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Ilkeston, 50 years on

Ilkeston, 50 years on

18.11.16: The town of Ilkeston is finally getting another rail station after almost 50 years without tracks. Geoff Pickford, service director for highways at Derbyshire County Council, gives an update on the latest developments taking place at the site. ...

Virgin Trains unveils futuristic changes at Birmingham International

Virgin Trains unveils futuristic changes at Birmingham International

14.11.16: Virgin Trains has unveiled its new-look Birmingham International station, calling the transformed open-plan station its vision for ‘stations of the future’. An investment of over £1m has transformed the station’s tic...

Lighting the way in energy consumption reduction

Lighting the way in energy consumption reduction

07.11.16: RTM’s David Stevenson speaks to Ben Martin, head of asset management at c2c, about the energy-saving programme being rolled out at the operator’s stations. In an effort to significantly reduce energy consumption, National Expres...

Retail revamp for Waterloo Eurostar terminal given green light

Retail revamp for Waterloo Eurostar terminal given green light

03.11.16: Lambeth Council have given the green light to a new shopping centre at the disused Waterloo International Terminal (WIT) as part of a wider project to expand the station. The venture, organised by LCR, the DfT and Network Rail, will create...

Edinburgh’s £41m tram-train interchange  to open next month

Edinburgh’s £41m tram-train interchange to open next month

03.11.16: Rail passengers travelling to Edinburgh will be able to transfer directly to the tram for onward travel to the airport at a new interchange from next month. The £41m Edinburgh Gateway interchange, situated between South Gyle and Dalme...

Wolverhampton to get new station as part of £120m redevelopment

Wolverhampton to get new station as part of £120m redevelopment

01.11.16: Wolverhampton station will be demolished and replaced with a more modern development as part of a £120m investment. Wolverhampton City Council approved the plans from the Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership for the new station, whic...

New exit opened as part of Birmingham New Street redevelopment

New exit opened as part of Birmingham New Street redevelopment

31.10.16: The £750m redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station has neared completion as a new pedestrian exit opened. The southern hub will provide exit-only access to Hill Street from all platforms via the Navigation Street footbridge. ...

South West Trains opens first video customer contact centre

South West Trains opens first video customer contact centre

28.09.16: South West Trains passengers will be able to seek support in buying tickets via video screens at the first specialised customer contact centre in the UK, officially opened at Basingstoke today. The centre is linked to video ticket machines...

Robroyston first new station to be funded through Scottish Stations Fund

Robroyston first new station to be funded through Scottish Stations Fund

27.09.16: Plans for a new railway station at Robroyston, a suburb of Glasgow, have received a boost after the Scottish government committed to meet 50% of the costs. The project will be the first new station to be funded through the £30m Scotti...

Additional £20m funding needed to expand Salford Central station

Additional £20m funding needed to expand Salford Central station

26.09.16: Plans to expand Salford Central station in order to accommodate longer trains are due to be approved at a Greater Manchester Combined Authority meeting on Friday, although they will require more funding than initially thought. According to...

Drones are the future of asset inspection

Drones are the future of asset inspection

15.09.16: Richard Butterfield, an AmeyVTOL director, highlights the many benefits of drone technology to the rail network through more precise and secure asset management. I remember reading an article in The Telegraph a couple of years ago that said...

The station of today and of tomorrow

The station of today and of tomorrow

15.09.16: As Cambridge North station finally begins to take shape, RTM speaks to Eliane Algaard, director of route asset management for Anglia at Network Rail, to find out more about the latest developments. For a station that has been plagued with d...

Taking back flood control

Taking back flood control

05.09.16: Network Rail’s commercial scheme sponsor, Joanna Grew, talks to RTM about the recent flood alleviation works carried out at Hinksey. Over the last 14 years, flooding on the Didcot to Oxford railway line between Hinksey has led to 11 c...

Scottish councils increase funding bids for reopening stations

Scottish councils increase funding bids for reopening stations

26.08.16: More money has been offered to support the reopening of two stations on the East Coast Main Line in Scotland. Following talks with transport minister Humza Yousaf and the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), Scottish Bord...

c2c launches energy-saving programme

c2c launches energy-saving programme

24.08.16: c2c is seeking to save the equivalent of enough electricity to power its entire fleet for a week by installing LED lighting at its stations. The lighting, which will be installed at all stations, is more energy-efficient than the existing l...

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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 >