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The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01.02.17: Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s ‘ERTMS and ETCS 2017: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK’ conference. Simulation...

Digital railway maintenance

Digital railway maintenance

01.02.17: Tim Flower, head of maintenance at Network Rail, explains how the infrastructure owner is adopting a new approach for condition monitoring to maximise return on investment. Over recent years Network Rail has made significant progress in del...

Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01.02.17: Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country’s railways. Over the last few years there has been a great deal of discussion within the i...

A better railway depends on harnessing technology

A better railway depends on harnessing technology

27.01.17: Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), argues that we must change the status quo and invest in technology if we are to continue to improve rail services going forward. Recent weeks have seen much discussion among po...

Ensuring a fair compensation deal

Ensuring a fair compensation deal

24.01.17: Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus, on the importance of delivering fair compensation to passengers. What makes a passenger feel that they are getting a fair deal from their train company? Our research shows that the absolute...

Skills challenge: From strategy to action

Skills challenge: From strategy to action

24.01.17: Elaine Clark, manager of Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM), explains how the region is already taking innovative action to tackle the national skills shortage. The skills shortages in the rail industry have been well documented for some time....

BIM level 2: what will it mean for you?

BIM level 2: what will it mean for you?

24.01.17: Alan Barrow, managing director of ABA Surveying Ltd, discusses the importance of BIM and the significant interest in the recently launched BIM4Rail. BIM Level 2, meaning collaborative working with the project data being freely available to...

Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

20.01.17: Florence Gaidet from Mack Brooks gives RTM an update on what people can expect from SIFER 2017, France’s showcase for railway technology, products and services. SIFER, France’s showcase for railway technology, products and servi...

The data-driven railway

The data-driven railway

20.01.17: RTM speaks to James Dean, Network Rail’s director of route asset management (DRAM), LNW, about the work the infrastructure owner is carrying out to digitise asset management across the business to meet the growing demands of the UK’s...

Achieving efficiency through standards

Achieving efficiency through standards

17.01.17: Vaibhav Puri, head of standards policy at the RSSB, attempts to bust the myths around standards, and argues that they will be vital to the trading relationship of the rail industry and its supply chain in a post-Brexit world. You could be f...

A digital railway for a modern Britain

A digital railway for a modern Britain

17.01.17: David Waboso CBE, managing director of Group Digital Railway, discusses using digital technology and how we must work together better as an industry. Passenger numbers have doubled since the mid-1990s and are forecast to double again over t...

Vital transport links closer to being a reality

Vital transport links closer to being a reality

17.01.17: David Brown, chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN), shares his thoughts on the government’s announcement of HS2 Phase 2b. The publication of the Command Paper in November 2016 for Phase 2b of HS2 was a much welcome ‘s...

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...

Keen industry response to Railtex 2017

Keen industry response to Railtex 2017

22.11.16: Kirsten Whitehouse, exhibition manager at Mack Brooks Exhibitions, provides a round-up of what is on offer at the thirteenth edition of Railtex. The countdown is well underway for Railtex, the UK’s major exhibition of railway products...

How a zero-emission train could revolutionise UK railways

How a zero-emission train could revolutionise UK railways

22.11.16: Henrik Anderberg, managing director for regional & intercity at Alstom UK & Ireland, gives an update on the company’s first zero-emission self-powered train. At this year’s InnoTrans in Berlin, the railway industry&rsquo...

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Industry sets out 12 key rail priorities to ‘strengthen case for funding’

09/02/2017Industry sets out 12 key rail priorities to ‘strengthen case for funding’

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All aboard the digital train

27/01/2017All aboard the digital train

Kevin Ives, digital transformation director a... more >

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pages 27-29, and read more details at ukria.com. If... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers will see fairer and simpler fares.  Two recent initiatives should help achieve this.  One initiative was a response to our four-year cam... more > more last word articles >

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Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

03/02/2017Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

Southern’s annual season ticket holders have been reminded that they are entitled to claim compensation due to the franchise’s poor performance over the 2016-17 financial year. Last year, the DfT promised that Southern season ticket holders would be able to claim the equivalent of a month’s worth of fares in compensation... more >
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Tackling regulation at its routes

24/01/2017Tackling regulation at its routes

John Larkinson, the ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, speaks to RTM about the move to regulating Network Rail at a route lev... more >
Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Fut... more >
Maintaining the safety momentum

12/09/2016Maintaining the safety momentum

Britain’s railways are currently the safest they have ever been, but there is still room for improvement, Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector o... more >
Transforming rail in the north

06/06/2016Transforming rail in the north

As part of RTM’s series of interviews with the those at the top of the TOCs, David Stevenson caught up with Alex Hynes, Arriva Rail North&r... more >