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Are driverless trains the future?

Are driverless trains the future?

14.03.14: Paula-Marie Brown, head of transport at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), discusses the impending reality of driverless trains.  The recent strike that affected London Underground highlighted how technology is changing t...

Why knowing your suppliers’ suppliers is so critical

Why knowing your suppliers’ suppliers is so critical

14.03.14: Annette Gevaert, Director of Rail and Transport at Achilles, discusses buyer attitudes to supplier risk and corporate reputation.  What visibility do you have of your supply chain beyond the first tier? What risks are rail industry buye...

Three critical actions for the upcoming procurement directives impacting the rail industry

Three critical actions for the upcoming procurement directives impacting the rail industry

16.01.14: Liz Wilson-Lamb, EU Services Manager at Achilles – which operates Link-up, the supplier registration and qualification scheme for the rail industry – explains how the European procurement reforms will affect rail industry companies. ...

A higher standard

A higher standard

31.10.13: Bill Grose, a chartered civil engineer and director of Arup, currently working with HS2 Ltd in their Efficiency Challenge Team, outlines a new effort to improve the way design codes and standards for major infrastructure projects are handled throu...

Collaborative  working and the SME

Collaborative working and the SME

31.10.13: Carla Whyte, EMEA product marketing manager at BSI, gets under the skin of this valuable business tool. Collaborative working is not new. Although on a business front it was once seen to be the prerogative of large organisations, that is no lon...

Is GRP composite the answer to speeding up improvements to our rail network?

Is GRP composite the answer to speeding up improvements to our rail network?

31.10.13: With glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) technology now a standard construction material in a variety of industries, is it time the rail industry took a fresh look at this versatile and durable composite? Stuart Burns, managing director of Dura Composi...

What can we learn about introducing ATO from around the world?

What can we learn about introducing ATO from around the world?

31.10.13: Jeremy Long, CEO of MTR Europe, explains the safety and service delivery benefits of automatic train operation and lessons on its implementation from around the globe. Automatic train operation (ATO) is beginning to appear across our rail net...

Investing in Britain’s future  – hit or miss for rail infrastructure?

Investing in Britain’s future – hit or miss for rail infrastructure?

01.09.13: Mark Cowlard, head of rail at infrastructure consultancy EC Harris, discusses the impact of the Government’s spending policies on transport.  The Chancellor teased us with the ‘greatest investment in rail since the Victorian er...

Thameslink: The inside track on Siemens’ largest UK rail transport deal

Thameslink: The inside track on Siemens’ largest UK rail transport deal

01.09.13: The Thameslink signing is a landmark for Siemens UK, but also a milestone for project financing in the post-recession environment, says Johannes Schmidt, CEO of Project & Structured Finance Infrastructure and Cities & Industry at Siemens F...

Why supply chain maps could prevent the rail industry from having its own horsemeat scandal

Why supply chain maps could prevent the rail industry from having its own horsemeat scandal

01.09.13: Annette Gevaert, Director of Rail and Transport at Achilles, describes a worrying lack of knowledge among businesses about their supply chains – and what can be done about it. Rail companies should create maps of their supply chains to pr...

The rail industry and Apprenticeships - a great fit

The rail industry and Apprenticeships - a great fit

01.09.13: David Way, executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service, discusses the rising profile of apprenticeships in the rail industry and their growing attraction for young people.  Apprenticeships are becoming the new norm for ambiti...

Excellent customer service is critical as new technology takes over

Excellent customer service is critical as new technology takes over

01.09.13: Increased investment in rail infrastructure and the rise in popularity of e-commerce and social media are placing technology skills in high demand in the industry. However, these changes are also putting pressure on staff to deliver excellent cu...

Modelling UK rail demand and capacity to 2100

Modelling UK rail demand and capacity to 2100

01.09.13: Dr Simon Blainey and Professor John Preston of the Transportation Research Group at the University of Southampton describe an ambitious forecasting project for rail demand. Anyone who has had any involvement in rail demand forecasting will know...

Power is nothing without Protection and Control

Power is nothing without Protection and Control

01.09.13: Engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash has been working with Network Rail to construct a safety case for the development and subsequent roll-out of Integrated Protection and Control (IPC), an important component of the electrification of main routes...

There’s no point railing against change

There’s no point railing against change

01.07.13: Jason Byrne, principal at consultancy Moorhouse, discusses some worrying problems in the transport and infrastructure sectors. The news that a third of the Government’s 200 biggest infrastructure projects are either over-budget or del...

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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 >