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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...

EIB loan of £450 million for Olympic transport

01.01.07: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a £450 million (660 million Euro) loan to Transport for London (TfL), in support of the East London Line project (ELLP). The ELLP is a key component of the Mayor of London and TfL’s...

Kilburn High Road bridge project completed

01.01.07: Network Rail has been responsible for the design and construction of a £6.5m project with Galliford Try to replace a four span overbridge at Kilburn High Road in north London which is owned by Network Rail. The structure carries the A5 ove...

Leven viaduct

01.01.07: Network Rail were responsible for the design and construction of a £13m competitively tendered project with Carillion to reconstruct the superstructure on a 49 span viaduct. The viaduct is located on the Carnforth to Barrow-in-Furness rail...

Leven viaduct

01.01.07: Network Rail were responsible for the design and construction of a £13m competitively tendered project with Carillion to reconstruct the superstructure on a 49 span viaduct. The viaduct is located on the Carnforth to Barrow-in-Furness rail...

Maglev rail system fails to roll

01.01.07: The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has released “Which way?” a report recommending that conventional high speed rail technology is used, rather than magnetic levitation (Maglev), to build a UK high speed rail link. As this woul...

Morris ‘AIMS’ to take risk out of equation

01.01.07: ‘AIMS’ (Asset Inspection Management System) is a new and invaluable managed service that the maintenance services division of leading lifting services provider, Morris Material Handling, is actively promoting within the rail sector. ...

Skyline Rope Access

Skyline Rope Access

01.01.07: Skyline Rope Access Ltd is committed to providing staffing and geotechnical solutions for all the challenging access problems which occur daily in the rail sector. Skyline provides a range of services from supplying IRATA trained level 3 su...

Underneath the arches with Jarvis Plant

01.01.07: With its distinctive 36 arches, Almond Valley viaduct is a local landmark in Broxburn, West Lothian. Built in the 1860’s, renovating the sandstone damaged by erosion underneath the arches was a daunting prospect for Mowlem, who were awarde...

Underneath the arches with Jarvis Plant

01.01.07: With its distinctive 36 arches, Almond Valley viaduct is a local landmark in Broxburn, West Lothian. Built in the 1860’s, renovating the sandstone damaged by erosion underneath the arches was a daunting prospect for Mowlem, who were awarde...

Why use a professional surveyor?

01.01.07: Rory Stanbridge, secretary general, and Neil Harvey, chairman of public relations committee, The Survey Association As every engineer knows, foundations are the critical starting point for all construction work. Likewise, surveys are the cr...

Brett starts work on CTRL infrastructure maintenance depot

Brett starts work on CTRL infrastructure maintenance depot

01.11.06: Brett Civils, a division of Brett Construction, one of the south east’s leading contractors, has started work on a £1.7 million civil and external works project to create a new Infrastructure Maintenance Depot as part of the Channel...

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...

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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “g... more >
DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project &ldqu... 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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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >