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NR’s new chair announced alongside governance reform

NR’s new chair announced alongside governance reform

09.03.12: Professor Richard Parry-Jones is to take up the role of chairman of Network Rail when Rick Haythornthwaite steps down. Professor Parry-Jones worked for Ford for 38 years, rising to become group vice president in charge of global product dev...

RTM to sponsor Infrarail Awards

RTM to sponsor Infrarail Awards

09.03.12: The Infrarail Awards team are very pleased to announce that the Headline Sponsor for the Infrarail Awards has now been confirmed – welcome Rail Technology Magazine! 2012 is a very busy year indeed, with the Olympic Games, the Queen&rs...

Plaudits at engineering awards for King’s Cross project

Plaudits at engineering awards for King’s Cross project

06.03.12: The King’s Cross western concourse redevelopment – which opens to the public this month – narrowly missed out on the top trophy at the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards 2012, but still walked away with honours. Although...

Maintaining the IEP fleet

Maintaining the IEP fleet

01.01.12: Hitachi’s proposed rail maintenance depot for Stoke Gifford has met some local opposition, but could create up to 170 permanent jobs in the area. Kate Ashley reports. Hitachi Rail Europe is in the process of planning a new rail mainte...

NAO could investigate Thameslink deal

16.12.11: The National Audit Office should step in and investigate the Government’s decision to award the Thameslink rolling stock contract to Siemens over Bombardier, according to MPs on the Transport Select Committee. The NAO is considering t...

Proposals to change Scottish rail services

18.11.11: Passengers could be banned from drinking on Scottish trains under proposals from Transport Scotland’s Rail 2014 consultation. However, there has been criticism over recommendations to cut certain services. The consultation is exa...

Electrification opens up more Scotland – NW England services

11.03.11: Direct and frequent trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow to Liverpool and Manchester could be reintroduced thanks to the electrification project in the North West of England. The new services would re-establish a link cut in 2002, with Network...

Putting local real ale on the right tracks

08.05.09: A new Yorkshire real ale has been launched to celebrate the Penistone Line, one of the country’s most famous railway lines. The 37 mile long Penistone Line runs through picturesque scenery between Huddersfield and Sheffield. The Penis...

First Merseyrail Trials for Intelligent Wheel Flange Lubrication System on Network Rail Track

06.03.09: The first live trials of Intelligent Wheel Flange Lubrication (iWFL) on a Merseyrail 507 electric multiple unit will begin in March. The iWFL system has been developed by rail systems specialist Rowe Hankins of Bury. The trial was prompted...

Network Rail approval for TIPS printing system

20.11.08: HellermannTyton has been given the seal of approval from Network Rail for its thermal identification printing system (TIPS) product range. The TIPS system, appropriate markers (TIPTAGS) and printer ribbons have been awarded parts and docume...

Rail Door Solutions awarded RISAS certification

20.11.08: Rail Safety and Standards Board has announced that Halcrow Group Limited has approved Rail Door Solutions for door maintenance services under the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS). RISAS is a cross-industry scheme which prov...

Rail Door Solutions awarded RISAS certification

20.11.08: Rail Safety and Standards Board has announced that Halcrow Group Limited has approved Rail Door Solutions for door maintenance services under the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS). RISAS is a cross-industry scheme which prov...

Battery-powered wireless sensor from SPPS remotely monitors movement

16.07.08: SP Property Services (SPPS), one of the largest independent suppliers of crack and level monitoring services in the UK, now offers a battery-powered wireless sensor that remotely monitors movement of any structure. Already well-established...

For speed of application and quick turnaround, Zipcoat has it covered

16.07.08: Zipcoat from Corrocoat is a single coat, fast cure product which is already revolutionising the coating of steel structures across the globe. For many years, multi-coat systems (mainly epoxy-based) have been specified to protect steel bridg...

Avoiding the trap

13.11.07: For decades, the insertion of site workers hands inside the splices of heavy suspended rebar pile cages for the fitment of U bolts (“bulldogs”) has been common practice. Whilst the lower rebar cage may be securely attached to the pil...

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Five injured in Tube explosion

20/06/2018Five injured in Tube explosion

Five people have been injured in an explosion at a north London Underground station. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed that police we... more >
Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... 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 >