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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...

DfT sets out timetable for future franchises

DfT sets out timetable for future franchises

23.05.16: The Department for Transport (DfT) is seeking expressions of interest for rail franchises for the next ten years. In the franchise notice, the DfT says it is seeking expressions of interest in operating rail services from companies, consort...

Aggreko wins five-year rental power contract with Network Rail

Aggreko wins five-year rental power contract with Network Rail

23.05.16: A five-year contract to provide Network Rail with power generators for emergency support and planned maintenance has been awarded to Aggreko. The power company will hire and install mobile, modular diesel and gas generators, load banks, hea...

Campaigners ‘not convinced’ of benefits of increased open access

Campaigners ‘not convinced’ of benefits of increased open access

17.05.16: Proposals to increase open access to British railways could fail to achieve their goals and waste money currently being spent on upgrades, Campaign for Better Transport has said ahead of tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech. In a media bri...

Hendy to deliver keynote speech at UKRIA 2017

Hendy to deliver keynote speech at UKRIA 2017

13.05.16: Network Rail’s chairman, Sir Peter Hendy, is to deliver what will undoubtedly be an enjoyable and lively keynote address at the 2017 edition of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA). Sir Peter, who replaced Richard Parry-Jones at the or...

Siemens mobility MD appointed as Rail Supply Group interim chair

Siemens mobility MD appointed as Rail Supply Group interim chair

10.05.16: Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Siemens mobility division, has been appointed as the new interim chair of the Rail Supply Group. Wakeford is also chair of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), and replaces Terence Watson who sto...

Transport Committee inquiry seeks evidence on rail franchising

Transport Committee inquiry seeks evidence on rail franchising

05.05.16: The latest ‘Future of Rail’ inquiry from the Transport Committee, on rail franchising, is now seeking evidence. The inquiry is looking into the extent to which the DfT’s approach to rail franchising is achieving its key po...

Increased open access could limit franchise service expansions, Lords warn

Increased open access could limit franchise service expansions, Lords warn

05.05.16: Increased open access services will mean existing promises to expand franchises such as reinstating Virgin services to Lincoln will no longer be honoured, peers have warned. Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Randerson told Lord Ahmad, the Parl...

DfT criticised for ignoring environmental impact in franchise bids

DfT criticised for ignoring environmental impact in franchise bids

03.05.16: The DfT has been accused of failing to make environmental impact a priority in rail franchise contracts. An environmental audit of the department by the National Audit Office (NAO) found that many stakeholders said the department lacked a c...

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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 >