August 2015

 Cotton Mill Lane level crossing
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Editorial
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 11:00

Cotton Mill Lane footpath level crossing in St Albans was monitored by Network Rail’s level crossing team for nine days earlier this month.
Among the 248 incidents recorded were crossing users wearing headphones or using mobile phones, which could prevent them from hearing an approaching train, groups of youths loitering on the tracks and one young... read the full story

 Signs on the approach to Lolham level crossing
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Editorial
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 10:56

Last month Peterborough City Council changed the traffic flow on King Street in Lolham from two-way to a one-way street after Network Rail provided evidence that the two-way system was causing traffic to back up onto nearby Lolham level crossing due to a narrow passing point close to the tracks.
Despite no entry signs being installed to warn... read the full story

Didcot Railway Centre
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Editorial
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 10:49

David Maidment, the author of a new book entitled Great Western Eight Coupled Heavy Freight Locomotives, will be at Didcot Railway Centre from mid-day on Saturday 29 August to sign any copies purchased from the on site bookshop.
The book is the first of a series of ‘Locomotive Profiles’ to be published by Pen & Sword.
According to the publishers, the book describes the conception, design, building and operation of the fleet of powerful locomotives built in the first... read the full story

Glasgow Central railway station
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Editorial
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 10:46

Information provided includes payments made for disruption on the railway and its performance under Freedom of Information.
Transparency is a key theme within Network Rail’s five-year strategic business plan. Being more open and accessible will make Network Rail more accountable to the travelling public, taxpayers and politicians.
Mark Farrow, head of transparency for Network Rail, said: ‘We're continuing to publish more information as part of our commitment to being more open... read the full story

Avon Viaduct
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Editorial
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 10:39

The work will not only ensure the viaducts are fit for purpose for many years to come, but also allow a speed restriction between Hinton Admiral and Christchurch stations to be lifted, allowing trains to travel at a top speed of 60mph again.
Michele Swan, Network Rail scheme project manager, said: ‘Speed restrictions were introduced as both of these viaducts are around 130 years old and there were concerns that trains travelling at full speed could damage the track support system. ... read the full story

Leighton Buzzard Train
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Editorial
Friday, August 28, 2015 - 10:14

Up to nine locomotives will be in steam, with a truly international line up for all to enjoy. Joining the resident fleet of Elf and P. C. Allen (Germany), 778 (USA), Peter Pan and Rishra (England), Chaloner (Wales), will be visitors Minas de Aller 2 (France), Sao Domingos (Germany – again!) and Jack (Scotland).
Between them, these locomotives have worked in England, Wales, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, India... read the full story

Artists impression of new bridge at Godalming station
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Editorial
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:10

Members of the Network Rail team will be on hand to answer questions and update residents on the proposed changes between 3pm and 8pm at Godalming station.  There is no need for local residents to book a place and all are welcome.
Funded by the government’s Access for All programme the £3.1m investment plans for the station will include:

  • resurface Construction of a new fully enclosed footbridge
  • Construction of two 16-person fully accessible lifts to enable step... read the full story
New sidings installed at Norton Bridge
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Editorial
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:39

The vital work – which will improve performance, reliability and line speed in the Stafford area – will be carried out from the close of service on Friday (29 August) until the first trains on Tuesday 1 September.
Trains will not be running through Stafford with Virgin Trains, CrossCountry and London Midland services being diverted. Buses will operate between Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford calling at Stone. London Midland trains between Liverpool and Birmingham will be running between... read the full story

Wool footpath crossing
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Editorial
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:28

Members of the Network Rail team will be on hand between 14.00 and 20.00 to answer questions and update residents on the proposed changes and how the project will affect the local area between.  There is no need for local residents to book a place and all are welcome.
Network Rail is proposing to close the footpath level crossing at Wool and replace it with a stepped footbridge. The crossing has been identified as high risk owing to the number of trains that pass through it and the... read the full story

Tram 3056 at St.Peter's Square, Manchester
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Editorial
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:22

Work to build a brand new line of tram track through the square is complete as scheduled and tram services will be back on track in time for the bank holiday weekend and Manchester Pride festival.
From Friday 28 August the following services will run:

  • Altrincham to Etihad Campus
  • Altrincham to Deansgate-Castlefield
  • Bury to Piccadilly
  • Bury to East Didsbury
  • Eccles-MediaCityUK to Piccadilly
  • Rochdale to Ashton-under-Lyne
  • ... read the full story

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