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The restrictions of renewals

The restrictions of renewals

01.03.12: Clive Woods, programme manager for the Great Eastern OLE renewals project, discusses the vast task of replacing overhead cables with minimum disruption. The Great Eastern overhead line renewals project involves the replacement of cable equi...

The route ahead

The route ahead

01.03.12: The long-awaited Government confirmation that HS2 is to go ahead did not deter the project’s opponents, who are convinced it is a waste of money with few environmental benefits. RTM asked Julie Mills, of pro-HS2 research company Greengauge...

The wait is over for Wolverton station

The wait is over for Wolverton station

01.03.12: John McLaughlin, Milton Keynes Council’s transport project manager, talks to RTM about the new station building in Wolverton. After years of campaigning for a new station building at Wolverton, its backers are now just weeks away from...

A new depot for Derby

A new depot for Derby

01.01.12: The rail industry in Derby has not fully recovered from Bombardier’s loss to Siemens for the Thameslink rolling stock, but Network Rail is determined to invest in the city, with plans for a new depot which will become its regional headquar...

Costs and assets

Costs and assets

01.01.12: Asset management and monitoring has long been a concern of freight operators, due to the structure of rail freight access charges and the need to pay to offset the costs of freight’s use of the track. Poor asset management can lead to...

'Even the best performing companies can still have things go wrong'

'Even the best performing companies can still have things go wrong'

01.01.12: RTM discusses risk management in the rail industry with Office of Rail Regulation deputy chief inspector Allan Spence. Network Rail has been improving its management of health and safety risk – and management more generally – he...

Heavy lifting

Heavy lifting

01.01.12: The reconstruction of four rail bridges in north east London in the autumn required some deft lifting work, the relocation of some residents, and an awful lot of engineering prowess across four tight possession windows. RTM speaks to Network Rai...

Listen closely

01.01.12: The trial of trackside ‘listening’ technology has proved such a success for South West Trains that it is now being expanded to cover the whole fleet, as engineering director Christian Roth tells RTM. Axle bearing failures can be...

Mapping the future

Mapping the future

01.01.12: Shirley Clark of Ordnance Survey discusses the organisation’s closer relationship with Network Rail, and the many ways in which smart use of geographic data helps the rail industry. Accurate topographical information is obviously vita...

Number crunching

Number crunching

01.01.12: Cutting unit costs on the railway is about more than just rolling stock, infrastructure and working practices – for an organisation the size of Network Rail, savings have to be made in the back office, too. Steve Swientozielskyj, head of f...

Shaking the timbers

Shaking the timbers

01.01.12: RTM speaks to Network Rail’s Rosie Majer and co-ordinator of the South West Wales Integrated Transport Consortium, Sue Miles, about the reconstruction of the Loughor viaduct and plans to re-double the singled section of the Swansea to Llan...

Staying informed

Staying informed

01.01.12: National Rail Enquiries’ chief executive Chris Scoggins and head of online services Jason Webb talk to RTM about delivering information faster and in more accessible formats to keep up with passenger expectations. Providing informatio...

The application of simulation

The application of simulation

01.01.12: Malcolm Cook, simulator centre manager for ScotRail, and founder of the UK Rail Simulator User Group, talks to RTM about using simulation effectively. Continual assessment is a way to ensure drivers retain the high standards necessary for r...

Train building

Train building

01.01.12: Bombardier won the Southern order for 130 new carriages, but the next big challenge is Crossrail – where the financing arrangements look like they will be similar to Thameslink, which provided an in-built advantage to Siemens. RTM discusse...

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New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

12/09/2019New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

Plans for a new railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton looks set to go ahead following backing from councillors. Nuneaton Parkway Sta... more >
New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

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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... more > more last word articles >

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Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

29/08/2019Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and the 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 conn... 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

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

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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    Jim Knox, director of Gard Chemicals, explains how the company is helping the rail industry ensure they have the best cleaning and maintenance...
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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 >