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Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

25.03.20: Debbie Francis, Direct Rail Services, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from a freight perspective. Debbie is a rail fanatic, leading the way in a male dominated area of the rail industry. With hosts Matt Roberts...

Lord Berkeley calls for six month delay to HS2

Lord Berkeley calls for six month delay to HS2

25.03.20: In light of the current coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation and the world, Lord Berkeley has published a letter to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps calling for HS2 to be paused for six months. ...

Railway Industry Association responds to the 2020 budget

Railway Industry Association responds to the 2020 budget

11.03.20: Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the 2020 budget. Among his announcements, he confirmed reports that the government will increase spending on infrastructure. "We’re going to build broadband, railway...

The importance of SMEs to HS2 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

The importance of SMEs to HS2 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

10.03.20: In light of TransCityRail Midlands coming up in July, we asked our strategic partner Xrail’s Director of Business Development and Communications Monica Barbosa, what they have planned for discussion at the conference. To start things...

Work has begun on HS2’s Interchange station site near Birmingham Airport

Work has begun on HS2’s Interchange station site near Birmingham Airport

06.03.20: The site is situated within a triangle of land between the M42, A45 and A452. Current work includes construction of linked bridges over the M42 and A446, and reshaping of the road network in the area to facilitate access to the new station, as w...

High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

27.02.20: At the beginning of February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that HS2 will go ahead and the London-Birmingham phase will commence immediately. The PM also confirmed the second phase of HS2, the route to Manchester and Leeds would be...

Ep 8 Safely shaping a sustainable railway, Martin Frobisher

Ep 8 Safely shaping a sustainable railway, Martin Frobisher

20.02.20: Martin Frobisher, Group director, Safety, Technical & Engineering and Network Rail, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the renewable railway of the future and safety on the track. As a Director of industry giant, Network Rail, Marti...

HS2’s latest designs for Old Oak Common Station revealed

HS2’s latest designs for Old Oak Common Station revealed

20.02.20: HS2 Ltd yesterday (Feb 19th) revealed designs for Old Oak Common Station, as part of the Schedule 17 submission to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). The station, which is situated in West London, will deliver a worl...

Government gives the green light for HS2

Government gives the green light for HS2

11.02.20: This afternooon Boris Johnson annouced in the House of Commons that HS2 will go ahead. He said: "We face a historic choice, we can try to get by with existing routes from north to south or we can have the guts to take a decision, no matter...

Lord Berkeley addresses government in letter to Grant Shapps over HS2

Lord Berkeley addresses government in letter to Grant Shapps over HS2

05.02.20: Debate around HS2 remains constant and divisive, with both sides arguing potential benefits to the Northern region should the project either go ahead or be shelved. That conversation continued as one of the most prominent dissenting voices...

Ep 7. A system built around passengers, Robert Nisbet

Ep 7. A system built around passengers, Robert Nisbet

04.02.20: Regional Director for the Rail Delivery Group and former journalist for Sky News and the BBC, Robert Nisbet joins us in the studio to discuss his career move into the rail industry and how technology is improving Britain’s railways year on...

Bid submitted for £100m Darlington station regeneration

Bid submitted for £100m Darlington station regeneration

28.01.20: Tees Valley Combined Authority has submitted a bid to government for the funds needed to ‘dramatically overhaul’ Darlington railway station. Announced by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen yesterday (Jan 27), the business case for th...

120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

27.01.20: Over 120 senior business leaders from within the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands have signed an open letter to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, urging him to commit to HS2 in full. The letter, published on behalf of the Northern Powerhouse P...

Ep. 6. Unlocking the potential of NPR, Tim Wood

Ep. 6. Unlocking the potential of NPR, Tim Wood

27.01.20: Director Northern Powerhouse Rail and Transport for the North, Tim Wood, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss benefits and opportunities the NPH Rail can bring. Gain insider information on the progress of Northern Powerhouse Rail fro...

HS2 progress report released

HS2 progress report released

24.01.20: Today (Jan 24) the latest update on the rail project High Speed Two was released by the National Audit Office. The report says The Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and government have widely miscalculated the task, leading to amb...

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Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

03/04/2020Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the needs of colleagues on th... more >
Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

03/04/2020Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

The viaduct, which you can see in the Harry Potter series of films, joined other famous attractions and venues like Glasgow’s SSH Hydro in ... more >
Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02/04/2020Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by declaring a move to imme... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >