Twenty-year vision for London rail services set out in influential strategy

A long-term strategy for London’s railway has been unveiled, setting out the steps needed to cater for increasing demand for rail travel in and around the capital. With the number of passengers travelling...
A computer generated image of how trains operating only in the West Midlands could be branded under the franchise. Credit: West Midlands Rail.

West Midlands franchise award a ‘step towards golden era for local trains’

The DfT has awarded the West Midlands franchise to West Midlands Trains, a joint venture between Abelio and its minority partners East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui.

Final HS2 route published

The UK government has revealed its finalised route for the final two phases of HS2. Notable changes include adopting the new 'M18/Eastern route' between Derbyshire and West Yorkshire and proposals for a new hub station...

Design error delays Gospel Oak to Barking line electrification

Electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking London Overground line has been delayed because of "incorrectly designed" overhead line equipment. Although the line will reopen as planned at the end of this month, Network Rail...

UK electrification projects deferred as government scales back Great Western modernisation

The UK government is deferring several electrification projects along the Great Western route, believing the money will benefit passengers more spent elsewhere. The decision has been taken following a review conducted by Network Rail chairman Sir...

HS2 awards £6.6bn Phase One construction contracts

HS2 has awarded construction contracts worth £6.6 billion for the first phase of the high-speed line between London and Birmingham. Four of the nine contractors which bid for the seven construction packages have been successful. A...
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Philippines to construct 106km elevated Manila-Clark railway

The Philippines government has committed to building a 106km elevated railway line from the capital city of Manila to Clark, with work expected to start later this year. Philippine National Railways general manager Junn Magno...
TBM Victoria breaks through into Liverpool Street station in 2015. Credit: Crossrail.

‘The Crossrail programme is approaching 85% completion’

The UK's rail minister has told parliament that Crossrail is almost 85 per cent complete. In a written statement, Paul Maynard - who recently saw HS2 added to his portfolio - said that all central tunnel...
London Euston station. Credit: Berm Teerawat.

HS2 preparation work to take place at Euston station

Passengers have been warned to avoid travelling into Euston station across the August bank holiday as vital HS2 work takes place.
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Video: Fehmarnbelt’s ‘record-breaking’ tunnel factory

A video has been released which gives an insight into the workings of the huge new site that will manufacture the 70,000 tonne segments for the Fehmarnbelt tunnel. The site at Rødbyhavn, Denmark, which will be...

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