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Reshuffle of the Government and Labour transport teams

Reshuffle of the Government and Labour transport teams

07.10.13: Transport minister Simon Burns has quit the Government to stand for election as deputy speaker of the House of Commons, while Labour’s shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle is reported to have been reshuffled out of post. Many commen...

Simon Kirby to deliver Infrarail keynote speech

Simon Kirby to deliver Infrarail keynote speech

02.10.13: Simon Kirby, managing director of Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail, has been announced as keynote speaker at next year’s Infrarail show.  The event, the sister show to Railtex, will take place from 20-22 May at Earl’...

EIT announces winners of the £1m customer experience challenge

EIT announces winners of the £1m customer experience challenge

19.09.13: The Enabling Innovation Team has announced the winners of funding under its Customer Experience challenge. The winner in the discretionary traveller category was 3Squared for its Station Master mobile app, which uses indoor mapping technolo...

RSSB announces new chief executive

RSSB announces new chief executive

19.09.13: Chris Fenton is to take over from Len Porter at chief executive of the RSSB from March next year. Fenton, formerly director of marketing and strategy at Amey, had responsibility for the company’s interest in Tube Lines, and was previo...

Huge changes to Network Rail’s electrical control infrastructure

Huge changes to Network Rail’s electrical control infrastructure

12.09.13: Telent has been awarded a £27m contract to replace Network Rail’s electrical control systems with a national Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. The contract will bring 16 separate systems together and invol...

Crossrail’s Terry Morgan joins UKRIA judging panel

Crossrail’s Terry Morgan joins UKRIA judging panel

06.09.13: The judging panel has now been announced for the upcoming UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), with Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan the latest addition. The UKRIA judges are: Ian Prosser, chief inspector of railways, ORR George McInulty...

Sir David Higgins’ successor announced

Sir David Higgins’ successor announced

05.09.13: Mark Carne is to be the next chief executive of Network Rail, it has been revealed. The former executive vice president for Middle East and North Africa for Royal Dutch Shell will join Network Rail on 6 January 2014 and formally takeover fr...

Eight new Class 66 locos for GBRf

Eight new Class 66 locos for GBRf

04.09.13: GB Railfreight has signed a deal for eight new Class 66 locomotives with Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. The rolling stock will be delivered in August 2014 and will be used on biomass and infrastructure Railfreight haulage. John Smith, managing...

Go-Ahead Group withdraws DLR bid

Go-Ahead Group withdraws DLR bid

02.09.13: Go-Ahead Group has withdrawn its bid for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) after joint venture partner Colas Rail states it is unable to proceed. The announcement on Friday came just ahead of the deadline for bidders to submit their respons...

Knorr-Bremse acquires Railcare

Knorr-Bremse acquires Railcare

27.08.13: Railcare has been acquired by Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Limited, securing over 200 jobs at two sites. Earlier this month Railcare went into administration, with the loss of 33 jobs at Springburn, Glasgow, and 118 at Wolverton, near Mil...

Glass contract agreed by Hitachi for IEP

Glass contract agreed by Hitachi for IEP

16.08.13: Hitachi has signed a preferred contractor agreement with north east glass manufacturer Romag to supply side windows for Class 800/801 trains as part of the IEP. Romag is based in Consett, near Newton Aycliffe where Hitachi is building its n...

Financing a ‘key factor’ in Siemens’ Thameslink win

Financing a ‘key factor’ in Siemens’ Thameslink win

16.08.13: The head of the Siemens division responsible for putting together the funding package for the Thameslink rolling stock deal says the financing was a “key factor” in the German company winning the contract. Writing for RTM, Johan...

Balfour Beatty wins Midland Metro extension contract

Balfour Beatty wins Midland Metro extension contract

07.08.13: Centro has appointed Balfour Beatty to extend the Midland Metro through Birmingham city centre. The contract is for a 1.4km extension linking the city’s two major rail stations. Balfour Beatty will be responsible for designing, constr...

HS2 Taskforce members appointed

HS2 Taskforce members appointed

31.07.13: The HS2 Growth Taskforce has been bolstered by senior figures from across the UK, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced. The group was set up to maximise the economic benefits of HS2 and seeks to learn from the success of Cro...

BTPA board members appointed

BTPA board members appointed

30.07.13: Five new board members have been appointed to the British Transport Police Authority, rail minister Simon Burns has announced. Stella Thomas will represent the interests of Welsh passengers, Catherine Crawford will represent those travellin...

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Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

23/01/2020Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

Aired on television last night (Jan 22) the lucky winners of the Transform a Pacer competition were announced. The competition means that after 3... more >
Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

23/01/2020Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association talks us through the ways innovation can be used to... more >
New tech-enabled trains are putting passengers in control

23/01/2020New tech-enabled trains are putting passengers in control

Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 Robert Nisbet, director of Nations and Regions at the Rail Delivery Group, looks ahead at the future of Interconne... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >