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Safety first at Paddington Station

Safety first at Paddington Station

01.09.14: Natalie Binder, marketing and communications manager at Leica Geosystems Ltd, based in Milton Keynes, discusses the Paddington project. Paddington station – famous worldwide not only for its creator Isambard Kingdom Brunel but also for...

How Britain’s rail network can become the transport of choice – rather than a last resort

How Britain’s rail network can become the transport of choice – rather than a last resort

01.09.14: Professor Andrew McNaughton FREng, technical director for HS2, sets out his vision for the future of Britain’s railways using best practice examples from around the world ahead of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s 2014...

Top tips to help SME suppliers stand out from the crowd

Top tips to help SME suppliers stand out from the crowd

01.09.14: Suzanne O’Keane, Achilles Community Manager of the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme, explores how small and medium-sized enterprises can gain the attention of larger buyers. Small and medium-sized enterprises in the rail ind...

A slow train to the future?

A slow train to the future?

01.07.14: Malcolm Dowden, consultant at Charles Russell LLP, updates RTM on the HS2 legislation. Parliamentary scrutiny of the first stage of HS2 has just begun. The Bill to authorise the project received its second reading in April, meaning that the pro...

BIM at New Street

BIM at New Street

01.07.14: Mace is working as delivery partner with Network Rail for the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station. Paul Dalton, senior project manager for Mace, writes on how the £600m project is harnessing BIM. From our work across the indust...

Energy audits to hit all businesses

Energy audits to hit all businesses

01.07.14: The government’s decision to implement energy audits on all non-SMEs before 5 December 2015 will cause a headache for every company relying on road transport – regardless of their size. Nick Radcliffe, MD of FreightArranger, explains...

Making All Jobs Greener

Making All Jobs Greener

01.07.14: Jonathan Nobbs, corporate network and development manager at the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), discusses the All Jobs Greener training initiative. As the UK is dipping its toes into (what we are told is) comfo...

Temporary works design at Crossrail's first-opened station

Temporary works design at Crossrail's first-opened station

01.07.14: Martin Reader, sector director of engineering services at Morgan Sindall Professional Services, describes the complex temporary works design that facilitated the completion of East London’s newly opened Pudding Mill Lane DLR station. Pu...

How Apprenticeships can help bridge the skills gap

How Apprenticeships can help bridge the skills gap

01.07.14: Sue Husband, executive director of Apprenticeships and Delivery at the Skills Funding Agency, explains how Apprenticeships can help railway businesses grow. The rail sector has a strong history of Apprenticeships and now, against the back-drop...

Upcoming changes in European patent law and their effects on the European rail industry

Upcoming changes in European patent law and their effects on the European rail industry

01.07.14: Steven Charlton of Venner Shipley LLP, European patent and trademark attorneys, argues that changes to the European patent landscape present an excellent business opportunity. Upcoming changes in European patent law will enable companies to m...

‘Ten workers’ lives saved by the railway’s use of proactive safety measures’

‘Ten workers’ lives saved by the railway’s use of proactive safety measures’

01.07.14: Keith Morey of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s Railway Group describes recent safety advances but argues that more can be done. With positive behavioural culture and a fully informed society, the above is the type of...

PWI corporate membership initiative

PWI corporate membership initiative

01.06.14: Alison Stansfield, communications director at the Permanent Way Institution (PWI), explains the new corporate membership scheme. At Infrarail on 21 May 2014, the PWI and its first two corporate members celebrated the initiation of corporate mem...

What does the future hold for the relationship between Network Rail and HS2?

What does the future hold for the relationship between Network Rail and HS2?

01.05.14: Mark Cowlard, partner and head of rail at built asset consultancy EC Harris, explores the future options for integration, shared governance and strategic partnership between the companies. The development of HS2 will have a significant impact...

Railways – the regeneration vehicle

Railways – the regeneration vehicle

01.05.14: Julie Carrier, head of rail at engineering consultancy WSP UK, explores the shape of London’s rail infrastructure, and the changes to come.  London is a city in boom. People are flocking to our capital city at a rate never previously...

‘We’ll go bankrupt as an industry without more R&D’

‘We’ll go bankrupt as an industry without more R&D’

01.05.14: The ‘distinguished lecture’ at iRail always attracts top-notch speakers. This year saw Network Rail chairman Richard Parry-Jones give a fascinating talk on technological innovation across road and rail, and what it means for the fut...

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Towards railway-specific, bearer-independent communication

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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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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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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 >
Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >
Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

23/01/2018Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

RTM’s Josh Mines catches up with Mark Somers, project director for Thameslink, on how the final stages of the programme are progressing and... more >
Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >