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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...

£5m upgrades completed at Whitton station

£5m upgrades completed at Whitton station

21.11.16: A £5m upgrade programme at Whitton station was completed today with the opening of a fully accessible footbridge, featuring two lifts for passengers. The refurbishment programme, which began in March 2015, has provided the station wit...

Ilkeston, 50 years on

Ilkeston, 50 years on

18.11.16: The town of Ilkeston is finally getting another rail station after almost 50 years without tracks. Geoff Pickford, service director for highways at Derbyshire County Council, gives an update on the latest developments taking place at the site. ...

Virgin Trains unveils futuristic changes at Birmingham International

Virgin Trains unveils futuristic changes at Birmingham International

14.11.16: Virgin Trains has unveiled its new-look Birmingham International station, calling the transformed open-plan station its vision for ‘stations of the future’. An investment of over £1m has transformed the station’s tic...

Lighting the way in energy consumption reduction

Lighting the way in energy consumption reduction

07.11.16: RTM’s David Stevenson speaks to Ben Martin, head of asset management at c2c, about the energy-saving programme being rolled out at the operator’s stations. In an effort to significantly reduce energy consumption, National Expres...

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Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

24/02/2017Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

ORR has this week published its UK rail industry financial information 2015-16, which has revealed the expenditure and income sources of the whol... more >
RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

24/02/2017RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

Rail union RMT has called for urgent talks to be resumed with Southern in a bid to bring its long running dispute about guards on trains to an en... more >
Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

24/02/2017Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

The impact of yesterday’s Storm Doris has been felt on rail services across the country, as passengers saw major disruption and commuters f... more >

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pag... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers w... more > more last word articles >

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Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

03/02/2017Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

Southern’s annual season ticket holders have been reminded that they are entitled to claim compensation due to the franchise’s poor performance over the 2016-17 financial year. Last year, the DfT promised that Southern season ticket holders would be able to claim the equivalent of a month’s worth of fares in compensation... more >
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The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01/02/2017The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s &lsqu... more >
Digital railway maintenance

01/02/2017Digital railway maintenance

Tim Flower, head of maintenance at Network Rail, explains how the infrastructure owner is adopting a new approach for condition monitoring to max... more >
Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01/02/2017Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country&r... more >
A better railway depends on harnessing technology

27/01/2017A better railway depends on harnessing technology

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), argues that we must change the status quo and invest in technology if we are to c... 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 >