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New report lays out plans for transport decarbonisation

Alstom has launched a new report detailing how the government can decarbonise the transport sector, and in doing so, jump start the economy post...

Successful Christmas engineering works in south London and Sussex

Engineering work on the railway over Christmas and the New Year has delivered vital rail upgrades across Sussex and south London. On the Brighton main...

Longer trains double space for passengers on Great Northern Fen Line trains

Great Northern has introduced eight-car trains on the Fen Line, between Cambridge and King’s Lynn. To accommodate the longer trains, Network Rail, in a programme...

COWI to improve Network Rail tunnel examinations

Leading international consulting group COWI has won a contract worth approximately £500,000 to improve the accuracy, efficiency and safety of tunnel examinations, resulting in...

Rail franchising replaced

The Department for Transport has today, after 24 years, ended rail franchising as the first step in bringing Britain's fragmented network back together. Intended to...

GTR’s Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express fleets to be updated

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is to undertake a five-year, £55 million programme to modernise the Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern ‘Electrostar’ fleets. The 270...

Former depot makes way for new maintenance facility

Balfour Beatty has commenced demolition of the old Chart Leacon depot in Ashford, Kent, to make room for a new train maintenance facility. The former...

Network Rail launches two task forces improve earthworks management

To help it better manage its massive earthworks (cuttings and embankments) portfolio and its understanding and response to severe weather events. Network Rail has...

RAIB reports on a freight train derailment at Willesden High Level Junction on 2019

At around 21:30 on 6 May 2019, a single wagon in a freight train derailed on a curve approaching Willesden High Level junction in...

Extraordinary times

Following the recent tragedy at Stonehaven, and the wider difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has been reflecting...

Government to invest £589 million in kickstarting rail upgrades across the North

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a £589 million kickstart for work on the Transpennine main line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester. He is also...

Transport Secretary updates Parliament on his review of TfL’s finances and structure

The Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, has updated parliament on its plans for a review of Transport for London’s...

Changing Times

When China imposed a lockdown on the 11 million residents of Wuhan in January, few imagined that a London lockdown would follow two months...

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...

£10 million towards solving rail capacity problems in Manchester

The government has announced £10 million of design and development funding so that Network Rail can start the next stage of work to unblock...

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,...