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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...

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...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >