Van Elle and Keltbray commenced piling works on July 26 in preparation for the electrification of the Core Valley Lines under the South Wales Metro programme.

Tracsis has been awarded a ‘significant’ multi-year contract to supply its RailHub software suite to an unnamed rail company, providing better and more visual information to support work planning and delivery. The contract will double RailHub’s user base to over 30 000 individuals.


Skanska Costain Strabag JV has awarded Pacadar UK the first of two contracts for the production of precast concrete tunnel segments for HS2’s London tunnels. The 58 000 segments will be manufactured at a factory on the Isle of Grain in Kent which recently completed the supply of1 2 km of segments for the Thames Tideway water project.

Culture Trip & TPE - COPYRIGHT Culture Trip, Jenni Sparks

TransPennine Express has commissioned a marketing campaign from Culture Trip which created bespoke branded content across the travel brand’s website and app, including social video and an illustrated map to highlight destinations on the TPE network. ‘This campaign was specifically created for TransPennine Express in a way that we know the Culture Trip audience will love’, said Kate Glover, Culture Trip’s Vice-President of Media Sales. ’Many are browsing our site, app and social channels for staycations right now and come to us for inspiration on how to experience their own backyard.’

DRIFT - image courtesy of Paul Smith

Following a prosecution brought by the Office of Rail & Road, Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal operator WH Malcolm Ltd has been fined £6·5m after being found guilty of negligence over the 2017 death of an 11 year old boy who was electrocuted after climbing on a stationary wagon. ORR’s investigation found WH Malcom had failed to assess the risk of unauthorised access to the terminal, and failed to implement appropriate measures to prevent unauthorised access to a part of the site where there were frequent freight movements and 25 kV 50 Hz overhead electrification.

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The Office of Rail & Road is consulting on reducing the period passengers must wait before seeking a complaint resolution with the Rail Ombudsman from 40 to 20 days. It is also seeking views on updating the ways in which complaints can be submitted to train operators, including via social media channels, and seeking input on the development of a new suite of performance metrics to enable better benchmarking of quality and timeliness in complaints handling.

Adam Crago has been appointed Operations Director at site access and control room services company MacRail Systems. ’His input from an operational perspective will be hugely significant as we plan the next phase of the business’s growth and expansion’, said Managing Director Tim Westwood.