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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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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

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Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

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ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

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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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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >

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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

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Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

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