Awards, contracts & appointments

4,500 visitors at Infrarail 2012

4,500 visitors at Infrarail 2012

01.06.12: Adam Hewitt reports from Infrarail 2012, which had over 4,500 visitors from 36 different countries, as well as 212 exhibitors. Infrarail 2012 pulled in visitors from across the UK and around the world, eager to see the latest innovations in...

Two more HS2 contracts awarded

Two more HS2 contracts awarded

16.05.12: Engineering consultants firm Parsons Brinckerhoff has won two HS2 contracts, under the ‘professional services framework’. The two contract, worth £8m, will see the company working with HS2 Ltd to provide a ‘whole sys...

A booming supply chain

A booming supply chain

02.05.12: Jeremy Candfield, Director General of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), speaks to RTM about the economic situation for rail businesses. Recent surveys by major business groups have suggested that UK manufacturing is bouncing back afte...

Rail terminal contract to handle longest trains in UK

Rail terminal contract to handle longest trains in UK

27.04.12: Balfour Beatty has won a multi-million pound contract to build a new rail terminal capable of handling the longest trains in the UK. DP World’s London Gateway is a new deep sea container port being built on the north bank of theThames...

Free online content: a rail good job

24.04.12: Whilst many websites are opting to charge users to view editorial content, rtmjobs.com has decided to buck the trend by keeping all of its editorial content free to use. The sector leading rail recruitment website, which is produced by the...

New chairman-designate for Network Rail

New chairman-designate for Network Rail

30.03.12: Network Rail has confirmed the appointment of its new chairman-designate, following Rick Haythornthwaite’s decision to step down from the position. Professor Richard Parry-Jones CBE started with the company this week as a non-executiv...

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...

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... more >
Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19/10/2018Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable changes this December, the Rai... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >