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First Elizabeth Line train on track to enter service in May

28/04/2017First Elizabeth Line train on track to enter service in May

Howard Smith, TfL’s operations director for the Elizabeth Line, on what the future looks like for London’s new east-west rail route as the first train readies to enter service in May ... more >
DfT to introduce new risk transfer mechanism on selected franchises

26/04/2017DfT to introduce new risk transfer mechanism on selected franchises

The government has claimed that plans to introduce a new risk transfer mechanism, the Forecast Revenue Mechanism (FRM), on selected franchises will help ensure that franchising remains attractive... more >
Virgin and Stagecoach join with SNCF on HS2 WCP franchise bid

25/04/2017Virgin and Stagecoach join with SNCF on HS2 WCP franchise bid

Operators Virgin Trains and Stagecoach have today announced that they will launch a joint bid for the West Coast Partnership (WCP) HS2 franchise alongside state-owned French rail company SNCF. ... more >
RMT returns to picket line on Northern

28/04/2017RMT returns to picket line on Northern

Members of the RMT union have returned to the... more >
Transport Focus releases updates on future research

28/04/2017Transport Focus releases updates on future research

Transport Focus has today released its Transp... more >
RSSB publishes ‘technology roadmap’ to increase capacity on railway

28/04/2017RSSB publishes ‘technology roadmap’ to increase capacity on railway

A new strategy designed to increase the capac... more >
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Royal Assent: a huge step forward

28/04/2017Royal Assent: a huge step forward

Jim Steer, director of Greengauge 21, reflects on the first phase of HS2 receiving Royal Assent and what challenges lie ahead.  The powers to build the first phase of HS2 – linkin... more >
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Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

23/03/2017Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

Justin Stenner,... more >
The case for rail integration

23/03/2017The case for rail integration

Jeremy Long, CE... more >
Getting fire testing standards right

23/03/2017Getting fire testing standards right

Richard Nowell,... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

Source: RTM Oct/Nov 16
RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ ... more >
Tackling regulation at its routes

24/01/2017Tackling regulation at its routes

Source: RTM Dec/Jan 17
John Larkinson, the ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, ... more >
Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Source: RTM Oct/Nov 16
Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s... more >
Maintaining the safety momentum

12/09/2016Maintaining the safety momentum

Source: RTM Aug/Sep 16
Britain’s railways are currently the safest they have ever been, but ... more >

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08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s event, we have a special section that starts on... read more >

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive about the future of skills. Those of a particula... more > more last word articles >