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Rail Door Solutions awarded RISAS certification

20.11.08: Rail Safety and Standards Board has announced that Halcrow Group Limited has approved Rail Door Solutions for door maintenance services under the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS). RISAS is a cross-industry scheme which prov...

Battery-powered wireless sensor from SPPS remotely monitors movement

16.07.08: SP Property Services (SPPS), one of the largest independent suppliers of crack and level monitoring services in the UK, now offers a battery-powered wireless sensor that remotely monitors movement of any structure. Already well-established...

For speed of application and quick turnaround, Zipcoat has it covered

16.07.08: Zipcoat from Corrocoat is a single coat, fast cure product which is already revolutionising the coating of steel structures across the globe. For many years, multi-coat systems (mainly epoxy-based) have been specified to protect steel bridg...

Avoiding the trap

13.11.07: For decades, the insertion of site workers hands inside the splices of heavy suspended rebar pile cages for the fitment of U bolts (“bulldogs”) has been common practice. Whilst the lower rebar cage may be securely attached to the pil...

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...

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

18/12/2018Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

The transformation of Glasgow Queen Street has been revealed as engineers have finished the installation of the west truss and have begun buildin... more >
Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

18/12/2018Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

Passengers will have the choice of choosing which train operators they travel with under new plans to allow rival TOCs to operate on the same rou... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >