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£1 Billion Signalling Funding & 5000 New Jobs

Grant Shapps has announced that the Government will be providing a billion pounds of investment to replace outdated Victorian infrastructure on the East Coast Main Line with the very latest digital signalling technologies.  This new investment will also create a further 5000 jobs and result in fewer passenger delays whilst also improving the overall...

Britain’s Biggest Strikes Since the 70’s

Widespread industrial action across numerous business sectors is now threatening the UK’s infrastructure, and this Summer looks to be a season of discontent, disruption and chaos. Rail, Tube & Trams Rail, tube and tram workers will stage a mass walkout this month. More than 50,000 workers across Network Rail and 13 out of 15...

Rail Safety Week 20th – 26th June

Next week is all about Rail Safety Week. RSW is an industry lead initiative which focuses on rail safety for all. Every contractor, worker, employee or individual involved in the rail industry understands the seriousness for keeping passengers and those who live or work on or near the railways safe. Whether you work in...

New National Rail Contract For Great Western Railway

Train operator Great Western Railway (GWR) has been awarded a new contract which will run until 21st June 2025 by The Department for Transport.  The company will also have an option of a further three-year renewal, which will enable them to continue to deliver excellent customer service levels which have risen from 81% to...

Ready For The Platinum Jubilee?

The week will see millions of people throughout the world gearing up to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over an epic four-day bank holiday weekend. Celebrations will start in earnest this Thursday with the Queens Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour), taking place at Horseguards Parade in London. The Parade will be followed...

Rail Strike Is This Madness?

With the UK already in the throes of rising inflation, crippling energy and fuel costs and global instability is it wise for thousands of rail staff to go on strike?  Sadly this appears to be going to happen on June 6th with thousands of staff from the London Underground downing their tools and walking...

Mayflower Steam Locomotive Visits Bath Spa

For all those steam locomotive enthusiasts the Mayflower 61306 will be visiting the prestigious area of Bath on Thursday 26th May 2022 for a special tour of the Bath Spa.  The Roman city of Bath, is one of the most culturally rich cities in the South of England, having been given World Heritage status...

RAIB Report into runaway of RRV

RAIB Report of runaway of RRV at Belle Isle Junction. Image Credit RAIB The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a runaway of a road-rail vehicle (RRV) at Belle Isle Junction on 16th May 2021. At around 03:30 hrs on Sunday 16 May 2021, a road-rail vehicle ran away while...

North East Rail & Metro Strategy Launched

The general public are being asked to air their views on the recently published North East Rail & Metro Strategy (NERMS) which aims to showcase the region’s rail and metro ambitions whilst creating a vision of what the network could look like by 2035. Indeed the team at SigTech Rail know the network very...