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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...

Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

21.03.17: Boaz Yariv, senior architect, and Dr Elizabeth de Mello, senior ergonomics specialist at Network Rail, discuss the complex ergonomic considerations that have led the infrastructure owner to adopt its current guidance on the design of ticket sale...

Stevenage station platform work ahead of Azuma trains to begin next week

Stevenage station platform work ahead of Azuma trains to begin next week

15.03.17: Work will soon begin on extending the platform at Stevenage station to allow all the carriages of Virgin’s new Azuma trains to fit into the station. The £800,000 project is planned to begin on 20 March and is scheduled to be com...

Innovative engineering at Eden Brows

Innovative engineering at Eden Brows

14.03.17: Last year disaster struck the iconic Settle to Carlisle railway line in Cumbria when a 500,000-tonne landslip occurred. Rhiannon Price, project manager for infrastructure projects at Network Rail, gives RTM an update on the innovative technique...

Buckingham group awarded £22m Worcestershire Parkway contract

Buckingham group awarded £22m Worcestershire Parkway contract

22.02.17: Worcestershire County Council has appointed Buckingham Group to construct the new Worcestershire Parkway station, with a completion date set for Winter 2018-19. The scheme for the station, close to junction 7 on the M5, is worth £22m...

TfN: Ordsall Chord success ‘an example of what NR can achieve with time and money’

TfN: Ordsall Chord success ‘an example of what NR can achieve with time and money’

21.02.17: Network Rail is likely to use the Ordsall Chord’s success story as a “really good example” of how when they’re given the support, time and money, they can “really deliver these pieces of infrastructure”, Trans...

Wolverhampton reveals contractor for new £132m railway station

Wolverhampton reveals contractor for new £132m railway station

07.02.17: The Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership (WIP) has announced its preferred contractor to deliver the city’s new £132m railway station. Galliford Try – the leading UK construction group responsible for Wimbledon Centre Cou...

Kenilworth station opening delayed until December 2017

Kenilworth station opening delayed until December 2017

06.01.17: Warwickshire County Council has announced that the new station in Kenilworth will now not be opened until this December due to track and signalling issues, one year after services were meant to begin running. The station will now open on 10...

Durham station to close for Azuma platform extension

Durham station to close for Azuma platform extension

05.01.17: A Durham station platform is to be extended to allow Virgin’s longer Azuma trains to travel through the station. Network Rail engineers will make platform one 40m longer so that all carriages of the Azuma trains fit into the station w...

Cambridge North 80% complete following Christmas work

Cambridge North 80% complete following Christmas work

04.01.17: The new station at Cambridge North is due to open on schedule after major construction work over Christmas. Network Rail engineers built platforms, installed tracks for a new bay platform and fitted overhead wires over the festive season. T...

Green light given for £3m refurbishment of Middlesbrough station

Green light given for £3m refurbishment of Middlesbrough station

21.12.16: Middlesbrough station has gained approval to have its roof and stonework repaired as the first stage in a programme of upgrades. The project, which costs £2.7m, will begin in spring 2017 and take 13 months to complete. Lisa McGui...

Significant investment promised for Sutton Coldfield stations

Significant investment promised for Sutton Coldfield stations

15.12.16: Stations in the Sutton Coldfield area will receive over a million pounds of investment from Network Rail and London Midland. At a meeting with Andrew Mitchell, the MP for Sutton Coldfield, Network Rail said that it is investing £1.2m...

New £41m Edinburgh Gateway station now open

New £41m Edinburgh Gateway station now open

12.12.16: The new £41m Edinburgh Gateway train-tram interchange was officially opened by the Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf last Friday (9 December). The new station, in the west of Edinburgh, will be of great benefit to passengers fr...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-e... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >