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‘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...

Without HS2,  can Britain ever hope to be truly connected?

Without HS2, can Britain ever hope to be truly connected?

01.05.14: Jim Steer, director of Greengauge 21 and co-founder of the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group, outlines the key messages in its new report. Those looking to form their own view on HS2 are not short of information. A simple scan of newspap...

Collaboration – the key to  unlocking hidden efficiencies

Collaboration – the key to unlocking hidden efficiencies

01.05.14: Steve Freeman, director of Rail Asset Management at Babcock International Group, examines how partnership working can benefit the rail sector’s approach to fleet management and maintenance. Working in collaboration is critical to the UK...

Cutting the cost of failure  in rail procurement

Cutting the cost of failure in rail procurement

01.05.14: Annette Gevaert, Director of Rail and Transport at Achilles, explores the knock-on costs when suppliers fail – or fail to deliver. The Department for Transport has committed over £38bn for Network Rail to run and improve the netw...

Increasing rail freight’s modal share

Increasing rail freight’s modal share

01.05.14: Philippa Edmunds, manager of Freight on Rail, explains the growth of rail freight in the UK and how this can be further boosted. Rail freight is vital to the UK economy. As the transport minister Baroness Kramer said: “The rail freight...

New plans to get to the ‘route’ of policing need on Britain’s railway

New plans to get to the ‘route’ of policing need on Britain’s railway

01.05.14: The British Transport Police Authority has unveiled national plans for policing Britain’s railways which they say will deliver policing that gets to the ‘route’ of what matters most to the rail industry. Authority chair Millie...

Developing the London Overground together

Developing the London Overground together

01.05.14: Peter Austin, LOROL managing director, heard about RTM’s theme of ‘collaborative working’ running through this edition and was keen to contribute. Here, he explains how MTR Corporation, Deutsche Bahn and Transport for London ha...

Securing a seat at the negotiating table

Securing a seat at the negotiating table

01.05.14: David Haines and Malcolm Dowden, who both acted as ‘Roll B’ Parliamentary Agents in relation to the Crossrail Bill, explain the upcoming petitioning process for the HS2 Hybrid Bill. It is not always the best, the most appropriat...

‘A fantastic showcase for what’s best in the industry’ – Richard Parry-Jones at UKRIA 2014

‘A fantastic showcase for what’s best in the industry’ – Richard Parry-Jones at UKRIA 2014

14.03.14: Network Rail’s chairman gave a well-received speech at the Awards focusing on investment, innovation, and skills for the future. The speech is below. Thank you Josh, and good evening railway people! I don’t know about you, but tha...

Get smart – the benefits of  smart ticketing for passengers

Get smart – the benefits of smart ticketing for passengers

14.03.14: Smart ticketing could make a real difference to passengers’ travel experiences, argues Passenger Focus researcher Louise Hall. On behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT), we have been researching passengers’ interest in poten...

Network Rail enhances  safety with Sentinel

Network Rail enhances safety with Sentinel

14.03.14: Andy Littlejohns, Network Rail’s Sentinel Programme Implementation Manager, explains the changes that have recently come into force. On 6 January 2014, new Sentinel smartcards completely replaced the previous cards, which are no longer...

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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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5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

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TransCityRail brings a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insight into what’s happening in the rail industry across the Midlands, exhibit, and place your brand in front of budget-holders whilst taking advantage of the hours of networking with senior decision-makers. 5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail Midlands ... more >
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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 >
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 >