Virtual Reality will help make HS2 one of the most reliable railways in the world

Virtual Reality and real time monitoring by sensors built into HS2’s infrastructure including rails, bridges and overhead power lines will help make Britain’s new high speed rail network one of the world’s most reliable railways. Detailed designs being prepared by...

RAIB releases report into Carmarthenshire derailment and fire

RAIB has released its report into the derailment and fire involving a tanker train at Llangennech, Carmarthenshire, 26 August 2020. At about 23:04 hrs on 26 August 2020, train 6A11, the 21:52 hrs service from Robeston (Milford Haven) to Theale,...

Network Rail and The Talent Foundry complete pilot scheme to encourage young people into rail industry

Network Rail and The Talent Foundry have completed the initial pilot scheme of the Track to the Future programme, which aims to inspire young people to consider a career in the rail sector. Four schools took part in the pilot...

Network Rail completes £22m festive upgrades

Network Rail thanks passengers and local residents for their patience and understanding over the festive period while it has completed important rail upgrades. Over the Christmas and New Year break, Network Rail’s team of engineers has been hard at work...

HS2 creates first of 56 giant piers for UK’s longest rail bridge

The construction of the UK’s longest railway bridge took another major step forward this week with the start of work on the first of 56 giant concrete piers that will support the Colne Valley Viaduct as it crosses a...

RMT strike set to cause severe disruption on five Tube lines tomorrow

Tube customers have been urged to check before they travel ahead of the RMT’s planned strike action, which will cause severe disruption on five Tube lines (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria) all day tomorrow (Saturday 18 December) if...

HS2 Ltd awards landmark rolling stock contracts to Hitachi-Alstom joint venture

HS2 Ltd today confirmed that a Hitachi/Alstom JV has been awarded the contracts to build Britain’s next generation of high speed trains at their factories in Derby and County Durham in a major deal set to support 2,500 jobs...

Government announces £96 billion Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands

The government has today announced its Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands - a £96 billion plan that outlines how major rail projects will be delivered. The plan brings together the HS2, Northern Powerhouse, and Midlands Rail Hub...

The drive for net-zero

The UK has committed to reduce carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 and rail travel will play a significant role on that journey. Decarbonisation is high on the industry’s agenda and although 2050 is a generation away, any decisions...

Decarbonising Scotland’s railway

Last July saw the publication of both Network Rail’s Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy (TDNS) and the Scottish Government’s Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan. Both reports concluded that rail decarbonisation requires electrification of a large part of the unelectrified network,...

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