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Business travellers want more open access operators

Business travellers want more open access operators

01.08.15: Paul Wait, chief executive of the GTMC, the professional body for travel management companies, makes the case for more open access operations on the UK rail network. At the GTMC, it is our firm belief that investment in railway infrastruct...

Give rail freight a fair deal

Give rail freight a fair deal

01.08.15: Philippa Edmunds, manager of Freight on Rail and a member of the Campaign for Better Transport, says the road haulage industry is propped up by a mass of hidden subsidies, in turn affecting the competitiveness of rail freight. In order for the...

Managing fatigue

Managing fatigue

01.07.15: In his second article on fatigue for RTM, Chris Langer, human factors advisor at CIRAS, the Confidential Incident Reporting & Analysis System for the rail industry, explains why the effective management of fatigue is so important. There...

Why rail companies may be ignoring the benefits of SMEs

Why rail companies may be ignoring the benefits of SMEs

01.07.15: Suzanne O’Keane, rail and transport community manager at Achilles, examines why rail companies may be reluctant to increase the number of small and medium sized suppliers they work with. The rail industry is in the midst of one of the...

Meeting the land referencing challenge of HS2

Meeting the land referencing challenge of HS2

01.07.15: Before the first construction work starts, let alone the first train runs, a phenomenal amount of work is required to ensure the development of a new railway can proceed. At the very heart of obtaining the necessary legal powers to build, run an...

Are we looking at a new age of elegant, visually appealing rail buildings and trackside structures?

Are we looking at a new age of elegant, visually appealing rail buildings and trackside structures?

01.07.15: The new roof structure at Manchester Victoria station is a fantastic example of what is possible with modern steel manufacturing techniques; it joins the western concourse at King’s Cross as a notable visual design using structural steel a...

Lowering the energy costs of running urban rail systems: OSIRIS

Lowering the energy costs of running urban rail systems: OSIRIS

01.07.15: On 31 March 2015, close to 100 urban rail stakeholders gathered to take part in the OSIRIS project’s Final Conference. After three years, this is a good opportunity to look into the project’s main achievements, says Caroline Hoogendo...

Delivering high levels of freight network performance

Delivering high levels of freight network performance

01.07.15: Paul McMahon (pictured, centre), director of freight at Network Rail, discusses the success of Britain’s rail freight sector and what Network Rail is doing to support this. Rail freight is vital for the British economy. The Rail Deliv...

Railway engineering finding solutions to experience gap

Railway engineering finding solutions to experience gap

01.05.15: Maintaining and enhancing the UK’s railways will get harder and more expensive if we do not address a growing experience gap across all of engineering, argues Blane Judd, CEO of EngTechNow, a campaign that is raising awareness of the impor...

Driver training on the London Overground

Driver training on the London Overground

01.05.15: LOROL is proud of its comprehensive and creative driver training model that is helping to have a positive impact on driver retention, engagement and safety on the network. Terry Colbourn, operations standards manager, discusses LOROL’s app...

Welcome to the show

Welcome to the show

01.05.15: Exhibition manager Kirsten Whitehouse sets the scene for this year’s three-day Railtex show at the NEC in Birmingham, which will welcome its first visitors on 12 May. Planning for this year’s Railtex is now complete and we are l...

Mounting pressure on rail to reduce carbon footprint

Mounting pressure on rail to reduce carbon footprint

01.05.15: Community manager for rail and transport at Achilles, Suzanne O’Keane, discusses the pressures rail companies are facing in creating a more sustainable supply chain. Rail companies should reconsider their sustainability efforts, since...

Track to the future

Track to the future

01.05.15: Professor William Powrie, dean of engineering and the environment at the University of Southampton and a member of the steering group for the 2012 Rail Technical Strategy, discusses a new research project that aims to discover the scientific kno...

Birmingham centre for railway research and education speeds into the big bang fair

Birmingham centre for railway research and education speeds into the big bang fair

01.05.15: Professor Felix Schmid, director of education at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, writes about the success of this year’s Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. The University of Birmingham and the Birmingham Centre for...

Fatigue can creep up on anyone

Fatigue can creep up on anyone

01.05.15: Chris Langer, human factors advisor at CIRAS, the confidential incident and reporting analysis system for the rail industry, looks into the issue of fatigue and under-reporting.  Whatever time of day it is where you are, try going to s...

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It's the little things in rail

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

Dan Lee-Bursnall, commercial director at Incr... more >
Transport Select Committee chair Lilian Greenwood visits KeTech

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

KeTech had the pleasure of welcoming Lilian G... more >

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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 >