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The case for change for Greater Manchester stations

The case for change for Greater Manchester stations

05.05.17: As Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) awaits government approval on its proposal to take over all of the region’s rail stations, Amanda White, its head of rail, talks to RTM about the countless benefits this move would bring. Gre...

RSSB push for ‘keener, leaner and greener’ energy use from industry

RSSB push for ‘keener, leaner and greener’ energy use from industry

21.04.17: New guidelines on the energy use of non-traction activities by train companies could save the industry millions by making processes “keener, leaner and greener”. In new recommendations published by the RSSB, it was stated that m...

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...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >