Awards, contracts & appointments

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...

Network Rail and LU dominate at this year’s UKRIA

Network Rail and LU dominate at this year’s UKRIA

10.02.17: Network Rail and London Underground (LU) dominated this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), taking home three trophies each for their contribution to the railways.  At the event, hosted by RTM, the infrastructure owner won th...

Alex Hynes appointed managing director of ScotRail Alliance

Alex Hynes appointed managing director of ScotRail Alliance

23.01.17: Alex Hynes, the current managing director of Arriva Rail North, is set to be appointed as managing director for ScotRail Alliance and will join the operator later this year. Hynes will be replacing Phil Verster, who last week announced he w...

Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

20.01.17: Phil Verster will be leaving his current position as ScotRail’s managing director, which he has held since 2015, to become the MD of the East West Rail project in the spring. The new East West Rail organisation, announced by the trans...

TfL reveals Barking Riverside Extension shortlist

TfL reveals Barking Riverside Extension shortlist

15.12.16: The contractors being considered to build the London Overground Barking Riverside Extension are down to a shortlist of three. TfL announced that Balfour Beatty, Carillion PLC and VolkerFitzpatrick have been shortlisted for the contract to b...

Cambridgeshire supplier opens doors to rail after RISQS accreditation

Cambridgeshire supplier opens doors to rail after RISQS accreditation

12.12.16: Cambridgeshire-based construction business Mick George Ltd has successfully been accredited on the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) and has announced that its doors are open to nationwide rail tenders. The company, whi...

NIC tasked with infrastructure technology study as fiscal remit set

NIC tasked with infrastructure technology study as fiscal remit set

25.11.16: The chancellor has called on the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to lead a review on how new technologies can improve infrastructure productivity, while also setting the future fiscal remit for the commission. During his Autumn Sta...

Network Rail appoints new contracts and procurement director

Network Rail appoints new contracts and procurement director

22.11.16: Network Rail has announced that Andy Haynes has been appointed as its new contracts and procurement director. Haynes has extensive experience in working for Network Rail, having most recently worked as project director on Network Rail&rsquo...

Keen industry response to Railtex 2017

Keen industry response to Railtex 2017

22.11.16: Kirsten Whitehouse, exhibition manager at Mack Brooks Exhibitions, provides a round-up of what is on offer at the thirteenth edition of Railtex. The countdown is well underway for Railtex, the UK’s major exhibition of railway products...

RSSB appoints new chief executive officer

RSSB appoints new chief executive officer

14.11.16: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has appointed Mark Phillips as Chief Executive Officer with the appointment taking effect today (14 November). Phillips joined RSSB in February of last year as director of research and standards an...

ORR appoints new director of railway performance and planning

ORR appoints new director of railway performance and planning

08.11.16: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has announced the appointment of a new director of railway performance and planning. Graham Richards will take over the role permanently, having previously been deputy director. He then acted as interim dir...

Siemens awarded contract for Heathrow rail link software upgrade

Siemens awarded contract for Heathrow rail link software upgrade

07.11.16: Siemens will provide the software platform central to upgrading the Heathrow rail Tunnel Control System (TCS) under a new contract announced today. In partnership with Firstco, Siemens will install the WinCC OA SCADA, replacing the current...

Ricardo consortium picked to install LU track switch prototype

Ricardo consortium picked to install LU track switch prototype

28.10.16: A consortium led by Ricardo Rail has been chosen to develop the first installation of the new track switch Repoint, developed by Loughborough University. The consortium, which includes Progress Rail, DEG Signal and MPEC Technology, will now...

Costain replaces Carillion as Network Rail’s top supplier

Costain replaces Carillion as Network Rail’s top supplier

21.10.16: Costain Ltd topped Network Rail’s list of suppliers for 2015-16, with infrastructure contracts worth £377m, making up 5.17% of Network Rail’s total spending. Carillion Construction, another infrastructure contractor, which...

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Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

24/02/2017Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

ORR has this week published its UK rail industry financial information 2015-16, which has revealed the expenditure and income sources of the whol... more >
RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

24/02/2017RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

Rail union RMT has called for urgent talks to be resumed with Southern in a bid to bring its long running dispute about guards on trains to an en... more >
Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

24/02/2017Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

The impact of yesterday’s Storm Doris has been felt on rail services across the country, as passengers saw major disruption and commuters f... more >

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pag... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers w... more > more last word articles >

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Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

03/02/2017Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

Southern’s annual season ticket holders have been reminded that they are entitled to claim compensation due to the franchise’s poor performance over the 2016-17 financial year. Last year, the DfT promised that Southern season ticket holders would be able to claim the equivalent of a month’s worth of fares in compensation... more >
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The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01/02/2017The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s &lsqu... more >
Digital railway maintenance

01/02/2017Digital railway maintenance

Tim Flower, head of maintenance at Network Rail, explains how the infrastructure owner is adopting a new approach for condition monitoring to max... more >
Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01/02/2017Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country&r... more >
A better railway depends on harnessing technology

27/01/2017A better railway depends on harnessing technology

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), argues that we must change the status quo and invest in technology if we are to c... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >