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The next West Coast franchise

The next West Coast franchise

01.09.12: David Crausby, Labour MP for Bolton North East, outlines to RTM his concerns about the new franchise. We have just found out that FirstGroup has won the bidding war to take over the franchise for the West Coast Main Line that is currently...

Chamber's Northern Hub campaign on track

Chamber's Northern Hub campaign on track

01.07.12: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s transport policy manager Emma Antrobus, who was the former co-ordinator of the North West Rail Campaign, explains why businesses in the region are so committed to backing the Northern Hub. The...

Track for the 21st Century

Track for the 21st Century

01.05.12: RTM hears more about the latest research from Track 21, led by Professor William Powrie. Track 21 is a research programme funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which aims to develop a systematic understan...

Why are UAS not being more widely used for rail network inspections?

Why are UAS not being more widely used for rail network inspections?

01.05.12: Managing & Technical Director of VTOL Technologies, Ashley Bryant, a chartered engineer, chartered IT professional and member of the IMechE, reports on the new and rising Unmanned Aerial Systems and their value in the rail industry The...

HS2: strategic wisdom or grand folly?

HS2: strategic wisdom or grand folly?

26.04.12: Jonathan Tyler of Passenger Transport Networks, York, argues that ‘strategy’ is a key word in the presentation of the plan to build a high-speed railway connecting the North of England and the West Midlands with London; but it is als...

Protecting infrastructure against shallow landslides

Protecting infrastructure against shallow landslides

23.04.12: Urs Brechbühl of Geobrugg AG explains work being done in Alpine regions and elsewhere to prevent landslides disrupting the rail network. News reports of roads or railroad tracks blocked by debris from a shallow landslide are becoming...

The importance of staff at stations

The importance of staff at stations

01.03.12: Dan Taylor, policy and research advisor at Passenger Focus, argues that station staff should not be seen as an indulgence that can be cut to save money, but a vital resource. The McNulty rail value for money study identified cutting staff c...

Tunnel Boring

Tunnel Boring

01.03.12: With Crossrail about to enter the crucial tunnelling phase, project manager Andy Alder says the key to success rests with getting the details right. It’s Europe’s biggest construction project: a rail tunnel underneath one of the...

Avoiding interface

01.01.12: Electrical engineer Dr Iñigo Adín, a researcher at CEIT (the Centre of Studies and Technical Research of Gipuzkoa, Spain), discusses the European TREND project on rolling stock electromagnetic compatibility. Currently, rolling...

Education is critical

Education is critical

01.01.12: Efforts being made by the United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology (UKSTT) to educate and inform rail industry engineering staff and their contractors are essential, says Peter Crouch, UKSTT Technical Secretary, who here reviews the step...

Getting the best route for High Speed

Getting the best route for High Speed

01.01.12: Tony Lodge, chair of the Transport Committee of Conservative aligned think tank The Bow Group, makes the case for altering the HS2 route. Two decades have passed since a Conservative Government backed the alternative route for the Channel T...

The future is modular

The future is modular

01.01.12: Buckshaw Parkway station serves a major development at Buckshaw Village in Lancashire with direct services to Manchester, Preston and beyond. The £6.8m project developed Network Rail’s modular station designs to deliver the station p...

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Doncaster area could be turbo-charged by new Integrated Rail Plan

26/07/2019Doncaster area could be turbo-charged by new Integrated Rail Plan

Wide ranging improvements to rail services ar... more >
Your chance to meet Midland Metro Alliance executives at TCR Midlands event

01/07/2019Your chance to meet Midland Metro Alliance executives at TCR Midlands event

Director of the Midland Metro Alliance, Aleja... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... 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 >