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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...

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...

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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 >