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RIA appoints new chief executive

RIA appoints new chief executive

17.10.16: Darren Caplan has been named as the new chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA). Caplan will take over early next year, replacing David Tonkin, who has acted as interim chief executive since former RIA director general Jeremy...

UKRIA deadline extended due to popular demand

UKRIA deadline extended due to popular demand

04.10.16: The deadline for the 2017 edition of the prestigious UK Rail Industry Awards has been given a further extension due to popular demand. Entries across the 23 categories have been flooding in, much more than we had anticipated, so RTM has tak...

Three non-executive directors appointed to ORR board

Three non-executive directors appointed to ORR board

29.09.16: Three non-executive directors have been appointed to the board of the ORR by the transport secretary. The new directors are David Franks, currently chief executive of Irish Rail, Graham Mather, chair of the European Policy Forum’s Reg...

Dyan Crowther to lead HS1

Dyan Crowther to lead HS1

26.09.16: The beleaguered Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise announced today that its current chief operating officer is leaving to become the new CEO of HS1. In her two years in the post, Crowther oversaw Southern’s integration with GTR...

Hitachi signs long-term Class 800 engine contract with MTU

Hitachi signs long-term Class 800 engine contract with MTU

21.09.16: MTU, a division of Rolls-Royce, will continue supplying PowerPacks for the Hitachi trains used on the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) after a new long-term contract was announced today. The company will provide additional MTU Series 1600...

Rail Forum East Midlands elects new chair and first president

Rail Forum East Midlands elects new chair and first president

14.09.16: Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) has elected a new chair, whilst the outgoing chair has become its first president. Members of the RFEM, which brings together rail businesses and local and national government in the Midlands, elected Paul Fr...

RSSB unveils trailblazing closed loop 'dynamic' pantograph

RSSB unveils trailblazing closed loop 'dynamic' pantograph

13.09.16: The cutting-edge pantograph developed by Somerset-based company Brecknell Willis, in conjunction with the RSSB, was unveiled at an industry event last week. The closed loop pantograph, which benefitted from a £300,000 innovation grant...

Supporting a network of centres of excellence

Supporting a network of centres of excellence

05.09.16: David Clarke, Railway Industry Association technical director, discusses the progress made to create a network of ‘Centres of Excellence’. It is sometimes said that the UK rail industry is not sufficiently open to new ideas and...

RSSB demonstrators to seek fuel-saving self-powering train alternatives

RSSB demonstrators to seek fuel-saving self-powering train alternatives

19.08.16: Two feasibility studies into alternative ways of powering trains and saving fuel will go ahead as demonstrators as part of the RSSB’s Powertrain programme, which seeks to develop innovative and sustainable technology for rail vehicles to p...

Non-exec directors appointed to oversee £1.8bn Network Rail asset sell-off

Non-exec directors appointed to oversee £1.8bn Network Rail asset sell-off

11.08.16: Network Rail has appointed two non-executive directors that will help the infrastructure owner dispose of its assets to generate £1.8bn in savings through its recently-created Property Board. Neil Sachdev and Steve Smith, who have exp...

TfL on the lookout for Barking Riverside extension builder

TfL on the lookout for Barking Riverside extension builder

09.08.16: Transport for London (TfL) has kicked off the process of appointing a contractor to build the Barking Riverside extension, initially through a notice with the Official Journal of the European Union ahead of a formal invitation to tender expected...

New route managing director for Wessex appointed

New route managing director for Wessex appointed

05.08.16: Network Rail has announced the appointment of a new managing director for its Wessex route. From 1 November, Becky Lumlock will take over responsibility for the route, which includes Britain’s biggest railway station, Waterloo, and th...

Atkins awarded contract to support Hitachi in Thameslink TMS delivery

Atkins awarded contract to support Hitachi in Thameslink TMS delivery

28.07.16: Atkins is to review Hitachi’s Tranista traffic management system (TMS) before it is implemented for Network Rail’s Thameslink programme. Atkins announced today that it has been awarded the contract to support Hitachi Information...

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...

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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 >