Planned engineering work in the Kemble area may affect your rail journey

Trains between Swindon and Gloucester will be affected by rail improvement work planned for later this month. Network Rail is renewing track in the Kemble area as well as carrying out track and lineside signalling maintenance. This will affect Great Western Railway services that stop at Kemble, Stroud and Stonehouse stations on Tuesday 16 and […]

World first as high-speed trains wheel performance now digitally-monitored live

Hitachi Rail’s wireless monitoring will improve train availability and reduce bogie and wheelset maintenance downtime by 50% GWR fleet to be fitted with full-suite digital maintenance solution, which live monitors gearboxes, traction motors, bearings and wheels Hitachi Rail are presenting this solution at Rolling Stock Maintenance and Depot Optimisation Europe 2022 on 28th June Hitachi […]

National Rail Contract awarded to Great Western Railway

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a National Rail Contract (NRC) to Great Western Railway (GWR) to continue operating the Great Western network. The new contract will run until at least 21 June 2025, with the potential for a further three years at the Secretary of State’s discretion. In line with the contract, GWR […]

GWR honours WWII codebreaker Alan Turing and unveils new ‘Trainbow’ livery

Great Western Railway (GWR) has honoured World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing by including his name on its popular ‘Trainbow’ Intercity Express Train. Members of Alan’s family officially named the train at London Paddington station today (Thursday 26 May). The ceremony also saw the unveiling of GWR’s new ‘Trainbow’ livery celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Alan […]

GWR Rail improvements to impact journeys on the North Cotswolds this Easter

Track improvement work will see the railway line between Moreton-in-Marsh and Worcester Shrub Hill closed for four days over the Easter weekend, in one of the quietest Easter weekends for engineering work in a decade. Completion of the North Cotswolds work will ensure the continued use of the railway line for the years ahead by […]

Breaking waves in Dawlish – new sea wall playing key role in protecting town and railway

Eight years today (Friday 4 February) since the infamous 2014 storm severely damaged the railway on the South Devon coastline, Network Rail’s new sea wall project is making excellent progress and having a tangible and positive impact on the town and railway. Since the start of construction on the first section of new, bigger sea […]

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. […]

Fewer delays and cancellations for passengers following launch of innovative pilot scheme

Network Rail has launched a new pilot project that integrates its traffic management system with Great Western Railway’s crew and stock resource management system – a first in the UK rail industry. This project is the latest example of the rail industry putting passengers and freight users first, by integrating Worldline’s crew and stock software […]

Railway Restored: Regular Trains to Run on Dartmoor Line for First Time in 50 years

First passenger train on the first Restoring Your Railway reopening will run on Wednesday 17 November, ahead of public services resuming on Saturday 20 November Restored in just nine months, and delivered £10m under budget, transforming a mothballed former freight railway to regular services. Reopening is the first of the Government’s Restoring Your Railway schemes […]

Hitachi Rail awarded contract to design digital signalling solution to improve reliability and safety for Gloucester area

Hitachi Rail and Linbrooke enter into exclusive design stage with Network Rail to develop signalling solution for Gloucester area. New and innovative Hitachi Rail digital signalling technology will improve reliability and safety for the benefit of both passengers and trackside engineers. Contract award is important milestone towards a major multi-million pound project to overhaul signalling […]