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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...

EDF Energy to supply electricity to Network Rail

EDF Energy to supply electricity to Network Rail

11.01.13: Network Rail has awarded EDF Energy a ten-year contract for the supply of electricity to power the rail network. EDF Energy will supply around 3.2TWh of electricity a year, and has pledged to ensure 100% of it is ‘matched’ by lo...

A call to fully engage

A call to fully engage

01.01.13: Annette Gevaert, director, rail and transport at Achilles, explains more about Link-up Engage. In spring 2013 Achilles Link-up, the UK rail industry’s supplier registration and qualifi cation scheme, will make an important transition...

Engaging the Tier 2s

Engaging the Tier 2s

01.01.13: Network Rail held the latest in its series of conferences with key players in the supply chain on December 7 at its Westwood centre in Coventry. The Tier 2 Supplier Conference explored a number of burning issues, including the Fair Payment Chart...

Hitachi announces TRE acquisition

Hitachi announces TRE acquisition

20.12.12: Hitachi Europe Ltd has bought The Railway Engineering Company Ltd (TRE) in a £25.5m deal expected to be completed by the end of the month. TRE supplies traffic operators’ training and assessment simulators, as well as automatic...

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