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BRaVE modelling of notional Wirksworth to Derby community rail scheme

BRaVE modelling of notional Wirksworth to Derby community rail scheme

02.09.15: The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham has been using its own easy-to-use railway simulation software in the development and modelling of schemes. The software has proven itself useful an...

University of Nottingham researchers investigate use of ‘new materials’ for improving railway drainage

University of Nottingham researchers investigate use of ‘new materials’ for improving railway drainage

01.08.15: Dr Alec Marshall, lecturer in geomechanics at the University of Nottingham’s Department of Civil Engineering, writes for RTM on research into railway drainage systems, for which he is principal investigator. Researchers at the Univers...

A transportation network for the next generation

A transportation network for the next generation

01.08.15: The UK’s rail and wider transportation sectors are undergoing a communications revolution. Set to deliver a huge number of industry benefits, a series of vital upgrades could even act as a catalyst for social change. Jason Pearce, chief ex...

Learning from oil and gas to manage the safety-productivity challenge

Learning from oil and gas to manage the safety-productivity challenge

01.08.15: Safety versus productivity is a constant challenge for the rail industry. But the oil and gas industry has found that these can be complementary rather than contradictory forces, writes Iain Mackay of Petrotechnics. More rail passenger jour...

Recent security improvements on the UK’s rail network

Recent security improvements on the UK’s rail network

01.08.15: Andy Odell, policy and security liaison officer at ATOC (the Association of Train Operating Companies) and the RDG (Rail Delivery Group), comments on recent security improvements in the UK’s rail network. There is no doubt that transp...

Resilience of concrete rail support systems

Resilience of concrete rail support systems

01.08.15: Dr William Coombs and Dr Joseph Ghaffari Motlagh from the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University are undertaking a two-year research project to understand the structural resilience of concrete rail support systems. ...

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...

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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 >