A little sand in the right place works wonders

Part 4, Passenger Service In this series so far, Rail Engineer has reported on the tests of Double Variable Rate Sanders (DVRS - a new...

New MerseyRail ‘connected’ trains

Merseyrail is the commuter rail network serving Liverpool and is one of the most heavily used urban railway networks outside London. It consists of...

Respond, Rebuild, Revive and Renew

Andrew Haines considers a post-Covid railway Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines holds round-table briefings with the editors of the rail industry’s press, including Rail...

Face coverings – Why can’t scientists agree?

When Grant Shapps advised that face coverings would be compulsory for those using public transport, he noted that scientists aren’t in full agreement about...

HS2’s Old Oak Common station receives planning approval

HS2 has received planning approval for Old Oak Common station in west London. It will be the largest new railway station ever built in...

Government pledges £1.6 billion to support Transport for London

The government has pledged financial support to Transport for London (TfL) to help its finances during the coronavirus crisis. A total of £1.6 billion...

Open train times

Producing a robust timetable and equipping it with systems that can minimise the effects of any disruption is one thing, but conveying all this...

Norwich – Yarmouth – Lowestoft Resignalling completed

The block bells have fallen silent around Norwich and decommissioning of the McKenzie & Holland and Saxby & Farmer mechanical-lever interlocking frames and semaphore...

For those who’ve come across the seas : We’ve boundless trains to share

Australia is a huge country. With a land area of nearly three million square miles it is the sixth largest in the world. The long distances...

Decarbonisation on the agenda at RIA’s innovation conference

European Environmental Agency figures show that, per passenger kilometre, rail transport’s CO2 emissions are respectively 28 and 11 per cent of those on road and air transport....

Hitachi plans to run ScotRail Class 385 EMUs beyond the wires

Hitachi are in discussions with the Scottish Government to run a Class 385 variant with underfloor batteries that could either be charged whilst under...