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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...

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...

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

18/12/2018Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

The transformation of Glasgow Queen Street has been revealed as engineers have finished the installation of the west truss and have begun buildin... more >
Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

18/12/2018Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

Passengers will have the choice of choosing which train operators they travel with under new plans to allow rival TOCs to operate on the same rou... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >