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 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 13 April, 2018


Network Rail open to suggestions about its standards – New Civil Engineer

Yesterday, we issued news that we’re encouraging contractors, suppliers and stakeholders to propose changes to our ‘standards’ – the detailed requirements that underpin how the railway and the delivery of improvement projects are run. Our press release also showed how we’ve already updated and streamlined 400 of these standards to reduce complexity and cost, and to encourage innovation. Trade publications are already covering the news, including New Civil Engineer.


Redeveloping Gatwick Airport station – City AM

Network Rail is working with Gatwick Airport Ltd, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport on redeveloping Gatwick Airport station to transform passenger experience and boost the local, regional and national economy. City AM reports the news.


New management for Clapham Junction and Guildford stations – City AM

City AM picks up on the news that Network Rail has taken over Clapham Junction and Guildford stations with a view to delivering significant redevelopment and cutting congestion.

Managing both stations will allow us to deliver significant benefits to the railway, station users and surrounding communities.

David Biggs, managing director of Network Rail Property

Our stations


Track maintenance contract – Evening Standard

The Evening Standard reports that Balfour Beatty has won a seven-year contract worth £115m to supply track maintenance machines to Network Rail. It will be responsible for delivering tamping shifts on the busiest parts of the railway, over routes in Anglia and the South East.

Tampers and track renewal


Rail industry awards handed back - Times

The Times reported that Network Rail and Chiltern Railways have handed back the accolades won at the recent UK Rail Industry Awards amid concerns over the “entertainment” on the night, which included a mock terrorist attack and sexist language. Ray Rowlands, managing director of the event, has apologised. The Mail Online, Evening Standard and the Sun picked up the story on Sunday.


And finally…

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