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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...

Signalling procurement enters the Digital Age

As the advent of the digital railway gathers pace, so the procurement of systems associated with it will need to adapt. It might prove...

Advanced solutions to obstacle detection

When asked what the safest type of level crossing is, invariably the answer from any educated rail engineer will be “a closed one”. Of...

High-speed milling extends rail life

Over the years, railways throughout the world have been confronted with a growth in passenger numbers, increased train speeds, higher traction and braking forces...

EMC in Rail: Risks, Responsibilities and Regulation

EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) is an important part of any rail project, be it recommissioning or refurbishing rolling stock, track and infrastructure renewals, electrification and...

Transforming rail travel in the North East

The Great North Rail Project is a multi-billion pound investment aimed at stimulating economic growth in the north of England by 2022 and creating...

Future train radio – What’s possible?

Throughout the world, many railways use the interoperable radio communications network, GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications - Rail), for operational voice communications and...

Tunnel lighting comes of age

Working in tunnels brings with it one obvious difficulty – a lack of light. In a railway environment, that’s actually not as big a...