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A rail centre fit for the future

A rail centre fit for the future

23.01.18: Alstom UK’s new modernisation facility in Widnes has made fantastic progress on the Class 390 fleet since opening its doors in June, writes Nick Crossfield, the company’s managing director. The north west has a rich history of e...

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

23.01.18: Momentum continues to gather pace up and down the country as this year’s major HS2 milestones begin to approach, writes John Downer, director of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL). Last year saw the construction of HS2 – B...

Ballasted railway track: reducing maintenance needs

Ballasted railway track: reducing maintenance needs

08.12.17: William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering and dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, and Louis Le Pen, senior research fellow in rail infrastructure, consider the ways through which t...

Carlisle station: a glass act

Carlisle station: a glass act

08.12.17: Galliford Try is nearing completion of a major scheme for Network Rail at Carlisle station. The core of it is the replacement of glazing with ETFE, a type of clear plastic, but accessing the roof to carry out the work was a project in itself, as...

A chance to exceed expectations

A chance to exceed expectations

24.11.17: David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, highlights the areas that the next East Midlands franchise operator must focus on to improve train services for commuters. “I’m spending £130 at least on tickets and...

Blackpool Tramway extension: What's in store

Blackpool Tramway extension: What's in store

24.11.17: Cllr Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, outlines the proposals for the extension to the existing tramway from North Pier to Blackpool North railway station. Blackpool is undergoing major regeneration between 2017 and 2019...

Fighting heat in the Underground

Fighting heat in the Underground

24.11.17: RTM looks at the successes of the Cooling the Tube programme so far and what TfL hopes to achieve in the coming years. Despite what was a relatively mild summer, in this year’s June/July edition we decided to take a look at the reason...

The change journey of Edinburgh Waverley

The change journey of Edinburgh Waverley

24.11.17: As part of crucial plans to run longer, faster and greener trains in Scotland, Edinburgh Waverley has entered the latest phase of its station transformation journey, says Nick King from Network Rail. As part of Network Rail’s Railway...

Time to recognise freight's role

Time to recognise freight's role

24.11.17: Campaign for Better Transport’s Freight on Rail manager, Philippa Edmunds, argues that the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC’s) recent report overlooks the contribution rail freight makes to reducing congestion on Briti...

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17.11.17: David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce through the innovative use of new technology. Reducing the safety risks our workforces are expos...

Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17.11.17: Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deploy the countless benefits of strong digital connectivity across the rail network. The UK is a su...

Rail risk: reality and perception

Rail risk: reality and perception

17.11.17: George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry needs to preserve its sound risk-based approach to safety as we consider a more automated future. ...

The new era of station retail

The new era of station retail

17.11.17: Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the customer experience at stations in the UK. Despite a well-publicised range of challenges facing ret...

What price loyalty?

What price loyalty?

17.11.17: Richard Freeston-Clough of London TravelWatch recommends the steps the rail industry must take to act on some of the worrying findings from research into annual season tickets. Every year, over one million commuters living in and around Lon...

The first phase of Liverpool Lime Street's major upgrade

The first phase of Liverpool Lime Street's major upgrade

09.11.17: As part of a £340m investment in the city, Liverpool Lime Street station is undergoing the first phase of transformation works and the biggest upgrade it has seen since the 19th century, writes Sean Hyland, senior project manager at Networ...

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It's the little things in rail

29/03/2019It's the little things in rail

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Transport Select Committee chair Lilian Greenwood visits KeTech

29/03/2019Transport Select Committee chair Lilian Greenwood visits KeTech

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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 Year with brand-new infrastructrure to... 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 TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... more > more last word articles >

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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >
TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >
Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

22/01/2019Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

In the jigsaw puzzle of regional transport decision-making, there must be collaboration and compromise. Midlands Connect media lead James Bovill ... more >
Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... more >