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Railway bridge mural brightens up Ladywell: Network Rail staff, Bread Collective artists and local residents pose for a picture at the new mural at Ellerdale Street, Ladywell

Railway bridge mural brightens up Ladywell

Friday 31 Mar 2017

A spectacular new mural welcoming people to the Ladywell area of Lewisham has been completed on Friday (31 March) thanks to a partnership involving Network Rail, Lewisham Council and local residents.

South East runs on rail: New figures show the full extent of the rail industry’s contribution to Kent and south east London: London Bridge from above

South East runs on rail: New figures show the full extent of the rail industry’s contribution to Kent and south east London

Thursday 30 Mar 2017
  • Network Rail supports around 39,547 local jobs in the South East and last year £1.94 billion was spent with 646 local businesses
  • Southeastern employs more than 4,000 people and has raised more than £23,000 for local charity the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
  • Improvements being delivered in the South East include: the Thameslink Programme –which is building a new station at London Bridge; a new station building at Strood in Kent; a new platform at Redhill, and better journey times between Ramsgate and Ashford
  • Improvements already delivered since 2014 include a completely new station in Rochester, Kent and new signalling through the Medway Towns
  • £100 million is spent every single week by Network Rail on improving the railway in Britain
‘Once more unto the beach, dear friends!’ Channel swimmers join Network Rail to celebrate reopening of Shakespeare Beach: Dover - Shakespeare Beach

‘Once more unto the beach, dear friends!’ Channel swimmers join Network Rail to celebrate reopening of Shakespeare Beach

Monday 27 Mar 2017

For decades, Channel swimmers have begun their epic journeys towards France from Shakespeare Beach in Dover. Now for the first time since Boxing Day 2015, when a massive storm damaged the sea wall behind the beach and the railway above it, swimmers can return to the shingle shore and enjoy one of Dover’s hidden gems after a new footbridge restored access to the beach.