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Costain replaces Carillion as Network Rail’s top supplier

Costain replaces Carillion as Network Rail’s top supplier

21.10.16: Costain Ltd topped Network Rail’s list of suppliers for 2015-16, with infrastructure contracts worth £377m, making up 5.17% of Network Rail’s total spending. Carillion Construction, another infrastructure contractor, which...

Atkins consortium wins contract to remodel Leeds station ahead of HS2

Atkins consortium wins contract to remodel Leeds station ahead of HS2

20.10.16: The contract to redesign Leeds station to prepare it for HS2 has been awarded to a consortium of design, engineering and project management consultants led by Atkins. The group will design a blueprint to deliver planned improvements to Leed...

RIA appoints new chief executive

RIA appoints new chief executive

17.10.16: Darren Caplan has been named as the new chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA). Caplan will take over early next year, replacing David Tonkin, who has acted as interim chief executive since former RIA director general Jeremy...

UKRIA deadline extended due to popular demand

UKRIA deadline extended due to popular demand

04.10.16: The deadline for the 2017 edition of the prestigious UK Rail Industry Awards has been given a further extension due to popular demand. Entries across the 23 categories have been flooding in, much more than we had anticipated, so RTM has tak...

Three non-executive directors appointed to ORR board

Three non-executive directors appointed to ORR board

29.09.16: Three non-executive directors have been appointed to the board of the ORR by the transport secretary. The new directors are David Franks, currently chief executive of Irish Rail, Graham Mather, chair of the European Policy Forum’s Reg...

Dyan Crowther to lead HS1

Dyan Crowther to lead HS1

26.09.16: The beleaguered Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise announced today that its current chief operating officer is leaving to become the new CEO of HS1. In her two years in the post, Crowther oversaw Southern’s integration with GTR...

Hitachi signs long-term Class 800 engine contract with MTU

Hitachi signs long-term Class 800 engine contract with MTU

21.09.16: MTU, a division of Rolls-Royce, will continue supplying PowerPacks for the Hitachi trains used on the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) after a new long-term contract was announced today. The company will provide additional MTU Series 1600...

Rail Forum East Midlands elects new chair and first president

Rail Forum East Midlands elects new chair and first president

14.09.16: Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) has elected a new chair, whilst the outgoing chair has become its first president. Members of the RFEM, which brings together rail businesses and local and national government in the Midlands, elected Paul Fr...

RSSB unveils trailblazing closed loop 'dynamic' pantograph

RSSB unveils trailblazing closed loop 'dynamic' pantograph

13.09.16: The cutting-edge pantograph developed by Somerset-based company Brecknell Willis, in conjunction with the RSSB, was unveiled at an industry event last week. The closed loop pantograph, which benefitted from a £300,000 innovation grant...

Supporting a network of centres of excellence

Supporting a network of centres of excellence

05.09.16: David Clarke, Railway Industry Association technical director, discusses the progress made to create a network of ‘Centres of Excellence’. It is sometimes said that the UK rail industry is not sufficiently open to new ideas and...

RSSB demonstrators to seek fuel-saving self-powering train alternatives

RSSB demonstrators to seek fuel-saving self-powering train alternatives

19.08.16: Two feasibility studies into alternative ways of powering trains and saving fuel will go ahead as demonstrators as part of the RSSB’s Powertrain programme, which seeks to develop innovative and sustainable technology for rail vehicles to p...

Non-exec directors appointed to oversee £1.8bn Network Rail asset sell-off

Non-exec directors appointed to oversee £1.8bn Network Rail asset sell-off

11.08.16: Network Rail has appointed two non-executive directors that will help the infrastructure owner dispose of its assets to generate £1.8bn in savings through its recently-created Property Board. Neil Sachdev and Steve Smith, who have exp...

TfL on the lookout for Barking Riverside extension builder

TfL on the lookout for Barking Riverside extension builder

09.08.16: Transport for London (TfL) has kicked off the process of appointing a contractor to build the Barking Riverside extension, initially through a notice with the Official Journal of the European Union ahead of a formal invitation to tender expected...

New route managing director for Wessex appointed

New route managing director for Wessex appointed

05.08.16: Network Rail has announced the appointment of a new managing director for its Wessex route. From 1 November, Becky Lumlock will take over responsibility for the route, which includes Britain’s biggest railway station, Waterloo, and th...

Atkins awarded contract to support Hitachi in Thameslink TMS delivery

Atkins awarded contract to support Hitachi in Thameslink TMS delivery

28.07.16: Atkins is to review Hitachi’s Tranista traffic management system (TMS) before it is implemented for Network Rail’s Thameslink programme. Atkins announced today that it has been awarded the contract to support Hitachi Information...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >