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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...

Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15.11.16: Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Future’ report expected to inform the Scottish government’s upcoming rail strategy. In...

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...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >