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Battery-powered train wins industry award for innovation

The new train contributes to Network Rail’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact, improve sustainability and reduce the cost of running the railway by 20 per cent over the next five years. It could ultimately lead to a fleet of battery-powered trains running on Britain’s rail network which are quieter and more efficient than diesel-powered trains, making them better for passengers and the environment. Network Rail and its industry partners – including Bombardier, Abellio Greater Anglia, FutureRailway and the Rail Executive arm of the Department for Transport (which is co-funding the project) – recognise the potential for battery-powered trains to bridge gaps between electrified parts of the network and to run on branch lines where it would be too expensive to install overhead electrification.

Tuesday 30 Jun 2015

Last Friday (26/6), the first battery-powered train to run on Britain’s rail network in more than half a century was recognised with its first industry award, picking up the prize for best “cross industry project” at the 2015 Railway Industry Innovation Awards hosted by Modern Railways at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, London.

Media briefing: How Network Rail 'battles the buckle' during hot weather

Media briefing: How Network Rail 'battles the buckle' during hot weather

Tuesday 30 Jun 2015

With extremely hot temperatures forecast this week Network Rail explains how they and train operators minimise the risk of disruption to passengers during hot weather.

Latest regional news

From the British Army to Network Rail’s Orange Army

Andy Wheeler-2

Friday 26 Jun 2015

To celebrate Armed Forces Day, Network Rail has been talking to one of its military veterans about switching from the British Army to the Network Rail’s Orange Army of engineers.

Apprentices join the front line in the West Midlands and north west of England to deliver £38bn railway upgrade plan

Matt Grace

Wednesday 24 Jun 2015

A total of 41 new apprentices have joined railway maintenance teams in depots across the West Midlands and north west of England to start their on-the-job training after successfully completing their first year of the award-winning Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme.

Apprentices join the front line in the East Midlands to deliver £38bn railway upgrade plan

Nichola Wright-2

Wednesday 24 Jun 2015

A total of 37 new apprentices have joined railway maintenance teams in the North East, East Midlands and South East to start their on-the-job training after successfully completing their first year of the award-winning Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme.

Apprentice joins the team at London Bridge Station

Omar Bingham

Wednesday 24 Jun 2015

A total of 19 new apprentices have joined railway maintenance teams in the south east of England to start their on-the-job training after successfully completing their first year of the award-winning Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme.