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Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

17.07.17: A number of high-profile joint ventures (JVs) have been revealed as the winners of £6.6bn worth of major construction and civil engineering contracts for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham. In March last year, the te...

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

17.07.17: The names of the designers and engineers who are formally in the running to develop detailed plans for three brand new stations and majorly expand London Euston have today been named by HS2 Ltd. The station design contract shortlist, reveal...

WMR reveals key appointments to drive forward new franchise

WMR reveals key appointments to drive forward new franchise

28.06.17: West Midlands Rail (WMR) has revealed two key appointments to help prepare the organisation to oversee the new local franchise, which it will run jointly with DfT from this autumn. Tom Painter is to become WMR’s franchise delivery man...

PwC economist joins Hansford Review panel

PwC economist joins Hansford Review panel

26.04.17: Respected economist Daniel Hanson has today been appointed to the Hansford Review panel. The investigation, being led by Professor Peter Hansford, is examining contestability in the UK rail market and looking into options for third-party in...

Holophane win Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2017

Holophane win Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2017

21.04.17: The acuity brands company Holophane Europe has won one of the UK’s most prestigious business awards. The Milton Keynes-based lighting manufacturer has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its highly innova...

David Tonkin appointed as RIA chairman for second time

David Tonkin appointed as RIA chairman for second time

10.04.17: The Rail Industry Association (RIA) has announced that it has appointed David Tonkin as its new chairman for the second time. The new chairman has held the position before, as he was also selected for the role at the end of 2012. Tonki...

HS2 to scrap and rerun £10m management services contract bid

HS2 to scrap and rerun £10m management services contract bid

07.04.17: HS2 has told companies bidding for its £10m commercial management services contract that the process will be scrapped and rerun, RTM has today learnt. Firms including Arcadis, Mott MacDonald and Turner & Townsend had been competin...

Entries open for UK Rail Industry Awards 2018

Entries open for UK Rail Industry Awards 2018

07.04.17: Entries are now open for the 2018 edition of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA). The event, hosted by RTM, brings together key decision-makers and leaders from across the industry to meet, network and celebrate the achievements of organisations...

TOCs and suppliers come together as RSSB names innovation competition winners

TOCs and suppliers come together as RSSB names innovation competition winners

14.03.17: Six successful projects focused on innovation have been given the green light as part of a £4m RSSB competition, meaning TOCs will now take them forward to the next stage of development. The projects, competing to win a share of the f...

Metrolink director Cushing steps down on high note

Metrolink director Cushing steps down on high note

09.03.17: The head of Manchester’s Metrolink, Peter Cushing, has stepped down from his role in the company, handing over leadership to his deputy Danny Vaughan. The news comes the week after work was completed on Metrolink’s Second City C...

Countdown to Railtex continues

Countdown to Railtex continues

09.03.17: Ken Harris writing on behalf of Mack Brooks Exhibitions gives RTM an update on the preparations ahead of this year’s Railtex, which takes place from 9-11 May at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. With Railtex 2017, the UK&r...

Celebrating innovation and achievement

Celebrating innovation and achievement

09.03.17: The latest instalment of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) proved to be the biggest success in the event’s illustrious history, with more than 1,100 guests gathering to celebrate the industry’s achievements and innovation at London...

South West Trains MD steps down after a year in post

South West Trains MD steps down after a year in post

06.03.17: The managing director of South West Trains (SWT), Christian Roth, is preparing to step down from the role after one year in the position. It also marks the end of a decade-long tenure at the rail operator. Roth joined the company in 2008 ha...

NR appoints new chief operating officer for Wessex route

NR appoints new chief operating officer for Wessex route

23.02.17: Network Rail has appointed Jason Bridges into the new role of chief operating officer for its Wessex route, a line including all routes to and from Waterloo as well as the UK’s busiest interchange, Clapham Junction. Bridges, who will...

ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

20.02.17: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today officially confirmed the appointment of Joanna Whittington as its permanent CEO following an open public competition, effective immediately. Previously, Whittington had been the ORR’s direct...

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Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

28/07/2017Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

Londoners will soon be able to enjoy a unique rail experience – by riding a train going along the disused Mail Rail line. The 6.5-mile... more >
DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

28/07/2017DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Stations Fund, which will serve ... more >
East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

28/07/2017East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

East Midlands Airport has today offered details of a £2.5m deal designed to improve station services as part of the next franchise in the r... more >

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get ... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

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Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

28/07/2017Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

Londoners will soon be able to enjoy a unique rail experience – by riding a train going along the disused Mail Rail line. The 6.5-mile track runs deep under the capital, criss-crossing Tube lines and formerly linking six sorting offices with mainline stations at Liverpool Street and Paddington. At most, the small, electric and drive... more >
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How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >

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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >