Civils and stations

Plans for Birmingham HS2 Curzon Street station given green light

Plans for Birmingham HS2 Curzon Street station given green light

07.07.17: Plans to redevelop the historic Birmingham Curzon station into a visitor centre to for passengers using the new HS2 terminal have been approved by the council. Birmingham City Council’s planning committee passed the redevelopment plan...

Creating successful stations and maximising surrounding development opportunities

Creating successful stations and maximising surrounding development opportunities

06.07.17: Norrie Courts, stations director at Network Rail, discusses the future vision for stations and the need to include sustainable design. Rail travel in Britain is more popular than ever. In 2016 there were approximately 1.6 billion rail passe...

NR to extend platforms at Bristol Temple Meads for new GWR fleet

NR to extend platforms at Bristol Temple Meads for new GWR fleet

26.06.17: Two platforms at Bristol Temple Meads will be extended this summer in anticipation for a new fleet of diesel-electric Intercity Express Trains being brought into service by GWR. The announcement was made by Network Rail who say that the cur...

RDG: Station investment driving economic growth in local areas

RDG: Station investment driving economic growth in local areas

22.06.17: Investment in stations worth £5.2bn has been crucial to spearheading economic growth in local areas, new analysis released by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has found. The RDG’s findings revealed that station regeneration was inf...

Plans for £125m Oxford station revamp unveiled

Plans for £125m Oxford station revamp unveiled

13.06.17: Initial plans for a £125m revamp of Oxford station have this week been released by Oxford City Council. The design includes plans for a new building fronted by a public square inspired by King’s Cross station, as well as a multi...

Northern calls on passengers to share opinions on station upgrades

Northern calls on passengers to share opinions on station upgrades

06.06.17: Northern has this week called on passengers to voice their opinions on its station modernisation programme and how it can improve facilities in the future. The operator has launched a survey to garner the views of passengers on a number of...

Cambridge North station opens for service

Cambridge North station opens for service

22.05.17: Cambridge North station opened to passengers yesterday, and will now serve Cambridge’s science and business parks as well as the suburbs and villages north of the city centre. Trains operated by Greater Anglia on the Cambridge to Lond...

ScotRail ramps up station security with 300 new CCTV cameras

ScotRail ramps up station security with 300 new CCTV cameras

17.05.17: ScotRail has today announced that it is looking to crack down on crime at its stations by increasing the amount of new CCTV cameras being installed. Over 300 new cameras have been installed across the ScotRail Alliance’s 359 stations...

Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

17.05.17: Boaz Yariv, senior architect, and Dr Elizabeth de Mello, senior ergonomics specialist at Network Rail, present the main features of the new inclusive ticket counter in London Bridge station. In the last issue of RTM, we described the backgr...

Small stations: simple changes for quick wins

Small stations: simple changes for quick wins

17.05.17: Richard Freeston-Clough of London TravelWatch explains how investing in small stations in the capital can deliver many benefits and also have a positive effect on the local economy. Small stations are fundamental to London’s transport...

Glasgow: subway station upgrades reach halfway point

Glasgow: subway station upgrades reach halfway point

11.05.17: Charles Hoskins, senior director at the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), gives RTM an update on the £300m Glasgow Subway Modernisation programme and the work still to do. At the end of 2016, Glasgow Subway celebrated its 1...

Final spans for Bolton interchange’s ‘skylink’ bridge put in place

Final spans for Bolton interchange’s ‘skylink’ bridge put in place

10.05.17: The final two steel spans for Bolton interchange’s state-of-the-art ‘skylink’ bridge have now been put in place by engineers. Overnight on Monday, a 750-tonne crane was used to lift the spans, which will connect the interc...

The case for change for Greater Manchester stations

The case for change for Greater Manchester stations

05.05.17: As Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) awaits government approval on its proposal to take over all of the region’s rail stations, Amanda White, its head of rail, talks to RTM about the countless benefits this move would bring. Gre...

RSSB push for ‘keener, leaner and greener’ energy use from industry

RSSB push for ‘keener, leaner and greener’ energy use from industry

21.04.17: New guidelines on the energy use of non-traction activities by train companies could save the industry millions by making processes “keener, leaner and greener”. In new recommendations published by the RSSB, it was stated that m...

The case for rail integration

The case for rail integration

23.03.17: Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infrastructure projects in the UK. MTR Corporation’s new South Island Line (SIL) connects Hong...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities a... more >
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 >

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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 >