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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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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... more >
Stagecoach and MPs demand answers in dispute over ‘staggering’ pensions fund deficit and rail franchise controversy

16/04/2019Stagecoach and MPs demand answers in dispute over ‘staggering’ pensions fund deficit and rail franchise controversy

MPs have asked The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to reveal the extent of the “substantial” deficit in the Railways Pensions Scheme and pro... more >

editor's comment

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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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >

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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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