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It’s grim up north for rail

08.04.08: Two recent reports highlight the need for better links between northern towns and cities to boost prosperity. According to the City Links report from the Centre for Cities, small northern towns and cities must improve their transport and ec...

Rail charity goes back to its roots

26.03.08: It’s an event that would make the charity’s founding members proud - the Railway Benefit Fund is holding a special Dickensian dinner in October to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The event will not only pay tribute to one of th...

Planning for future expansion

29.02.08: Planning for future expansion The prospects for the UK rail sector have never looked better with passenger numbers at their highest level for sixty years. Consequently, industry members must decide how best to accommodate this record growth...

Manchester Town Hall hosts public rail seminar

22.02.08: Local rail passengers are being given the chance to discuss developments on the train network at a public meeting next week. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) is holding a seminar on Wednesday 27 February to discuss t...

Council wins major concessions on Shepherds Bush

20.02.08: Hammersmith & Fulham council has won major concessions from TfL over the botched closure of Shepherds Bush Underground Station. Concessions already won by the council include persuading TfL to cough-up a seven figure sum to pay for extr...

DfT sets standards for new intercity trains

20.02.08: Bidders have been asked to start designing a fleet of new intercity trains which will be lighter, greener and carry up to 70 per cent more passengers. The Department for Transport has issued its invitation to tender for the Intercity Expres...

Independent Glass shines at Railway Interior awards

20.02.08: Independent Glass were recognised at the Railway Interior Innovation and Excellence Awards 2007 recently held at the Railway Interiors exhibition in Cologne. Presented at a gala evening, the awards recognise the rapidly increasing sophistic...

MAINTEC broadens its industry appeal

MAINTEC broadens its industry appeal

20.02.08: The latest innovations in hazard detection and predictive maintenance technology will be unveiled when the UK’s pre-eminent plant specialists gather at Birmingham’s NEC in March for easyFairs® MAINTEC 2008. Minimising down t...

TIF funding-enhancing and improving existing rail and light rail networks

20.02.08: In the July 2004 White Paper, ’The Future of Transport’, the Department for Transport announced the creation of the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF). TIF represents a new approach by the DfT to allocating some of its budget, enabling...

At the Easter blockades

19.02.08: Agency staff and poor performing contractors are facing cuts as a result of the New Year engineering over-runs at Rugby and Liverpool Street. Network Rail’s investigation into the causes of the overruns found that the work planned to...

10th annual historic civil engineering infrastructure excellence awards announced

29.11.07: The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has announced the four winners of the Historic Bridge and Infrastructure Awards 2007 (HBIA), with four more conservation projects receiving Commendations. The awards, now in their tenth year, celebrate ci...

What price Crossrail?

13.11.07: The government’s announcement that Crossrail has been given the go-ahead with a £16bn funding deal to secure its construction has been warmly welcomed by most interested parties. “Crossrail should bring huge benefits to Lo...

Belt up-but not on the train

27.09.07: Research by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) into seat belts, windows and the industry approach to escape from passenger trains has produced a surprising finding. Analysis of seven train accidents in Britain going back to 1996 had...

Improve Your Business Performance

Improve Your Business Performance

27.09.07: Improve Your Business Performance at Softworld Business Performance & Project Management 17 & 18 October NEC, Birmingham Managing change. Improving productivity and profitability. Staying ahead of competitors. These a...

Interpipe to install latest technology at Niko Tube

27.09.07: Leading steel company Interpipe has commenced the upgrade of its finishing lines at the Interpipe Niko Tube facility as part of its ongoing programme of investment in its production facilities. This investment will involve the replacement of exi...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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 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. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >