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Candfield retires as RIA director general

Candfield retires as RIA director general

19.07.16: Jeremy Candfield is to retire as director general of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) due to health reasons. Candfield, who has held the position since 1998, has not been well for a while with Parkinson’s disease, and he has rel...

Alstom extends Class 180 maintenance contract with Grand Central

Alstom extends Class 180 maintenance contract with Grand Central

13.07.16: Alstom will provide maintenance support for Grand Central’s Class 180 trains for the next 10 years, it has been announced. Under the contract, worth around €100m, Alstom will maintain the Class 180 trains from January 2017 until...

Atkins and CH2M team awarded £1.5m Crossrail 2 modelling contract

Atkins and CH2M team awarded £1.5m Crossrail 2 modelling contract

13.07.16: A £1.5m design and modelling contract for the proposed Crossrail 2 project has been awarded to a partnership between Atkins and CH2M. The partnership will deliver the Stage 1 On-Networks Systems programme for Network Rail, which invol...

HS2 to save £1bn by stopping at Sheffield Midland under new plans

HS2 to save £1bn by stopping at Sheffield Midland under new plans

07.07.16: HS2 will stop at Sheffield Midland instead of Meadowhall under revised proposals for the high-speed rail service’s South Yorkshire route. The route would take a spur along existing track to Sheffield Midland, with the additional optio...

New South Western operator must significantly reduce journey times by 2020

New South Western operator must significantly reduce journey times by 2020

01.07.16: The new South Western franchise will be granted to a bidder who is able to significantly reduce journey times, the DfT has indicated in its newly published invitation to tender, and work to make the Island Line a “self-sustaining business&...

Prof Stephen Glaister to serve another year as ORR chair

Prof Stephen Glaister to serve another year as ORR chair

30.06.16: The interim chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has been reappointed to serve for a second year. Professor Stephen Glaister CBE, a non-executive director of the ORR, was initially appointed as interim chair at the end of last year, r...

Nick Crossfield appointed new Alstom MD for UK and Ireland

Nick Crossfield appointed new Alstom MD for UK and Ireland

28.06.16: Alstom’s managing director of train control has been promoted to its UK and Ireland managing director. Nick Crossfield, who joined Alstom last year, has successfully led the integration of SSL Ltd into Alstom’s UK & Ireland...

Network Rail appoints PwC to review options for depot sales

Network Rail appoints PwC to review options for depot sales

21.06.16: Network Rail has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to advise it on the possibility of selling its light maintenance depots. Network Rail said it has appointed the consultancy firm to overview the depots and discuss when and how would b...

Partners sought to develop ‘breakthrough’ LU track switch prototype

Partners sought to develop ‘breakthrough’ LU track switch prototype

17.06.16: Loughborough University has issued an invitation to tender for a £400,000 contract to help develop a prototype rail track switch on the London Underground. The Repoint switch allows redundant, fail-safe actuation and locking of track...

Eversholt adopts Perpetuum system to monitor Southeastern Class 465s

Eversholt adopts Perpetuum system to monitor Southeastern Class 465s

13.06.16: Perpetuum has been awarded the contract to supply a sensor system for Eversholt Rail to use in monitoring the condition of eight Southeastern trains. The Perpetuum system will be used on eight London Southeastern Class 465 trains while they...

A journey up the Chase Line

A journey up the Chase Line

10.06.16: Sam Evans, Network Rail’s project manager for the Walsall to Rugeley electrification project, updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the scheme and the new technologies being used to deliver it more efficiently. The £90m Chase Line...

GWR finalises Bombardier Electrostar order for Thames Valley

GWR finalises Bombardier Electrostar order for Thames Valley

10.06.16: New Bombardier Class 387 trains will be introduced on the Great Western Railway (GWR) network from September, after the company finalised a deal for 37 new trains replacing most of its current Turbo fleet. Porterbrook Leasing has purchased...

Arriva signs new wi-fi framework with Icomera

Arriva signs new wi-fi framework with Icomera

08.06.16: Arriva has signed a new framework agreement for providing on-board connectivity with wireless Internet providers Icomera. Icomera already provides passenger wi-fi on Arriva’s Chiltern and Grand Central services, as well as 700 Arriva...

Northern announces four new business regions

Northern announces four new business regions

07.06.16: Northern will create four new business regions to oversee the improvements planned following the franchise integration with Arriva, it has announced today. The regions, which go live from 1 July, will be Central, based in Manchester and cov...

TfL seeks new partner for Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy

TfL seeks new partner for Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy

06.06.16: An academy initially opened to meet Crossrail’s skills training needs is now seeking a new partner to carry out its legacy. The new provider at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) will continue to provide tunnel...

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DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

12/12/2018DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

The strategic outline business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which was due to be submitted to the government by the end of this month,... more >
TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

12/12/2018TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

Plans to upgrade major parts of London Underground will be put on hold and Crossrail 2 is now in doubt after TfL has disclosed the extent of its ... more >
Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

12/12/2018Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

Hitachi and Spencer Group have launched a joint bid to win a £500m contract to build new trains and a maintenance depot for the Tyne and We... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >