Monthly Archives: March 2022

CargoBeamer opens new rail connection between Cologne and Sète

Unaccompanied transport of semi-trailers expanded on the Franco-German corridor The logistics service provider CargoBeamer has launched a new connection for the unaccompanied transport of semi-trailers by rail. The leading operator for intermodal trains has established a line between Cologne in western Germany and Sète in southern France since March. While trains will run on a […]

HS2’s Tunnel Boring Machine Named ‘Bramble’ by Old Oak Primary School

Last week, pupils from Old Oak Primary School were invited to the HS2 site at Wormwood Scrubs to see new hoardings that have been installed featuring their artwork. HS2’s Old Oak Common Station Construction Partner, Balfour Beatty, VINCI, Systra joint venture (BBVS JV), worked with Old Oak Primary school to design the new hoardings to […]

Slope regrade work in Scotland will improve network resilience

Network Rail has completed work to regrade a slope above the railway near Lockerbie to protect against adverse weather. The work was at the first of 11 sites on the West Coast Mainline highlighted as vulnerable to adverse weather and delivered as part of a wider weather resilience project which will see an investment of […]

Alstom wins second major South London signalling contract

Victoria Phase 5 part of Network Rail’s four-year package of upgrades to modernise 1980s track and signalling on the lines into London Victoria station. £69m contract involves new signalling, infrastructure and control technology Alstom, global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, has been awarded a £69million signalling contract by Network Rail to deliver Phase 5 […]

Alstom to supply up to 40 Coradia Stream electric inter-regional trains and associated maintenance in Romania

Alstom and the Romanian Railway Reform Authority (ARF) have signed a contract for the delivery of 20 Coradia Stream inter-regional trains and associated 15-year maintenance services. The value of the contract is estimated at €270 million. These trains will be the first passenger trains provided by Alstom for operation in Romania. The contract can be […]

Liverpool and Man City fans advised to avoid rail travel for FA Cup semi-final

Liverpool and Manchester City football fans are being advised against travelling by rail to and from the FA Cup semi-final on Easter Saturday while major railway improvements are taking place. Essential upgrades at multiple locations along the West Coast main line mean that when both teams meet at Wembley on April 16, there are no […]

Progress at HS2’s Victoria Road site as base slab is completed

HS2’s Main Works Contractor, Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture, SCS JV, have taken a major step forward in their work at the Victoria Road Site in Acton, completing the base slab construction of the Victoria Road ancillary shaft. The first permanent works began at the site in February 2021 when the team poured a 160m3 […]

Wellington and Cullompton stations one step closer as Network Rail set to lead on next stage of developments

Network Rail will spearhead the next stage of this project with the development of detailed designs and a full business case following receipt of £5m from the Department for Transport. Network Rail will lead on taking this project forward and continue to work closely with partners Mid Devon District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council […]

HS2 reveals noise-cancelling Chiltern Tunnel north portal design

HS2 has revealed the designs for the north portal of the Chiltern Tunnel, which has been specially designed to cut noise from trains entering and exiting the project’s longest tunnel at speeds of up to 320km/h. Two perforated concrete hoods will cover the track, extending the 10 mile long tunnel into the open air. These […]

Story delivers better platforms for passengers at Carlisle station

Rail passengers in Cumbria are benefiting from newly resurfaced platforms at Carlisle train station. Story Contracting, on behalf of Network Rail has carried out a major refurbishment project that has seen platforms one, two, and three overhauled at the Avanti West Coast managed station. The platforms have been brought up to 21st century standards, with […]