Network Rail has issued its most comprehensive apology yet for its failure to make level crossings as safe as possible. The company was rebuked by a judge in January who said that the directors should ‘pay much greater attention to their duties’. Now Network Rail is under fresh fire from the Commons Transport Committee, which has issued a withering assessment of Network Rail’s record.
Dawlish restoration now set for early April
Network Rail has brought forward the date of reopening the severed main line at Dawlish by almost two weeks, to 4 April. But one of the company's route managing directors has warned that there is still 'a great deal of work' to be done elsewhere.
A plan to give millions of people in central England direct access to HS2 and Birmingham Airport by reconstructing a railway that last carried passengers 97 years ago has been unveiled. The proposal is being made by Railnews editorial director Alan Marshall and specialist quantity surveyor Michael Byng, who both live in Warwickshire near the route of the former 11.7km Stonebridge Railway, which used to run from a junction near the present-day Coleshill Parkway station roughly south to another junction between Birmingham International and Hampton-in-Arden.
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