Network Rail news

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    East Coast resignalling partners appointed


    UK: Network Rail has selected Siemens Mobility and Atkins as its partners for the programme to roll out ETCS Level 2 train control and traffic management on the southern section of the East Coast Main Line.

  • Robel Mobile Maintenance Train for Network Rail.
    Rail Business UK

    Harsco Rail awarded mobile maintenance train contract


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Harsco Corp’s Rail division a US$25m contract to operate and maintain its fleet of eight mobile maintenance trains for three years from April, with an optional two-year extension. The MMTs were built by Robel and entered service from 2015. Designed ...

  • Network Rail is to become an accredited Real Living Wage employer
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    Network Rail to become accredited Real Living Wage employer


    UK: Network Rail is to become an accredited Real Living Wage employer in April, with all its contractors, including those providing facilities services such as cleaning and catering, expected to pay employees appropriately. The current Real Living Wage calculated by the Living Wage Foundation is £9·30 ...

  • Signalling cabinets on stilts at Caldew Junction
    Rail Business UK

    Signalling equipment on stilts helps storm-proof main line


    UK: Network Rail’s decision to mount signalling equipment on 3 m high stilts following previous flood damage meant the West Coast Main Line at Caldew Junction just north of Carlisle was able to reopen within 24 h of flooding during Storm Ciara on February 9, compared to ...

  • Network Rail STEM learning centre (2)
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    Network Rail opens STEM learning facility to inspire the next generation


    UK: Network Rail has opened a dedicated STEM learning facility with the aim of closing national skills gaps by inspiring children to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Schoolchildren and community groups can participate in a range of STEM-based activities ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Wherry lines resignalling goes live


    UK: The Norwich – Great Yarmouth line reopened on February 17, services having been suspended since February 1 during a major project to replace the mechanical signalling with digital equipment controlled from Colchester. Final works are underway for the Norwich – Lowestoft line ...

  • Wigan Springs Branch depot opening (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Wigan multiple-unit depot inaugurated


    Source: Tony Miles UK: Northern and Network Rail have inaugurated a £46m rolling stock stabling and light maintenance facility at Wigan Springs Branch, alongside the former diesel locomotive depot now used by Network Rail. The four-road depot provides Northern with an additional base for its ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Energy Innovation Centre works with Network Rail


    UK: The Energy Innovation Centre not-for-profit organisation is working with Network Rail to find ways of monitoring the condition of uninterruptible power supplies. ‘Having run similar collaborations with some of the UK’s biggest energy networks and water companies, we are really excited to have the opportunity ...

  • Network Rail has awarded five geographical framework contracts for major signalling renewal programmes:
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail awards major signalling framework contracts


    UK: Network Rail has awarded five geographical framework contracts for major signalling renewal programmes: Alstom (Southern Region and Eastern region); Siemens Mobility (Scotland Region and North West Central region); Hitachi Rail STS UK and Linbrooke Services joint venture (Wales ...

  • Fugro RILA platform gauging
    Rail Business UK

    Fugro’s RILA approved for platform gauging


    UK: Fugro has obtained Network Rail approval for its RILA train-borne track measurement system to be used for gauging the clearance between trains and platform edges. The infrastructure manager has made extensive use of RILA for a range of projects since 2013, collecting absolute track position ...

  • Network Rail VP small plant contract signing
    Rail Business UK

    VP plc awarded £257m Network Rail portable plant contract


    UK: Network Rail has awarded VP plc a contract worth up to £257m for the hire, supply and maintenance of all small plant powered by external means. This includes rail drills, torque wrenches, chainsaws and handheld tamping machines, as well as related consumables such as oil, and ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Newhaven Marine station to be closed


    UK: The Department for Transport has begun public consultation on Network Rail’s formal proposal to close Newhaven Marine station.

  • Network Rail overhead line engineers
    Rail Business UK

    ORR investigates Network Rail for poor performance in North West & Central England


    UK: Issuing an update on Network Rail’s impact on passenger train performance on January 21, the Office of Rail Road said it had put the infrastructure manager ‘on a warning’ for poor service in the North West Central region. ORR said the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail announces Design Services Framework contracts


    UK: Network Rail has awarded 82 framework contracts for the provision of design services, with an estimated value of £400m during Control Period 6 (2019-24), and potentially up to £640m if it exercises options to extend the framework into Control Period 7 (2024-29). The Design Services ...

  • Network Rail's New Measurement Train
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    New Measurement Train maintenance contract awarded


    UK: Following a competitive tender, Network Rail has awarded Loram UK a £8m five-year contract to maintain its New Measurement Train. The NMT was converted from a passenger trainset and can carry out infrastructure inspection at up to 200 km/h. It is to be maintained at ...

  • The 08.50 to London Paddington on January 5 was the first passenger service to leave Cardiff Central using electric power (Photo: Jeremy Segrott).
    Rail Business UK

    Cardiff electric services go live


    The 08.50 to London Paddington on January 5 was the first passenger service to leave Cardiff Central using electric power (Photo: Jeremy Segrott). UK: GWR’s 08:50 train to London Paddington on January 5 was the first passenger service to leave Cardiff using electric power, after the ...

  • Oswaldtwistle bridge
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    Canal to be used to transport materials for bridge replacement project


    UK: The Leeds Liverpool Canal is to be used to transport materials for the replacement of a bridge between Rishton and Church Oswaldtwistle stations on the East Lancashire line which is scheduled for February 15-23. A pontoon will also be placed on ...

  • Mechan traverser at Holgate depot
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    Bespoke traverser installed at York depot


    UK: Specialist lifting equipment supplier Mechan has delivered a bespoke 130 tonne traverser to move vehicles between workshop roads at infrastructure manager Network Rail’s Holgate depot in York. The traverser was commissioned by Story Contracting to replace a 50-year old unit that was at the end ...

  • Warrington West station opening
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    Warrington West station opens


    UK: Warrington West station opened with the December 15 timetable change. It is managed by Northern, which operates two trains an hour to Warrington Central and Manchester and two in the opposite direction to Liverpool. Construction was undertaken by Balfour Beatty and Network Rail. The ...

  • Robroyston station (1)
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    Robroyston station inaugurated


    UK: The £14m Robroyston station on the Glasgow to Cumbernauld line opened with the December 15 timetable change. ScotRail said the station would provide residents of Robroyston and Millerston with better access to Scotland’s two largest cities, provide a 263-space park-and-ride site ...