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Making the right connections

Making the right connections

13.11.07: The first train will enter service in only a matter of weeks time and probably the last thing on the mind of passengers speeding to Europe on High Speed 1 is “will the power supply to the train fail and interrupt my journey?” Fine wi...

FRP railway bridge is a UK first

25.10.07: The UK rail network's first self-supporting fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge was lifted into position over a railway line at St Austell, Cornwall at the weekend. The innovative footbridge, which crosses the Paddington to Penzance main...

Mayor sets out initial decisions for the construction and operation of Crossrail

19.10.07: Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, has set out some of the detailed implications of the construction of Crossrail for London and confirmed arrangements for the project’s management. Ken Livingstone, said: "I have already outli...

Construction of new Ely rail bridge begins

04.10.07: Network Rail has begun to rebuild the rail bridge across the River Ouse at Ely which was damaged following a derailment of a freight train on 22 June. It is hoped that the bridge will be open for passenger and freight services before Christ...

FARO joins British Engineering Manufacturers’ Association

27.09.07: FARO, the world market leader in portable computer-aided measurement arms and laser tracker sales, has announced that it has joined the British Engineering Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA). BEMA is the largest engineering trade associatio...

Bow river bridge to get makeover

20.09.07: The railway bridge over the River Lea and Bow Creek in East London is getting a £2 million makeover this autumn. Graffiti and rust will disappear when the steelwork is grit-blasted and repainted. This will transform the 120m long brid...

New Metrolink bridge swings into place

23.08.07: Engineers lifted a new 50 tonne road bridge into place over the Bury Metrolink line on Wednesday as part of a £100 million project to improve the network. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) replaced the bridge, o...

Park Street bridge brought up to strength

23.08.07: Work will soon start on a £250,000 project by Network Rail and Birmingham City Council to strengthen Park Street bridge in Birmingham to ensure it meets current standards for roads passing over railway lines. A scheme is under way to...

King Street bridge brought up to strength

02.08.07: Work will soon start on a £1.6 million project by Network Rail to ensure King Street bridge on the A627 in Dukinfield, known locally as The White Bridge, meets current standards for roads passing over railway lines. A scheme is under...

Lindapter fixings provide high-integrity solution for 'adventure walk' addition to Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge

Lindapter fixings provide high-integrity solution for 'adventure walk' addition to Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge

24.07.07: Lindapter steelwork fixings provided the ideal solution for safely attaching much of the flooring and walkway structures required to create the new 'Story Bridge Adventure Climb' — a recent addition to Brisbane's tourist attractions. ...

Scientifics go Forth

Scientifics go Forth

24.07.07: Bridges are one of the most striking aspects of the UK’s rail network, none more so than the 2.5 km. (1.5 mile) Forth Railway Bridge, the world’s first major steel bridge. Completed in 1890, it ranks as one of the great feats of...

Works underway on Monkwearmouth Bridge

Works underway on Monkwearmouth Bridge

24.07.07: Restrengthening and refurbishment works are underway on Monkwearmouth railway bridge in Sunderland. Network Rail has appointed Amalgamated Construction Co. Ltd (AMCO) as the main contractor on the project and Pyeroy Group has been sub-contr...

Metronet demonstrates improved environmental performance with new CEEQUAL plans

07.06.07: To mark World Environment Day, Metronet Rail has announced that three new embankment stabilisation projects are to take part in CEEQUAL (the Civil Engineering Environment Quality Assessment and Awards scheme). Metronet, responsible for the...

Largest ever corrugated tunnel

31.05.07: World’s largest span, corrugated steel rail tunnel to be lifted into place in the UK The first section of what will be the world’s largest span, corrugated steel rail tunnel was lifted into place in the UK on May 19/20th. The tu...

Christmas doesn’t stop West Coast Main Line progress

01.01.07: The Christmas period was used to undertake several major bridge replacements on the Trent Valley four tracking project which will increase the capacity on the West Coast Main Line from two to four tracks between Tamworth and Armitage with Handsa...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >