The £70m improvement work on the North Cotswold rail line was completed on 22 August. Parts of the line between Worcester and Oxford have been redoubled with a total of 21 miles of extra track having been laid. Signalling and stations...
In a major article, this month’s issue of the rail engineer refers to plans to open up the space in front of Kings Cross station currently covered by the southern concourse. As we went to press, Network Rail released their...

London’s railways

There’s a lot going on in London’s railways at the moment. Network Rail is rebuilding several major stations, Thameslink is well underway, Crossrail is starting, and transport plans to support the 2012 Olympics are nearing completion. It was therefore...
Network Rail is a multi-million pound operation which spends a lot of money on equipment to maintain the railway infrastructure. It operates everything from Land Rovers to high-output track-laying trains, with a plethora of complicated and specialised plant in...
Taking the temperature As ever, the Institute of Rail Welding (IoRW) offered some fascinating insights when its latest technical seminar was held at the old Railway School of Engineering on London Road, Derby. Richard Johnson of Thermit Welding GB kicked things...
Due care and attention Alstom has recently completed the ten-year heavy overhaul of the Coradia Class 175 fleet of DMUs for Arriva Trains Wales, costing £9 million. Traditionally such programmes would have been outsourced to heavy works companies - historically BREL...
Who says there’s no focus on efficiency? Those commentating from outside the industry should first witness the conviction of many within it, like Network Rail’s North East Project Manager Ben Lynch. He speaks with erudite clarity, not just about...

Taking stock

Huge cost savings could be made when Britain buys its next generations of trains if the industry works together to design and procure them, according to Network Rail’s draft Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) on passenger rolling stock. The report, which...

Manchester united

Manchester has long been a city divided. Mancunians pride themselves on the colour of their blood - red or blue depending on football team. A north-south divide contrasts the former manufacturing towns in the north of the conurbation against...

Network Rail approves Bender UK’s RS4 rail signal power protection system

Network Rail has approved Bender UK’s next-generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system that delivers increased sensitivity for first earth fault location...