Major step forward to The National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham

The National College for High Speed Rail took a significant step forward this week as construction officially began on its two sites in Birmingham and Doncaster. The college will provide the specialist training, skills and qualifications required to build HS2 and future rail projects. The breaking-ground ceremony launched the official start of construction on the […]

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Inside New Street Station & Grand Central

Like anyone else during this week,  I had walked around the New Street Station to see what this £750m investment brought for Birmingham. While the (new) New Street Station was opened to the public last Sunday (September 20), The Grand Central and John Lewis were inaugurated just this Thursday (September 24). The transformation outside and […]

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London Underground launches Night Tube map

London Underground (LU) today launched its official Night Tube map ahead of introducing its first all night Tube services in less than three months’ time. The new map has been designed to show customers clearly which Tube lines and stations will operate 24-hour services from the early hours of 12 September 2015, transforming night time […]

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First fully sustainable underground station in Latin America

Latin America will have the first fully sustainable underground station with photovoltaic panels – which convert sunlight into electricity. The pilot project, a result of a partnership between the Metro-(Distrito Federal) and a Chinese company, will be deployed at Guariroba Station in Ceilândia (Federal District, Brazil). The objective is to minimize environmental impacts caused by […]

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London Underground to host ultimate pop-up cinema

London’s film lovers are to be treated to the ultimate pop-up cinema experience this Spring as classic films including Strangers on a Train, American Werewolf in London and Blade Runner are aired in one of the city’s most evocative settings – Charing Cross disused Underground station. The events, organised by Underground Film Club, will see […]

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The Follo Line project

Currently the largest transport project in Norway, the Follo Line Project will be the country’s largest twin tube rail tunnel. Its construction started in 2014 with completion planned to 2021 and it will compromise around 64 km of new railway tracks. The Follo Line will form the core part of InterCity development southwards from Oslo. The project […]

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The Norwegian National Rail Administration acquires operational responsibility for terminals

The Norwegian National Rail Administration has acquired operational responsibility for freight terminals and continues to invite competitive bidding for the operation. The purchase agreement, signed last week, with RailCombi includes the permanent loading cranes at Alnabru and all other railway infrastructure in terminals in Norway, i.e. all tracks, sleepers and signalling systems. – Whereas terminals […]

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UK Railway stations # 1: Curzon Street Station

Every time I take the train to Birmingham New Street station, I try to appreciate a bit more of Curzon Street Station building itself. This Roman inspiring architecture is one of my favourite Grade I listed buildings in town. It’s magnificent. But I confess it took me a while to realise it also used to be a train […]

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