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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29.08.18: RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance technology so far. Director of fleet and engineering Leevan Finney (pictured) talks about the project, the...

Transforming travel in the north west

Transforming travel in the north west

06.02.18: RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the company is currently embarking on. Last year was, in some ways, marked by disappointment for rail...

Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

23.01.18: RTM’s Josh Mines catches up with Mark Somers, project director for Thameslink, on how the final stages of the programme are progressing and what lessons the industry can take away from its success. Network Rail’s mammoth £...

Modernising journeys in north east England

Modernising journeys in north east England

09.11.17: First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett tells RTM’s Josh Mines about how the new rolling stock will benefit passengers in the region. ...

Ian Prosser: Safety by design

Ian Prosser: Safety by design

02.11.17: Ian Prosser, the ORR’s chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety, outlines to RTM’s Josh Mines the key challenges facing rail organisations in improving health and safety standards. Keeping passengers and worker...

A complete step change for sleeper travel

A complete step change for sleeper travel

26.10.17: Ahead of the roll-out of new Caledonian Sleeper rolling stock next year, the company’s chairman, Peter Strachan, tells RTM’s Josh Mines about how the trains will transform long-distance travel in the UK. For most passengers, tak...

Taking the alliance to the next level

Taking the alliance to the next level

26.10.17: Source: RTM Oct/Nov 17 Five months after taking over the top job at ScotRail Alliance, managing director Alex Hynes speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about his perceptions of the organisation’s modus operandi and his ambitious plans...

Pushing forward with East West Rail plans

Pushing forward with East West Rail plans

21.09.17: Andy Free, head of engineering assurance at East West Rail (EWR) Alliance, discusses the recent round two public consultation on the plans for the EWR Western Section Phase 2 project. Just before RTM went to press, the latest public consult...

A game changer for Wales and Borders

A game changer for Wales and Borders

17.07.17: Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than ever with whoever is chosen to operate the next Wales & Borders franchise. When transport se...

‘In the rail business, we’re leading the way’

‘In the rail business, we’re leading the way’

13.07.17: Andy Milner, the chief executive of Amey, tells RTM about the transformation programme that has been taking place in the company since his takeover, and what its future in the rail industry looks like. Back when Andy Milner was Amey’s...

Expanding an unprecedented level of style and comfort

Expanding an unprecedented level of style and comfort

13.07.17: At the end of May, Eurostar introduced its new e320 train on the London-Brussels route. Rob Haycocks talks to RTM about what passengers can expect from the new units and how they differ from the company’s original fleet. Our state-of...

A development opportunity across the national network

A development opportunity across the national network

10.07.17: Simone Bailey, asset management director at Abellio Greater Anglia, talks to RTM about overcoming the different challenges facing stations of varying sizes. Despite stations being the ‘shop window’ of the sector across the count...

Victoria Line: pinnacle of excellence in railway engineering

Victoria Line: pinnacle of excellence in railway engineering

06.07.17: Following the May timetable change, the Victoria Line has been running 36 trains per hour during the peaks. Mark Wild, managing director of London Underground (LU), discusses the lessons learned throughout the project. Since the end of May...

Intertrain: ready for the future

Intertrain: ready for the future

23.02.17: RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion and Babcock got together to celebrate the company’s latest cohort of rail apprentices. Luana...

Tackling regulation at its routes

Tackling regulation at its routes

24.01.17: John Larkinson, the ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, speaks to RTM about the move to regulating Network Rail at a route level and the next major milestones ahead of CP6. Following on from last year’s Shaw Review...

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >