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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...

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...

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Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

18/10/2019Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

Arup, in partnership with Network Rail, have published their ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ report, exploring the exciting part th... more >
North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

17/10/2019North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review warnin... more >
Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17/10/2019Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list. Just 16.4% of the r... 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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NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

18/10/2019NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

Switch up your playlist with the first #WeAreRTM podcast, gain exclusive insight into the leaders running the rail industry their opinions on recent headlines, visions for the future and meet the personalities behind the job titles. It's not your average interview. Anna-Jane Hunter, Network Rail’s director, North of England rai... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >