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The management of railway incidents

No matter how reliable or how safe the railway becomes, incidents will always occur, be they related to weather, safety, technical or human...

NOKIA: the common bearer

A common bearer (transport layer) telecoms network takes advantage of the new digital technologies and ‘big data’ applications in order to provide a safe,...

Innovative structural drainage for retaining walls and bridge abutments

Guest author: Alan Bamforth, managing director of ABG Ltd. Railway infrastructure has retaining walls and bridge abutments. Inherent in the...

Systems integration: navigating increasing complexity

Guest author: Nassar Majothi, director of the rail specialist services group at WSP London. All too often, major infrastructure programmes...

Station platforms – making the case for composites

Guest author: Tom Bowman, commercial director at Dura Composites. The year-long independent rail review announced by Chris Grayling in...

Shine a light

At the time of year when days are shortest, nights longest, and when Network Rail carries out its most extensive work over the Christmas...

Tame the dust

Ballast dust continues to be a priority issue, with several high-profile campaigns such as ‘No Time to Lose’ and Network Rail’s Ballast Dust Working...

Improving safety for trackside installations

Across the UK, the rail network supports over 4.6 million passenger journeys a day and over 20,000 miles of track. As numbers grow year-on-year,...

Improved data communications in Cornwall

With the number of railway journeys in Britain having doubled between 1998 and 2018, and passenger numbers predicted to increase by 40 per cent...

Data Communications protocols in the rail industry

A central communication network within a product or a system can be likened to a human’s nervous system. Networks continue to evolve, but the...

Reducing risks in depots

At the end of this month, industry regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), will publish its final thoughts on how Network Rail...

Heating depots old and new

High Speed 2 (HS2) is one of the largest infrastructure projects that this country has ever seen - six times the budget of the...

Depot control for the 21st century

The UK’s rail industry has faced a number of challenges over the last year, with increasingly negative reports of punctuality and delays surfacing in...

Hitachi Rail’s approach to the Digital Railway

Digital affects almost every facet of UK rail activity. It has been transforming rolling stock, maintenance, and passengers’ journeys for almost a decade. Industry...

Swift doors for Crossrail depot

Transport for London (TfL)’s new Operations, Maintenance and Control (OMC) depot for the Elizabeth line at Old Oak Common, West London...

Recent acquisition takes Kier forward

When Kier, a leading infrastructure services, buildings and developments and housing group, bought McNicholas last July, the company’s chief executive Haydn Mursell said it...