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Crossrail communications contract goes to Siemens

Crossrail communications contract goes to Siemens

19.03.13: Siemens has been awarded the Crossrail contract for communications and control systems for the central section of the railway. The £43m contract includes the design, testing, installation and commissioning of key communications and co...

Invensys Rail joins WCML power supply upgrade

Invensys Rail joins WCML power supply upgrade

13.03.13: Invensys Rail has been awarded a contract by ABB in support of Network Rail’s £115m Power Supply Upgrade on the West Coast Main Line. The contract covers Phase 3B of the overall project and includes the design, supply and factor...

Balfour Beatty sells European rail arm

Balfour Beatty sells European rail arm

07.03.13: Balfour Beatty is to sell its mainland European rail business, following a fall in profits. The company reported a 70% fall in pre-tax profits to £75m. The UK construction industry remains tough and construction revenue is expected to...

Crossrail contracts worth £5.5bn boost jobs and economy

Crossrail contracts worth £5.5bn boost jobs and economy

04.03.13: Nearly six in ten businesses in Crossrail’s supply chain are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) it has announced this morning, as it highlights that it has already awarded contracts worth more than £5.5bn, creating jobs and bu...

Funding innovation

Funding innovation

28.02.13: RTM talks to Technology Strategy Board lead technologist for the rail sector, Richard Kemp-Harper, about its decision to launch a second innovation competition. From 2011-12, the Technology Strategy Board and RSSB ran the ‘Acceleratin...

‘Pure construction alliance’ to deliver Stafford project

‘Pure construction alliance’ to deliver Stafford project

26.02.13: Network Rail and three of its top contractors are forming a unique ‘pure construction alliance’ to deliver the £250m Stafford Area Improvement Programme (SAIP) on the West Coast Main Line. Network Rail, Atkins, Laing O&rsq...

Suppliers sought for Borders Railway contract

Suppliers sought for Borders Railway contract

25.02.13: BAM Nuttall is searching for local contractors to work on its £220m Borders Railway contract, awarded last year. A ‘meet the buyer’ event will be hosted this Wednesday (27 February) at the National Mining Museum in Newtong...

Whitehorn appointed Transport Systems Catapult chair

Whitehorn appointed Transport Systems Catapult chair

22.02.13: The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has appointed Will Whitehorn as chairman of the new Transport Systems Catapult. The Catapult is a technology and innovation centre set up by the TSB to focus on efficient and sustainable ways to move peop...

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...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >