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New Priorities

New Priorities

01.07.15: Is Sir Peter Hendy the right man to get Network Rail’s control period back where it needs to be? It was an open secret that the Department for Transport wanted new blood at the top of Network Rail, and it is hardly a surprise to see a...

See you in Birmingham

See you in Birmingham

01.05.15: We have a specially expanded edition of RTM for you, as the industry gears up for the biggest UK rail show of the year – Railtex 2015.  Our giant show guide, which starts on page 97, tells you all you need to know about the thing...

An interior and exterior refresh

An interior and exterior refresh

01.03.15: Welcome to this edition of Rail Technology Magazine, which you will have seen by now has a brand new look, feel and overall design.  Over the past 15 years, RTM has been the independent trade journal for the rail industry, focusing not...

A black Christmas

A black Christmas

01.01.15: Nine months into Control Period 5, and there is a lot more bad news around than we have been used to in recent years. There have always been and will always be engineering over-runs, but their timing and scale after Christmas, and the poorl...

Two BIG events

Two BIG events

01.11.14: It’s been a busy week for Rail Technology Magazine, not just because of Sir David Higgins’ major new announcements on HS2 (and HS3, come to that), but also because of some of our own major events coming up soon. First is High Sp...

Events on the horizon

Events on the horizon

01.09.14: Entries are open for the second UK Rail Industry Awards, which will take place on 19 February 2015 at the Battersea Evolution venue in central London. There are 23 categories covering all aspects of rail innovation and technology, and some...

Too many to mention

Too many to mention

01.07.14: The RTM team has been very busy since the last edition went to press, at events big and small. We were there at Infrarail and Rail Live, of course, two great and inspiring shows – as well as the more research-focused Next Generation Rail. ...

Collaboration and co-operation

Collaboration and co-operation

01.05.14: Welcome to one of RTM’s biggest-ever editions, packed with interviews, features, news and analysis. CP5 is upon us, after so many long months of planning; Crossrail has hit the halfway stage; HS2 has passed another legislative hurdle;...

Celebrating the best of the best

Celebrating the best of the best

14.03.14: We’ve been giving a lot of space to the UK Rail Industry Awards in Rail Technology Magazine recently, and with good reason – the Awards were a fantastic success. You’ll find all the coverage in this edition, with photos, i...

Money for something

Money for something

16.01.14: We have a big focus in this edition on a subject that should get the rail industry supply chain very interested: the huge amount of work in the pipeline across the country. Many contracts and frameworks for Network Rail control period 5 hav...

No need to be glum

No need to be glum

01.07.13: As RTM went to press, the DfT and Siemens finally completed negotiations for the Thameslink rolling stock order, two years after the German firm was originally named the preferred bidder. The 10-day standstill period passed without inciden...

Media leaders

01.04.13: Welcome to this special Railtex 2013 edition of Rail Technology Magazine. The RTM team is looking forward to what is always a fantastic show, with so much to see, a huge number of people to meet and catch up with, and a great programme of t...

Incentives & initiatives

Incentives & initiatives

01.01.13: What are the chances of the Brown review recommending radical reform to the franchising process, or scrapping it altogether? Low, is the conventional wisdom – probably rightly in this case. The mistakes made in the DfT had huge and co...

Franchise demise

Franchise demise

01.11.12: As RTM went to press, Sam Laidlaw was still busy getting to the bottom of exactly what happened with the West Coast franchising fiasco – surely one of the biggest and most embarrassing civil service mistakes of recent years. The basic...

First things first

First things first

01.09.12: With much public discussion of the franchising process so restricted, for corporate, legal and PR reasons, it can be refreshing once in a while to get a taste of what the people at the top really think – and FirstGroup’s defeat of Vi...

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