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Maritime opens new Southampton to East Midlands Gateway service

A new rail freight service between Southampton and the East Midlands has been launched, despite the current economic uncertainty and downturn in container traffic due to COVID-19. Maritime has opened the new service, from...

Network Rail to supply references to suppliers seeking overseas contracts

UK suppliers looking to win overseas contracts or export opportunities will, from 1 May, be able to obtain a reference from Network Rail. Network Rail’s move to provide references for UK suppliers with overseas...

LNER introduces FutureLabs to encourage rail innovation

LNER FutureLabs is a new innovation programme from London North Eastern Railway (LNER) that aims to fast-track digital and tech developments into the rail industry. It provides an opportunity for tech and digital start-ups...

Plans submitted for new station at Soham

Network Rail has submitted a planning application to East Cambridgeshire District Council for permission to build a new station at Soham, on the Ely to Newmarket line. The application seeks permission to build the...

Greater Anglia uses new ‘fogging guns’ to clean trains

In response to the need to keep trains and stations cleaner than usual during the Coronavirus outbreak, Greater Anglia has invested in two “fogging guns” (with three more on order), which are used for spraying and sanitising...

Rail unions concerned at plans to increase rail services

As talk continues about reopening Britain’s economy, which will need transport measures in place to get factory and office workers into and out of work every day, the leaders of Britain's three main rail unions - ASLEF,...

New interim rail programme director at WMRE

Amanda White, former head of rail with Transport for Greater Manchester, has appointed to be West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE)’s new interim programme director, to work on the development of railway stations in the West Midlands.

Network Rail to support suppliers by paying bills ‘immediately’

In these troubled times, Network Rail has announced that it is giving thousands of British firms a vital boost to their cashflow by moving to immediate payments for its suppliers. Payment could now be up to seven...

Southern donates abandoned bikes to key workers

To help key workers during the coronavirus epidemic, Southern Rail is working with specialist cycle repair company Handlebars to give them free bikes. Every month, about 20 abandoned bikes arrive at Southern’s maintenance depot...

A land of opportunity

Why are railway operations, management and technical staff making their way to Melbourne, Australia, in search of a new challenge? With a series of major rail projects underway in Australia, there has never been...

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Fugro to conduct RILA survey of Network Rail’s Western route

Network Rail has contracted Fugro to conduct a RILA survey of a major part the rail network...

Welsh railways to receive up to £65 million to help keep services running

The Welsh Government has announced that it will spend up to £65 million over the next six months to ensure train services...

3Squared and East Midlands Railway sign five-year extension agreement

3Squared, the Sheffield-based rail technology specialists, has announced that it has signed an extension with East Midlands Railway (EMR) for the train...

Well-known public figures thank rail workers – and remind us all to ‘be safe, be patient, be kind’

A host of well-known politicians, sports stars and media personalities have said “thank you” to railway staff for keeping freight and critical...

Transport for London to extend use of RISQS supplier qualification scheme

Transport for London (TfL) has extended its use of rail-industry body RSSB’s Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS), which will now be...