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Getting electrification done: the net-zero imperative

On 24 June 2019, the House of Commons unanimously passed an amendment to the Climate Change Act that committed the UK to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Previously, the target had been 80 per cent of UK’s...

Signalling failures: why do we hear about them so much?

We often hear that “trains are delayed because of a signalling failure”. But why do we hear about it so much, and is it because there are more signalling failures? Signalling is fundamental...

Collis hits 50 NOT OUT

Having opened its doors in 1970, Collis Engineering is celebrating 50 years in business this year. From its local steelwork origins to a multi-disciplined specialist in civil engineering, consultancy, contracting and steelwork fabrication, the company has come...

Finishing off the fourth track between Bedford and Kettering

Apart from the electrification of the section of route from London St. Pancras to Bedford in the late 1970s, the Midland main line has had few upgrades of any significance throughout its existence, until the current major...

Prototype overhead line structure revealed

A prototype overhead line structure (OLS) designed to be quick to install, easy to maintain and more attractive to look at has been unveiled by its creators, Mott MacDonald and architects Moxon.

Ukrainian Railways signals intent to work with Alstom on renewal of electric locomotive fleet

UZ seeks to increase the amount of electrified railways from 47 per cent to 54 per cent in the next two years.

Latvian Railways launches €425m electrification works package

Phase 1 of a major electrification programme stretching to 2030 has been launched.

Germany given green light for low-carbon rail investment

Germany has been told by the European Commission that its €500 million project to support investment in energy-efficient rail technology can go ahead.

ScotRail’s Class 385s to enter service after passing safety checks

The trains' debut on the Edinburgh-Glasgow line was delayed earlier this year due to a safety concern with the "fishbowl windscreen".

‘The flood of HGVs cannot be stopped without electrification’

Campaigners Allianz pro Schiene have stressed the need for Germany to further electrify its rail network - especially the border crossings - if a shift in freight transport from roads to railways is to be achieved.

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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...

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...

BTP praised for cracking down on County Lines gangs

Priti Patel MP, the Home Secretary, has praised the impact of a nationwide crackdown on county lines drug dealing by forces including...

First large HS2 structure starts to come together

Components for one of the first large structures to be built as part of the HS2 high-speed rail project have arrived on...

GTR staff cover over 800 miles for NHS

To raise cash for NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients, a group of railway workers has cycled, walked and jogged...