Inbox

First TransPennine Express rolling stock complaints

First TransPennine Express rolling stock complaints

17.10.14: I have little sympathy with TPE. Instead of using the 185s displaced by the 350/4s to strengthen the pre-existing cross-pennine services, they introduced the new service linking Liverpool and Newcastle via Manchester Victoria. This action h...

Lichfield HS2 viaduct decision

Lichfield HS2 viaduct decision

10.10.14: Good news that Simon Kirby is delighted to find an engineering solution that reduces HS2's impact in South Staffordshire. Here's hoping that he can do the same thing with regard to tunnelling under the Chilterns AONB to avoid the devastatin...

Gridlock within the rail sector jeopardises the future of rail in Europe

Gridlock within the rail sector jeopardises the future of rail in Europe

03.10.14: Open Letter: ERFA, representing newcomers on the rail market, urges the EU Transport Council to remove the discrimination potential that incumbents have at their disposal and use against newcomers, and to create the preconditions for more privat...

Driver-only operation on Northern

Driver-only operation on Northern

26.09.14: There will be a member of staff on the train, however the safety critical element of the role will have been removed, which will enable the operators to cut the wages they pay to the on-board staff or even outsource the role to companies like G4...

Design life of structures

Design life of structures

19.09.14: I worked on a railway structure (long ago) where we carried out a similar programme of works. Subsequently we found the increased weight and speed of traffic allowed by the improvements started to ‘use up’ the nominal 120-year f...

Greengauge report on achieving HS2 benefits for Stoke & Staffs

Greengauge report on achieving HS2 benefits for Stoke & Staffs

12.09.14: This is a brilliant idea. Stoke has a very large population and this would bring very high economic growth in an area where there are people to fuel that growth. A station at Crewe is not a good idea. Has anyone any real measured evidence w...

Replacing poor quality rolling stock

Replacing poor quality rolling stock

05.09.14: One of the reasons why the south east got the new trains was that they replaced slam door stock, which was considered to be unsafe. A lot of trains in the south east also have cramped seating. Could you refurbish them with air conditioning etc?...

Revised design for Ealing Broadway station

Revised design for Ealing Broadway station

29.08.14: Great idea to revamp the station, but there needs to be a drop off point for cars. Although it's not the busiest London station it is an interchange and a main town centre. There should be a similar drop off system such as that at Wembley P...

IEP Class 800 interior design

IEP Class 800 interior design

22.08.14: No criticism of the design consultant but airline style seat layouts create a stack of problems, including misalignment with windows, people travelling in groups cannot sit together, no luggage space between seat backs (where passengers can keep...

‘One North’ plans

‘One North’ plans

15.08.14: This inevitable squabble illustrates the futility of trying to catch votes by publishing a localised plan to please a few people. It needs a comprehensive national plan, not repeated punts at resolving the deficiencies of HS2. And why is th...

Liverpool and HS2

Liverpool and HS2

08.08.14: Mr Sloman is absolutely right. The enormous benefits of HS2 to the home of inter-city rail would translate into equally massive benefits for the North West, North Wales and rest of the UK. Liverpool's inclusion significantly improves the overall...

Hitachi’s new train design

Hitachi’s new train design

01.08.14: Well, it looks better than their previous venture into the ‘commuter train market’ (the ‘Javelin’ Class 395). I hope they remember to fit yaw dampers at construction (rather than retro-fit as for the Class 395). The...

South west route options

South west route options

25.07.14: I agree with many of the comments made by Paul, Bedfordshire. The activities of the old BR Western Region when they took over the Southern Region lines west of Salisbury was a disgrace that made Beeching look a Saint in comparison. What they did...

Debate on re-nationalisation

Debate on re-nationalisation

18.07.14: Go on, quit then; cut your nose to spite your face, TOCs! Whereas DOR (a not for profit company) on the East Coast Main Line is a good model, it is not the finished product. Not least because of lack of trains and perhaps lack of sufficiently tr...

Docklands Light Railway contract

Docklands Light Railway contract

11.07.14: If the figures that are being published are true, then why would TfL award a contract to a company who didn't offer the best price in comparison to the incumbent operator, whose offer was cheaper? Oh and by the way, the existing operator re...

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23/08/2019Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public co... more >
Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23/08/2019Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldershot, in Hampshire. Ar... more >
Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23/08/2019Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to be... more >
Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

21/08/2019Government announces HS2 review, 'go or no-go' decision by year-end

The government is set to launch a review into the HS2 project, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The review into the high-spee... 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 >

last word

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 >

interviews

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 >

the sleeper's daily blog

Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

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 >

rail industry focus

View all News