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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 &...

Delivering Digital Environment

Delivering Digital Environment

01.07.15: Phil Bennett, commercial director for the Digital Railway programme within Network Rail, discusses the lessons that can be learned from the aviation industry in delivering a digital railway. Network Rail is expected to establish its strateg...

‘We want to be involved with everything that moves using steel wheels on rail’

‘We want to be involved with everything that moves using steel wheels on rail’

01.05.15: One of the world’s biggest engineering and consultancy firms, CH2M, is helping deliver Crossrail, HS2, and important projects for Network Rail and Transport for London. RTM caught up with its rail director for Europe, Sue Kershaw. &ld...

Apprentice talk: Gen Y Rail finalist discusses his progress at network rail

Apprentice talk: Gen Y Rail finalist discusses his progress at network rail

01.05.15: A national finalist at RTM’s Gen Y Rail initiative last summer talks to David Stevenson about the progress he is making on Network Rail’s advanced apprenticeship programme. When RTM held its first Gen Y Rail series in 2014, we w...

‘They don’t make trains like this anymore’

‘They don’t make trains like this anymore’

01.05.15: RTM’s Sam McCaffrey visited the Vivarail depot at Long Marston to see the prototype D-Train in the middle of the conversion process. “There is nothing quite as exciting as this in the industry at the minute.”  Th...

Laying the foundation for a digital railway

Laying the foundation for a digital railway

01.03.15: Craig Ellis, Network Rail Telecoms head of technology & engineering, talks about the development and deployment of the FTNx network and the future benefits it will deliver. David Stevenson reports. Network Rail has gone live with its ne...

Rail safety performance and trends

Rail safety performance and trends

01.03.15: The RSSB has released its high-level Overview of Safety Performance for the calendar year 2014. RTM discussed the results with George Bearfield, director of system safety at RSSB. Overall 2014 was a good year for railway safety, and it was...

Keeping the Caledonian Sleeper as fresh as can be

Keeping the Caledonian Sleeper as fresh as can be

01.03.15: Serco is soon to take over the operation of the Caledonian Sleeper service between Scotland and London, but has kept on Alstom as fleet maintainer. RTM spoke to Alstom’s Rob Whyte, managing director of its main line operations. Alstom...

Capital to coast, coast to capital, commitment to customers

Capital to coast, coast to capital, commitment to customers

01.03.15: c2c successfully retained the Essex Thameside franchise and has had a busy first 100 days. RTM spoke to managing director Julian Drury. The second long-term franchise to be announced in the current wave of refranchising agreements was Essex...

Piling work underway at Crossrail’s eco-friendly Old Oak Common depot

Piling work underway at Crossrail’s eco-friendly Old Oak Common depot

14.01.15: Work is well underway to design and construct Crossrail’s new maintenance depot for its Bombardier-built train fleet at Old Oak Common (OOC), with piling starting this week.  Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd awarded Taylor Woodro...

Robust planning key to Watford renewals

Robust planning key to Watford renewals

09.01.15: Network Rail’s John Nixon gives RTM an update on the Watford Area Renewals Programme’s Christmas commissioning work. Work to renew track and signals at a junction connecting the line between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey...

The world of rail, from Afghanistan  to Crossrail

The world of rail, from Afghanistan to Crossrail

01.01.15: A bright young engineer from Afghanistan has worked on Crossrail and is about to study for his Master’s in the USA, having received pointers on his career from the UK Rail Industry Training Trust, launched by RTM. Adam Hewitt reports. ...

Understanding the causes of low adhesion

Understanding the causes of low adhesion

01.01.15: Low adhesion is a major problem for the railways, in terms of performance, safety and cost, but a new research project aims to shed more light on the phenomenon. RTM spoke to Dr Helen Viner, chief scientist at the Transport Research Laboratory (...

HS2 in the virtual world

HS2 in the virtual world

01.01.15: RTM interviews HS2’s head of management systems, Jon Kerbey. Many clients dream of a ‘single vendor solution’ when thinking about design and asset management, with every contractor at every tier of the supply chain using t...

‘The ambitions of the rail industry have filled me with excitement’

‘The ambitions of the rail industry have filled me with excitement’

01.11.14: Atkins’ UK rail business got a new managing director this summer – Philip Hoare, who previously led the company’s highways and transportation division. Now that he has his feet under the table, RTM spoke with him to understand...

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Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

24/09/2018Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

Northern has launched an extended compensation scheme to include regular travellers who don’t hold season tickets following the major disru... more >
Crossrail: Khan commissions report into governance, says he ‘cannot be sure’ of completion date

24/09/2018Crossrail: Khan commissions report into governance, says he ‘cannot be sure’ of completion date

The London mayor has failed to quell concerns about the future of the city’s Crossrail project after he claimed he ‘cannot be sure&rs... more >
Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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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 >