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Changes to Network Rail site safety procedures

Changes to Network Rail site safety procedures

04.07.14: As an agency ES, COSS, MC/CC myself I am genuinely scared for my livelihood when these changes are implemented. Will there be re-training? Will I be allowed to become a 'safe work supervisor'? Also, the safety aspect would seem to be compro...

Getting work in signal design

Getting work in signal design

27.06.14: I thought about applying for a job in the signal design sector of the rail industry, my qualifications are: I work for BT and have responsibility for a radio station, a telephone exchange and an external copper and fibre network. Out of interest...

Trial of ZF automatic transmission on SWT Class 158s

Trial of ZF automatic transmission on SWT Class 158s

24.06.14: For a large part of my formal career I was the principal focus for here in the UK for Voith’s rail activities and was heavily engaged in the original delivery of the T211rz transmissions for the Class 158/159 programme. I’m therefore...

GNWR services on the West Coast

GNWR services on the West Coast

20.06.14: A competing service from Manchester to London as an alternative to Virgin's present monopoly is long overdue and would be most welcome. However, re-introducing a service to St Pancras would be preferred, thus avoiding extra pressure on the...

Freight rolling stock

Freight rolling stock

13.06.14: Magic. At last, some serious and positive action towards delivering an improved, fast and efficient freight service throughout the country. Now we need the track and the extra interconnectability which more track and chords brings to be able to...

Traffic management contract

Traffic management contract

06.06.14: Nothing against Thales, but what was the point of the massive procurement exercise and shortlisting if BOTH the pilot schemes go to the same supplier? Surely the purpose of the pilot is to learn lessons from each to improve the next – now...

Infrarail session on education

Infrarail session on education

23.05.14: Kenneth Baker was a very welcome speaker at Earl’s Court – I was very impressed! Most staff in the industry welcome opportunities for training in all sorts of areas, which have been lost with privatisation. Everybody should be a...

Nuneaton to Coventry

Nuneaton to Coventry

23.05.14: I used to be track Inspector on the Nuneaton to Coventry line in 1995. I could never understand why all the existing disused stations were not re-opened. Coton at Nuneaton would have been an ideal location for access to the George Eliot Hospital...

Heathrow and rail

Heathrow and rail

16.05.14: Following the abandonment of the proposed HS1-2 link via the North London Line, a new proposal from the Greengauge21 group is to build a new direct link by extending HS1, in tunnel, across London to Heathrow Airport – where customs and imm...

Network Rail must police safety-critical track workers

Network Rail must police safety-critical track workers

09.05.14: I really don't understand. If we look at the number of incidents/accidents in the past few years, they have mainly been down to Network Rail's maintainer. Now, the staff there are not on zero contracts; their main occupation is rail and they cov...

Bravo Chiltern Railways

Bravo Chiltern Railways

02.05.14: Chiltern are certainly a market leader, unprecedented innovation and investment. The Chiltern route was on the verge of closure 25 years ago, now it's a true inter city route, and the latest exciting Evergreen project linking Oxford to Marylebo...

New London Overground stock

New London Overground stock

25.04.14: There is some concern about this order for what could be 39 Class 378 clones. There has been so much criticism of the existing trains on the North London and East London lines, being described as cattle trucks with hard seats. The seats are hard...

Extending HS2 services to Ebbsfleet and Javelins to Old Oak Common

Extending HS2 services to Ebbsfleet and Javelins to Old Oak Common

11.04.14: Greengauge 21's proposal makes perfect sense. I would go even further and suggest ALL HS2 services are extended at least to Ebbsfleet and ALL Javelin (and possibly Eurostar) services are extended at least to Old Oak Common, with both services pr...

Birmingham unveiling its own HS2 station plans

Birmingham unveiling its own HS2 station plans

04.04.14: Of course Mr Nazir is right – and I don't live within a hundred miles of Birmingham. If they can plan and design an HS2 route, they can do the job properly and integrate decent interchange links with New Street and Moor Street Stations as...

Hitachi move to UK

Hitachi move to UK

28.03.14: I think Alistair Dormer will need to answer at least two questions before we get really excited about this announcement: 1. Did Hitachi consider one of the Northern cities as a location for its HQ, as an alternative to London? If not, why n...

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DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

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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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

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Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

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Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >

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