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 signals, level 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 6 October, 2017

Housing solution – Estates Gazette

In an examination of how other countries are addressing their housing shortages, Estates Gazette looks at some of the models for development land supply and infrastructure funding. It’s noted Transport for London and Network Rail are collaborating to encourage development of land around London Bridge and other hub stations in London.

Example of a planned housing development in Manchester (artist's impression)

Liverpool Lime Street upgrade – ITV

Rail journeys to Liverpool will be severely disrupted until 22 October as the city's main station, Liverpool Lime Street, closes for a major upgrade which will eventually see better journeys times, more services, longer trains and better platforms. ITV reports that during the closure many services will be diverted to Liverpool South Parkway, near the city's airport. Once the improvement project is completed next year an extra three services per hour will be able to operate in and out of Liverpool Lime Street, including new direct trains to Scotland.

The work at Lime Street is part of our Great North Rail Project which will help transform services for passengers and we are grateful to them for their patience while this upgrade is under way.


This is a key part of the well over #1 billion investment we have for improving the rail network across the North of England.

Chris Grayling, transport secretary

100 best railway stations – The Guardian

The Guardian reviews Simon Jenkins’ new book that tells the history of Britain’s railways through its 100 best stations. The Guardian picked five gems, from grand old York to a Highland outpost. Network Rail's Bristol Temple Meads, Glasgow Central, Liverpool Lime Street, London King’s Cross, London Liverpool Street, London Paddington and London St Pancras all feature in the top 10.

Kings cross station at night

£300m earmarked for building connections to HS2 rail route – Independent

At the Conservative Party Conference, chancellor Philip Hammond earmarked £300m for building connections to the HS2 rail route from cities located close to the line but which are not directly on it. This was reported in The Independent and all national papers.

Poor infrastructure can be a barrier to progress. That's why, as the party of progress, we are investing record amounts to strengthen transport links.

Philip Hammond, chancellor

£2.6 million plan to address leaves on the line – The Scotsman

We're running a campaign to raise awareness of the work we do to tackle leaves on the line and the travel disruption autumn weather causes. BBC Scotland and the Scotsman covered the news. They note the dedicated fleet of specialist 'leaf buster' trains we have, and fully describe the problem.

When leaves fall, they stick to damp rails and passing trains - weighing hundreds of tonnes - compress them into a smooth, slippery, layer that reduces the trains’ grip. Akin to ‘black ice’ on roads, it creates a ‘Teflon-like’ layer on the rail that’s really bad news for trains.

To find our more how we deal with autumn weather and leaves on the line visit