Editor's Comment

Out with the old...

Out with the old...

23.01.18: 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 icon...

Keep up, we’re moving on

Keep up, we’re moving on

21.11.17: There has never been a more exciting time to write about rail: technology is improving, ways of working are changing and pan-industry collaboration is at its peak, all in an effort to keep up with unprecedented levels of demand. I am therefore t...

A series of incredible events

A series of incredible events

04.09.17: There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards...

Rapid progress needed

Rapid progress needed

03.07.17: As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossr...

All set for Railtex

08.05.17: As the rail industry prepares for the biggest UK rail show of the year, Railtex 2017, we have produced a specially expanded edition of RTM for you.  Our exclusive show guide, which starts on page 67, provides you with everything you ne...

A celebration of rail achievement

A celebration of rail achievement

08.03.17: Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1...

Rising to the digital demand

Rising to the digital demand

17.01.17: The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolu...

An incredible journey

04.11.16: Firstly, I would like to warmly welcome you to this special edition of RTM. As you have seen on the front cover, we have reached a milestone for the magazine with this being our 100th issue.  I would also like to thank all those reader...

A season of sensational events

30.08.16: Entries are now being taken for the fourth edition of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 9 February 2017 at Battersea Evolution in London.  There are 23 award categories, all free to enter, covering all aspec...

Leading the agenda in the uncertain times ahead

01.06.16: As RTM went to press, the result of the EU referendum had just been announced, with 52% voting to leave against 48% voting to remain, on a 72.16% turnout.  Although the full consequences of a Brexit still remain unknown, with Article 5...

Time for change

01.04.16: A key theme running throughout this edition of RTM is the skills challenge and the need to deliver a step change in the speed and quality of training the rail industry offers. The skills challenge is nothing new to us as sector, but as the...

A new direction of travel

A new direction of travel

01.02.16: The much-anticipated Shaw Report had not been published when RTM went to press, but the potential direction of travel for Network Rail’s future had been widely reported, with the infrastructure owner looking at options to sell off stations...

Getting on with the job

Getting on with the job

01.12.15: The RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the third edition of the UK Rail Industry Awards, coming up on 11 February.  Some truly excellent projects, people and technology have been shortlisted, many of which have been covere...

What to do, when to do it

What to do, when to do it

01.11.15: The Hendy report had not been published as RTM went to press, though its doubtlessly radical contents were being foreshadowed everywhere. The grilling given to Mark Carne, Philip Rutnam and Richard Price by the House of Commons Public Accou...

Getting the job done

Getting the job done

01.08.15: Welcome to another edition of RTM, packed with project updates, interviews, analysis and comment. Our last issue went to press just after the ‘pause’ of electrification projects and the shake-up at the top of Network Rail, so th...

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editor's comment

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 Ye... 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. ... more > more last word articles >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >
Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

23/01/2018Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

RTM’s Josh Mines catches up with Mark Somers, project director for Thameslink, on how the final stages of the programme are progressing and... more >
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