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Making the grade: FTNx will yield an asset-rich rail industry with crucial commercial and safety benefits

Making the grade: FTNx will yield an asset-rich rail industry with crucial commercial and safety benefits

01.03.15: Mike Hewitt, head of next generation networks at AlanDick Communications, explains why the UK rail industry’s transition to an FTNx network is far more than a wi-fi upgrade. It’s hardly news to announce that the rail industry is...

Maximising security, improving safety

Maximising security, improving safety

01.03.15: Successfully tackling theft and other types of route crime can have a massive impact on the smooth running of the rail network. Having won the 2015 UK Rail Industry Award for Rail Asset Management and Security, SmartWater Technology Ltd’s...

Big data risk analysis for rail

Big data risk analysis for rail

01.03.15: Dr Coen van Gulijk, reader in Railway Safety at the University of Huddersfield, and Marcus Dacre, the Safety Risk Assessment Manager at RSSB, discuss a newly launched rail safety research group that will assess Big Data Risk Analysis for the rai...

Reaping the benefits of collaboration

Reaping the benefits of collaboration

01.03.15: Suzanne O’Keane, community manager for rail and transport at Achilles, says that RISQS is ahead of the game when it comes to collaboration. The rail industry has proved itself to be a model for collaborative working – defying th...

New agreement paves way for new initiatives in rail procurement

New agreement paves way for new initiatives in rail procurement

01.01.15: Don Clarke, RISQS board member, details how the transformation from Achilles Link-up to RISQS, and the signing of an historic agreement, will benefit both buyers and suppliers working in the rail industry. 2014 was a busy year for the rail...

The inside track on railway surveying

The inside track on railway surveying

01.01.15: Mark Combes, vice-president of The Survey Association, discusses the organisation’s new Guidance Note on railway surveying, which is aimed at providing users with the knowledge to plan, access and complete a survey project safely. In...

Changing the face of engineering education in schools

Changing the face of engineering education in schools

01.11.14: Susan Scurlock, CEO of Primary Engineer, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2005 to encourage young people to consider careers in STEM-related professions, says the organisation will work with 22,000 children this year. ‘Whe...

Connecting HS2 to the community

Connecting HS2 to the community

01.11.14: HS2 will transform rail connectivity in Britain and provide vast opportunities and challenges for businesses. Paul Hanafin, director for infrastructure and business development at Royal HaskoningDHV, appraises the issue of wider connectivity and...

Affordability and safety risk at level crossings

Affordability and safety risk at level crossings

01.11.14: Martin Gallagher, Futronics Group Ltd managing director and chair of the United Nations Expert Group on Level Crossing Safety, discusses the double standards in level crossing improvements. The growth in rail, both passenger and freight, pr...

How we measure railway health and safety

How we measure railway health and safety

01.11.14: Ian Prosser, the Office of Rail Regulation’s director of railway safety, encourages the industry to adopt the regulator’s management maturity model (RM3) to help deliver excellence in health and safety risk management. When peop...

Changing the way we manage trackside vegetation

Changing the way we manage trackside vegetation

01.11.14: An innovative research project developed in response to the government’s Natural Environment white paper could change the way vegetation next to rail tracks is managed, delivering biodiversity gains and ecological connectivity as well as i...

Rail companies need to start planning for implementation of new EU directives

Rail companies need to start planning for implementation of new EU directives

01.11.14: Suzanne O’Keane, Achilles’ community manager of RISQS – the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme – explains upcoming changes to EU rules and what they mean for businesses supplying the rail industry. Rail c...

Network Rail launches Site Access

Network Rail launches Site Access

01.11.14: Last year’s launch of the Sentinel card system has triggered big steps in using new technology and introduced new ways of working for all rail workers in the UK. In its latest initiative, Network Rail is launching Sentinel Site Access acro...

Scaling up excellence within the supply chain

Scaling up excellence within the supply chain

01.09.14: Do you feel your organisation has a good reputation for project delivery? Are you used to reacting to a crisis and going the extra mile? That is great, but it can be exhausting! It is certainly not sustainable in the long-term. Can you influence...

Ergonomics at the heart of signalling in new ROCs

Ergonomics at the heart of signalling in new ROCs

01.09.14: Tim Hadfield, The TEW Group’s director with special responsibility for the rail signalling sector, explains its work at Network Rail’s rail operating centres. An expert team of engineers and ergonomic designers is quietly hard at...

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Rail Technology Magazine fuels the Northern Powerhouse with official partnership

21/11/2018Rail Technology Magazine fuels the Northern Powerhouse with official partnership

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Towards railway-specific, bearer-independent communication

17/09/2018Towards 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >
Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >
Taking to the skies

30/10/2018Taking to the skies

Network Rail’s commitment to driving innovation is best encapsulated by its latest scheme involving high-definition imagery drones, or UAVs... more >
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 >