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Improved reliability for rail passengers between London and Southend following track works

Network Rail has replaced track and completed drainage work to improve reliability between London and Shoeburyness. The work took place at Upton Park between Fenchurch Street and Barking and included: Replacing nearly one and a half miles of railInstalling 40 new...

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...

DfT Educating the Government

The two buzz words in vogue are ‘Digital Railway’ and ‘Innovation’. Both appear ad nauseam, and one has to question what they actually mean and whether the people who quote them actually understand what is being promoted. It seems that...

Trouble with track

It could be argued that the most important asset that a railway has is its track. On Network Rail’s website, under ‘About Us’, it states: “Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway infrastructure. That’s 20,000 miles of track,...

Human Behaviour – how climate change and Covid-19 challenge us to act differently

Climate change is such a large issue, and achieving Net Zero such a difficult task, it is all too easy to put our hands up and say: “But what can I do?” The reality is, if you work in...

The changing face of electrification

The removal of diesel-powered trains from the national rail network by 2040 (2035 in Scotland) is key to achieving the UK Government’s net-zero-carbon target by 2050.  To meet its sector targets, the rail industry must continue to find sustainable and...

Is the industry neglecting the principles of good people management?

A series of reports on accidents and incidents that took place over the last year on the railway all point to human error being the primary cause. A flurry of Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) reports came out as the...

New canopies for a historic station

The station at Pembroke Dock is steeped in history and character. It opened in 1863 and was later adapted, as the station grew in the early 1900s following the takeover of Pembroke and Tenby by Great Western Railway, with...

Russian Routes to Zero Carbon Rail

The Russian International Transport and Logistics Forum PRO//MOTION.1520 is usually held in Sochi and attracts delegates for many countries. Not surprisingly, this year it was held online. Its “Green Swan Solutions” session considered environmental initiatives and took place at...

Routes to Zero Carbon Rail

In May (issue 184), we reported on the Railway Industry Association (RIA)’s first on-line Unlocking Innovation event. These events have now been running for ten years and aim to inform suppliers about industry challenges and help them respond by...

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Rail passengers harder to update about engineering works during pandemic

Rail operators found it more difficult to notify passengers of engineering works this year, an independent transport watchdog has...