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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...

Training facilities inspection

Training facilities inspection

01.07.13: Derek Walker, NSARE’s training & accreditation manager, explains why NSARE was requested to undertake an exercise to confirm that all the sites currently used for ‘Track Induction’, ‘Machine Controller’, ‘...

A rail strategy for the North of England

A rail strategy for the North of England

01.07.13: Transport Authorities across the North of England have commissioned a new rail strategy setting out a consensual vision and ambition for the coming decades. RTM talked to Euan Mackay from the consultant team at Steer Davies Gleave to find out mo...

Does collaboration work?

Does collaboration work?

01.07.13: It is recognised that collaboration will help companies deliver rail projects more efficiently, but is this really the case? A year on from gaining BS 11000 certification, Steve Higham, managing director of Rail Engineering Projects at Atkins, e...

Enhancing innovation in the rail sector

Enhancing innovation in the rail sector

01.05.13: Annette Gevaert is director of rail and transport at Achilles, the leading provider of supplier information management services. She has oversight of Link-up, the UK rail industry supplier registration and qualification service, which comprises...

Sentinel 2

Sentinel 2

01.04.13: Darren Gamage, technology services director at Mitie Total Security Management, spoke to RTM about the contract with Network Rail for the new Sentinel scheme to promote identification and management of track workers and ensure their safety. ...

Stabilising the Hooley Cutting

Stabilising the Hooley Cutting

01.04.13: At Hooley near Croydon, a team of engineers is using its expertise to stabilise a railway cutting hit by land slips. Paul Thompson, writing on behalf of BAM Ritchies and BAM Nuttall, explains more. Victorian railway engineers knew a thing...

Metro style services on heavy rail lines

Metro style services on heavy rail lines

01.04.13: London is undergoing a rail revolution. The first part is London Overground, which is operated by the LOROL joint venture between MTR Corporation and Deutsche Bahn. MTR’s CEO – European Business, Jeremy Long, explains what lessons ca...

Lessons from Hong Kong

Lessons from Hong Kong

28.02.13: Jeremy Long is Europe CEO for MTR, which co-owns the London Overground concession operated for TfL. He was formerly the managing director of FirstGroup Rail Division and founder and chief executive of GB Railways Group plc. Here, he discusses pr...

Smart ticketing

Smart ticketing

28.02.13: ITSO chief executive officer Lindsay Robertson discusses rail industry progress on implementing new smarter ticketing methods. There’s been lots of talk about rail franchising lately, but one of the less well-publicised aspects is tha...

Eversholt scopes out re-traction upgrades

Eversholt scopes out re-traction upgrades

01.01.13: RTM speaks to Richard Carrington, Eversholt Rail Group’s head of projects and procurement, and Vossloh Kiepe UK’s principal consultant Karl Barras about the potential for a traction system upgrade on Eversholt’s fl eet of Class...

High Speed Rail from a Scottish perspective

High Speed Rail from a Scottish perspective

01.01.13: The case for a high-speed rail line connecting Scotland to London and the Continent is irrefutable on both economic and environmental grounds, argues Roderick McDougall of Railfuture (Scotland). Scotland, lying on the periphery of both the...

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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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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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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 >
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 >