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3+2 seating

3+2 seating

21.03.14: Seating 3+2 used to work well (remember the VEP and HAP stock on Southern Region?), although not particularly comfortable for longer journeys. But internal dimensions of trains are a little narrower than they used to be, to allow for sliding doo...

Devastation at Dawlish

Devastation at Dawlish

14.03.14: Network Rail appears to have worked very hard to get this devastated sea-wall line rebuilt so speedily. Congratulations not criticism for once! Having consolidated this route it is time to work with the Environment Agency to look at ways to...

LSWR

LSWR

28.02.14: This situation amply demonstrates the sheer folly of closing the LSWR route via Okehampton and Tavistock. This situation also shows why the various suggestions for restoring the route should be worked up as quickly as possible. The few critics s...

Gen Y Rail

Gen Y Rail

21.02.14: The whole event was tremendous fun for all the young people who attended. I was impressed with their attention to detail, especially about transporting the Polar Bear (remember the one on wheels?), arguably the most powerful and ferocious of lan...

Rolling stock cascades

Rolling stock cascades

07.02.14: Bombardier Class 387s are being delivered to Thameslink as a stop-gap solution, until the Class 700s are ready for service. The reason for this move is, supposedly, to allow Class 319s to be withdrawn for total refurbishment prior to their casca...

Stafford signalling project

Stafford signalling project

31.01.14: Work on the WCML which should have been done years ago. The major works at Stafford are welcome – the last station modernisation has lasted 50-odd years, and is still reasonable by today's standards – but the signalling is based on r...

Vision for the Tube

Vision for the Tube

24.01.14: Any TfL service improvement, expansion and extension news is good news. Naturally, it might not go well at the first attempt, but we'll have to adopt and adapt – it was ever thus – as those of us that have commuted for 30+ years will...

North Doncaster Chord is wasteful

North Doncaster Chord is wasteful

17.01.14: Why go to all this expense? There is already a bridge across the ECML at this point. Trains from Immingham can access the Askern line if a new link was built from just to the west of the existing bridge, curving to the north towards the Askern l...

Freight needs electrification

Freight needs electrification

10.01.14: Now we need to double and electrify the Felixstowe branch. This would enable container trains continuing towards London to be electrically hauled for all or at least a significant part of their journey. This should be the springing-off poin...

Re-opening the Bedford to Cambridge line

Re-opening the Bedford to Cambridge line

03.01.14: Local knowledge is fantastic for local detail, but frequently the wood cannot be seen for the trees, or in this case the car park. Move the ‘new’ St Johns station up a little and call it Bedford, County Hall, and re-run the ‘ol...

Oxford-Cambridge line

Oxford-Cambridge line

19.12.13: Close Kempston Hardwick when Wixams opens, make a station at Kempston near the retail park. Use the London Brick company land for a container depot (proposed for St Albans) and use Forders sidings loop as a stabling locomotive point. I woul...

Crossrail 2 stock

Crossrail 2 stock

13.12.13: If the government are really serious about emissions in London and think Crossrail 2 is needed, then the service provided (if Tube size stock) has limitations. If it’s the same size stock as main line, then TOILETS must be included, with p...

Paying for stations

Paying for stations

06.12.13: Will the developer pay for these stations? If not, why should anyone else? London (and other) taxpayers already fund enough, and this will not bring Greater London benefits. Developers are very good at asking for things they don't pay for...

Paying for stations

Paying for stations

05.12.13: Will the developer pay for these stations? If not, why should anyone else? London (and other) taxpayers already fund enough, and this will not bring Greater London benefits. Developers are very good at asking for things they don't pay for...

Improving performance

Improving performance

29.11.13: During the 90s, when we had really bad PPM on the southern part of the WCML, Virgin Trains and GTRM (Maintainer) got together and created a task force called WARP (West Coast Accelerated Reliability Programme) under a banner called Target 90. ...

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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 >

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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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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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