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Maintaining the safety momentum

Maintaining the safety momentum

12.09.16: Britain’s railways are currently the safest they have ever been, but there is still room for improvement, Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), tells RTM’s...

Transforming rail in the north

Transforming rail in the north

06.06.16: As part of RTM’s series of interviews with the those at the top of the TOCs, David Stevenson caught up with Alex Hynes, Arriva Rail North’s managing director, who comments on the plans for the new franchise and what will be delivered...

HS2: The innovation and skills challenge

HS2: The innovation and skills challenge

06.04.16: HS2 Ltd commercial director, Beth West, on why the project needs to do things differently. HS2 will be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Europe. Fifteen years of construction, a £55.7bn investment, nine major new railway s...

The simplicity of station defibrillators

The simplicity of station defibrillators

24.03.16: While not cheap, defibrillators can be a life-saving piece of kit at stations. Natalie Loughborough, customer service director at Northern Rail, explains the many benefits of these simple and safe to use devices for operators. When people s...

AT200s: bringing Japanese expertise under British control

AT200s: bringing Japanese expertise under British control

09.02.16: Ian McConnell, programmes & transformation director at ScotRail Alliance, and Jon Veitch, general manager in Scotland for Hitachi, speak to RTM’s Luana Salles about the ongoing task of building the new Class 385s and the importance of...

The evolution of design standards on the Underground

The evolution of design standards on the Underground

01.01.16: RTM talks to Gareth Powell, London Underground’s director of strategy & service development, about the new ‘Design Idiom’ for the network and how it is being put into practice. London Underground stations have always h...

Tackling health and safety collaboratively

Tackling health and safety collaboratively

01.11.15: John Abbott, external engagement director at RSSB, discusses the development of a new Rail Health and Safety Strategy that will be launched early next year. Against a backdrop of increased passenger numbers and record levels of investment...

Why three hours matters

Why three hours matters

01.11.15: RTM interviews Henrik Anderberg, who took over as Alstom’s HS2 director this summer, having previously been the company’s managing director for transport in the Nordic countries. ‘Why three hours matters’ was the tit...

Fixing the skills shortages – Interview with NSARE's Neil Robertson

Fixing the skills shortages – Interview with NSARE's Neil Robertson

01.11.15: Neil Robertson took over from Gil Howarth as chief executive of NSARE, the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering, in the summer. RTM’s Adam Hewitt went to talk to him at the organisation’s London headquarters. RTM has...

‘We don’t want Stafford to be a one-off’ – Interview with Atkins' Philip Hoare

‘We don’t want Stafford to be a one-off’ – Interview with Atkins' Philip Hoare

01.11.15: RTM interviews Philip Hoare, the head of rail for Atkins in the UK who also now runs the company’s wider transportation business, including highways. The ‘pure alliance’ delivering the West Coast Main Line upgrade in Staff...

Stafford set for resignalling switchover

Stafford set for resignalling switchover

01.08.15: Ian Johnson (pictured), Alliance operations manager on the Stafford Area Improvements Programme, talks to RTM about the major resignalling commissioning work at Stafford. David Stevenson reports. The £250m Stafford Area Improvements...

A new dawn for New Street

A new dawn for New Street

01.08.15: Chris Montgomery (pictured), Network Rail’s project director for the New Street project, talks to RTM’s David Stevenson about the final touches being made on the redevelopment of Birmingham’s main station and the programme&rsqu...

World-leading asset management on London Underground

World-leading asset management on London Underground

01.07.15: London Underground is only the second metro in the world to receive the new ISO 55001 accreditation endorsing its asset management systems. RTM heard more from its head of asset strategy and investment, Andy Jinks, and head of asset management R...

Caledonian sleeper: Poor performance figures and the role of new loco's

Caledonian sleeper: Poor performance figures and the role of new loco's

01.07.15: Since becoming a separate franchise, the punctuality and performance for Caledonian Sleeper have dipped substantially. But David Simpson, performance & safety director at Serco Caledonian Sleeper, told RTM’s Sam McCaffrey the figures a...

The 'British Bullet Train'

The 'British Bullet Train'

01.07.15: Hitachi used Railtex 2015 to launch the interior concept for its latest generation of ‘very high speed’ vehicles, the AT400 range. RTM spoke to Hitachi Rail Europe’s Andy Barr at the show. Hitachi has been working on its &...

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NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

16/02/2018NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

Progress on Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail has been branded “hugely disappointing”, by the National Infrastructure Commission... more >
RMT announces further 24-hour strike on Northern and Merseyrail

16/02/2018RMT announces further 24-hour strike on Northern and Merseyrail

Further strike action on Merseyrail and Northern has been confirmed by RMT, whose members will strike for 24 hours on 3 March as part of a long-run... more >
Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

15/02/2018Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

TfL has cautioned passengers on the Northern Line about upgrade works which mean Bank branch services will go for a 5-month period without stoppi... 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... more > more last word articles >

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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >

rail industry focus

  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro...
  • 09/11/2017Testing tomorrow's technology today

    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >