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Former Amtrak president appointed chair of Network Rail Consulting’s American branch

Former Amtrak president appointed chair of Network Rail Consulting’s American branch

22.03.16: Network Rail Consulting has announced the appointment of a former Amtrak president and chief executive as chair of its North American business. Thomas Downs will join the body, which acts as an international ambassador for the British railw...

Arriva to land £1.5bn contract to deliver London Overground services

Arriva to land £1.5bn contract to deliver London Overground services

18.03.16: Transport for London (TfL) has named Arriva as its preferred bidder to take over the £1.5bn London Overground contract later this year. The train company will deliver a variety of services, including rolling stock and station improvem...

Women in community rail – on track to change

Women in community rail – on track to change

17.03.16: Sally Buttifant, Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership Officer, explains how a Women in Community Rail group could be a positive way of promoting community rail, sharing good practice and reaching out to young people. Community rail is ab...

Vix and ACT take over Metrolink smart ticketing contract

Vix and ACT take over Metrolink smart ticketing contract

11.03.16: Manchester’s smart ticketing scheme has been awarded to two new contractors after the initial contract with Atos fell apart last year. Applied Card Technologies (ACT) and Vix Technologies will now carry out smart ticketing services fo...

Swiss-Italian consortium awarded £200m Glasgow subway trains deal

Swiss-Italian consortium awarded £200m Glasgow subway trains deal

07.03.16: New Glasgow subway trains have been unveiled as part of a £200m contract awarded to the Stadler Bussnang AG/Ansaldo STS Consortium by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). The trains, which can run driverless, are designed to a...

DfT offers £1m to heritage railways for tourism ideas

DfT offers £1m to heritage railways for tourism ideas

02.03.16: A £1m fund is up for grabs for the best ideas from rail operators, particularly heritage and community railways, to encourage tourists to use Britain’s railways. The Department for Transport competition is offering the winning o...

ORR approves RVEL to become new non-passenger train operator

ORR approves RVEL to become new non-passenger train operator

17.02.16: A new train operator has received permission from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) to operate non-passenger services between Derby and Old Dalby. Railway traction and rolling stock specialists Railway Vehicle Engineering Limited (RVEL) wil...

Ansaldo STS and Linbrooke win £34.5m Ferriby-Gilberdyke resignalling project

Ansaldo STS and Linbrooke win £34.5m Ferriby-Gilberdyke resignalling project

12.02.16: A £34.5m resignalling contract for the seven main stations on the 56km of railway between Ferriby and Gilberdyke in the East Riding of Yorkshire has been awarded to Ansaldo STS and Linbrooke Services Ltd. Linbrooke received the £...

Rail leaders celebrate industry success at UKRIA

Rail leaders celebrate industry success at UKRIA

12.02.16: Mace and Metrolink RATP Dev have taken home two of the biggest accolades at the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), hosted by RTM. Consultancy and construction firm Mace bagged the Outstanding Project (Large) award for its mammoth redevelopmen...

UKRIA raises over £30,000 for ChildLine

UKRIA raises over £30,000 for ChildLine

12.02.16: Guests at this year's UK Rail Industry Awards raised a staggering £30,000 for the event's chosen charity, ChildLine. Following a rousing speech by the charity's founder, Dame Esther Rantzen, the 1,100-strong audience dug deep to...

Alstom finance boss replaces Butcher as Network Rail CFO

Alstom finance boss replaces Butcher as Network Rail CFO

09.02.16: Alstom Transport’s senior vice president of finance in France, Jeremy Westlake, will take up the top financial role in Network Rail after Patrick Butcher’s announcement that he is leaving the position to take up the same role at Go-A...

Atkins welcomes new Strategic Rail market director

Atkins welcomes new Strategic Rail market director

08.02.16: Atkins has appointed David Brewer as its new director for the strategic rail market. In his new job at the design, engineering and project management consultancy, Brewer will lead the strategic rail client team in delivering a portfolio of...

French high-speed expert made HS2 lead in Align JV

French high-speed expert made HS2 lead in Align JV

26.01.16: One of the men behind the major high-speed line currently being built in southern France, Jérôme Furgé, has been appointed director of Align, a joint venture bidding to win HS2 enabling contracts worth £900m. Furg&...

Balfour Beatty international rail MD to lead HS2 civils JV

Balfour Beatty international rail MD to lead HS2 civils JV

19.01.16: Balfour Beatty’s international managing director for rail, Peter Anderson, will lead the company’s HS2 joint venture with Vinci in the race to win a share of the £900m civils enabling works contracts. The long-established...

SWT boss to lead entire Stagecoach rail division

SWT boss to lead entire Stagecoach rail division

19.01.16: The current boss of South West Trains (SWT) will step up to the role of managing director of Stagecoach Group’s entire rail division, including East Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains East Coast and the Supertram network in Sheffield. Tim...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities a... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region’s rail companies, s... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key routes as “not reall... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >