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, 40,000 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 12 January, 2018


Model railway enthusiasts build line along the Great Glen Way - The Times

The Times reports on the documentary 'The Biggest Little Railway in the World', screened on Channel 4. It followed the construction of a 73-mile model railway across the Highlands. The volunteers who worked on the project include Network Rail engineers.


Liverpool Lime Street closed for emergency repairs – BBC

Over the weekend, the BBC reports Liverpool Lime Street station had to be closed for emergency repairs to corroding overhead line gantries.


'Mysterious void' hits train services in Cumbria – Guardian

Services on the Barrow-Carlisle line between Whitehaven and Workington were disrupted as our engineers tackled a "mysterious void." The Guardian reports the story 


Taxpayers could pay 'tens of millions' more a year to Southern owner Govia, report claims - Telegraph

Many of the national newspapers, including the Telegraph, covered the NAO report published this week in respect of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise run by Govia. The report is quoted as saying “the franchise has become the ‘worst’ performing as a result of bad Whitehall planning and industrial action.” Some newspapers report the franchise has failed to deliver value for money, with passengers suffering the worst disruption anywhere on the network since services began in September 2014. The report criticises Government too, explaining that although industrial action had been a major contributor, many problems could have been avoided were it not for a poor understanding of the challenges at the DfT.


Christmas cheer at Euston station - Passenger Transport

Two hundred homeless had a free Christmas lunch served by volunteers at London's Euston station on Christmas Day. Steve Naybour, head of transformation at Network Rail, said: "This is a great example of businesses and communities coming together to deliver a great event free of charge." The story was published in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.


Network Rail train station sales surge as it cashes in on last-minute Christmas shopping - City AM

City A.M. has a very positive story about shopping at stations following our press release announcing a boost in retail sales over Christmas because of ‘last minute Christmas shopping.’ Sales grew nine per cent over the period. This supports the trend that railway stations are becoming retail destinations in their own right. 


Nottingham rail station fire causes travel chaos - BBC

A major fire broke out at Nottingham station affecting services in the East Midlands area. The station, run by East Midlands Trains was evacuated and at its peak, 12 fire engines tackled the blaze. No one was injured. The story was widely covered in the media, including the BBC.