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How can the new government support rail freight?

How can the new government support rail freight?

20.07.17: Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can take to ensure that the sector continues to grow. You may not have expected the result that voters...

Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20.07.17: Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development at the heart of its services. TfW is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit company established by the W...

A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20.07.17: Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a super hub station at Old Oak and Park Royal. A year has passed since I last wrote in RTM about...

Simple changes for energy efficiency

Simple changes for energy efficiency

20.07.17: Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for the industry as a means to drive down costs, lower carbon emissions and embed innovation. The U...

Plugging solar power into our railways

Plugging solar power into our railways

17.07.17: Dr Nathaniel Bottrell, research associate at Imperial College London (ICL), talks about the Renewable Traction Project, which is investigating the use of solar energy to power our rail network – especially in areas where the electricity gr...

Developing a stronger and more connected UK

Developing a stronger and more connected UK

17.07.17: Maria Machancoses, programme director at Midlands Connect, explains why effective rail links between the Midlands and Wales will be key to developing a stronger and more connected UK. As major economic players of the UK economy, the Midland...

Adaptable carriage offers new revenue opportunity for TOCs

Adaptable carriage offers new revenue opportunity for TOCs

17.07.17: Zane van Romunde, transport sector lead at 42 Technology, explains why Adaptable Carriage could be a game changer in encouraging more online deliveries to be transported by train rather than via the UK’s increasingly congested road network...

East meets west

East meets west

13.07.17: Louise Moore, engineering manager for HV power at Crossrail, tells RTM how two great railways will be joined by electrifying at 50kV under central London. A dedicated team of engineers is working around the clock on Crossrail – Europe...

New centres of excellence for rail innovation

New centres of excellence for rail innovation

13.07.17: Clive Roberts, director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, Simon Iwnicki, director of the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR), and William Powrie, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering an...

Reducing congestion

Reducing congestion

10.07.17: New figures show rail freight is far better at reducing congestion than previously thought, writes Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT). The latest figures from the Daventry Intermodal Rail Fr...

Railway bridge condition monitoring

Railway bridge condition monitoring

10.07.17: Liam J Butler and Nicholas de Battista, from the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at the University of Cambridge, discuss their innovative work on the Stafford Area Improvements Programme to condition monitor two...

Cambridge North: more than just a station

Cambridge North: more than just a station

10.07.17: Eliane Algaard, director of route asset management at Network Rail, reveals how the brand-new Cambridge North station came to life right in the heart of the region’s science and biology-themed surroundings. Cambridge North is the regi...

Use the apprenticeship levy opportunity to attract better talent

Use the apprenticeship levy opportunity to attract better talent

10.07.17: Recently, larger organisations were hit with the apprenticeship levy. In the rail industry, where apprenticeships are already popular, this will encourage further employment of apprentices. But, argues Nigel Eagers of NSAR, they’re the luc...

Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2017

Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2017

07.07.17: RTM’s Josh Mines reports from an exhausting, exhilarating and enjoyable day after taking part in this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge at the East of England Arena. Where can you go to herd ducks, drive a motorised bathtub an...

Rail freight: part of the solution

Rail freight: part of the solution

06.07.17: The limitations of rail freight dictate that it can never be the total solution to supply chain challenges, but Chris MacRae, rail expert at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), argues its many benefits are often overlooked by shippers as a...

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Keep cool and carry on

20/07/2017Keep cool and carry on

RTM’s Luana Salles looks at the reasons... more >
HS2: the catalyst for diversity

17/07/2017HS2: the catalyst for diversity

RTM’s Josh Mines reports on how HS2 Ltd... more >

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get them moving in the new Parliament. They ought to... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (TPS) have seen remarkable levels of satisfaction by the six operators we covered in Blackpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheff... more > more last word articles >

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Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

28/07/2017Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

Londoners will soon be able to enjoy a unique rail experience – by riding a train going along the disused Mail Rail line. The 6.5-mile track runs deep under the capital, criss-crossing Tube lines and formerly linking six sorting offices with mainline stations at Liverpool Street and Paddington. At most, the small, electric and drive... more >
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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >
‘In the rail business, we’re leading the way’

13/07/2017‘In the rail business, we’re leading the way’

Andy Milner, the chief executive of Amey, tells RTM about the transformation programme that has been taking place in the company since his takeov... more >
Expanding an unprecedented level of style and comfort

13/07/2017Expanding an unprecedented level of style and comfort

At the end of May, Eurostar introduced its new e320 train on the London-Brussels route. Rob Haycocks talks to RTM about what passengers can expec... more >
A development opportunity across the national network

10/07/2017A development opportunity across the national network

Simone Bailey, asset management director at Abellio Greater Anglia, talks to RTM about overcoming the different challenges facing stations of var... more >