Sekisui’s FFU: Newark flat crossing four years on

Sekisui manufactures synthetic wood baulks made from Fibre-reinforced Foamed Urethane (FFU). Network Rail engineers installed the first FFU baulks and sleepers as replacements for traditional hardwood on military canal bridges in Kent during 2014. The FFU product was first...

Nexus unveils new training tool for Metro level crossing safety awareness

A new and interactive training tool is being used to promote level crossing safety on the Tyne and Wear Metro. Nexus, the public body which runs Metro, has installed a mocked-up Metro level crossing at the SafetyWorks teaching centre in...

National Railway Museum opens new season of temporary exhibition Innovation Platform

The National Railway Museum has launched the latest and final installation of its temporary exhibition programme Innovation Platform which showcases technology and innovation on the railways. The third season of the exhibition is called ‘Communities’ and will run from March...

RDG moves to industry-first cloud-based system to improve the smart ticketing infrastructure

Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has completed its back office migration to the Unicard HOPS (Host or Operator Processing System) solution that will support smart ticketing for all train operators in Britain. RDG back-office delivers smartcard services for the wider rail...

University of Birmingham on track with Japan rail partnership

Railways experts at the University of Birmingham are joining forces with East Japan Railway Company (Japan Railway East) to create innovative rail technology and new ways of staffing Japan’s railways. University of Birmingham Provost Professor Stephen Jarvis and Japan Railway...

New era of rail travel to begin as West Midlands Railway unveils electric train fleet

A new era is set to begin for rail passengers in the West Midlands after West Midlands Railway unveiled its brand new fleet of electric trains. The Class 730 fleet will enter service in the region for the first time...

Great Western Railway’s innovative FastCharge battery train trial could transform UK’s railway

Innovation led by Great Western Railway could transform the UK’s railway as it powers forward with a FastCharge battery trial designed to help future decarbonisation of branch line services. The FastCharge technology, which has been rigorously developed by specialist engineers...

Tap-in, tap-out travel is on track for the West Midlands and Greater Manchester

Thousands more passengers will benefit from simpler, more flexible travel from next year, under new pilot schemes confirmed by the Rail Minister today (1 February). Stations across the West Midlands and selected routes in Greater Manchester are set to be...

EMR joins forces with tech firm on groundbreaking safety project

EMR collaborates with tech firm to trial groundbreaking monitoring software  Project funded by Department for Transport (DfT) and Innovate UK's First of Kind scheme New approach allows more efficient and safer working at depots  East Midlands Railway (EMR) has teamed up with...

LNER works with young entrepreneurs to gain insights into the future of rail

LNER has been working with budding young entrepreneurs on a project which has the potential to shape the future of rail travel. The LNER Digital team spearheaded an innovation challenge with social enterprise Startup Sherpas, an organisation which provides real-life...

Latest News

Sekisui’s FFU: Newark flat crossing four years on

Sekisui manufactures synthetic wood baulks made from Fibre-reinforced Foamed Urethane (FFU). Network Rail engineers installed the first FFU baulks...