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Giken Reaction Base

Giken Reaction Base

01.11.06: RTM previews Giken’s brand new product, a revolution in embankment technology Whether your embankment or cutting needs stabilising, improving or enlarging, additional land take is a major consideration. Either you need space to allow...

Holleran - Delivering Electricity and Drainage Solutions for the Rail Industry

01.11.06: With a turnover approaching £100m, Holleran has been providing civil engineering services to the rail industry for more than twenty years, on projects ranging from the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Ebbsfleet Station to long-term contracts w...

Pyeroy paints glowing future

01.11.06: Pyeroy Group, the North East company renowned for re-painting railway bridges across the country, is playing a crucial role in one of the world’s most famous redecoration projects. Pyeroy is currently engaged in a ten-year contract to re-p...

Sowing the seed

Sowing the seed

01.11.06: RTM tells the story of RMB Craftscapes’ work at Castley Hill, Somerset Earlier this year RMB Craftscapes Ltd was contacted by Dean and Dyball Rail to assist in establishing new vegetation on several areas around their site at Castley...

The Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL)

The Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL)

01.11.06: A close-up view of Faber Maunsell’s work on the landmark project In May 2004, Faber Maunsell was commissioned by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) to act as Principal Consultant for the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL). Sinc...

Three minute thrill for rail personnel

01.11.06: Rail personnel across the country are set to benefit from a brand-new temporary accommodation unit, which can be sited and installed in under three minutes. Developed by GE Equipment Services Modular Space (GenQuip), the GE GroundHog unit h...

WM Plant provides foundation for rock cutting project

WM Plant provides foundation for rock cutting project

01.11.06: A recent nine-day blockade on the Wales Branch (SWB) Line near Chipping Sodbury presented a golden opportunity for Network Rail, whose engineers took advantage of the line closure to complete a wide range of maintenance and safety related work. ...

Different approach by Skanska UK delivers success at Half Year

Different approach by Skanska UK delivers success at Half Year

01.09.06: Skanska UK Plc has announced its results for the half year of 2006. Revenue at £424 million for the first six months of 2006 is a 27 percent improvement on that at the same period in 2005. Operating Income at £19.5 million represents...

Hyder wins sustainable water award

01.09.06: Environmental specialists at Hyder Consulting have scooped the top innovation award at the ICE West Midlands Awards 2006, for a pioneering sustainable water engineering design at Tyseley Light Maintenance Train Depot in Birmingham. Supporte...

Stabilising the Metropolitan Line

Stabilising the Metropolitan Line

01.01.06: A close look at Cementation Foundation Skanska’s work in London Work to stabilise an ageing earth structure for Metronet between Northwick Park and Preston Road Underground Stations has now been completed. The contract to reinfor...

Wimslow and Sandbach’s £200 million improvements

01.01.06: A major engineering project between Sandbach and Wilmslow, Cheshire, began in December to upgrade the railway infrastructure and improve train services throughout the area. The £200 million scheme will see Network Rail engineers repla...

Bowstring arch bridge removed

01.12.05: The Paddington Bridge Project team have successfully lowered and moved the bowstring arch bridge. In 2004 the bridge was raised by ten metres by means of four strand jacks located in steel support towers in each corner of the bowstring. The...

Lime Street Gateway gets green light

13.09.05: The new designs for Liverpool’s Lime Street Gateway moved a step closer to reality as Liverpool City Council’s planning committee gave its approval last month. Permission has now been granted for the demolition of the row of sho...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >