Monthly Archives: December 2021

Rail customers across Wales & Borders urged to plan ahead during festive period

Rail passengers are being urged to check before they travel with planned engineering works taking place over Christmas.  Network Rail is continuing work on a £30m refurbishment of Gwynedd’s iconic Barmouth Viaduct, protecting this vital transport link for future generations. The Cambrian Coast Line between Machynlleth and Pwllheli will continue to be closed until Wednesday 29 December, with replacement buses running. […]

COVID-19 vaccination centre opens at Birmingham New Street station

A new COVID-19 vaccination centre has opened at Birmingham New Street station to provide a convenient location in the city centre for people to have their vaccinations. Network Rail has joined forces with the local NHS vaccination team in Birmingham and Solihull, and the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, to open the vaccination […]

Ballast all the way – Network Rail is upgrading last section of 1970s slab track between London and Kentish Town this Christmas

Engineers will carry out final stage of work to upgrade 1970s track between Kentish Town and London St Pancras this Christmas and over New Year Improvements will bring a more modern reliable railway for passengers and reduce delays Reduced East Midlands Railway and Thameslink services from Monday 27 December until Tuesday 4 January – passengers […]

Plans submitted in bid to help reduce flooding and protect vital rail link to south west

Network Rail has submitted a planning application to Mid Devon District Council to reduce the frequency and duration of flooding on the railway at Hele and help prevent a vital link to the South West being cut off. The £7.2m scheme to replace two road bridges and reprofile the flood plain would mean fewer closures […]

VR FleetCare to sign a 20-year maintenance agreement for Allegro trains operating between Russia and Finland

Russian Railways (RZD), Karelian Trains and the Finnish rail traffic maintenance company VR FleetCare have signed a 20-year agreement on the maintenance and lifecycle services concerning the high-speed trains operating between Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Russian Railways (RZD), Karelian Trains and the Finnish rail traffic maintenance company VR FleetCare have signed a 20-year agreement on […]

Alstom to provide the most sustainable fleet of trains in Irish transport history

Alstom yesterday signed a ten-year framework agreement with Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail (IE) for up to 750 new X’trapolis commuter rail cars for Ireland’s DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) network, with a firm initial order for 19 five-car trains, valued at €270 million, including a 15-year support services contract. Alstom Chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Minister […]

Mayor opens new railway station for Soham

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mayor Dr Nik Johnson officially opened the new railway station at Soham today to the delight of the community as the first trains rolled into the new platform, five months ahead of the original timetable.   The Deputy Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire, Network Rail’s Chairman Sir Peter Hendy, former Mayor James Palmer, local […]

Passengers kept on the move between Christmas and New Year

Railway improvements planned to ensure people can get home for Christmas Majority of West Coast main line, Midlands and North West rail routes open as normal Journeys are impacted on the Chiltern line and between Manchester and Leeds Please ‘Look before you book’ to know your travel options Essential rail improvement work over Christmas and […]

Alstom and Cylus roll-out advanced rail cybersecurity solution to protect the Tel-Aviv Red line Urbalis signalling system

Alstom, in partnership with Cylus, integrated in its CBTC an advanced rail cybersecurity solution on the Tel-Aviv Red line to improve the protection of the line’s signalling and train control systems. CylusOne is a rail-specific, multi-layered, cybersecurity solution powered by advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology. The construction of the line is managed by […]

HS2 Ltd awards landmark rolling stock contracts to Hitachi-Alstom joint venture

HS2 Ltd confirmed last Thursday that a Hitachi/Alstom JV has been awarded the contracts to build Britain’s next generation of high speed trains at their factories in Derby and County Durham in a major deal set to support 2,500 jobs across the UK. The landmark contracts – worth around £2bn – will see the JV […]