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Footbridge proposed where 13-year-old killed

Plans for a new footbridge over a level crossing where a 13-year-old was killed have been submitted by Network Rail.

An open day is being held at St Marks Church today in Bestwood, so people can see the proposal and talk to Network Rail staff.

The latest victim was 13-year-old Lindsey Inger who was hit by a tram last November.

A computer generated image of the proposed footbridge at Bestwood Credit: Network Rail

Man jailed for cable theft

A man from Birmingham, who stole cable and caused delays to thousands of passengers, including Great Britain's Olympic football team has been jailed for 18 months.

George Bogden Ilie, 20, targeted the East Coast mainline near to Great Ponton in Grantham on Tuesday 17th July.

On Wednesday 6th March 2013, Birmingham Crown Court heard that Ilie cut through signalling cable in an attempt to steal it, bringing the line and thousands of passengers travelling on it to a standstill.

Ilie didn't manage to get away with any cable, but his attempts resulted in several hours of delays and it cost Network Rail over £139,000.

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Network Rail: HS2 a 'game-changer' for rail travel

Network Rail has called the government's announcement of the HS2 extension a "game-changer" for Britain's railway network. Chief executive David Higgins said:

Unprecedented growth in the last ten years has seen passenger journeys grow by 50 per cent to almost 1.5bn a year and that number is set to continue to grow. More people use the railways today than at any time since the Second World War, on a network half the size it was then ...

This is a rare chance to stop playing catch-up on capacity.

– David Higgins, chief executive, network rail

He added that Network Rail was already planning to ensure that HS2 would integrate with the existing network with as little disruption as possible.

Major rail upgrades full report: East Midlands

Network Rail has announced major plans to upgrade the network across the East Midlands. From 2014 millions of pounds are to be spent on rail infrastructure including electrification of the Midland Main Line between London and Derbyshire.

The aim is to improve the reliability and frequency of the trains. But some commuters are worried they'll end up footing the bill.

Passenger Focus welcome electrification of trains

Network Rail has revealed plans for improvements to the network across the Midlands.

Over five years, starting from next year, it'll spend hundreds of millions of pounds.

There's plans to electrify the line between Coventry and Leamington to make the service more efficient and give greater accessibility to Birmingham Airport. A move welcomed by Chief Executive of Passenger Focus, Anthony Smith.

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Why the train improvements are so important

Plans for improvements to the network across the Midlands have been announced by Network Rail.

It will spend hundreds of millions of pounds over the next 5 years.

The company says it will greatly improve the service but some think commuters will be left to bare the brunt of the cost.

In Derby the line is being remodelled allowing an increase in capacity, and electrification of the Midland Mainline will allow faster and more reliable trains to run on the route, that alone is costing over half a billion pounds..

East Midlands rail investment

Network Rail has announced millions of pounds of investment to electrify the rail line from London to the East Midlands.

George Cowcher from the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce says the best infrastructure possible, which is fast and green, is important to compete with businesses along the West Coast Main Line and will make the Midlands seem like a natural extension of the prosperous South East.

50 new jobs at Network Rail in Derby

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Network Rail Credit: PA Pictures

50 new electrification maintenance specialist roles are to be created in Derby, if plans for a maintenance centre of excellence get the go-ahead.

Plans have been re-submitted now they have been updated.

Network Rail want to build the centre to accomodate the team that they say is required to support the electrification of the Midland Main Line.

400 maintenance staff from existing offices and sub-depots across the East Midlands will also be put into the centre.

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