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East Midlands Trains appoints two new senior directors

East Midlands Trains appoints two new senior directors

20.07.16: East Midlands Trains has appointed a new commercial director and customer experience director to replace its departing commercial director. Lawrence Bowman (35), the current head of business planning, will take up the post of commercial dir...

Network Rail seeks OLE design tool supplier bespoke for digital railway

Network Rail seeks OLE design tool supplier bespoke for digital railway

20.07.16: Although initial investigations by Network Rail have identified “some potential contender solutions” to electrify all its major routes as part of Digital Railway, none have met the infrastructure owner’s “overall requirem...

Candfield retires as RIA director general

Candfield retires as RIA director general

19.07.16: Jeremy Candfield is to retire as director general of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) due to health reasons. Candfield, who has held the position since 1998, has not been well for a while with Parkinson’s disease, and he has rel...

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...

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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 >