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Council bosses reveal Manchester Piccadilly’s ‘Northern Hub’ HS2 overhaul

Council bosses reveal Manchester Piccadilly’s ‘Northern Hub’ HS2 overhaul

13.03.18: New plans to develop Manchester Piccadilly and the surrounding area in preparation for both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) have been unveiled by city council bosses. Much of the development would be north of the station, with 2.9 mi...

TfL drives forward with ‘hugely exciting’ Tube station development

TfL drives forward with ‘hugely exciting’ Tube station development

06.03.18: TfL has today confirmed that it will be going forward with a transformative programme of upgrade works on the South Kensington Tube station. The organisation has selected a private developer for the project, which will see the area around t...

Croydon station to get major expansion as Brighton Main Line work approved

Croydon station to get major expansion as Brighton Main Line work approved

27.02.18: Network Rail this week revealed plans to expand East Croydon station after the government approved funding for wider upgrades across the Brighton Main Line. The work will see two new platforms built at the station, with the addition of new...

A busy festive period in Scotland

A busy festive period in Scotland

02.02.18: RTM’s Josh Mines reports on the works that have been delivered in Scotland over the festive period as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). While most the country has enjoyed a lazy period of overindulging in foo...

First images of major ‘gateway’ development at Dundee station unveiled

First images of major ‘gateway’ development at Dundee station unveiled

01.02.18: The first phases of redevelopment work at Dundee station were completed this week as part of a wider £1m refurbishment. ScotRail Alliance is responsible for the changes, which have seen an update of the concourse, as well as new floor...

Rail infrastructure work ‘far below expectations’ as UK civils face first drop in five years

Rail infrastructure work ‘far below expectations’ as UK civils face first drop in five years

01.02.18: The UK’s infrastructure sector posted a quarterly decline today for the first time in five years, largely due to a lack of work on the UK’s railways. Figures released by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) show...

Innovation through technology

Innovation through technology

26.01.18: Tom Kelly, programme manager at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), and Andy Smith, project leader at MPact Thales (MPT), explain how their organisations are using digital engineering in the Trafford Park Line scheme to leverage value throu...

Guildford station gets approval for £150m regeneration work

Guildford station gets approval for £150m regeneration work

25.01.18: Plans for regeneration at Guildford station have been given the go-ahead by the local planning inspectorate, meaning work on the long-awaited scheme is a step closer to beginning. Initially put forward in 2014, the plan will involve a new u...

Engineers hit key milestone in delivery of new Maghull North station

Engineers hit key milestone in delivery of new Maghull North station

25.01.18: Construction of the new Maghull North station has hit a number of new milestones this week as engineers announced that lift shafts, a footbridge and stairs had been successfully installed. Work began on the new station back in September, wh...

A rail centre fit for the future

A rail centre fit for the future

23.01.18: Alstom UK’s new modernisation facility in Widnes has made fantastic progress on the Class 390 fleet since opening its doors in June, writes Nick Crossfield, the company’s managing director. The north west has a rich history of e...

Plans finalised for GWR’s new £40m Exeter depot

Plans finalised for GWR’s new £40m Exeter depot

22.01.18: Contract negotiations have been completed on plans for a £40m train maintenance depot in Exeter developed by GWR, Network Rail and the DfT. The new depot will be built at GWR’s current Exeter Olds View Depot site, expanding the...

Cardiff Central set for upgrade in £180m transport hub redevelopment

Cardiff Central set for upgrade in £180m transport hub redevelopment

16.01.18: Cardiff Central station could be involved in major redevelopment work as plans to redevelop the city’s transport hub are set to be agreed. The deal was agreed in principle today by the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) – a group resp...

Huge blaze shuts down all services at Nottingham station

Huge blaze shuts down all services at Nottingham station

12.01.18: Nottingham station has been shut down following a massive fire which began at around 6.30am this morning. The station was evacuated and there were no casualties reported, but services are unable to run through Nottingham until further notic...

DLR station reopens after nearly a year of Elizabeth Line prep

DLR station reopens after nearly a year of Elizabeth Line prep

09.01.18: Custom House DLR station reopened this week following its closure in February last year. The station went through major upgrade work in the time it was shut, preparing for the introduction of Elizabeth Line services which are set to start f...

TfN confirms January release for delayed draft transport strategy

TfN confirms January release for delayed draft transport strategy

15.12.17: Transport for the North has this week announced backing from northern leaders for its 30-year draft transport strategy. The document is expected to be released on 16 January 2018 with infrastructure and improvement plans thought to cost aro...

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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 >
NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

20/06/2018NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

Network Rail has commenced the tender process for the next generation of track work contracts, valued at up to £5bn. A Contract Notice has... 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 >