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RDG appoints Graham Smith as director-general

RDG appoints Graham Smith as director-general

20.02.13: Graham Smith has been appointed the director-general of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). The announcement came as the group was formalised as a company limited by guarantee on February 18. FirstGroup’s Tim O’Toole has been appoint...

Technical specifications for IEP published

Technical specifications for IEP published

20.02.13: The Government has published the technical specification and contracts for the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) with Hitachi’s Agility Trains consortium. The £4.5bn deal was finalised last July and the new trains will replace t...

Howard Smith joining Crossrail from TfL London Rail

Howard Smith joining Crossrail from TfL London Rail

18.02.13: Howard Smith, chief operating officer at TfL London Rail and a member of RTM’s editorial board, is to join Crossrail next month as its new operations director. Smith – widely credited as a driving force behind the success of the...

UK operator to run two German regional rail services

UK operator to run two German regional rail services

08.02.13: National Express has won two contracts to run regional rail services in Germany, in a first for a UK transport company. The services will cover the North Rhine-Westphalia area and will run for 15 years from December 2015. The contract is ex...

TfGM appoints new Metrolink director

TfGM appoints new Metrolink director

29.01.13: Peter Cushing has been appointed as the new Metrolink Director, TfGM has announced. Cushing will succeed Philip Purdy, who is returning to Australia for family reasons, from February 4. Cushing’s was operations director at Centra...

LOROL appoints Peter Austin as MD

LOROL appoints Peter Austin as MD

23.01.13: Peter Austin has been appointed managing director of London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL), its joint shareholders Arriva and MTR have announced. Austin is currently finance director and begins his new role with immediate effect...

Edinburgh Tram project contracts Parkeon Transit

Edinburgh Tram project contracts Parkeon Transit

16.01.13: Parkeon Transit has been awarded a contract to provide ticketing for the Edinburgh Tram project, as part of the overall £742m budget. The contract includes the supply and maintenance of Galexio-Plus ticket machines, Axio platform vali...

EDF Energy to supply electricity to Network Rail

EDF Energy to supply electricity to Network Rail

11.01.13: Network Rail has awarded EDF Energy a ten-year contract for the supply of electricity to power the rail network. EDF Energy will supply around 3.2TWh of electricity a year, and has pledged to ensure 100% of it is ‘matched’ by lo...

A call to fully engage

A call to fully engage

01.01.13: Annette Gevaert, director, rail and transport at Achilles, explains more about Link-up Engage. In spring 2013 Achilles Link-up, the UK rail industry’s supplier registration and qualifi cation scheme, will make an important transition...

Engaging the Tier 2s

Engaging the Tier 2s

01.01.13: Network Rail held the latest in its series of conferences with key players in the supply chain on December 7 at its Westwood centre in Coventry. The Tier 2 Supplier Conference explored a number of burning issues, including the Fair Payment Chart...

Hitachi announces TRE acquisition

Hitachi announces TRE acquisition

20.12.12: Hitachi Europe Ltd has bought The Railway Engineering Company Ltd (TRE) in a £25.5m deal expected to be completed by the end of the month. TRE supplies traffic operators’ training and assessment simulators, as well as automatic...

Commercial close on Thameslink deal expected this week

Commercial close on Thameslink deal expected this week

17.12.12: Any remaining chances of Bombardier winning the £1.4bn Thameslink rolling stock contract back from Siemens have taken a knock, as the German company and the DfT prepare to reach commercial close, probably this week. In October, the De...

Borders Railway contract awarded to Bam Nuttall

Borders Railway contract awarded to Bam Nuttall

13.12.12: Bam Nuttall has been awarded a £220m contract for the design and construction of the Borders Railway. Network Rail is delivering the project on behalf of the Scottish Government, and it is due to open in 2015. The project will re-esta...

David Tonkin named RIA chairman

David Tonkin named RIA chairman

30.11.12: David Tonkin has been appointed the chairman for the Railway Industry Association (RIA). He will lead the organisation’s council, formed of senior representatives of member companies, and direct the activities of the association. ...

Siemens buys Invensys rail division for £1.74bn

Siemens buys Invensys rail division for £1.74bn

29.11.12: Invensys has sold its rail business to its competitor Siemens for £1.74bn. The shock sale came after a failed takeover earlier this year by Emerson Electric. Siemens and Invensys have been working together recently to provide signalli...

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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 >