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Sewage on the tracks

Sewage on the tracks

22.11.13: Good, but the present on-train systems leave a lot to be desired. I spent four hours on a Voyager recently. The smell of sewage hit you when you stepped on the train and one never got used to it. Sewage gas contains toxic hydrogen sulphide...

Railway skills and young people

Railway skills and young people

15.11.13: Our diminutive railway in deepest Wales needs to recruit young people to learn some ancient skills. So every year we have Kids' Week, where we take 40 young folk aged 14-16, put them in blue overalls, big boots and orange visivests and teach the...

Tram-trains in Manchester

Tram-trains in Manchester

08.11.13: Does this actually mean that councils will run test vehicles over tracks in each city area? Or does it mean they are just going to sit on their brains and think about it, doing nothing concrete? Will these routes on tracks renewed, re-insta...

Safety recommendations after fatal accident

Safety recommendations after fatal accident

31.10.13: The saddest aspect is that neither the Railway Safety & Standards Board (RSSB) nor CIRAS were able to detect the signs that this was an issue. Perhaps it is time that all these ‘safety’ related organizations were rolled into...

Station improvements in Wales

Station improvements in Wales

24.10.13: This is great news for those affected towns, and I have links from my past with and affection for at least two of them. However, this smokescreen of improving stations does not detract from the paucity of capacity and flexibility that new t...

Level crossing safety

Level crossing safety

18.10.13: Well Ian, I can honestly conclude that after reading your post, you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. You really do show your ignorance by suggesting that all level crossings should be closed.  This is wholly impracti...

Siemens

Siemens

11.10.13: Not so long ago, Siemens pulled out of the bidding for Crossrail, as they were far too busy on orders for other customers.  However, it is obvious that they are indeed now looking for further UK train orders because Steve Scrimshaw has...

Close all level crossings

Close all level crossings

04.10.13: I am strongly of the opinion that all level crossings should be replaced by bridges or underpasses, or if neither of these is possible, simply closed. There have been too many appalling fatalities. The case a few years ago of two young girl...

Ordsall Chord article

Ordsall Chord article

27.09.13: The writer, Peter Johnston, has immense experience and knowledge of track and train flows in this area, so his voice must be listened to. However, I would argue that we can have our cake and eat it too. We take the Ordsall Chord and plan for wid...

Future-proofing the Borders Railway

Future-proofing the Borders Railway

20.09.13: No question that any new road-bridge or other structure is designed to allow for double-tracking in the future. This could eventually become another Anglo-Scottish route again from Carlisle to Edinburgh, so penny-pinching now will be as big an e...

Welsh compensation for HS2

Welsh compensation for HS2

13.09.13: I'm sorry, but it is clear that North Wales will benefit from journey time cuts to Crewe, especially when HS2 phase 2 opens in 2033. What's more if the North Wales coast line is electrified it is likely that HS2 trains will serve it directl...

Bustitution Nottingham-Lincoln

Bustitution Nottingham-Lincoln

06.09.13: East Midlands Trains / Stagecoach are having a field day at the moment on the Nottingham - Newark Castle - Lincoln route, as bustitution has been extended from the original five weeks with the Nottinham Station re-tracking and signalling. A...

Darling’s comments on ‘boring’ transport

Darling’s comments on ‘boring’ transport

30.08.13: Transport shouldn't really be boring but it should answer the problem it is trying to solve. I hate to say it but Darling could be right – despite it being his government that started this, he makes a point worth further examination....

IEA report on HS2

IEA report on HS2

23.08.13: The IEA is a right-wing think tank bankrolled by unknown wealthy sponsors who no doubt have an agenda. It has a long track record of rubbishing public transport investment. It has plucked this £80 billion figure from thin air by imagining...

High speed rail

High speed rail

16.08.13: The conference is an excellent idea. From what I have learned about high speed rail from 10 years' study, best practice in high speed rail includes: Through stations in the major city centres, rather than terminals; High speed platform...

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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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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 >

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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 >
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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

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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 >

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