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Fone-Alarm Installations announce Network Rail type approval of telephone concen-trator

01.10.07: FAI has recently completed its first major order to supply Hawk Concentrator units. The Hawk is a compact, easily installed, and competitively priced concentrator that ranges from 4 lines to 60 lines with a single MMI panel, which can be either...

EAO makes TOCs tick

03.04.07: How refurbishment projects can reduce the performance pressures on train operators. It’s no surprise that Train Operating Companies are looking all the way down the supply chain to maximise reliability. The growing pressures of provid...

Powerful new 3M support for Community Rail partnerships

03.04.07: Providing a sustainable future for rural rail networks is at the heart of all Community Rail initiatives. In partnership with local authorities, train operators can achieve key Government objectives relating to the environment, economic developm...

Ashwood pumping station emergency work

01.01.07: It was August, and three failures due to turbidity had occurred at Ashwood, forcing emergency action to be taken. The turbidity was due to iron, but there was no iron in the boreholes or the contact tank they supplied. This meant that the s...

Does China have all the answers?

01.01.07: We live in an age of just in time deliveries. Whether it is in business or our personal lives, we must have it now with improved quality and performance. And looming ever larger is the China effect. Over the last five to ten years, Chinese...

Fibertex - approved geotextiles for line specification NR-SP-TRK-010

01.01.07: Correct design and maintenance of embankments and drainage systems is vital if the effects of increased rainfall and changes to soil conditions are to be minimised. Network Rail approved Fibertex geotextiles used under ballast in track work...

Introducing Fireraiser, a new addition to the Fike family

01.01.07: Fike Protection Systems Limited are pleased to announce the launch of the new Fireraser small space fire suppression system for critical risks. The Fireraser is the latest addition to their family of gaseous fixed fire suppression systems such a...

Network Rail's Newtown Abbott depot upgraded

01.01.07: The existing access road to Network Rail’s Depot at Newton Abbott has been upgraded using an environmental solution. Rather than resorting to macadam paving the Grasscrete system was instead selected to provide a self-draining and aestheti...

Omega on track with earthing and lightning protection

01.01.07: Omega Red is the UK market leader in earthing and lightning protection and has become a leading player in its niche in the rail industry through a combination of expertise, resources and a proven track record. The company operates through a...

Power supplies and the rail industry

01.01.07: Power supplies are one of the single most expensive components in an electronics assembly yet they are often selected against vague specifications or with little evaluation. It is essential for the potential user to develop a thorough criti...

Power4 providing specialist services for the rail industry

01.01.07: Power4 is a specialist provider of power and lighting equipment to the rail industry and has been working with major rail contractors including Network Rail, Amey Rail, Jarvis Rail, Railway Electrical Services, McNicholas Rail and Balfour Beatty...

tutoProm® - surface protection against graffiti

01.01.07: One man’s art is another man’s graffiti. It has become a serious challenge to remove all traces of such unsightliness, particularly when it is made with chemically aggressive paints, opaque bitumen coatings and with added corrosive b...

What goes up, must come down

01.01.07: With over one billion passengers travelling on the UK railways each year, reliability and cost control are at the top of the agenda. And it’s not just up to Network Rail and the train operating companies to make this a priority. The challe...

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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 >
Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

19/06/2018Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

The transport secretary is under fire in parliament today as Labour looks to draft a motion of no confidence in the Commons. The party is us... 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 >