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, 7 September 2018

Digital Railway

The Independent, and The Metro reported Network Rail was seeking a tech partner for a £1.8bn deal to bring digital signalling to the East Coast Mainline. The initiative will allow trains to run at 140 miles per hour.

New dimensions

International Railway Journal, New Civil Engineer, Global Railway Review and Rail Technology Magazine covered our use of a 3D scan system for railway infrastructure modelling in Scotland for the first time. Graham Hutchison, an absolute track geometry engineer at Network Rail, said: “Three dimensional scanning provides more detailed information in a shorter time which reduces the need to be on the track; making it safer as well as more efficient. This system is ideally suited to tunnel surveys where irregular construction can make it difficult to locate the main pinch points.”


Derby upgrade

Derbyshire Live covered Network Rail time-lapse footage of the latest stage of Derby station’s biggest upgrade since the Victorian era. Derbyshire Live said the video showed 10,000 tonnes of material removed from the station’s platforms, which was then reconstructed in a straighter formation before the installation of new track.

And finally…

See what we’ve been up to this week in our Week on the Network video. Catch up on past and future episodes on our YouTube channel.