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Britain’s rail industry media leader to headline the Railtex Awards

Britain’s rail industry media leader to headline the Railtex Awards

12.04.13: The Railtex Awards team are very pleased to announce that the Headline Sponsor for the Railtex Awards has now been confirmed – welcome Rail Technology Magazine!  “It’s hard to believe that it is only two years since t...

YRP dinner and award ‘huge success’

YRP dinner and award ‘huge success’

21.03.13: The fourth Young Railway Professionals (YRP) annual Black Tie Dinner was the biggest ever, and included the first award for a Young Railway Professional of the Year. The RTM team attended the dinner and dance in London on March 14, and hear...

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...

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ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

25/03/2019ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

Under-fire train operator ScotRail has unveiled an £18m remedial plan to recruit more staff and bring in additional high-speed trains in re... more >
Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

25/03/2019Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

Network Rail has launched a consultation on a multi-million long-term redevelopment plan for Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. With annual... more >
Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

25/03/2019Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

Dozens of passengers left “increasingly uncomfortable” on a stranded train at Lewisham left their train and walked along icy tracks s... 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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >