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Scotland unveils plans to transform Scottish rail network

The Scottish government has launched plans to decarbonise Scotland’s rail passenger services by 2035. Transport Secretary Michael Matheson unveiled Transport Scotland’s ‘Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan’ during a visit to ScotRail’s Shields Road electric...

Scotland establishes hydrogen accelerator at University of St Andrews

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West Midlands to place climate change challenge at the heart of its updated transport plan

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South East seeks transport devolution

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Drones search out Skylarks on HS2’s route

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Alstom and Eversholt Rail to invest a further £1 million in hydrogen-powered trains

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Electric forklift brings green benefits to HS2 construction site

As construction of HS2 gets underway, and the company sets out to do so in as sustainable a way as possible, main works civils contractor Skanska Costain Strabag Joint Venture has been trialling the use of an...

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The Rail Engineer feature “Getting electrification done: the net-zero imperative” with its electrification map attracted a great deal of interest. An updated version of this feature has also been published in Modern Railways magazine.

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Daniel Pyke joins Kloeckner from British Steel

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Three people killed in a train accident in Scotland

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Perpetuum to become part of Hitachi Rail

Hitachi Rail is to acquire Southampton-based railway technology firm Perpetuum to accelerate its UK digitisation strategy. Perpetuum’s product utilises...