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ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

20.02.17: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today officially confirmed the appointment of Joanna Whittington as its permanent CEO following an open public competition, effective immediately. Previously, Whittington had been the ORR’s direct...

Network Rail and LU dominate at this year’s UKRIA

Network Rail and LU dominate at this year’s UKRIA

10.02.17: Network Rail and London Underground (LU) dominated this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), taking home three trophies each for their contribution to the railways.  At the event, hosted by RTM, the infrastructure owner won th...

Alex Hynes appointed managing director of ScotRail Alliance

Alex Hynes appointed managing director of ScotRail Alliance

23.01.17: Alex Hynes, the current managing director of Arriva Rail North, is set to be appointed as managing director for ScotRail Alliance and will join the operator later this year. Hynes will be replacing Phil Verster, who last week announced he w...

Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

20.01.17: Phil Verster will be leaving his current position as ScotRail’s managing director, which he has held since 2015, to become the MD of the East West Rail project in the spring. The new East West Rail organisation, announced by the trans...

TfL reveals Barking Riverside Extension shortlist

TfL reveals Barking Riverside Extension shortlist

15.12.16: The contractors being considered to build the London Overground Barking Riverside Extension are down to a shortlist of three. TfL announced that Balfour Beatty, Carillion PLC and VolkerFitzpatrick have been shortlisted for the contract to b...

Cambridgeshire supplier opens doors to rail after RISQS accreditation

Cambridgeshire supplier opens doors to rail after RISQS accreditation

12.12.16: Cambridgeshire-based construction business Mick George Ltd has successfully been accredited on the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) and has announced that its doors are open to nationwide rail tenders. The company, whi...

NIC tasked with infrastructure technology study as fiscal remit set

NIC tasked with infrastructure technology study as fiscal remit set

25.11.16: The chancellor has called on the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to lead a review on how new technologies can improve infrastructure productivity, while also setting the future fiscal remit for the commission. During his Autumn Sta...

Network Rail appoints new contracts and procurement director

Network Rail appoints new contracts and procurement director

22.11.16: Network Rail has announced that Andy Haynes has been appointed as its new contracts and procurement director. Haynes has extensive experience in working for Network Rail, having most recently worked as project director on Network Rail&rsquo...

Keen industry response to Railtex 2017

Keen industry response to Railtex 2017

22.11.16: Kirsten Whitehouse, exhibition manager at Mack Brooks Exhibitions, provides a round-up of what is on offer at the thirteenth edition of Railtex. The countdown is well underway for Railtex, the UK’s major exhibition of railway products...

RSSB appoints new chief executive officer

RSSB appoints new chief executive officer

14.11.16: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has appointed Mark Phillips as Chief Executive Officer with the appointment taking effect today (14 November). Phillips joined RSSB in February of last year as director of research and standards an...

ORR appoints new director of railway performance and planning

ORR appoints new director of railway performance and planning

08.11.16: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has announced the appointment of a new director of railway performance and planning. Graham Richards will take over the role permanently, having previously been deputy director. He then acted as interim dir...

Siemens awarded contract for Heathrow rail link software upgrade

Siemens awarded contract for Heathrow rail link software upgrade

07.11.16: Siemens will provide the software platform central to upgrading the Heathrow rail Tunnel Control System (TCS) under a new contract announced today. In partnership with Firstco, Siemens will install the WinCC OA SCADA, replacing the current...

Ricardo consortium picked to install LU track switch prototype

Ricardo consortium picked to install LU track switch prototype

28.10.16: A consortium led by Ricardo Rail has been chosen to develop the first installation of the new track switch Repoint, developed by Loughborough University. The consortium, which includes Progress Rail, DEG Signal and MPEC Technology, will now...

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...

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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 >