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Unipart Rail awarded Sword of Honour by British Safety Council

Unipart Rail, the leading specialist provider of technology and supply chain solutions to the rail industry, has been awarded a prestigious Sword of Honour by the British Safety Council. With eight sites across the UK, Unipart Rail was one of 61 organisations worldwide that achieved a Sword of Honour, which...

King’s Cross has successful Christmas

A successful six-day closure of King’s Cross station over Christmas allowed for the reconstruction of the Camden Sewer, which runs beneath the tracks. Network Rail’s teams lifted all four tracks entering the station for the first time in over 40 years. 3,200 litres of water per second passes through the...

Island Line says goodbye to its much-loved trains

The Island Line, the Isle of Wight’s railway, has been operated since 1989 by refurbished former London Underground trains, built originally in 1938. However, they have now operated their last service. The final Class 483 train rolled out of Ryde Pier Head Station at 23:17 on Sunday 3 January, closing...

13 contractors share buildings and civils frameworks worth £200 million

Network Rail’s Southern region, which covers Kent, Sussex and the South of England, has awarded 15 contracts for the delivery of building and civils works across the region. The three-year contracts, which were awarded to 13 companies as two won two each, started at the end of November 2020, and...

Avanti completes Voyager fleet overhaul

Avanti West Coast has completed its overhaul of the Voyager fleet, following a six-month programme. The £8.3 million overhaul, which was carried out at Bombardier’s depot in Ilford, east London, includes new Standard Class seats covers and carpets as well as a revamped toilet area. All older lighting has been...

Industry-first authorisation for Midland main line upgrade

Network Rail has been implementing various schemes to upgrade the Midland main line (MML).  These include extending overhead electrification from Bedford to Corby, improving line speed through an improved Market Harborough station and remodelling Derby station. To obtain regulatory approval, Network Certification Body (NCB) was appointed to act as the...

Temporary Tyne and Wear Metro Depot commissioned

Tyne and Wear Metro’s new temporary depot, which has been built to welcome the new £362 million train fleet, has officially become operational. Located at Howdon in North Tyneside, the new depot will be used to on-track the new Metro trains from 2022, and for maintenance of the current rolling...

New building at Locomotion museum, Shildon, to house 50 railway vehicles

The National Railway Museum’s site at Shildon is to have a new collection building that will house up to 50 rail vehicles, bringing the total at Locomotion to 120 and creating the UK’s largest rail vehicle display. AOC Architecture has been appointed by the Science Museum Group to start work...

Greater Anglia invests in keeping its new trains clean

Greater Anglia, which is commissioning three new fleets of trains (Classes 720, 745 and 755) has taken steps to keep them in tip-top condition by installing a new carriage washer machine at its Crown Point depot in Norwich. The new £1.2 million carriage washer in July and it has now...

Five platforms for Stevenage

A new fifth platform has been constructed at Stevenage station as part of the Stevenage Turnback project. This will allow services from Stevenage to run to London Moorgate, assist with commuter services from Hertford on the East Coast main line and enable an increase in services between Watton-at-Stone and Stevenage...

Railway Industry Association in 2020

In these strangest of times, the Railway Industry Association (RIA) decided to continue with its annual conference, albeit online. The issues facing the rail industry are very much in debate and an opportunity for government, the industry and the supply chain to come together and share their views was...

Cross Acceptance of Systems and Equipment

The lengthy time taken to get new projects, systems and equipment into service is something that gives many of us a sense of despair. It never used to be like that, so what has happened to make things so complicated and what can be done to speed things up? Part...