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Major overhaul for Lancaster’s listed footbridge

Lancaster stations’ Grade II footbridge is being refurbished as the city’s railway station evolves for the future.The historic footbridge, which spans platforms 3 – 6, will undergo structural repairs, have a new roof and windows installed, as well as...

Dorking-Horsham railway reopened after landslip

The line between Horsham and Dorking has been reopened after Network Rail engineers and contractors repaired a 30-metre landslip, not far from Ockley station.In this area, the railway runs on an embankment, built from local Wealden clay in the...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

Embankment repairs near Whitby will keep trains running

Network Rail and contractor AmcoGiffen are repairing a railway embankment near the seaside town of Whitby to protect the railway from landslips.The embankment, which is on the west bank of the Esk and to the south of the A171...

Proposals for the Green Main Line to Devon and Cornwall

Pressure on the government to consider reopening the ‘Northern Route’ to Plymouth via Okehampton and Tavistock is mounting.Tavistock Okehampton Reopening Scheme (TORS) is promoting a fully electrified line that will improve access to Plymouth, Exeter and beyond for communities...

Crossrail access problems solved using innovative safety posts

Crossrail, despite its well-publicised problems, is still a major feat of engineering. Driving over 42 kilometres of new tunnels under London, through a space which is already full of other tunnels and buried services, was a major undertaking.Now those...

Major upgrade to North Yorkshire rail route complete

A major £9.8 million upgrade to the rail route between Knaresborough and Poppleton has now been completed.The upgrade, which has been carried out by Network Rail and funded by North Yorkshire County Council and the York & North Yorkshire...

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Tractor driver dumps slurry onto railway

A tractor driver has been filmed dumping a tank full of slurry onto the West Coast main line in...