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HS2 timetable for phase 1 ‘unrealistic’ and ‘behind schedule’

28/06/2016HS2 timetable for phase 1 ‘unrealistic’ and ‘behind schedule’

HS2 is already behind schedule and could fail to deliver phase 1 by the 2026 target date, with problems including uncertainty about financing, lack of staff and the need for further analysis, the... more >
Major rail projects ‘more crucial than ever’ to UK’s success post-Brexit

24/06/2016Major rail projects ‘more crucial than ever’ to UK’s success post-Brexit

Major rail projects like HS2, Crossrail 2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, and the continued renewal of the network will be “vitally important” to the country’s ability to compete on ... more >
West Midlands franchise bid down to two companies as MTR withdraws

23/06/2016West Midlands franchise bid down to two companies as MTR withdraws

MTR Corporation West Midlands has unexpectedly withdrawn its bid to take over the West Midlands rail franchise. The company, a subsidiary of the Hong-Kong based MTR, was among three shortlis... more >
Darwin expanded to replace TOC and NR customer information systems

29/06/2016Darwin expanded to replace TOC and NR customer information systems

The rail industry’s central train runni... more >
BAE Systems helps deliver first industry architecture for Digital Railway

29/06/2016BAE Systems helps deliver first industry architecture for Digital Railway

The Digital Railway team has worked with BAE ... more >
West Coast Railway fined £200,000 over Wootton Bassett SPAD

29/06/2016West Coast Railway fined £200,000 over Wootton Bassett SPAD

West Coast Railway Company Limited (WCRC) has... more >
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Long-term strategy needed to tackle gender imbalance in engineering

23/06/2016Long-term strategy needed to tackle gender imbalance in engineering

Guest blog to mark National Women in Engineering Day by Melanie Maldonado, principal project manager for Rail London, AECOM.  It was my mum who suggested a career in engineering to me. ... more >
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01/02/2016A new direction of travel

The much-anticipated Shaw Report had not been published when RTM went to press, but the potential direction of travel for Network Rail’s future had been widely reported, with the infrastructure owner looking at options to sell off stations and electrical power assets.  Since Network Rail’s reclassification as a public sector body in 2014, it hasn’t been plain sailing for the organisation, especially with major works being pushed from CP5 into CP6 following the... read more >

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Shaw report recommendations need quick implementation

Shaw report recommendations need quick implementation

Adrian Shaw, senior vice-president of global programme management and rail sector head, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at Aecom, reflects on the Shaw Report’s recommendations and the need for changes to be adopted quickly. Nico... more > more last word articles >