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Alstom extends Class 180 maintenance contract with Grand Central

Alstom extends Class 180 maintenance contract with Grand Central

13.07.16: Alstom will provide maintenance support for Grand Central’s Class 180 trains for the next 10 years, it has been announced. Under the contract, worth around €100m, Alstom will maintain the Class 180 trains from January 2017 until...

Atkins and CH2M team awarded £1.5m Crossrail 2 modelling contract

Atkins and CH2M team awarded £1.5m Crossrail 2 modelling contract

13.07.16: A £1.5m design and modelling contract for the proposed Crossrail 2 project has been awarded to a partnership between Atkins and CH2M. The partnership will deliver the Stage 1 On-Networks Systems programme for Network Rail, which invol...

HS2 to save £1bn by stopping at Sheffield Midland under new plans

HS2 to save £1bn by stopping at Sheffield Midland under new plans

07.07.16: HS2 will stop at Sheffield Midland instead of Meadowhall under revised proposals for the high-speed rail service’s South Yorkshire route. The route would take a spur along existing track to Sheffield Midland, with the additional optio...

New South Western operator must significantly reduce journey times by 2020

New South Western operator must significantly reduce journey times by 2020

01.07.16: The new South Western franchise will be granted to a bidder who is able to significantly reduce journey times, the DfT has indicated in its newly published invitation to tender, and work to make the Island Line a “self-sustaining business&...

Prof Stephen Glaister to serve another year as ORR chair

Prof Stephen Glaister to serve another year as ORR chair

30.06.16: The interim chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has been reappointed to serve for a second year. Professor Stephen Glaister CBE, a non-executive director of the ORR, was initially appointed as interim chair at the end of last year, r...

Nick Crossfield appointed new Alstom MD for UK and Ireland

Nick Crossfield appointed new Alstom MD for UK and Ireland

28.06.16: Alstom’s managing director of train control has been promoted to its UK and Ireland managing director. Nick Crossfield, who joined Alstom last year, has successfully led the integration of SSL Ltd into Alstom’s UK & Ireland...

Network Rail appoints PwC to review options for depot sales

Network Rail appoints PwC to review options for depot sales

21.06.16: Network Rail has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to advise it on the possibility of selling its light maintenance depots. Network Rail said it has appointed the consultancy firm to overview the depots and discuss when and how would b...

Partners sought to develop ‘breakthrough’ LU track switch prototype

Partners sought to develop ‘breakthrough’ LU track switch prototype

17.06.16: Loughborough University has issued an invitation to tender for a £400,000 contract to help develop a prototype rail track switch on the London Underground. The Repoint switch allows redundant, fail-safe actuation and locking of track...

Eversholt adopts Perpetuum system to monitor Southeastern Class 465s

Eversholt adopts Perpetuum system to monitor Southeastern Class 465s

13.06.16: Perpetuum has been awarded the contract to supply a sensor system for Eversholt Rail to use in monitoring the condition of eight Southeastern trains. The Perpetuum system will be used on eight London Southeastern Class 465 trains while they...

A journey up the Chase Line

A journey up the Chase Line

10.06.16: Sam Evans, Network Rail’s project manager for the Walsall to Rugeley electrification project, updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the scheme and the new technologies being used to deliver it more efficiently. The £90m Chase Line...

GWR finalises Bombardier Electrostar order for Thames Valley

GWR finalises Bombardier Electrostar order for Thames Valley

10.06.16: New Bombardier Class 387 trains will be introduced on the Great Western Railway (GWR) network from September, after the company finalised a deal for 37 new trains replacing most of its current Turbo fleet. Porterbrook Leasing has purchased...

Arriva signs new wi-fi framework with Icomera

Arriva signs new wi-fi framework with Icomera

08.06.16: Arriva has signed a new framework agreement for providing on-board connectivity with wireless Internet providers Icomera. Icomera already provides passenger wi-fi on Arriva’s Chiltern and Grand Central services, as well as 700 Arriva...

Northern announces four new business regions

Northern announces four new business regions

07.06.16: Northern will create four new business regions to oversee the improvements planned following the franchise integration with Arriva, it has announced today. The regions, which go live from 1 July, will be Central, based in Manchester and cov...

TfL seeks new partner for Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy

TfL seeks new partner for Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy

06.06.16: An academy initially opened to meet Crossrail’s skills training needs is now seeking a new partner to carry out its legacy. The new provider at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) will continue to provide tunnel...

Mental health lessons for rail from Germanwings 9525

Mental health lessons for rail from Germanwings 9525

03.06.16: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, the confidential incident reporting and analysis system, on what the rail industry can learn from the tragic Germanwings 9525 crash. When 34-year-old Captain Patrick Sondenheimer took the...

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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 >