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‘Euston Cross’ alternative HS2 plan

‘Euston Cross’ alternative HS2 plan

26.04.13: I am very pleased with the proposal for the Euston Cross option. The only thing I think is a bit short-sighted is the wording in the proposal that suggests that only one of the platforms would be suitable for GC gauge trains (I’m not...

Sentencing after level crossing crash

Sentencing after level crossing crash

19.04.13: I am very pleased at the humane sentence given to Mr Maund, granted that sometimes (and I noticed it in the sentencing of a bus driver who was 'hung out to dry') those at the sharp end of transport operations can be severely punished despite bei...

Alternative HS2 plan from Lords

Alternative HS2 plan from Lords

12.04.13: Services being limited on account of HS1’s capacity limitations? I think that is a good situation to be in, given that HS1 is falling short of its potential. Besides, there are plenty of other solutions if people are imaginative. For insta...

Alternative HS2 plan from Lords

Alternative HS2 plan from Lords

05.04.13: The Euston Cross idea has significant merit. The current HS1-HS2 link plans via Primrose Hill is a major threat to London Overground and freight ambitions. That scheme, as it stands is constrained, very poor fudge which requires a better solutio...

Train announcements

Train announcements

22.03.13: The response from ATOC is typical of railway complacency; they should shut up and listen for a change. Yes, there are some announcements that are simply not needed. Many others are uneducated and ungrammatical: trains arrive AT stations, for exa...

IEP supply chain

IEP supply chain

15.03.13: Over the last few years, there has been a great deal of talk in the media, and plenty of Government hype, about the proposed UK supply chain for the Hitachi IEP. Recently however, all has gone quiet and we still do not know whether any Brit...

Rail line re-openings

Rail line re-openings

08.03.13: The glowing piece of news I read about re-opening certain railways after the Beeching lacklustre and amateur sledgehammer approach was a stimulating breath of fresh air. It is good that railways are being studied by those who are in th...

Preventing delays

Preventing delays

01.03.13: Living on the main London - Brighton line, I often visit the city on business and have been delayed because a train has broken down, cables have been removed or weather has caused a problem. The new rolling stock does not have a locomotive...

IEP train specifications

IEP train specifications

22.02.13: In accordance with the current trend, the train has systems for everything. But which of them are really cost-effective? And which could be dispensed with and which are in the nice-to-have category? Or is this an example of gold-plating the...

London-Shropshire services

London-Shropshire services

15.02.13: Had the late and much-lamented Wrexham and Shropshire service been allowed to run through to Chester perhaps it might have avoided withdrawal, so it is a bit rich for Virgin now to be attempting to cream off traffic from Shrewsbury and calling i...

‘High Speed Rail from a Scottish Perspective’

‘High Speed Rail from a Scottish Perspective’

08.02.13: I read with interest the contribution in the Dec/Jan issue, ‘High Speed Rail from a Scottish Perspective’ from a member of Railfuture Scotland. I need to emphasise that this was the personal view of the author, and not...

HS2 phase 2 route

HS2 phase 2 route

01.02.13: Whilst in favour of HS2, I wonder how locations away from the proposed route will benefit. For instance, it is said that Liverpool will be linked by a junction ‘south of Wigan’ but does not say exactly where. Will trains from Lo...

Public service

Public service

25.01.13: I think HMG of whichever hue needs to come to terms with the fact that there are some things that simply work better in public ownership and like utilities: railways is one of them. All political parties need to forget ideology and start us...

Rolling stock procurement

Rolling stock procurement

18.01.13: It is understood that Northern are getting so perturbed by the Thameslink delays, that they are being compelled into hiring loco-hauled stock for some of their longer-distant routes, in order to release DMUs to strengthen crowded commuter servic...

HS1 and Southeastern services

HS1 and Southeastern services

11.01.13: I was interested to read about the success of services on HS1. However, it is disappointing that other services have deteriorated. In August I began working in Camberwell, south east London. I live in east Kent. Adisham – seven m...

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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

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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

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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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