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Vital Western line, Queensland to re-open ahead of schedule

Premier and Reconstruction Minister Anna Bligh has announced the flood-damaged Toowoomba rail line was on track to reopen on 28 March, three months earlier than originally forecast. Ms Bligh said the reopening, ahead of schedule, is great news for Toowoomba...

Secretary of State Philip Hammond confirms that Intercity Express Programme would press ahead and the Great Western Main Line will be electrified

Two major projects receive the green flag this month as the coalition government ramps up its support for the railway industry. Secretary of State Philip Hammond confirmed the new Intercity Express Programme would press ahead with Agility Trains the preferred...

Airdrie-Bathgate link doubled to two an hour

Services on the new Glasgow to Edinburgh, Airdrie-Bathgate link have been doubled to two an hour. Rail chiefs plan a 15 minute frequency later this year. Trains made a welcome return to Armadale with the opening of the town’s train...

Network Rail announces devolved power to Wales

Network Rail has announced its intention to create a new devolved business unit dedicated to serve Wales. Says Network Rail's chief executive, David Higgins, said: “Network Rail has saved money and transformed the railway through central control but...

China completes its first underwater rail tunnel

China's national news is reporting that the country has completed its first railway tunnel that runs underwater. The Shiziyang Tunnel was completed on Saturday12 March in the Guangdong Province, south China. The Shiziyang Tunnel crosses under the Pearl River estuary...

Maintenance depot in Glasgow opened

ScotRail’s expanded Shields Road maintenance depot in Glasgow was officially opened today by Transport Minister Keith Brown. The £24 million investment made available by Transport Scotland for a purpose-built train maintenance and overhaul facility will maintain a 38-strong fleet of...

Hydrex announce £3m machine upgrade programme to support the UK railway

As part of its strategy to invest in leading plant assets, Hydrex has undertaken a £3m programme to upgrade 50 road/rail vehicles, underlining the business’ commitment to offering equipment of the highest industry standard to clients. The work will...

Major work to improve Shepparton train line in Victoria

Major earth works to fix an embankment at Toolamba will begin from March 12 2011 and will close the Shepparton line to passenger rail and freight services until at least April 7 2011. The work is to reconstruct a deteriorating...

Electrification works between Manchester and Liverpool pick up speed

Network Rail has been pressing ahead with ‘behind the scenes’ work to electrify the Manchester to Liverpool railway line since the announcement by the Department for Transport last year. A detailed study of every structure along the route has been...

The FRA propose new rule regarding unsafe highway-rail grade crossings

The Federal Railroad Administration has proposed a rule that would make it easier for the public to report unsafe conditions at highway-rail grade crossings. The proposal would require railroads to establish toll-free telephone numbers to allow the public to report...

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Wearing facemasks on trains compulsory in England from 15 June

All passengers must wear face masks on public transport from 15 June. Secretary of State for Transport...

Electric services from London reach Cardiff as Severn tunnel electrification is completed

Passenger trains are finally running from London Paddington to Cardiff using electric traction the whole way, following the electrification of the Severn...

Irish Rail helping Ireland to reduce carbon footprint

Over 50 of the largest companies in Ireland are signatories to Business in the Community Ireland’s Low Carbon Pledge.

Crucial coastal viaduct on Cumbrian Coast line to receive major investment

A multi-million-pound project to improve Eskmeals viaduct, which carries the railway over the River Esk estuary near Ravenglass in Cumbria, will start...

LNER partners with O2 to improve mobile coverage north of Newcastle

To boost mobile phone coverage along a 45-mile stretch of the East Coast route between Newcastle and Edinburgh, London North Eastern Railway...