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‘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...

Major opportunities for SMEs on HS2

Major opportunities for SMEs on HS2

01.11.14: Approximately 60% of contract opportunities arising in the HS2 supply chain will be awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Simon Kirby, chief executive of HS2 Ltd, told delegates at the Manchester Supply Chain event. David Stevens...

Midland Metro extension moving forward

Midland Metro extension moving forward

01.11.14: Paul Griffiths, Metro and Sprint programme director at Centro, discusses the developments and progress on the Midland Metro extension. Midland Metro’s multi-million pound extension is due to be operational by autumn 2015, coming onli...

Silwood sidings set for five-car trains

Silwood sidings set for five-car trains

01.11.14: Mike Stubbs, director at London Overground, discusses the completion of the Silwood sidings facility and the challenges faced by the contractors over the last 17 months. Work to deliver a 25% capacity increase on the London Overground netwo...

Another step forward for ERTMS

Another step forward for ERTMS

01.09.14: Richard Tomlin, business development manager for signalling at Hitachi Rail Europe, discusses how the company will implement its European Train Control System (ETCS) technology on two Class 37 locomotives. Network Rail has awarded Hitachi Rai...

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Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

25/06/2019Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

Grand Central will run a new route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020, the train operator announced today. The new InterCity services... more >
Transport for Wales awards first ECI contracts for £700m South Wales Metro

25/06/2019Transport for Wales awards first ECI contracts for £700m South Wales Metro

Transport for Wales (TfW) has awarded three companies to begin preparatory works on the £738m South Wales Metro, the organisation announced... more >
Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

25/06/2019Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group plans to make travelling by train easier than ever before by making trains and stations more accessible and developing a ... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

25/06/2019Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group plans to make travelling by train easier than ever before by making trains and stations more accessible and developing a ... more >
Diversity, inclusion and marking 100 years of Women in Engineering

24/06/2019Diversity, inclusion and marking 100 years of Women in Engineering

100 years of Women in Engineering, and transforming the future too One hundred years on from the birth of the Women in Engineering Society (... more >
Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

20/06/2019Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

RTM talks exclusively to one of the rising stars of the industry and Transport’s Woman of the Year 2018, Anna Delvecchio. Amey’s... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >

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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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >