Industry News 1

The readership of Industry News has been very low and takes a disproportionate amount of time to keep up-to-date.
It has therefore been decided to dispose of this page.
Current items will be archived and remain on the News Archive page until they are one year old as usual.

Links to News sources

The BBC – Preset search for “Rail”
Other search terms may be entered. Note:- The BBC site cannot be sorted by date.

The IET (Institution of Engineering & Technology) – “Transport” page.

The Guardian – Preset search for “Transport”.

H. M. Government – Preset search for “Transport; News”.

Network RailThe Rail Delivery Group – “Stop Press” page.

The Rail Delivery Group – “Staff Travel” page.

Railnews

RailStaff – “Rail News” page.

The Railway Gazette – “News” page.

The Telegraph – “Transport and Industry” page.


Accidents, Incidents & Safety

Manchester Arena ‘explosion’: Victoria station affected – 22nd May 2017
Manchester attack: Victoria Station services to resume
From the BBC – 29th May 2017
Manchester Victoria station remains closed until further notice following the terrorist incident on Monday evening. For up to date travel information, please check www.nationalrail.co.uk
Network Rail banner warning – 25th May 2017
BTP steps up armed patrols on railways
From Railnews – 24th May 2017
RMT rail strike suspended after Manchester attack
From the BBC – 23rd May 2017
Manchester Arena: 19 dead after explosion at Ariana Grande concert – latest updates
From the Guardian – 23rd May 2017
Manchester Arena blast: 19 dead and more than 50 hurt
From the BBC – 23rd May 2017
Manchester Arena explosion: 19 killed in ‘terror attack by suicide bomber’ at Ariana Grande concert
From the Telegraph – 23rd May 2017
Fatality – Gatwick Express passenger, 7th August 2016
Rail inquiry verdict on Gatwick passenger death
From the Guardian – 25th May 2017
‘Measures needed’ after Gatwick Express train window death
From the BBC – 25th May 2017
Crime, unrest and Police
BTP steps up armed patrols on railways
From Railnews – 24th May 2017
Devon student guilty of planting homemade bomb on London tube
From the Guardian – 3rd May 2017
Police hunt youths who tied ladder to railway tracks
From the Guardian – 14th April 2017
Police shut down underground rave on Bakerloo tube carriage
From the Guardian – 12th April 2017
Safety Initiatives & General
BTP steps up armed patrols on railways
From Railnews – 24th May 2017
GB Railfreight to implement Ideagen safety software
From the Railway Gazette – 30th April 2017
BTP releases video of near misses as trespass figures reach all-time high
From RailStaff – 13th April 2017
Railway trespass figures reach new high, with 115 deaths in five years
From the Guardian – 13th April 2017
Rail trespassers in near misses with speeding trains – CCTV video
From the Guardian – 13th April 2017
Video warns of risks trespassing on Britain’s railways as number of encroachers reaches record high
From the Telegraph – 12th April 2017
Number of people risking their lives on the railway hits 10-year-high
From Network Rail – 12th April 2017
Sleeping drivers – Croydon tram
Croydon tram driver filmed ‘asleep at wheel’ on same line as fatal crash
From the Guardian – 19th May 2017
Mayor intervenes in Croydon tram crash investigation
From Railnews – 4th May 2017
Four Croydon tram drivers admit falling asleep at controls
From the Guardian – 24th April 2017
Unexploded bomb – Birmingham to Lichfield
Unexploded bomb closes Birmingham to Lichfield line
From RailStaff – 15th May 2017
Near miss – Ascot, 7th April 2017
Track worker near miss incident, Ascot
From H.M. Government – 27th April 2017
Lineside fire – South Hampstead, 19th April 2017
Services returning to normal after Euston cable fire
From Railnews – 20th April 2017
Fire causes delays for commuters at London’s Euston station
From the Guardian – 19th April 2017
Cattle on line – near Hever, Kent
Trains delayed by cows on the line in Kent
From the BBC – 15th April 2017
Buffer collision – Preston, 1st April 2017
Buffer stop collision, Preston
From H.M. Government – 12th April 2017
Derailment – East Somerset Jct, 20th March 2017
Freight train derailment, East Somerset Junction
From H.M. Government – 3rd April 2017

Projects

Crossrail
Crossrail 2 hits buffers as uncertainties over Brexit and election take hold
From the Guardian – 29th May 2017
Portsmouth area
Portsmouth’s Mutiny Festival-goers face rail disruption
From the BBC – 26th May 2017
Network Improvements – Various / General
Passengers advised to check before travelling over the spring bank holiday
From Network Rail – 26th May 2017
Passengers urged to check their travel plans for spring and August bank holidays
From Network Rail – 18th May 2017
Passengers reminded to check their travel plans for spring and August bank holidays
From Network Rail – 11th May 2017
Passengers advised to check before travelling over the spring bank holiday
From Network Rail – 3rd May 2017
Passengers advised to check before travelling this bank holiday weekend
From Network Rail – 25th April 2017
Railway reopens after successful Easter upgrades
From Network Rail – 18th April 2017
Passengers reminded to plan in advance this Easter ahead of £70m upgrade to Britain’s rail network
From Network Rail – 10th April 2017
Spotlight on Easter: Bath Spa modernisation
From Network Rail – 28th March 2017
Rotherham Tram Rail
Rotherham Central station to close over bank holiday as Tram Train works take place
From RailStaff – 23rd May 2017
Electrification, North West
Piling work begins between Preston and Blackpool stations as part of North West electrification
From RailStaff – 19th May 2017
Waterloo station
Complex concrete crossing bearers delivered
From the Railway Gazette – 17th May 2017
Scotrail information system
ScotRail to roll out customer information screens at 28 railway stations
From RailStaff – 12th May 2017
Electrification, Midland Mainline
Network Rail’s Midland Mainline electrification works to continue in Northamptonshire this weekend
From RailStaff – 12th May 2017
Work to electrify the Midland Mainline continues
From Network Rail – 9th May 2017
HS2 – The High Speed Two Project
Theresa May remains ‘absolutely committed’ to HS2 rail link
From the Guardian – 29th April 2017
What is HS2 and how much will it cost?
From the Guardian – 28th April 2017
HS2 came close to kicking CH2M off controversial contract over cronyism allegations
From the Telegraph – 28th April 2017
Virgin, Stagecoach and France’s SNCF link up for HS2 bid
From the Guardian – 26th April 2017
Stagecoach and SNCF lead Virgin-branded bid for HS2 operations
From the Railway Gazette – 25th April 2017
HS2 rolling stock procurement moves forward
From the Railway Gazette – 20th April 2017
Bechtel wins controversial HS2 contract
From Railnews – 19th April 2017
RENFE poised to join Virgin’s HS2 franchise bid
From the Railway Gazette – 11th April 2017
HS2 seeks station design and development partners
From the Railway Gazette – 10th April 2017
HS2 Phase One Community Information Events 2017
From H.M. Government – 4th April 2017
HS2 attacked over ‘flawed’ bid process
From the Telegraph – 3rd April 2017
HS2 contracts set for scrutiny as scale of links with contractor revealed
From the Telegraph – 1st April 2017
Engineering firm loses £170m HS2 contract after conflict of interest concerns
From the IET – 30th March 2017
HS2 bidder drops out of £170m design deal over cronyism allegations
From the Telegraph – 29th March 2017
Ingatestone station
Ingatestone railway station re-opens following £2.4m upgrade
From RailStaff – 28th April 2017
Leeds Airport Parkway Station
Government confirms £173.5 million funding to improve transport in Leeds
From H.M. Government – 21st April 2017
Leeds to get new airport parkway station after DfT approves £173.5m funding package
From RailStaff – 21st April 2017
Glasgow Subway
Glasgow Subway expansion plans unveiled
From Railnews – 18th April 2017
Midland Mainline
What is the Midlands engine and what will it do for the region?
From the Guardian – 18th April 2017
Borders Railway
Borders Railway could be extended to Carlisle
From Railnews – 11th April 2017
Ilkeston Station
Innovative engineering underpins new Ilkeston station
From the Railway Gazette – 3rd April 2017
Hundreds celebrate reopening of Ilkeston station
From Railnews – 3rd April 2017
Electrification, Great Western
Spotlight on Easter: Bath Spa modernisation
From Network Rail – 28th March 2017

Employment

Institution of Mechanical Engineers welcomes a rail engineer as its new president
From RailStaff – 26th May 2017
Digital route learning at DB Cargo UK
From the Railway Gazette – 26th May 2017
DB Cargo launches digital learning programme for its drivers
From RailStaff – 26th May 2017
Military personnel eased into civilian life through new East Midlands Trains job scheme
From RailStaff – 18th May 2017
The Prince’s Trust scheme helps disadvantaged youngsters begin a career in the rail industry
From RailStaff – 11th May 2017
Community rail champion appointed for Poacher Line
From RailStaff – 8th May 2017
RSSB appoint new director of standards
From RailStaff – 28th April 2017
DB Cargo UK confirms job cuts and reform
From the Railway Gazette – 26th April 2017
Gender, skills and shortages – How much progress is being made?
From RailStaff – 12th April 2017
Railway wises up
From RailStaff – 11th April 2017
Sleeper factory plans will secure manufacturing jobs in the West Midlands
From Network Rail – 5th April 2017

Community, Public Relations, Equality, Accessibility & the Environment

Institution of Mechanical Engineers welcomes a rail engineer as its new president
From RailStaff – 26th May 2017
Great Western Railway staff to wear orange for one day
From RailStaff – 25th May 2017
Seeking future rail megatrends
From the Railway Gazette – 25th May 2017
First images of proposed ‘post-industrial’ London High Line unveiled
From the IET – 22nd May 2017
Disabled man ‘forced to wet himself’ when train toilet was out of order
From the Guardian – 21st May 2017
Military personnel eased into civilian life through new East Midlands Trains job scheme
From RailStaff – 18th May 2017
The Prince’s Trust scheme helps disadvantaged youngsters begin a career in the rail industry
From RailStaff – 11th May 2017
IRSA and UIC join forces to support Médecins du Monde
From RailStaff – 11th May 2017
East Midlands Trains going for RailSport glory
From RailStaff – 8th May 2017
Government to spend £5m on improving railway station cycle facilities
From RailStaff – 28th April 2017
Disability campaigners plan rush-hour protest at London Bridge station
From the Guardian – 5th April 2017
Plans afoot for Forth Bridge climb experience
From Network Rail – 4th April 2017

Legislation, Government, etc.

Heathrow loses Crossrail access charge case
From the BBC – 26th May 2017
Heathrow loses Crossrail track access charges claim
From Railnews – 26th May 2017
Bridging the Tories’ infrastructure gap
From the Guardian – 21st May 2017
The high price we all pay for the failures of privatisation
From the Guardian – 17th May 2017
Time to test the track record of privatisation
From the Guardian – 12th May 2017
Manchester’s rail devolution challenge
From RailStaff – 11th May 2017
Corbyn’s leaked draft manifesto: what Labour would do
From the Guardian – 11th May 2017
Labour’s draft manifesto: key policies analysed
From the Guardian – 11th May 2017
Labour manifesto includes slow fade-out for franchises
From Railnews – 11th May 2017
Leaked Labour manifesto indicates party would seek to nationalise railways
From RailStaff – 11th May 2017
Scottish devolution of BTP debated today
From Railnews – 9th May 2017
Community rail champion appointed for Poacher Line
From RailStaff – 8th May 2017
Mayor intervenes in Croydon tram crash investigation
From Railnews – 4th May 2017
Government to spend £5m on improving railway station cycle facilities
From RailStaff – 28th April 2017
We must leave the EU to renationalise rail
From the Guardian – 25th April 2017
Government confirms £173.5 million funding to improve transport in Leeds
From H.M. Government – 21st April 2017
New Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport
From H.M. Government – 18th April 2017
Rail regulator publishes principles for driver-controlled operation
From the Railway Gazette – 5th April 2017
Railway supply industry responds to Article 50 notification
From the Railway Gazette – 30th March 2017
Liverpool Mayor intervenes over Merseyrail strike
From Railnews – 28th March 2017

Manufacturing

General
DB Cargo launches digital learning programme for its drivers
From RailStaff – 26th May 2017
Digital route learning at DB Cargo UK
From the Railway Gazette – 26th May 2017
Iarnród Éireann deploys ticket sales software
From the Railway Gazette – 23rd May 2017
Alexa ‘Skill’ for train times and fares released
From the Railway Gazette – 16th May 2017
Digital developments of the digital railway
From RailStaff – 11th May 2017
Panasonic pulls in Japanese experts for help on rail links
From the Telegraph – 6th May 2017
Digital Rail Summit 2017: key findings and pictures from the industry conference
From RailStaff – 28th April 2017
RSSB to roll out trial Rule Book app
From RailStaff – 12th April 2017
Rail BIM Summit – Looking into the beyond
From RailStaff – 6th April 2017
Railway supply industry responds to Article 50 notification
From the Railway Gazette – 30th March 2017
Rail suppliers’ warning over Brexit
From Railnews – 29th March 2017
Trains Sets, Locomotives and Rolling Stock
RSSB-funded rolling stock innovations ready for development
From RailStaff – 26th May 2017
Great Western Class 802s take shape
From the Railway Gazette – 25th May 2017
Tank container designed for train to driverless vehicle transfer
From the Railway Gazette – 22nd May 2017
Vivarail’s D-Trains ready for sale
From RailStaff – 17th May 2017
Eurotunnel’s third-generation freight shuttles enter service
From the Railway Gazette – 14th May 2017
DB launches integrated consultancy service in ‘important’ UK market
From the Railway Gazette – 11th May 2017
Could maglev trains be a magic bullet for UK inter-city travel?
From the Guardian – 10th May 2017
Hitachi unveils AT400 ‘British Bullet Train’ concept
From the Railway Gazette – 9th May 2017
Hitachi’s UK plant looks to the world market
From the Railway Gazette – 8th May 2017
Sliding seats could enable passenger trains to carry freight
From the Railway Gazette – 8th May 2017
Japanese bullet-train firm starts building East Coast trains
From the IET – 5th May 2017
Work starts on building new East Coast IE trains
From Railnews – 5th May 2017
Train seats need to be wider to fit obese passengers, HS2 boss says
From the Telegraph – 30th April 2017
Hitachi trainset for Devon and Cornwall sets sail from Japan
From the Railway Gazette – 28th April 2017
RSSB recommendation could save industry £2.5m a year
From RailStaff – 28th April 2017
MRCE sells diesel locomotives
From the Railway Gazette – 27th April 2017
Sheffield tram trains to be tested in service soon
From RailStaff – 4th April 2017
Pistol town to build Cornish bullet trains
From RailStaff – 30th March 2017
Engineering firm loses £170m HS2 contract after conflict of interest concerns
From the IET – 30th March 2017
HS2 bidder drops out of £170m design deal over cronyism allegations
From the Telegraph – 29th March 2017
Infrastructure and Associated
Network Rail to begin repairs on Cutty Sark bridge near Glasgow
From RailStaff – 23rd May 2017
Complex concrete crossing bearers delivered
From the Railway Gazette – 17th May 2017
Could maglev trains be a magic bullet for UK inter-city travel?
From the Guardian – 10th May 2017
Counting trees
From RailStaff – 9th May 2017
Work to electrify the Midland Mainline continues
From Network Rail – 9th May 2017
UAV survey company Bridgeway Aerial takes off
From the Railway Gazette – 7th May 2017
Subsea cable fault detection demonstrated to rail industry
From the Railway Gazette – 29th April 2017
Network Rail launches new census database to tackle trees on the line
From RailStaff – 19th April 2017
Railway tree census singles-out “problem trees” helping to reduce costs and improve safety
From Network Rail – 19th April 2017
Tunnel vision goes national
From RailStaff – 13th April 2017
Weedfree orders weed killing train
From the Railway Gazette – 12th April 2017
Electrification fabrication facility to support just-in-time delivery
From the Railway Gazette – 11th April 2017
Expansion at telent heralds digital revolution
From RailStaff – 30th March 2017
More than £6.5 million spent on ill-fated tunnel-cleaning train scheme
From the IET – 28th March 2017
Manufacturers
Expedia to acquire majority stake in SilverRail
From the Railway Gazette – 12th May 2017
Specialist weed-eliminating rail firm granted investment for European growth
From RailStaff – 13th April 2017
Merger talks boost Bombardier, Siemens
From Railnews – 12th  April 2017
Depots & Stations
East Midlands Trains announces 50 extra parking spaces for Loughborough station
From RailStaff – 20th April 2017
Electrification fabrication facility to support just-in-time delivery
From the Railway Gazette – 11th April 2017
Train operator sees the light
From the Railway Gazette – 10th April 2017
HS2 Phase One Community Information Events 2017
From H.M. Government – 5th April 2017

Service and business performance

Eurostar plans Easter launch to Amsterdam
From Railnews – 25th May 2017
Glory days of British Rail’s full English breakfast
From the Guardian – 24th May 2017
Disabled man ‘forced to wet himself’ when train toilet was out of order
From the Guardian – 21st May 2017
The derided railway sandwich, and its role in the privatisation of Britain
From the Guardian – 19th May 2017
Chiltern Railways to schedule additional services before Class 121 Bubble Cars retire
From RailStaff – 16th May 2017
Metrolink outage ‘not cyber attack’
From Railnews – 15th May 2017
Train seats need to be wider to fit obese passengers, HS2 boss says
From the Telegraph – 30th April 2017
RSSB recommendation could save industry £2.5m a year
From RailStaff – 28th April 2017
DB Cargo UK confirms job cuts and reform
From the Railway Gazette – 26th April 2017
NAO highlights smart ticketing failings
From Railnews – 20th April 2017
Great Western Railway’s refund was way overdue
From the Guardian – 12th April 2017
London joins the Silk Road as UK – China rail freight service sets off
From the Railway Gazette – 10th April 2017
Freight train begins 12,000km trip to China
From Railnews – 10th April 2017
Rail freight industry and Network Rail collaborate to increase railway capacity
From Network Rail – 31st March 2017
Cardiff to Newport rail line open after train breaks down
From the BBC – 29th March 2017
Robust rail performance outweighs weak bus numbers at Stagecoach
From the Telegraph – 29th March 2017

Steam and Heritage

Swanage to Wareham rail line to reconnect to mainline after four decades
From the BBC – 24th May 2017
Conwy Valley railway line reopens after Storm Doris
From the BBC – 10th April 2017

Historical & General Interest

Glory days of British Rail’s full English breakfast
From the Guardian – 24th May 2017
The derided railway sandwich, and its role in the privatisation of Britain
From the Guardian – 19th May 2017
Newcastle’s Central Metro station twinned with London Tube station
From RailStaff – 15th May 2017
East Midlands Trains going for RailSport glory
From RailStaff – 8th May 2017
Virgin at 20
From RailStaff – 11th April 2017
Light at the end of the tunnel: sun shines for Brunel’s birthday
From the Guardian – 10th April 2017
A requiem for the overnight sleeper – and a European way of life
From the Guardian – 30th March 2017

Train Operating Companies, Franchising, Infrastructure Companies

Heathrow
Heathrow loses Crossrail access charge case
From the BBC – 26th May 2017
Heathrow loses Crossrail track access charges claim
From Railnews – 26th May 2017
Cambridge North Station
New ‘green’ station opens in Cambridge
From Railnews – 22nd May 2017
Cambridge North railway station set to open in May
From RailStaff – 25th April 2017
General
The high price we all pay for the failures of privatisation
From the Guardian – 17th May 2017
Time to test the track record of privatisation
From the Guardian – 12th May 2017
Network Rail takes next key step towards devolution
From Railnews – 12th May 2017
Manchester’s rail devolution challenge
From RailStaff – 11th May 2017
We must leave the EU to renationalise rail
From the Guardian – 25th April 2017
HS2
Virgin, Stagecoach and France’s SNCF link up for HS2 bid
From the Guardian – 26th April 2017
Virgin, Stagecoach and France’s SNCF join forces for HS2 bid
From the Guardian – 25th April 2017
SNCF joins bid for West Coast Partnership
From Railnews – 25th April 20172017
SNCF joins bid for West Coast Partnership
From Railnews – 25th April 2017
Stagecoach and SNCF lead Virgin-branded bid for HS2 operations
From the Railway Gazette – 25th April 2017
RENFE poised to join Virgin’s HS2 franchise bid
From the Railway Gazette – 11th April 2017
South Eastern
South Eastern franchise public consultation events cancelled
From H.M. Government – 25th April 2017
Tyne & Wear
Tyne & Wear Metro ‘renationalised’
From Railnews – 3rd April 2017

London Underground

More people than ever are using contactless mobile payment technology on London’s transport network
From RailStaff – 19th May 2017
Underground staff walk out over sacking row
From Railnews – 8th May 2017
Devon student guilty of planting homemade bomb on London tube
From the Guardian – 3rd May 2017
RMT and Mayor hail ending of Night Tube dispute
From Railnews – 5th April 2017
More than £6.5 million spent on ill-fated tunnel-cleaning train scheme
From the IET – 28th March 2017

Disputes

Southern
RMT rail strike suspended after Manchester attack
From the BBC – 23rd May 2017
ASLEF turns up the heat with new Southern action
From Railnews – 17th May 2017
Southern rail users face fresh misery as drivers resume overtime ban
From the Guardian – 17th May 2017
RMT train crews to stage further 24-hour walkout after UK bank holiday
From the Guardian – 16th May 2017
Three new RMT strikes called over DCO
From Railnews – 16th May 2017
New Southern talks fail to reach agreement
From Railnews – 16th May 2017
Protest marks one year of Southern Rail’s battle with unions – and commuters
From the Telegraph – 26th April 2017
RMT urges ‘no interference’ as Southern DCO talks restart
From Railnews – 24th April 2017
RMT claims ‘rock solid’ support as strikes go ahead
From Railnews – 8th April 2017
Uncertainty continues over DCO dispute
From Railnews – 7th April 2017
Allegations multiply as DOO strikes loom
From Railnews – 6th April 2017
Rail regulator publishes principles for driver-controlled operation
From the Railway Gazette – 5th April 2017
ASLEF seeks new talks: RMT strikes set to go ahead
From Railnews – 4th April 2017
Southern Rail: Ballot result due in Aslef members’ dispute
From the BBC – 3rd April 2017
ASLEF drivers reject DOO deal again
From Railnews – 3rd April 2017
Merseyrail
RMT rail strike suspended after Manchester attack
From the BBC – 23rd May 2017
RMT train crews to stage further 24-hour walkout after UK bank holiday
From the Guardian – 16th May 2017
Three new RMT strikes called over DCO
From Railnews – 16th May 2017
RMT claims ‘rock solid’ support as strikes go ahead
From Railnews – 8th April 2017
Allegations multiply as DOO strikes loom
From Railnews – 6th April 2017
Merseyrail urges RMT to cancel strike
From Railnews – 5th April 2017
ASLEF seeks new talks: RMT strikes set to go ahead
From Railnews – 4th April 2017
Liverpool Mayor intervenes over Merseyrail strike
From Railnews – 28th March 2017
Arriva North & Northern Routes
RMT rail strike suspended after Manchester attack
From the BBC – 23rd May 2017
RMT train crews to stage further 24-hour walkout after UK bank holiday
From the Guardian – 16th May 2017
Three new RMT strikes called over DCO
From Railnews – 16th May 2017
Strikes announced on Virgin Trains East Coast and Arriva Rail North
From the Guardian – 13th April 2017
RMT to strike on Northern in DCO dispute
From Railnews – 13th April 2017
RMT claims ‘rock solid’ support as strikes go ahead
From Railnews – 8th April 2017
Allegations multiply as DOO strikes loom
From Railnews – 6th April 2017
ASLEF seeks new talks: RMT strikes set to go ahead
From Railnews – 4th April 2017
London Underground
Underground staff walk out over sacking row
From Railnews – 8th May 2017
RMT and Mayor hail ending of Night Tube dispute
From Railnews – 5th April 2017
Virgin East Coast
Strikes announced on Virgin Trains East Coast and Arriva Rail North
From the Guardian – 13th April 2017
RMT announces two days of strikes on East Coast
From Railnews – 13th April 2017