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Traction Power Innovation and Safety

Keeping both the public and rail workers safe from railway electrification, innovative ways of doing so, and the pressing need for a rolling programme of electrification in England to meet the government’s decarbonisation target by 2050 were the main themes of a Traction Power Innovation & Safety Showcase, hosted...

Electrifying Scotland

The Airdrie to Bathgate (A2B) project, which opened in 2010, included 108 single track kilometres (stk) of electrification. This new Scottish line was the first substantial UK electrification project since the Paddington to Heathrow Express electrification in 1997. As well as A2B, major electrification projects including those on Great...

Improving accessibility at stations

Travelling by train can, at times, be challenging for anyone, but rail travel for customers with specific needs can be very daunting at any time. Railway stations were largely designed in the Victorian era with little thought for the needs of restricted mobility and impaired travellers. We are also...

Scotland’s latest new station

The UK mainline network had 2,581 stations as at the end of 2023. Last year saw the opening of seven stations: Reading Green Park; Marsh Barton near Exeter; Thanet Parkway; Portaway Park and Ride near Bristol; Headbolt Lane on Merseyrail; Brent Cross West; and East Linton in Scotland. Since rail...

HS2 station control

HS2 is building four stations, which will be huge, even if Euston ends up only with six platforms. Old Oak Common is underground and, if the plans for over-site development go ahead, Euston will be underground too. Interchange and Birmingham Curzon Street will be on what will amount to...

Christmas Works 2023

In the closing days of 2023, Network Rail and the rail supply chain delivered a substantial and complex programme of works valued at £127 million. With decreased demand for rail travel, and the closure of the network on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the festive period is an ideal time...

Light Rail: Re-evaluating infrastructure strategies

In recent years, the escalating costs of light rail projects have prompted urban planners and policymakers to re-evaluate transport infrastructure strategies. One emerging approach is leveraging existing heavy rail infrastructure, which potentially offers significant value for money alongside other benefits of using established heavy rail routes or mothballed branch...

SIGEX 2023

Prior to the pandemic, Network Rail ran an annual conference to encourage innovation in signalling and control technology. Obviously, during lockdown such meetings were not possible and the conferences stopped. This year the Railway Industry Association (RIA) worked in partnership with Network Rail to revive the idea and organised...

Electro-Wind Ltd celebrates 45th Anniversary

January 2024 is Electro-Wind Ltd.’s 45th Anniversary. Whilst the first generation started and developed the business for 20 years, the next generation, their current Directors have been committed to leading the company’s growth for the last 25 years. The company has evolved and grown, widening its product range in size...

In memoriam: Honouring the legacy of Tom O’Connor, the visionary founder of Rail Media

It is with profound sorrow that we share the passing of Tom O'Connor, the esteemed founder of Rail Media, on Sunday 14 January 2024. Tom was not just a leader in the rail industry; he was a luminary whose visionary leadership, unwavering dedication, and commitment to excellence have left...

Tan Delta systems revolutionises railway engineering with SENSE-2, a cutting-edge real-time oil monitoring system

Tan Delta Systems, a pioneer in real-time oil quality monitoring sensors and systems, introduces SENSE-2, a breakthrough oil condition monitoring kit designed to transform maintenance practices in the railway engineering sector. This innovative solution provides real-time data on equipment oil quality, offering a strategic approach to maintenance that significantly...

HS2’s hidden truths

In his statement to Parliament – ‘Zero-emission vehicles, drivers and HS2’ – Transport Minister Mark Harper explained the Network North plan. He explained that the £36 billion that was to be spent on HS2 phase 2 to Manchester is now to be spent on a wide range of activities....