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European Parliament approve technical pillar of Fourth Railway Package

European Parliament approve technical pillar of Fourth Railway Package

29.04.16: A single European Railway Area is a step closer after the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of adopting the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package. The pillar, which was agreed during negotiations in June of last ye...

Network Rail publish code of conduct for suppliers

Network Rail publish code of conduct for suppliers

29.04.16: Network Rail suppliers will be obliged to comply with a new code of conduct the organisation has published to ensure the companies helping it deliver the Rail Upgrade Plan meet its standards. The code obliges suppliers to follow key safety...

UK Rail Industry Awards 2017 – entries now open

UK Rail Industry Awards 2017 – entries now open

29.04.16: Entries for the UK Rail Industry Awards 2017 are now open. Set to be the biggest event yet, the UK Rail Industry Awards bring together decision makers from across the industry to meet, network and celebrate success. Last year, more tha...

Balfour Beatty-Vinci JV names HS2 design partner with pledge to use SMEs

Balfour Beatty-Vinci JV names HS2 design partner with pledge to use SMEs

26.04.16: The Balfour Beatty/Vinci consortium announced yesterday that a Mott MacDonald SYSTRA joint venture will be their design partner for their bid for the delivery of HS2 Phase 1 civils work. Like Balfour Beatty Vinci, who are on the shortlist f...

£100m contracts to build Luton airport link advertised

£100m contracts to build Luton airport link advertised

25.04.16: Contracts worth between £100m and £200m to build the light rail link between Luton Airport Parkway station and London Luton Airport, including driverless rolling stock, are being advertised. Luton Borough Council confirmed last...

Align HS2 consortium names design partners

Align HS2 consortium names design partners

22.04.16: Align JV, the consortium bidding for HS2 phase 1 contracts, has named engineers Jacobs and Ingérop-Rendel as its design partners. Align, composed of BouyguesTravaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, Morrison Utility Services and VolkerFi...

Sturgeon attacks ‘absurd’ ban on Scottish public sector operating rail

Sturgeon attacks ‘absurd’ ban on Scottish public sector operating rail

20.04.16: Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), has pledged that the SNP will allow Scottish public sector bodies to bid to run Scotland’s railways if they are re-elected in next month’s elections. In a speech...

TfL confirm London Overground contract with Arriva signed

TfL confirm London Overground contract with Arriva signed

18.04.16: The new £1.5bn contract for Arriva to provide London Overground services has now been signed. Arriva were announced by Transport for London (TfL) as the preferred bidder to take over from the current operator London Overground Rail Op...

DfT and c2c agree on six Class 387s lease to cope with ‘unprecedented’ demand

DfT and c2c agree on six Class 387s lease to cope with ‘unprecedented’ demand

14.04.16: A c2c deal with the Department for Transport to add six Class 387s to their fleet has been hailed as their “most significant increase in capacity” for a decade. The four-car trains, being built by Bombardier in Derby, will be in...

West Midlands Rail welcomes shortlist of bidders for franchise

West Midlands Rail welcomes shortlist of bidders for franchise

08.04.16: The company established to co-manage the West Midlands franchise has welcomed the shortlist of bidders announced yesterday. West Midlands Rail (WMR) was set up last year by 14 Metropolitan, Shire and Unitary authorities from across the wide...

NR offers maintenance and safety contracts worth up to £15m for Melton RIDC

NR offers maintenance and safety contracts worth up to £15m for Melton RIDC

08.04.16: Contracts worth between £6m-£15m are being offered for maintenance of Network Rail’s testing centre at Melton. The contracts, for operation and maintenance services at the Rail Innovation and Development Centre (RIDC), are...

Atkins named technical adviser for Glasgow’s driverless subway trains

Atkins named technical adviser for Glasgow’s driverless subway trains

06.04.16: The Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has named Atkins Transportation as its technical adviser for providing rolling stock for Glasgow’s new driverless subway trains. Atkins will be responsible for providing local subject ma...

Alstom’s HS2 director appointed as acting managing director

Alstom’s HS2 director appointed as acting managing director

05.04.16: Alstom’s HS2 director has hailed the ‘incredibly exciting’ developments taking place in the UK rail industry after being appointed as the company’s acting managing director for the UK and Ireland. Henrik Anderberg ha...

David Waboso appointed new managing director of Digital Railway

David Waboso appointed new managing director of Digital Railway

30.03.16: David Waboso has been appointed as Network Rail’s new managing director of Digital Railway, it was announced today. Waboso will replace Jerry England, who is retiring, as director of Digital Railway, with responsibility for projects i...

Contract for Ordsall Chord construction partnership signed

Contract for Ordsall Chord construction partnership signed

30.03.16: Manchester’s Ordsall Chord is set to go ahead after the contract for the new partnership was signed. Network Rail formed an official construction partnership with Amey, Skanska, Siemens and BAM Nuttall to build the chord, which will l...

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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 >