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Dawlish alternatives

Dawlish alternatives

26.05.15: Source: Paul Hooper   This route has to be looked upon on more than just a cost basis. The tunnel detour around Dawlish may serve a short term aim but still keeps all the services in the south of the county. The Okehampton route w...

Network Rail unions need a reality check

Network Rail unions need a reality check

15.05.15: Network Rail unions need a reality check. 1) No private sector workers will get RPI as a measure of inflation over the next 3 years. They will get CPI instead. This will always be lower than RPI so already these workers are better off.  ...

Stations in Liverpool

Stations in Liverpool

08.05.15: Liverpool needs a new station now. Why not re-open Exchange and re-name Moorfields as Exchange Low Level while we are at it? Everything is in place and the businesses that have been built at the back of the marvellous facade on Tithebarn Street...

Crawler carrier modification suggestion

Crawler carrier modification suggestion

01.05.15: Years ago, back in the late seventies and early eighties, I was involved with a machine called a ‘Mersey Shunter’ when I used to work for Ford tractor dealers Warrington Tractors. This was manufactured in-house and based on a County...

The benefits of BIM

The benefits of BIM

24.04.15: I fully support all of what Hyder say. However, from the constructors' perspective, to really exploit the full benefits the collaboration we and our supply chain need to be engaged much earlier in the design than most clients' current procuremen...

Vivarail D-Trains – comfort will be the key

Vivarail D-Trains – comfort will be the key

16.04.15: Interesting project, but as a daily commuter on the West Cumbrian line, I don’t fancy doing 40 miles twice a day on those seats – they look rock hard, no head rests and very uncomfortable. At least with 465s I can have a snooze twice...

A train every four minutes on the Circle Line?

A train every four minutes on the Circle Line?

10.04.15: The maths that chriswedge100 uses work wonderfully if all the junctions were grade separated. But they ain't so I reckon LU are being just a wee bit optimistic in their frequency ambitions. Or do they know something we don't??? Other than t...

Good luck to new Rail Academy

Good luck to new Rail Academy

01.04.15: The new facility at Felling is very impressive with work space both indoors and outdoors covering signalling, electrification, and track engineering. I was astounded to learn the average age of a track worker is 55 so there is a real need f...

Need for realism over electrification timescales

Need for realism over electrification timescales

26.03.15: Whilst I understand the sentiments expressed already, is completion by the end of 2019 realistic? Projects already approved are slipping backwards, and I doubt there are the resources available to complete Selby-Hull until well after 2019...

Whitehall is crushing innovative rail schemes

Whitehall is crushing innovative rail schemes

20.03.15: So this inspired scheme to put right a wrong (leaving Hull off the electrification map completely) has now slid backwards to 2024. This is so typical of British bureaucracy in which anything inspired is suffocated by Westminster and Whitehall. T...

Open access on East Coast – why not West Coast?

Open access on East Coast – why not West Coast?

12.03.15: Apart from Virgin/Stagecoach's new franchised service, the East Coast may also now have a myriad of open access operators. On the other hand, the ORR denies GNWR access to run services on the West Coast because they would have a negative impact...

Who will build the new DMUs?

Who will build the new DMUs?

06.03.15: It would be excellent to have a fleet of new-build DMUs in service by 2020 but one question needs to be answered – who is likely to build them? Will Bombardier be prepared to re-open their Turbostar line for what will only be a short run o...

Cutting cost of electrification using battery power through neutral sections

Cutting cost of electrification using battery power through neutral sections

27.02.15: EGGHEADS-STYLE QUESTION: On the face of it, availability of dual-mode overhead electric + internal battery EMUs could significantly reduce the cost of line electrification by allowing neutral sections under difficult bridges and through tunnels...

‘Employer’ and ‘contractor’ are out-of-date words on today’s railway

‘Employer’ and ‘contractor’ are out-of-date words on today’s railway

19.02.15: Disappointing to read the ORR using divisive language in their report. Holloway was delivered under an Alliance Contract form where the Northern Alliance partners are joint and severally liable for performance of the works. 'Employer' and 'Contr...

Pressure on workers to vote for strikes

Pressure on workers to vote for strikes

12.02.15: I think the LU stance is not so much that there is 'pressure' on members to vote a certain way, but is designed more to appeal to those RMT members who don't agree with strike action, to encourage them to vote, rather than abstain. The issue is...

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First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

23/02/2018First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

After a period of radio silence, Vivarail has announced that its long-awaited battery D-Train is in its final build stage and will be in passenger ... more >
Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

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Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

23/02/2018Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

Despite its progress, the Thameslink Programme still faces substantial challenges that must be addressed to ensure successful delivery – an... 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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Transforming travel in the north west

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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

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    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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