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Railway stations celebrate Queen’s birthday

Railway stations celebrate Queen’s birthday

21.04.16: As the Queen celebrates her real birthday today, railway stations across the country have announced plans to host celebrations of her official birthday in June. The Queen was born 90 years ago today, but traditionally also has an official b...

Looking to the future at Victorian Paddington

Looking to the future at Victorian Paddington

21.04.16: Natalie Holden, senior commercial scheme sponsor for the Paddington project at Network Rail, talks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the ongoing work to replace the station’s intricate glass roof, upgrade its retail hub, and of the changes...

Understanding asset behaviour to maximise budget performance

Understanding asset behaviour to maximise budget performance

18.04.16: Panayioti Yianni, Luis Neves, Dovile Rama and John Andrews from the University of Nottingham explore methods to manage large portfolio of assets. A common theme in many sectors today is facing increased demand on assets whilst enduring budg...

Network Rail join partnership to build up to 10,000 new homes near railway stations

Network Rail join partnership to build up to 10,000 new homes near railway stations

11.04.16: Up to 10,000 new houses and businesses will be built near railway stations under a new agreement between Network Rail and the Homes and Communities Agency. Local councils are being called on to take part in the scheme, which aims to contrib...

Ordsall Chord delivery needs certainty as work starts to progress

Ordsall Chord delivery needs certainty as work starts to progress

16.03.16: Martyn Angus, LNW route senior programme sponsor at Network Rail, talks to RTM about how work is progressing on the Ordsall Chord. Delivering the much-delayed £85m Ordsall Chord by December 2017 is achievable but certainty over the pr...

Rail vibration: An increasing factor in construction

Rail vibration: An increasing factor in construction

14.03.16: Mitigating noise and vibration from trains is becoming an integral part of construction projects, says Julie Dakin, divisional director in the metros and civils division at Mott MacDonald. Population growth, urbanisation, social development...

Winning concept designs for new Oxford station revealed

Winning concept designs for new Oxford station revealed

09.03.16: The winners of a competition to develop a concept design for Oxford station have been unveiled. Wilkinson Eyre, Allies & Morrison and AHR won the competition, which was managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects and judged by...

Major stations could be sold off to plug Network Rail debt

Major stations could be sold off to plug Network Rail debt

22.02.16: Privatisation options are already starting to take shape across Network Rail as a source told national press that the infrastructure owner has hired Citigroup bankers to look at the possibility of selling off 18 major stations nationwide. R...

Bringing together sustainability in major rail projects

Bringing together sustainability in major rail projects

15.02.16: Mott MacDonald’s group sustainability director, Davide Stronati, and head of rail, Tony Walker, discuss the importance of sustainability and innovation in developing major railway projects. Traditionally in infrastructure projects sus...

Thameslink transformation taking effect at London bridge

Thameslink transformation taking effect at London bridge

12.02.16: Mark Somers, rail systems project director on the Thameslink programme, updates RTM on the latest developments taking place in and around London Bridge station. The London Bridge station redevelopment is a key part of the mammoth £6.5...

TfL kick-starts improvement works at eastern Crossrail stations

TfL kick-starts improvement works at eastern Crossrail stations

11.02.16: Transport for London (TfL) has kick-started a series of improvement works across the stations situated along the eastern section of the Crossrail route in preparation for the project’s full service in 2019. Work is now underway at Man...

LSSE: Network rail entering a new era of station design

LSSE: Network rail entering a new era of station design

10.02.16: Penny Gilg, Network Rail’s project manager on the Leeds Southern Station Entrance (LSSE), discusses how the infrastructure owner is changing its approach to station design. The opening of the new Leeds Southern Station Entrance (LSSE)...

Farnworth Tunnel services to return to full speed this week

Farnworth Tunnel services to return to full speed this week

01.02.16: Follow-up work due to take place at Farnworth Tunnel this week will remove the final speed restriction in place, meaning trains will be able to run at full speed. Full services resumed mid-December after engineers connected the new tracks...

Long-awaited NUCKLE stations open next week

Long-awaited NUCKLE stations open next week

15.01.16: The long-awaited stations built as part of the Coventry to Nuneaton Rail Upgrade will finally open on 18 January after months of delay to the £13.6m investment scheme. Work to build the new Bermuda Park and Coventry Arena stations kic...

Asset management is changing

Asset management is changing

11.01.16: Graham Kenn, technical director for coastal and river engineering at JBA Consulting, discusses effective asset management and how it is becoming more significant than ever, with increasing physical pressures on assets due to extreme weather and...

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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 >