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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...

More than a railway

More than a railway

01.09.14: Crossrail took the ‘Excellence in the Public Sector’ crown at the Investors in People Awards. After the ceremony, RTM caught up with the project’s head of organisational effectiveness, Rob Jones. Crossrail’s achievemen...

Ramping up the work on Reading Viaduct

Ramping up the work on Reading Viaduct

01.09.14: Kevin Brown, Network Rail’s civil engineering project manager on Reading, and William Smith, project director at Balfour Beatty, talk to RTM about the latest developments on the £45m Reading Viaduct. David Stevenson and Alexandra Cla...

Savings vs safety

Savings vs safety

01.09.14: Sonia McKay, professor of European Socio-Legal Studies at London Metropolitan University’s Working Lives Research Institute, talks to RTM’s David Stevenson about the impact of efficiency savings on Network Rail’s staff, perform...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >