Archive for category: Infrastructure

Network Rail completes ‘crucial’ Tinsley junction for Sheffield tram-train

The development of the UK’s first tram-train network has reached a major milestone after the installation of a ‘crucial’ junction. This Easter, Network Rail completed the track connection at Tinsley that will link Sheffield’s Supertram network with the national rail network. From the junction, a new section of track called the Tinsley Chord will be built to allow services to travel between […]
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Political pledge for expansion of Glasgow’s subway network

The SNP has said it will look at expanding Glasgow’s subway network if it is successful in the upcoming local elections. Announced in its manifesto for Scotland’s largest city, the political party has declared its intention to support the extension, which would be the first since the 1890s when the subway was built. Management of the urban rail […]
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Political pledge for expansion of Glasgow’s subway network

The SNP has said it will look at expanding Glasgow’s subway network if it is successful in the upcoming local elections. Announced in its manifesto for Scotland’s largest city, the political party has declared its intention to support the extension, which would be the first since the 1890s when the subway was built. Management of the urban rail […]
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Tunnelling breakthrough on Berlin U5 extension

Transport body BVG has achieved a milestone in the construction of an extension of the Berlin U-Bahn which will connect the U5 and U55 lines. Berlin’s mayor, Michael Mueller, attended a ceremony to witness the final breakthrough for the ‘U5 gap closure project’ into Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) station on March 22. Two-kilometre long, twin-bore […]
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GWML electrified to Maidenhead

Network Rail has completed the electrification of 19 km of the Great Western Main Line (GWML) between Stockley Junction and Maidenhead. As well as allowing Great Western Railway (GWR) to extend its electric services – which currently terminate at Hayes & Harlington – to Maidenhead in May, the project is central to the rollout of Elizabeth […]
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Funding for Ely North Junction remodelling study

Local enterprise partnerships in East Anglia have joined forces to fund a feasibility study into capacity improvement works around Ely, including the remodelling of Ely North Junction. The study itself will be completed by Network Rail but funding is being provided by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, New Anglia LEP and the Strategic Freight Network. […]
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Tandem tamping

After the success at Belford last year, where newly relaid switches and crossings (S&C) were handed back at 125 mph line speed using 928001, a Plasser & Theurer Unimat 09-4×4/4S Dynamic Tamper, Swietelsky/Babcock Rail (SBR) has continued its innovative collaboration with the S&C North Alliance to deliver another 125mph handback of an S&C renewal, this […]
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Midland Metro operation to be brought in-house

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), the public body responsible for public transport planning in and around Birmingham, will take over the operation of Midland Metro light rail services when the current concession runs out in 2018. Midland Metro has been operated by National Express since 1999. TfWM announced today (March 22) that rather than awarding […]
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Midland Metro operation to be brought in-house

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), the public body responsible for public transport planning in and around Birmingham, will take over the operation of Midland Metro light rail services when the current concession runs out in 2018. Midland Metro has been operated by National Express since 1999. TfWM announced today (March 22) that rather than awarding […]
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Fehmarnbelt fixed link consultants appointed

Consultancy framework contracts for the design and construction of Denmark’s Fehmarnbelt fixed link have been awarded by Femern A/S. A Ramboll/Arup/TEC consortium has won the client consultancy services contract for the world’s longest immersed tunnel. Ramboll/Arup/TEC will be supported by sub-consultants Schønherr A/S and WTM Engineers GmbH. ÅF – Hansen & Henneberg has been appointed separately to provide in-house […]
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Hitting the right note: the Ordsall Chord

In a tandem lift using the UK’s largest crawler crane, contractor Skanska BAM, working for Network Rail, installed a pair of steel arches over the River Irwell to form the UK’s first network arch railway bridge. Set to become an instantly recognisable part of the Greater Manchester skyline, the bridge is the centrepiece of the […]
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