London Bridge Blockade

Long blockades of major stations at public and bank holiday times have become part of rail engineering custom and always attract media attention, most of it critical. Is this adverse press comment justified? Rail Engineer went to see what was...
The clock is ticking as the biggest, and one of the most complex, railway engineering projects in Europe moves into its final stages. Eventually, even the name will change, from the project title of Crossrail into the operational route’s...
The first phase of Napoli Afragola, one of 13 new stations for Italy’s high-speed rail network, was inaugurated on 6 June by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who called it a “remarkable achievement”. Located 7.5 miles (12km) north of Naples...

Making a grand entrance

No-one should underestimate the difficulties it presented, delivering a complex structure over the River Aire’s dynamic waters. That’s what engineers do, of course: make the improbable possible. But this was not just another railway project; it would have broader social...
The £20 million southern entrance to Leeds Station has been officially opened, serving new residential and commercial developments alongside the River Aire. It’s expected that one-in-five passengers - about 20,000 people daily - will use it. The construction process has...
The redeveloped station at Birmingham New Street will be unveiled on 20th September, a notable landmark in a challenging construction programme that got underway five years ago. It’s a long way from the concrete monolith opened by British Rail in...

Let there be light

I have changed trains at Birmingham New Street station more times than I care to remember, moving from one platform to another alongside up to 200,000 other passengers who use this busy station every day, and I have a...

Nottingham’s new hub

Work at Nottingham’s station has been continuing apace. Although last covered only in issue 106 (August 2013), it was already time to go back and see how far the works had progressed. Writes Chris Parker A lot of work has...
The redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station is an immense project. More than £600 million is being spent over five years to turn a cramped, congested 1960s concrete box into a light, airy, spacious and efficient station for the...

Reading Station transformed

Before Easter, Reading Station was a major building site. The travelling public could see what Network Rail was trying to do but it took a degree of imagination to appreciate what it would look like. Then came the Easter...

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...