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Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

17.07.17: A number of high-profile joint ventures (JVs) have been revealed as the winners of £6.6bn worth of major construction and civil engineering contracts for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham. In March last year, the te...

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

17.07.17: The names of the designers and engineers who are formally in the running to develop detailed plans for three brand new stations and majorly expand London Euston have today been named by HS2 Ltd. The station design contract shortlist, reveal...

WMR reveals key appointments to drive forward new franchise

WMR reveals key appointments to drive forward new franchise

28.06.17: West Midlands Rail (WMR) has revealed two key appointments to help prepare the organisation to oversee the new local franchise, which it will run jointly with DfT from this autumn. Tom Painter is to become WMR’s franchise delivery man...

PwC economist joins Hansford Review panel

PwC economist joins Hansford Review panel

26.04.17: Respected economist Daniel Hanson has today been appointed to the Hansford Review panel. The investigation, being led by Professor Peter Hansford, is examining contestability in the UK rail market and looking into options for third-party in...

Holophane win Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2017

Holophane win Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2017

21.04.17: The acuity brands company Holophane Europe has won one of the UK’s most prestigious business awards. The Milton Keynes-based lighting manufacturer has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its highly innova...

David Tonkin appointed as RIA chairman for second time

David Tonkin appointed as RIA chairman for second time

10.04.17: The Rail Industry Association (RIA) has announced that it has appointed David Tonkin as its new chairman for the second time. The new chairman has held the position before, as he was also selected for the role at the end of 2012. Tonki...

HS2 to scrap and rerun £10m management services contract bid

HS2 to scrap and rerun £10m management services contract bid

07.04.17: HS2 has told companies bidding for its £10m commercial management services contract that the process will be scrapped and rerun, RTM has today learnt. Firms including Arcadis, Mott MacDonald and Turner & Townsend had been competin...

Entries open for UK Rail Industry Awards 2018

Entries open for UK Rail Industry Awards 2018

07.04.17: Entries are now open for the 2018 edition of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA). The event, hosted by RTM, brings together key decision-makers and leaders from across the industry to meet, network and celebrate the achievements of organisations...

TOCs and suppliers come together as RSSB names innovation competition winners

TOCs and suppliers come together as RSSB names innovation competition winners

14.03.17: Six successful projects focused on innovation have been given the green light as part of a £4m RSSB competition, meaning TOCs will now take them forward to the next stage of development. The projects, competing to win a share of the f...

Metrolink director Cushing steps down on high note

Metrolink director Cushing steps down on high note

09.03.17: The head of Manchester’s Metrolink, Peter Cushing, has stepped down from his role in the company, handing over leadership to his deputy Danny Vaughan. The news comes the week after work was completed on Metrolink’s Second City C...

Countdown to Railtex continues

Countdown to Railtex continues

09.03.17: Ken Harris writing on behalf of Mack Brooks Exhibitions gives RTM an update on the preparations ahead of this year’s Railtex, which takes place from 9-11 May at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. With Railtex 2017, the UK&r...

Celebrating innovation and achievement

Celebrating innovation and achievement

09.03.17: The latest instalment of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) proved to be the biggest success in the event’s illustrious history, with more than 1,100 guests gathering to celebrate the industry’s achievements and innovation at London...

South West Trains MD steps down after a year in post

South West Trains MD steps down after a year in post

06.03.17: The managing director of South West Trains (SWT), Christian Roth, is preparing to step down from the role after one year in the position. It also marks the end of a decade-long tenure at the rail operator. Roth joined the company in 2008 ha...

NR appoints new chief operating officer for Wessex route

NR appoints new chief operating officer for Wessex route

23.02.17: Network Rail has appointed Jason Bridges into the new role of chief operating officer for its Wessex route, a line including all routes to and from Waterloo as well as the UK’s busiest interchange, Clapham Junction. Bridges, who will...

ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

20.02.17: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today officially confirmed the appointment of Joanna Whittington as its permanent CEO following an open public competition, effective immediately. Previously, Whittington had been the ORR’s direct...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities a... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region’s rail companies, s... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key routes as “not reall... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >