The fallout from the Government’s decision to scrap three major electrification projects, in Wales, the Midlands and the North, is inevitably a hot topic on the subject of sustainability. Mary Creagh MP, chair of the environmental audit committee, voiced...
The spa town of Buxton in Derbyshire is the highest market town in England and a gateway to the Peak District National Park. It is close to the county boundary with Cheshire to the west and Staffordshire to the...
Supplying ecological services to the rail industry almost always presents an interesting challenge. Emergency works programmes rely upon the ability to attend site with very short notice and to deliver to tight time constraints. Implementing protected species licenses and...

Lengthy recycling

Recycling is not only good for the environment, it is also a good way to save money. Network Rail has been getting very involved in recycling over the past few years, probably for both reasons, with new recycling centres at...
On Thursday 3 May at 11:10, Steve Holmes, Safety Director at Balfour Beatty Rail will be presenting 'Sustainability for a modern railway contractor' at Infrarail. Sustainability isn’t just about the environment, so how does a successful railway infrastructure contractor integrate...

Specially Interesting

As the world becomes a greener place, with green initiatives, a green agenda and even green trains(!), landowners and businesses are being encouraged to protect our natural resources in all their forms. Those areas of the country thought to be...

It’s Vital!

This year’s Infrarail show is approaching rapidly, and a look through the list of exhibitors reveals that Vital Rail will be one of them. Vital Rail is well known to the rail engineer, particularly as one of the main sponsors...

Levelling on crossings

“No, I can’t sleep at night! I think of level crossings and level crossing safety all the time as we have so much to do, so much to change.” Martin Gallagher is Network Rail’s head of level crossings. With a...

Stand and Deliver

Metal theft is a major problem on today’s railways. Stuart Marsh has looked at the subject as a whole elsewhere in this issue, but to an extent nothing deters criminals more, nor is more likely to catch them in...
Cable Theft. Like the proverbial bad penny, it’s a subject that keeps cropping up, although the monetary value concerned is somewhat higher. The continuing menace of cable theft from the national rail network, the London Underground and other metro...

Crossrail opening goes back to 2021

The estimated completion date of Crossrail, the new railway running under London from West to East, has now been put back to...