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Interim union connectivity report published

Sir Peter Hendy's independent review of transport connectivity between Britain's four nations is considering the quality of major links across the UK, likely future transport demand and the environmental impact of policy options. His interim report, published on 10th March, analysed passenger and freight flows between England, Scotland, Wales and...

ERTMS on the East Coast Main Line

The decision to resignal the southern end of the East Coast Main Line (ECML) has been well publicised. It is to be part of the Digital Railway initiative, although ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) and its ETCS component (European Train Control System) have been around much longer than...

The big push

The ongoing £1.2 billion East Coast Main Line (ECML) upgrade is made up of four major projects: the remodelling of the track and supporting infrastructure at King’s Cross to increase capacity, the Stevenage turnback (completed in 2020), power supply upgrades to the whole route and the Werrington grade separation. The...

Getting projects right

“There can be no place, I believe, for deniers who are unable to acknowledge that the industry’s reputation, built over many years, was of rising costs, deadlines inevitably moving to the right and estimates wrong by orders of magnitude.” With this statement, Network Rail’s CEO, Andrew Haines, set the scene...

From cyber secure to cyber smart: why a broader understanding of cybersecurity is vital to our railway’s resilience

The safety of our railways is paramount. Yet as digital technologies transform our networks, our concept of safety must evolve to include cybersecurity at its core. To maintain cybersecurity, it’s not enough to have well-designed technologies with state-of-the-art defences. Engineers must be trained, educated, and equipped across the industry...

Systems thinking: why applying it from the start can transform your project

Major projects are inevitably very complex. Yet too often, we fail to fully comprehend and grapple with this complexity, and as a result create designs that risk being rejected by the very people for whom they’re intended. Applying systems thinking from the very beginning can help harness the insights...

Video: Highways England bridge infilling plans

Highways England plans to infill or demolish around 130 disused railways structures over the next five years, many of which are earmarked for reuse as part of reopened railways, heritage line extensions or greenways for active travel. The state-owned roads company manages the Historical Railways Estate of 3,200 bridges, viaducts...

Design launch of the new London Underground Piccadilly line trains

In March 2021, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and Michael Peter Global CEO of Siemens Mobility unveiled the design of the forthcoming Piccadilly line trains for London Underground. Transport for London (TfL) commissioned Siemens to supply 94 nine-car Inspiro London trains in November 2018 and new trains will be...

Platipus Present Technical Webinar on RAIL EARTHWORKS: Stabilising Infrastructure Slopes & Retaining Structures using Ground Anchors (18th FEB)

Most rail infrastructure is in excess of 150 years old and does not offer comparable levels of resilience to modern engineered solutions. Ever increasing extreme weather events has also put heightened strain on Britain’s historic railway. This webinar on 18th February (11am) is aimed at Engineers, Designers and Contractors and...

Editorial: Learning from Light Rail

Britain’s nine light rail systems record almost 300 million journeys each year. Their high capacity provides urban connectivity that drives economic growth as shown by the Docklands Light Railway has shown. Manchester’s Metrolink was also the catalyst for MediaCity in Salford. Unlike buses, trams attract motorists from cars and...

Three is the magic number: Three stations, three platforms, three months

Proving that not all railway projects take an age to be completed, Network Rail recently designed, planned and delivered platform extensions at three stations in Sussex in a little over three months. The works undertaken during three 52-hour possessions at Goring-by-Sea, Lancing and Cooksbridge provide a perfect example of the...