Network Rail said a major cable fire on Kilburn railway viaduct is going to impact services between Birmingham and London Marylebone today.Read the full story ›
Network Rail have released a statement after a train derailed this morning, causing delays for commuters using London Midland trains.
A spokesperson said:
At 7am this morning, a train hit a landslip, caused by torrential rain, resulting in a small section of the train to leave the tracks a few miles north of Watford.
The train remained upright and there are no reported passenger injuries. Our engineers are on site and train services are now running through the area but it will be some time before a normal timetable resumes.
Our priority is to reopen the railway as soon as it is safe to do so. A full investigation into what happened will take place.
Train services are planned to run as normal today after strike action was called off last week.
Unions suspended a 24-hour walkout after Network Rail tabled a new pay offer.
Members are being consulted over the new offer.
Crowd control measures will be in force at Birmingham New Street Station again this weekend, after 100,000 more people than usual passed through the station last Saturday.
People reacted on social media last week that the concourse was overcrowded, and one person complained his 5 year old son had been injured.
@networkrailbhm never mind the footfall; children and pregnant mums were getting crushed at the bottom of your escalators today.
@networkrailbhm this was while your crowd management staff were around. It was dangerous and my 5yo got injured.
Network Rail said however they had received no formal complaints, and insisted the measures put in place were completely safe.
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and the Black Friday shopping weekend were two of the reasons cited for it being unusually busy last weekend.
British Transport Police, along with Samaritan volunteers, are holding a conference in Coventry today to talk about what more can be done to reduce the number of preventable suicides on railways.
Official figures show there have already been 279 suicides or suspected suicides on the rail network this year.
Network Rail is undertaking a series of trials, including installing calming blue lights on platforms. Sensors will also be added near the platform edges which will be triggered when someone gets too close.
Seven thousand rail workers are being trained by the Samaritans to try to reduced the number of suicides on the railways.
The charity is coaching staff from companies across the region to people who they may find distressed along rail routes.
If you need to contact the Samaritans - the number is 08457 90 90 90.
Work on the new railway footbridge in Lincoln's Brayford Wharf East is expected to get underway in September.
Following months of delays Network Rail say they are ready to begin work on the new bridge over the crossing.
The Midlands will benefit from a £600 million transformation of Birmingham New Street as part of plans by Network Rail which begin today to improve rail services across the country.
The redevelopment aims to transform New Street in to one of Britain's flagship stations.
Birmingham New Street will see a new concourse which will be three and a half times bigger than at present and a large atrium will filter natural light throughout the station.
The station will also have links to the new Grand Central shopping centre which will provide over 40 new shops, including John Lewis, and 20 restaurants and cafes.
The approach to and from New Street will also be resignalled to provide a more reliable and efficient railway meaning fewer delays.
The Midlands are to benefit from over £6bn worth of rail improvements in the area.Read the full story ›
Network Rail offers a 'full and unreserved apology' as a report published today says nine level crossing deaths 'could have been averted'.Read the full story ›