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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...

What passengers want

What passengers want

27.09.07: Peter Ryder often travels by train between Preston and London. As the journey takes two and a half hours, Peter spends his time on the train working and reading papers for meetings. Peter usually tries to buy his tickets in advance using the int...

Department for Transport announces shortlist for Intercity express programme

23.08.07: The Department for Transport has announced the shortlisted applicants for the flagship Intercity Express Programme (IEP). They are: - Alstom-Barclays Rail Group - Express Rail Alliance (a consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation, Si...

Infrarail and Railtex team strengthened

23.08.07: Infrarail and Railtex show organiser, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, has made two new appointments in a move to develop greater content and value through its major UK based rail industry trade shows. Richard Joslin joins the company as Exhibition Dire...

ATOC Welcomes Government’s Rail Strategy

26.07.07: ATOC Welcomes Government’s Rail Strategy as Positive Step Forward for Passengers The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) says that train operators welcome the Government’s renewed commitment to providing more capacit...

Resurgent railway gets strategy for 30 years of growth

26.07.07: A railway that will expand to carry at least 180 million more passengers is at the heart of the Department for Transport's rail White Paper. Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly announced that capacity will increase to cope with more than 20 per...

The truth is out there

23.07.07: Once upon a time, Siemens Transportation Systems won a £50 million Network Rail contract to provide replacement signalling, telecommunications and electrical supply works for the Portsmouth Area Infrastructure Project. The project inv...

Performance and efficiency continue to improve-ORR

19.07.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published its national rail review and Network Rail monitor covering the fourth quarter of 2006-07. The look back on the last quarter shows an industry in which train operators have built upon improve...

Suppliers still critical of Network Rail

01.05.07: RTM has recently received a number of complaints from suppliers about the way in which Network Rail has managed the product approval process. One of the main complaints is about very long delays in processing applications and products not being...

Accessibility to improve at more stations

01.03.07: Accessibility is to improve at 161 stations in England and Wales, Rail Minister Tom Harris has announced. Over £6 million has been allocated in the third round of the Department for Transport's Access for All small schemes funding programm...

Greater Manchester takes next step in major transport funding bid

01.01.07: Greater Manchester leaders met recently to consider a report on the next step towards their July bid to the Government’s Transport Innovation Fund, which could be worth over £1 billion in transport improvements for the city region. ...

ICE calls for high speed link study

01.01.07: A report by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has urged the Government to recognise the need for integrated long term transport planning and for planning of all transport systems along the lines of Transport 21, the Republic of Ireland&rs...

TransLink invests in IndigoVision’s IP video technology

01.01.07: IndigoVision has won a prestigious contract for TransLink in Vancouver, Canada to upgrade the 880 camera CCTV system on SkyTrain, the world’s largest automated light rapid transit system. SkyTrain transports 200,000 passengers a day along...

Silverlink franchise extended until November 2007

01.09.06: The Department for Transport has confirmed that Silverlink's train franchise will be extended from 15 October 2006 to 11 November 2007. There will be an investment of £97 million in services. New terms have been introduced to encourag...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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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 >