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Plans for three new Leeds railway stations unveiled

Plans for three new Leeds railway stations unveiled

05.12.16: Leeds is set to get three new railway stations as part of a £270m transport strategy set to be unveiled tomorrow. A new parkway station will be built on the existing Leeds to Harrogate line at Leeds Airport, while new stations will al...

Geophysical condition assessment of railway earthworks

Geophysical condition assessment of railway earthworks

22.11.16: Dr Shane Donohue from Queen’s University Belfast discusses the findings of a recent project that used time-lapse monitoring of climate effects on earthworks using surface waves. A recent DfT review on infrastructure resilience highlig...

£5m upgrades completed at Whitton station

£5m upgrades completed at Whitton station

21.11.16: A £5m upgrade programme at Whitton station was completed today with the opening of a fully accessible footbridge, featuring two lifts for passengers. The refurbishment programme, which began in March 2015, has provided the station wit...

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...

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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 >