Northern Ireland transport operator Translink has wrapped two of NI Railways’ CAF diesel multiple-units in ‘trainbows’ to support the #ChaseTheRainbow movement to display ‘rainbows of hope’ while promoting the advice to stay home during the Covid-19 crisis.


3Squared has obtained Cyber Essentials accreditation, a requirement for any company bidding for UK central government contracts that deal with the handling of personal information and the provision of certain ICT products and services. The company has been ISO27001 accredited since 2017 and expects to achieve Cyber Essentials Plus once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

GA community rail

The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership has relaunched its website so it can be viewed more easily across different devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones, and to include a virtual tour of the lines from Ipswich to Lowestoft and Felixstowe. ‘While it is impossible for people to get out and explore because of the current situation, you can still enjoy the beauty of the area from the website, and maybe think about planning a trip in the future when it is safe to travel again’, said Chair Aaron Taffera.

GWR Donates food Cheltenham

GWR has donated almost £10 000 worth of onboard catering supplies to good causes including hospitals and food banks. ‘Rather than let food go to waste, where we have been made aware of requests for help we have been able to work with our partners at Rail Gourmet do so, supporting the communities we serve’, said Catering Operations Manager Sarah Creaser.

Southend Victoria

Network Rail has installed more than 100 km of new overhead wires between Southend Victoria and Shenfield as part of a £46m project to improve reliability. It said this was the first time that the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification system had been renewed since it was installed in the 1950s, and completes rewiring between London and Southend.

Northern staff

Northern again amended several timetables from April 20, following feedback from key workers at locations including Trafford General Hospital, Blackpool Victoria Hospital and the new Nightingale hospital in Manchester. ‘We have listened to feedback over the past few weeks and have made changes to our timetables to try to help those key workers who rely on our services to get them from A to B’, said Regional Director Chris Jackson. ’As we enter a further period of lockdown we will continue to review our timetables to make sure we are doing our bit in supporting those who are providing such valuable service during this unprecedented time.’

Network Rail test train.

Network Rail has awarded Findlay Irvine Ltd a contract for the supply and installation of weather stations.