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Siemens awarded multi-million pound ETCS signalling contract

Siemens awarded multi-million pound ETCS signalling contract

04.01.18: Network Rail has awarded a multi-million pound contract for the installation of new state-of-the-art in-cab signalling systems to Siemens. The company will supply, install and support the European Train Control System (ETCS) in-cab signalli...

Network Rail announces appointment of new non-executive director

Network Rail announces appointment of new non-executive director

04.01.18: Network Rail has today appointed a new non-executive director. Mike Putnam will replace Malcolm Brinded CBE, who retired from the board in July 2016. Putnam, a chartered engineer, a fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and a fellow of...

CAF officially signs £680m deal for new West Midlands Trains stock

CAF officially signs £680m deal for new West Midlands Trains stock

12.12.17: CAF has announced that it will officially be responsible for part of a £680m train manufacturing contract with the new West Midlands Trains franchise operator. The deal includes a fleet of DMUs, consisting of a mix of 12x2-car trains...

Siemens appoints new rail managing director

Siemens appoints new rail managing director

22.11.17: Siemens has appointed a new managing director of its Rail Automation business in the UK. Rob Morris, who first joined the company in January 2015, will take up his new position from 1 December. Currently the director of operations, he is res...

NR sets up two new route supervisory boards to spur private cash

NR sets up two new route supervisory boards to spur private cash

15.11.17: Network Rail has launched two additional supervisory boards aimed at attracting external investment on the Chiltern, West Coast and West Midlands routes. Both boards will be chaired by Geoff Inskip, appointed by Network Rail’s London...

Merseyrail boss takes up top job at West Midlands Trains

Merseyrail boss takes up top job at West Midlands Trains

14.11.17: Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde has been appointed new managing director of West Midlands Trains Ltd, taking up the job from the same role at Merseyrail. The new operator, which will take over the West Midlands Rail franchise on 10 December, is...

HS2 Ltd names new HR director

HS2 Ltd names new HR director

13.11.17: Neil Hayward has been appointed as HS2 Ltd’s new HR director. With over 20 years’ experience under his belt, Hayward has held a number of senior human resources positions in the public and private sector – most recently as gro...

Carillion gets £300m boost with award of two major NR contracts

Carillion gets £300m boost with award of two major NR contracts

06.11.17: Network Rail has awarded two major contracts to Carillion to deliver part of the Midland Mainline improvement programme. The first contract will see Carillion upgrade the existing track on the route from London to Corby, and is expected to gene...

HS2 hires new finance director amid redundancy payment controversy

HS2 hires new finance director amid redundancy payment controversy

01.11.17: HS2 has brought in a new financial director as the organisation attempts to tackle questions over unauthorised redundancy payments. Elizabeth Gillbe – currently finance and analysis director at Crossrail – will join the company...

Network Rail awards TransPennine route upgrade contracts

Network Rail awards TransPennine route upgrade contracts

31.10.17: The contract for future improvement work on the TransPennine route between York and Manchester has been awarded by Network Rail to an alliance of organisations. Design infrastructure options for the route will be completed by Amey, BAM Nutt...

NR to start ‘conscious shift’ of spending away from large companies

NR to start ‘conscious shift’ of spending away from large companies

06.10.17: Network Rail is not interested in taking a traditional approach to rationalising its supply chain, but rather wants to maintain the same number of suppliers in the industry whilst shifting spend away from bigger companies and into SMEs. Spe...

DB Schenker to manage Hitachi warehouses in UK

DB Schenker to manage Hitachi warehouses in UK

02.10.17: DB Schenker has today announced that it has secured a long-term contract to manage Hitachi Rail’s warehouse and spare parts distribution processes in the UK. It will provide warehouse and transport solutions for a wide range of parts...

Siemens and Alstom join forces in major merger

Siemens and Alstom join forces in major merger

27.09.17: Siemens and Alstom have announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to combine the two businesses in Europe. Siemens will receive 50% of Alstom’s share capital on a fully diluted basis. The Franco-German merger is ex...

Munro retires as HS2 phase 2 boss

Munro retires as HS2 phase 2 boss

30.08.17: The governance shake-up at HS2 Ltd shows no signs of slowing down as it has been revealed that managing director for the project’s phase 2, Alison Munro, has now retired from her role. Munro had been with the company since the beginni...

New Arriva Trains Wales boss named ahead of franchise refresh

New Arriva Trains Wales boss named ahead of franchise refresh

25.08.17: The current passenger services director for London Midland has been selected to head up Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) as its managing director from 2 October, taking over from Ian Bullock. Tom Joyner is leaving his former organisation just a fe...

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DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

12/12/2018DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

The strategic outline business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which was due to be submitted to the government by the end of this month,... more >
TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

12/12/2018TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

Plans to upgrade major parts of London Underground will be put on hold and Crossrail 2 is now in doubt after TfL has disclosed the extent of its ... more >
Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

12/12/2018Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

Hitachi and Spencer Group have launched a joint bid to win a £500m contract to build new trains and a maintenance depot for the Tyne and We... 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 >