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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...

Crossrail appoints new health and safety director

Crossrail appoints new health and safety director

03.06.16: Crossrail has appointed Martin Brown, formerly head of health, safety and the environment at Transport for London, as its new health and safety director. Brown is also chair of the independent railway assurance board for Crossrail. He...

DB Cargo renew contract to operate heaviest trains in UK for Mendip Rail

DB Cargo renew contract to operate heaviest trains in UK for Mendip Rail

02.06.16: DB Cargo has renewed its contract to deliver aggregates for Mendip Rail for a further five years. DB Cargo, which until recently was known as DB Schenker Rail, delivers more than 100 trains of aggregates every week from quarries in Somerset...

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff re-appointed in New Tube for London project

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff re-appointed in New Tube for London project

01.06.16: WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff has been re-appointed as the prime system integrator support partner for the New Tube for London project. The engineering consulting firm is responsible for managing the systems, interfaces and configurations framew...

Alstom awarded maintenance contract for new TPE trains

Alstom awarded maintenance contract for new TPE trains

01.06.16: Alstom has been awarded a €40m contract to maintain the 25 new trains for TransPennine Express (TPE) after they enter service in 2019. The trains will serve in two fleets of 25, consisting of 12 five-car Civity UK Intercity electric tr...

Winners of £1m heritage rail tourism grants announced

Winners of £1m heritage rail tourism grants announced

25.05.16: The successful applicants for a £1m funding pot for initiatives to boost tourist participation in Britain’s heritage railways have been announced. The grants, of £25,000 to £75,000, were awarded to 17 organisations a...

NIC chair Lord Adonis to take over Crossrail 2

NIC chair Lord Adonis to take over Crossrail 2

24.05.16: The interim chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), Lord Andrew Adonis, is expected to be made chair of Crossrail 2 after being jointly nominated by London mayor Sadiq Khan, chancellor George Osborne and transport secretary Patric...

Digital Railway cheapest option but 'will require extra funding in CP5'

Digital Railway cheapest option but 'will require extra funding in CP5'

24.05.16: Delivering the Digital Railway will be the cheapest option for increasing capacity in the railway by up to 40%, the chief executive of Network Rail admitted ahead of the programme’s finalised business plan, expected towards the end of the...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >