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Edinburgh-based architectural practice, 7N Architects, has won a competition to shape Britain's future railways, Network Rail and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced today.
(Permalink) 7N Architects Network Rail Royal Institute of British Architects

Network Rail is reminding passengers to check before they travel this holiday weekend as engineers will be carrying out upgrades works.
(Permalink) Engineering Works Network Rail

Network Rail is seeking private sector investment in its trackside fibre optic cable network in a deal that would enable performance, safety and connectivity benefits for passengers, and save the taxpayer up to £1 billion in costs.

As part of Network Rails initiative to create a safer, more modern and digitally-connected rail network, this ambitious plan aims to secure the funding ...
(Permalink) Network Rail Telecoms

Scope said: 'Accessibility shouldn't be an afterthought, even in a period of national mourning.'
(Permalink) Network Rail Web accessibility

RMT threatens strike action over plans to change working practices to cut costs after Covid pandemic. Thousands of rail jobs could be axed by Network Rail under a shake-up of working practices to cut costs after the Covid pandemic, according to the industrys biggest trade union.The Rail, Maritime and Transport workers' union (RMT) said it had 'no alternative to move to a national dispute footing' to protect its members' livelihoods and safety.
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The heaviest freight train ever to run on the West Coast main line has made its debut journey from the Peak District to London with essential construction materials.
(Permalink) Network Rail Peak Forest

Network Rail engineers will be raising Black Bridge, near Machynlleth, by one metre to lift it out of the flood zone.
(Permalink) Black Bridge Machynlleth Network Rail

The woman at the helm of Aberdeen harbour's £350 million-plus expansion project is stepping down to take up a new job.
(Permalink) Aberdeen Harbour Michelle Handforth Network Rail

Twenty years on, the Selby rail crash remains the UK's worst rail disaster of the 21st Century.
(Permalink) Freightliner Great Heck LNER Network Rail Selby Rail Crash

Around one in 10 rail services should be cut while passenger numbers remain low, says Network Rail.
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Scotland's Railway will be withdrawing services on some routes on Tuesday while high winds and extreme rainfall sweeps across the country.
(Permalink) Network Rail ScotRail Weather

In a world first, electric resistant paint combined with voltage-controlled clearance (VCC) has helped make a Victorian railway bridge usable by new electric trains, avoiding weeks of passenger disruption and train delays in the process.
(Permalink) Cardiff Electric resistant paint Electrification Network Rail

Network Rail has appointed Mott MacDonald as the design contractor for the Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan.
(Permalink) Mott MacDonald Network Rail


Edinburgh Waverley: Master-plan for Edinburgh Waverley, Market Street side entrance (the Klondyke or Old Town side to the south of the station). North Bridge in background.
Network Rail /08/2020


Edinburgh Waverley: Network Rail's master-plan for Edinburgh Waverley showing the entrance from Waverley Bridge.
Network Rail /08/2020


Edinburgh Waverley: The Edinburgh Waverley master-plan showing the mezzanine level and without the glass roof. This aerial view is from the south.
Network Rail /08/2020

LNER, together with Network Rail and Freightliner, is hosting a virtual memorial to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the Great Heck train crash. This will be held from 10am on Sunday 28 February 2021.
(Permalink) Freightliner Great Heck LNER Network Rail Selby Rail Crash

Scientists are using cutting-edge technology along Britains 20,000-mile rail network, as part of Network Rails new action plan for sustainable vegetation management.
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Passengers and freight customers will benefit from more reliable services after the successful delivery of £16m of enhancements on Scotlands Railway.
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Cadder Yard: Work at Cadder on the 29th of December.
Network Rail 29/12/2020

Major progress was made at Kings Cross during a six-day closure over Christmas, including work to reconstruct Camden Sewer which runs beneath the tracks
Teams lifted all four tracks entering the station for the first time in over 40 years
The East Coast Upgrade will bring a more modern, reliable railway for passengers, improving journeys between London, the North of England and Scotland
Network Rail and train operators on the East Coast Main Line are thanking passengers for their patience following the six-day closure at Kings Cross.

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The G-NLDR vehicle was sent out by Network Rail to ensure the train lines in and around the Scottish capital were free of ice and snow.
(Permalink) Helicopter Network Rail

Staff at Glasgow Central received recognition from Deafblind Scotland, for completing specialist visual and hearing impairment training.

(Permalink) Deafblind Scotland Glasgow Centrsl Network Rail

Passengers in Scotland's biggest city are set to benefit from improved journeys in 2021 as Network Rail delivers projects to upgrade and renew infrastructure around Glasgow this festive period.
(Permalink) Christmas Works Network Rail

Scenes from the movie Prometheus inspired Network Rail to develop a drone that can explore caves.
(Permalink) Drone Network Rail Prometheus

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has praised Network Rails response to Covid-19 but raised concerns over how Network Rail plans rail timetables for next year and in the longer term, and is requiring improvement by Network Rail on how rail capacity is allocated and access to the network is granted.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Network Rail Office of Rail and Road

As the rail industry works together to help people travel with confidence this Christmas, passengers are asked to plan in advance and book their outward and return journeys. 95% of the network is running as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, with essential engineering work taking place at key locations
Upgrade work will improve train reliability for passengers on several routes and boost connectivity between England and Scotland on the East Coast Main Line.
(Permalink) Christmas Network Rail

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, was guest of honour at the 2020 National Railway Heritage Awards as the winners in this year's competition were announced in a virtual ceremony, reflecting the fact that restrictions on the holding of public gatherings as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis meant that the usual annual ceremony held at Merchant Taylors' Hall had had to be cancelled.

The Urban Heritage Award, sponsored by the Arch Company, was made to Network Rail and LNER for the impressive work completed at Berwick-on-Tweed station over a number of years, work that recognised not only the importance of the station itself but also the sensitivity of the
historic site on which it stands.

The London Underground Operational Enhancement Award went to the Network Rail and Story Construction Ltd for the complex work undertaken at Stirling station in Scotland in restoring the platform canopies and footbridge whilst incorporating successfully the overhead line equipment associated with the 25kV electrification of the line through to Alloa.

Highly commended entries:

There were three unusual entrants that all featured restored graves; it was decided to reward these each with a chairmans special Highly Commended Certificate. The last was made to the Friends of Scrayingham and Leppington Village for the restoration of the grave of the 'Railway King', George Hudson, in Scrayingham churchyard.

Highly commended entries:
Partnership Award: Pitlochry salt store
Conservation Award: Dumbarton Central station roof tiles, Lanark station railings
Community Award: Dumfries station

(Permalink) Andrew Haines Berwick-on-Tweed Dumbarton Central Dumfries George Hudson Lanark Network Rail Pitlochry Stirling


Dumbarton Central: Up on the roof; in the background workmen are repairing the roof of the westbound platforms building.
Beth Crawford 11/04/2019


Stirling: A Dunblane service calls at Stirling on 21 August 2019. I'm not quite sure why this class has one eyebrow raised; it certainly doesn't help its looks.
David Panton 21/08/2019

Rays of purple light will beam from railway stations across the country on Thursday (3 December) as the rail industry joins the global #PurpleLightUp movement and celebrates the contribution of disabled people around the world.
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A Christmas travel tsar has been appointed in an effort to avoid transport chaos during the festive period. Sir Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail, will scrutinise whether train, air and road networks are ready for millions of people making trips over the five-day window when coronavirus restrictions are eased, the Department for Transport said.
(Permalink) COVID-19 Christmas Network Rail Peter Hendy

Passengers were kept safely on the move over a track fault thanks to innovative use of a GoPro camera by Network Rail workers.
(Permalink) GoPro Camera Network Rail

Network Rail and RIBA Competitions have revealed the names of the five design practices selected to compete in the next phase of their competition to shape the future of Britains railway stations.
(Permalink) Network Rail Station design

Progress Rail, a Scottish head-quartered engineering firm, is in danger of closure. This is according to the Transport and Salaried Staff Association (TSSA) trades union. They say that Network Rail has decided to buy what they call safety-critical rail crossings made abroad, instead of those made at the Scottish plant. [See also news item 08/10.]
(Permalink) Network Rail Progress Rail Services

Network Rail has announced a major step forward in tackling climate change by becoming the first railway company in the world to set the most ambitious Science-Based Targets to limit global warming.
(Permalink) Climate Change Network Rail

Scrap yards across the West Midlands and Warwickshire are being visited by Network Rail and the British Transport Police to ensure dealers are not trading stolen metal.
(Permalink) Metal theft Network Rail

Twenty years ago, on 17 October 2000, a train derailed just south of Hatfield station while travelling at around 115mph. Four people died, 70 were injured. The accident was caused by rolling-contact fatigue (metal fatigue) of the left-hand rail, which broke as the train passed over it.
Railtrack (the private infrastructure operator) and Balfour Beatty (the contractor responsible for track maintenance on that line) were found guilty of breaching health and safety laws. Railtrack was forced by the government into administration, and publicly owned Network Rail was established.
(Permalink) Balfour Beatty Hatfield crash Network Rail Railtrack

Almost 1,500 lifts and 300 escalators across some 500 stations around the country will soon be directly 'live' reporting their working condition. Passengers will be able to see which lifts and escalators are working, helping them plan their journeys through stations with real-time knowledge of the access available.
(Permalink) Network Rail Open data

Five current and two former Network Rail employees have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, published on Saturday 10 October.
(Permalink) Network Rail Queen's Birthday Honours

Network Rail is set to launch the second round of consultation for Cambridge South station this month.
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Rail Wellbeing Live on 4th/5th November set to be industry's biggest ever free wellbeing event
Aims to'revolutionise' thinking around health and wellbeing in rail industry
More than 140 speakers and 80 pick 'n' mix sessions across 2 day virtual event.

(Permalink) Network Rail Virtual Event Wellbeing

Network Rail has provided a huge boost to the Great British September Clean - by once again pledging to get all 41,000 employees involved. It says litter and graffiti can cause safety problems for passengers.
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The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade is to power forward into its second phase to enhance the East Coast network, bolstered by a £216.2m contract award for the Rail Electrification Alliance.
(Permalink) East Coast Main Line Electrification Network Rail

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has partnered with Network Rail to investigate, design and build a composite footbridge.

The new partnership sees Network Rail join the NCC as a Tier One Member - the first rail infrastructure company to do so - which gives Network Rail access to use the world-leading expertise facilities and capabilities at the NCC.
The concept footbridge, conceived and ...
(Permalink) Footbridge National Composites Centre Network Rail

Caithness is playing a key role in a £195k project which hopes to show that moving timber by rail is a viable and greener alternative to using roads.

(Permalink) Dalcross Far North Line Georgemas Junction Hitrans Inverness Network Rail Norbord Scottish Forestry Timber Transport Scotland Victa Railfreight

Hundreds of lorry loads of timber could be removed from the A9 in Ross-shire after almost £200,000 was allocated to a rail freight trial by Victa Railfreight.
(Permalink) Dalcross Far North Line Georgemas Junction Hitrans Inverness Network Rail Norbord Scottish Forestry Timber Transport Scotland Victa Railfreight

Network Rail, Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council have today revealed their concept designs for transforming the capitals main station as part of the Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan.
(Permalink) City of Edinburgh Council Edinburgh Waverley Network Rail Scottish Government


Edinburgh Waverley: Master-plan for Edinburgh Waverley, Market Street side entrance (the Klondyke or Old Town side to the south of the station). North Bridge in background.
Network Rail /08/2020


Edinburgh Waverley: Network Rail's master-plan for Edinburgh Waverley showing the entrance from Waverley Bridge.
Network Rail /08/2020


Edinburgh Waverley: The Edinburgh Waverley master-plan showing the mezzanine level and without the glass roof. This aerial view is from the south.
Network Rail /08/2020

Network Rail Scotland is restarting work on major construction projects across Scotland's Railway following a three-month pause due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
(Permalink) Covid-19 Glasgow Queen Street Network Rail

Network Rail has announced that tree cutting work on the line between Glasgow and East Kilbride / Barrhead, paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now resume.
(Permalink) Barrhead Covid-19 East Kilbride Electrification Network Rail


East Kilbride: Clearing the trees and vegetation along the 11-mile railway corridor is now underway and will be ongoing until December. It will enable site and geological investigation (SI/GI) which will inform the ...
Network Rail //2020

Household waste is helping to keep the lights on for 50,000 homes during the coronavirus crisis as Network Rail continues to move an essential freight service which carries waste from London to an energy plant in the South West.
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