In the news this week

Network Rail is always in the news.

Catering for 4.5m rail journeys every single day, while simultaneously delivering an ambitious, multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan focused on renewing and upgrading 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges and viaducts, thousands of signalslevel crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run), means we have a wide-reaching impact and the work we do is extremely newsworthy. 

Every week, we'll highlight just a few of those interesting news stories.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Royal reception - cross media

There's been expansive coverage of Wednesday’s royal opening of London Bridge station – The Duke of Cambridge’s first royal engagement since the birth of Prince Louis.

A number of these articles reference Mark Carne’s speech – specifically his light-hearted suggestion that Louis might one day have a career on the railways.

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Digital Railway

The BBC and Evening Standard and cover Thursday's) digital railway transformation announcement by Mark Carne and Chris Grayling, transport secretary.

Outlining an industry vision which will see 70 per cent of Britain’s signalling systems replaced with the latest digital signalling technology, Mark set out how this will result in safer working environments for colleagues, and a faster, more reliable service for passengers.

The event received television coverage and interviews with Mark on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast and the Today Programme.

Full story can be found here

Trackside trees - The Guardian, Times and Independent

The papers reported that rail minister Jo Johnson has announced a review into Network Rail’s vegetation management programme amid recent scrutiny. It followed a meeting between Mr Johnson, Michael Gove, environment secretary and Mark Carne, chief executive, on Wednesday (9 May).

Network Rail has denied that there is any new programme of tree felling and explained that its lineside policy and standards have not changed since 2004. It has also welcomed the review and stressed its responsibility to balance the needs of the environment with the safety of 4.6 million daily passengers.

And finally…

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