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Ticket prices

Ticket prices

04.01.13: Unsurprisingly there has been considerable commuter backlash in the face of them being hit by a 4.2% average fare increase. However, calls for greater capping on future rail prices could potentially do the rail industry, and by virtue commuters...

Hitachi acquires The Railway Engineering Company

Hitachi acquires The Railway Engineering Company

21.12.12: Following on from the Siemens acquisition of Invensys Rail, here we have another UK-based rail technology company now falling into foreign hands. It would seem that many of our high-tech companies are presently valued quite low, making them easy...

Curzon Street HS2 proposals

Curzon Street HS2 proposals

14.12.12: The Go-HS2 proposals for seamless interchange at the new Curzon Street station are vital for the success of this project. However, perhaps the most practical solution for solving most interchange problems is to build four outer platforms ad...

HS2 compensation

HS2 compensation

07.12.12: HS2 will be 1km from my home so I am an unashamed NIMBY. There are many more SEBYS (That is: HS2 is fine just as long as it is in Someone Else's Back Yard). The real fight is to preserve our precious Chilterns and avoid the years of destruc...

HS2 and national infrastructure

HS2 and national infrastructure

30.11.12: I have little time for the people described in this article who oppose HS2 because it has negative impacts on them personally. Sometimes, decisions taken at a national level benefit us, sometimes they don’t – it is called living in a...

Ordsall Chord

Ordsall Chord

23.11.12: I have a feeling that the Ordsall Chord may not make that much of a difference until the bottleneck between Deansgate and Manchester Piccadilly is sorted out, by installing bi-directional signalling and new platforms at Piccadilly. Editor&r...

‘Substantial’ carbon cuts from HS2 phase 2 (8-11-12)

‘Substantial’ carbon cuts from HS2 phase 2 (8-11-12)

16.11.12: The village I used to live in, and where my Mum still lives, will be totally ruined and at least half of it will be unfit for human habitation. All to benefit people in London and Birmingham; total misery and no benefits at all for the people wh...

Redoubling delays

Redoubling delays

09.11.12:  Re: Date set for Kemble to Swindon redoubling (31.05.12) Here we are in November 2012 and the promised start to the Swindon-to-Kemble redoubling has still not commenced. It was supposed to start in October according to a BBC report in...

Virgin vindicated

Virgin vindicated

02.11.12: The outcome of recent events on the West Coast ultimately bring about a feeling of fair play. Having experienced the facilities offered by Virgin Rail over the years, I formed the view that many of its ‘problems’ were caused from col...

Demands for HS2 review

Demands for HS2 review

26.10.12: Article: Anti-HS2 campaigners demand their own review after West Coast shambles (3/10/12) Anti-HS2 people seem to be jumping on any bandwagon with no evidence to link WCML with HS2 financial and economic procedures. They seem to be getting...

What a way to run a railway

What a way to run a railway

19.10.12: If you have an impractical system, you can expect it to go wrong. There are still occasional railways which own both tracks and trains; they pay their own running costs from revenue, but if new capital works are needed, grants can be available b...

NSARE conference

NSARE conference

05.10.12: Whilst I agree with NSARE in their vision to improve safety and skills training in the rail industry, I feel they overlooked the main issue regarding sponsorship and safe delivery of training. The potential is there for a conflict of intere...

Free wi fi on trains

Free wi fi on trains

28.09.12: Article: Give or Sell Whilst I, along with most business travellers, would welcome free wi fi, there is one benefit to users from paid-for service: capacity. On the East Coast, wi fi has varied between free and paid for (except in first cla...

WCML franchise scoring

WCML franchise scoring

21.09.12: Anyone who knows how the bid evaluation works will tell you that there's no room for brown envelopes. The bids are assessed by a team of markers who score them against a set of criteria using a system that is published in advance. The peopl...

Letter: Mobile flash butt welding

Letter: Mobile flash butt welding

14.09.12: As a former Railtrack / Network Rail Contracts Manager for mobile flash butt welding services I would like to correct a statement made in the recent article ‘Mobile Flash Butt Welding’ [RTM August/September, p57]. Contrary to th...

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DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

12/12/2018DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

The strategic outline business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which was due to be submitted to the government by the end of this month,... more >
TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

12/12/2018TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

Plans to upgrade major parts of London Underground will be put on hold and Crossrail 2 is now in doubt after TfL has disclosed the extent of its ... more >
Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

12/12/2018Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

Hitachi and Spencer Group have launched a joint bid to win a £500m contract to build new trains and a maintenance depot for the Tyne and We... more >
Khan told in July of ‘high risk’ to Crossrail launch date as TfL reveals project’s ‘failed governance’

11/12/2018Khan told in July of ‘high risk’ to Crossrail launch date as TfL reveals project’s ‘failed governance’

Documents released by TfL show that the former Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan warned Sadiq Khan in July that schedule plans were at “h... 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 TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme... more > more last word articles >

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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 >

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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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