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The case for rail integration

The case for rail integration

23.03.17: Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infrastructure projects in the UK. MTR Corporation’s new South Island Line (SIL) connects Hong...

Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

21.03.17: Boaz Yariv, senior architect, and Dr Elizabeth de Mello, senior ergonomics specialist at Network Rail, discuss the complex ergonomic considerations that have led the infrastructure owner to adopt its current guidance on the design of ticket sale...

Stevenage station platform work ahead of Azuma trains to begin next week

Stevenage station platform work ahead of Azuma trains to begin next week

15.03.17: Work will soon begin on extending the platform at Stevenage station to allow all the carriages of Virgin’s new Azuma trains to fit into the station. The £800,000 project is planned to begin on 20 March and is scheduled to be com...

Innovative engineering at Eden Brows

Innovative engineering at Eden Brows

14.03.17: Last year disaster struck the iconic Settle to Carlisle railway line in Cumbria when a 500,000-tonne landslip occurred. Rhiannon Price, project manager for infrastructure projects at Network Rail, gives RTM an update on the innovative technique...

Buckingham group awarded £22m Worcestershire Parkway contract

Buckingham group awarded £22m Worcestershire Parkway contract

22.02.17: Worcestershire County Council has appointed Buckingham Group to construct the new Worcestershire Parkway station, with a completion date set for Winter 2018-19. The scheme for the station, close to junction 7 on the M5, is worth £22m...

TfN: Ordsall Chord success ‘an example of what NR can achieve with time and money’

TfN: Ordsall Chord success ‘an example of what NR can achieve with time and money’

21.02.17: Network Rail is likely to use the Ordsall Chord’s success story as a “really good example” of how when they’re given the support, time and money, they can “really deliver these pieces of infrastructure”, Trans...

Wolverhampton reveals contractor for new £132m railway station

Wolverhampton reveals contractor for new £132m railway station

07.02.17: The Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership (WIP) has announced its preferred contractor to deliver the city’s new £132m railway station. Galliford Try – the leading UK construction group responsible for Wimbledon Centre Cou...

Kenilworth station opening delayed until December 2017

Kenilworth station opening delayed until December 2017

06.01.17: Warwickshire County Council has announced that the new station in Kenilworth will now not be opened until this December due to track and signalling issues, one year after services were meant to begin running. The station will now open on 10...

Durham station to close for Azuma platform extension

Durham station to close for Azuma platform extension

05.01.17: A Durham station platform is to be extended to allow Virgin’s longer Azuma trains to travel through the station. Network Rail engineers will make platform one 40m longer so that all carriages of the Azuma trains fit into the station w...

Cambridge North 80% complete following Christmas work

Cambridge North 80% complete following Christmas work

04.01.17: The new station at Cambridge North is due to open on schedule after major construction work over Christmas. Network Rail engineers built platforms, installed tracks for a new bay platform and fitted overhead wires over the festive season. T...

Green light given for £3m refurbishment of Middlesbrough station

Green light given for £3m refurbishment of Middlesbrough station

21.12.16: Middlesbrough station has gained approval to have its roof and stonework repaired as the first stage in a programme of upgrades. The project, which costs £2.7m, will begin in spring 2017 and take 13 months to complete. Lisa McGui...

Significant investment promised for Sutton Coldfield stations

Significant investment promised for Sutton Coldfield stations

15.12.16: Stations in the Sutton Coldfield area will receive over a million pounds of investment from Network Rail and London Midland. At a meeting with Andrew Mitchell, the MP for Sutton Coldfield, Network Rail said that it is investing £1.2m...

New £41m Edinburgh Gateway station now open

New £41m Edinburgh Gateway station now open

12.12.16: The new £41m Edinburgh Gateway train-tram interchange was officially opened by the Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf last Friday (9 December). The new station, in the west of Edinburgh, will be of great benefit to passengers fr...

Plans for three new Leeds railway stations unveiled

Plans for three new Leeds railway stations unveiled

05.12.16: Leeds is set to get three new railway stations as part of a £270m transport strategy set to be unveiled tomorrow. A new parkway station will be built on the existing Leeds to Harrogate line at Leeds Airport, while new stations will al...

Geophysical condition assessment of railway earthworks

Geophysical condition assessment of railway earthworks

22.11.16: Dr Shane Donohue from Queen’s University Belfast discusses the findings of a recent project that used time-lapse monitoring of climate effects on earthworks using surface waves. A recent DfT review on infrastructure resilience highlig...

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Almost 1.5 million eTickets sold six months after introduction

27/03/2017Almost 1.5 million eTickets sold six months after introduction

Newly released figures of eTicket sales have shown that over one million have been sold since the modern system was first implemented last year. ... more >
Southern completes Class 377 modifications for extreme winter weather

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First MTR joint venture awarded South Western franchise

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First MTR South Western Trains Limited (First MTR) has been awarded the new South Western franchise by the government, which will see the introdu... more >

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08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive abo... more > more last word articles >

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Raising wall work at Linlithgow heritage railway site completed

24/03/2017Raising wall work at Linlithgow heritage railway site completed

Work has been completed to raise the height of walls bordering the railway heritage site at Royal Terrace and Union Road in Linlithgow, as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). A total of £650k has been put into the project to ensure the boundary of the railway is compliant with safety standards for an electrif... more >
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Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

23/03/2017Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

Justin Stenner, head of technology for Heathrow Express, considers the  benefits and drawbacks of implementing e-ticketing on rail services.... more >
Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23/03/2017Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel... more >
The case for rail integration

23/03/2017The case for rail integration

Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infras... more >
Getting fire testing standards right

23/03/2017Getting fire testing standards right

Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, a... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >