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Rail companies heading down wrong track when sourcing supplier financial information

02.02.16: Suzanne O’Keane, community manager in rail and transport at Achilles, asks why rail companies aren’t doing everything to protect themselves from financial risk. It seems not a week goes by when rail companies are not the subject...

Asset management is changing

Asset management is changing

11.01.16: Graham Kenn, technical director for coastal and river engineering at JBA Consulting, discusses effective asset management and how it is becoming more significant than ever, with increasing physical pressures on assets due to extreme weather and...

Effective collaboration on the modern railway

Effective collaboration on the modern railway

04.01.16: Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, which jointly operates London Overground and is the first operator of the Crossrail concession, explains how closer collaboration can improve rolling stock design and commissioning, using...

Could confidential reporting have prevented the Deepwater Horizon tragedy?

Could confidential reporting have prevented the Deepwater Horizon tragedy?

16.12.15: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, the confidential incident reporting and analysis system for the rail industry, thinks the oil and gas industry could learn something from the rail industry’s adoption of confidential repo...

A new generation of commercial managers

A new generation of commercial managers

14.12.15: To ensure the UK rail sector’s growth is sustainable for the long term, we need to take this opportunity to develop a new generation of professionally qualified commercial managers, writes Jim McCluskey, senior commercial manager for VINCI...

Planned rail engineering work: The passenger perspective

04.12.15: David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, on the importance of considering the passenger perspective during rail engineering work. Before the Christmas shut-down, we talked to rail industry partners about our recent work on p...

Shaw Review must not throw freight baby out with Network Rail bath water

Shaw Review must not throw freight baby out with Network Rail bath water

03.12.15: Philippa Edmunds, manager of Freight on Rail and a member of the Campaign for Better Transport, says a continued centralised ‘system operation’ function within Network Rail is crucial for the freight sector. The industry should...

Dwell time reductions: Good design plus people management

Dwell time reductions: Good design plus people management

02.12.15: Alex Barron is an associate director and head of metro benchmarking at the Railway and Transport Strategy Centre (RTSC) at Imperial College London. The RTSC has been conducting metro benchmarking for more than 20 years through the CoMET and Nova...

The vital role asset engineers for compliance play at Network Rail

The vital role asset engineers for compliance play at Network Rail

01.11.15: Gov Dhinsa, asset engineer (compliance) for Network Rail’s Anglia route, in the buildings & civils asset management team, brought with him the skills and experience gained from his previous roles at Network Rail HQ. He describes his ro...

The rail regulator at work to boost rail resilience

The rail regulator at work to boost rail resilience

01.11.15: Anna O’Connor, head of projects at the Office of Rail and Road, discusses how cross-sector working can help deliver an effective rail operation. As the combined safety and economic regulator for Britain, the Office of Rail and Road (O...

Sentinel Site Access: the key to stamp out double shifting

Sentinel Site Access: the key to stamp out double shifting

01.11.15: In our last edition, RTM talked to Network Rail programme manager for Sentinel, Andrew Bilous, who told us how workforce safety is improving thanks to increasing authentication rates on the rail infrastructure. In this article, Sentinel project...

HS2 station location – it’s worth getting this right

HS2 station location – it’s worth getting this right

01.11.15: Jim Steer, founder and director of high-speed rail consultancy Greengauge 21, says more thinking is needed now on the location of HS2’s stations, especially in Yorkshire. Are HS2’s stations properly located? Soon enough the gove...

Mitigating safety risk through confidential reporting

Mitigating safety risk through confidential reporting

01.11.15: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, the confidential incident reporting system for the rail industry, discusses the behaviours and mindsets that improve safety. A question we are often asked at CIRAS is how confidential repo...

What passengers really think

What passengers really think

01.11.15: RTM’s new columnist David Sidebottom is passenger director at Transport Focus. He has been with the watchdog since 2006. Before this he spent over 11 years at energywatch, the gas and electricity consumer council. As the passenger dir...

Growth & transformation:  The opportunities and challenges of growth in passenger demand on Britain’s railways

Growth & transformation: The opportunities and challenges of growth in passenger demand on Britain’s railways

01.11.15: Chris Kinchin-Smith, chair of the Railway Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, discusses the future of Britain’s railway. This article summarises the key points from the address that in recent weeks I have given in Lon...

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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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in ... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >
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 >