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RTM proud supporters of WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Awards 2020

RTM proud supporters of WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Awards 2020

21 January 2020The Rising Star Awards are now in their sixth year of running and are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Back in 2015 WeAreTheCity’s set their strategic goal which is aimed to showcase 1,000 w...

Merseyrail named most reliable train operator in the UK for the second year running

Merseyrail named most reliable train operator in the UK for the second year running

21 January 2020Merseyrail has been awarded as the most punctual rail operator in the country for the second year running – with 96.4% of its trains running on time. It has also achieved its best performing year ever in 2019, with the oldest passenger flee...

£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

16 January 2020The viaduct which was been featured in the Harry Potter series, is the latest Network Rail project. Work has begun the protect the railway from possible landslips and rock-falls from the hillsides and embankments. £1.7m has been invested by...

Greater Anglia’s new commuter trains have arrived in Essex

Greater Anglia’s new commuter trains have arrived in Essex

15 January 2020The new Bombardier electric trains have now arrived in the region, ready to commence a series of safety and performance tests in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Herefordshire and Suffolk. Designed and built at Bombardier’s Derby factory, the five-ca...

White Hart Lane Station - Fereday Pollard Architects

White Hart Lane Station - Fereday Pollard Architects

15 January 2020Source RTM Dan 19/ Jan 20   Fereday Pollard Architects are delighted to have completed their commission as lead architects and public realm designers for Taylor Woodrow who have successfully built and handed over the landmark new station at...

Balfour Beatty completes rail line electrification

Balfour Beatty completes rail line electrification

14 January 2020Balfour Beatty, as contracted by Network Rail, has successfully completed the electrification of 77km of the Great Western Railway (GWR) line between Bristol and Cardiff. It comes as part of a wider Greater Wester Electrification Programme from N...

Zonegreen boosts safety at Northam

Zonegreen boosts safety at Northam

14 January 2020Cast your mind back 18 years to the beginning of the millennium. In its infancy at the time, was depot safety technology that went on to revolutionise the way we protect rail staff and equipment. Developed by Sheffield-based Zonegreen, the Depot...

South Western Railway £70m ‘Desiro’ fleet completed

South Western Railway £70m ‘Desiro’ fleet completed

13 January 2020South Western Railway (SWR) has completed the £70m refurbishment of Desiro trains as final train enters passenger service. The rail operators’ £70m upgrade programme started in December 2019 and has seen the modernisation of all...

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

13 January 2020Source RTM: Dec 2019 /Jan 2020   Commercial director Ken Blackley explains how Network Rail’s new action plan for working with small and medium sized enterprises will mean better engagement, listening and solutions. Small and medium...

£9.4m in rail technology contracts announced

£9.4m in rail technology contracts announced

13 January 2020Innovate UK has announced £9.4m worth of technology contracts from the Department of Transport that organisations can apply for, aiming to improve rail services to passengers and operators. As the number of rail users in the UK continues to...

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

09 January 2020Network Rail has announced the awarding of contracts for 82 frameworks to deliver design services across the country, worth an estimated £400m for Control Period 6 (2019-2024) and up to £640m with the option to further the framework in...

Network Rail awards £8m contract for New Measuring Train

Network Rail awards £8m contract for New Measuring Train

08 January 2020That is because Network Rail have announced the awarding of an £8m, five-year contract to Loram UK for the maintenance of its New Measurement Train – affectionately known as the Flying Banana because of its distinctive yellow livery.

£642m deal secured between Alstom and Avanti West Coast

£642m deal secured between Alstom and Avanti West Coast

08 January 2020The new West Coast Mainline operator, Avanti West Coast, have secured a seven-year deal worth precisely £642 million with Alstom, who will refurbish and maintain the routes 56 electric Pendolino trains. As well as covering a £127 mill...

South Western Railway franchise uncertain after £137m loss

South Western Railway franchise uncertain after £137m loss

08 January 2020Rail franchise, South Western Railway (SWR), could face nationalisation following evidence of a £137m loss in the year to March 2019. Account filings to Companies House, published yesterday (Jan 7), revealed “significant doubt”...

Electric rail services underway for South Wales passengers

Electric rail services underway for South Wales passengers

07 January 2020This week rail passengers in South Wales are benefitting from electric services for the first-time following Network Rail’s successful completion of electrification of the railway between Cardiff Central and London Paddington. Electrificati...

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Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

21/09/2020Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

After 24 years, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (21st Sept) announced that rail franchising is to end, forming the early steps towar... more >
Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18/09/2020Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase ... more >
Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18/09/2020Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked t... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >