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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...

Victoria Station Upgrade

Victoria Station Upgrade

01.07.14: Craig Prangley, project director of the Taylor Woodrow/BAM Nuttall joint venture, and Glenn Keelan, programme manager at London Underground, give an update on the Victoria Station Upgrade project. Four years into London Underground’s &pou...

Delivering the North Doncaster Chord

Delivering the North Doncaster Chord

01.07.14: Adrian Elliott, Alliance manager on the North Doncaster Chord at Network Rail, talked to RTM about delivering the new railway flyover. On 26 June, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin officially cut the ribbon and opened the North Doncaster C...

Bringing innovation funding together for a brighter future

Bringing innovation funding together for a brighter future

01.07.14: David Clarke, director of FutureRailway, says the programme is building on the success of the Enabling Innovation Team (EIT) thanks to a new partnership with Network Rail. In 2012, the EIT (Enabling Innovation Team) was established to plug th...

Innovating the future at Stafford

Innovating the future at Stafford

01.07.14: Andrew Ellwood, innovation and continuous improvement manager on the Stafford Area Improvements Programme, spoke to RTM about innovation in project management. After our site visit to see early construction work on the Stafford Area Improveme...

Collaborative Crossrail

Collaborative Crossrail

01.05.14: Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, chief executive of Crossrail, discusses the latest developments on the largest construction project in Europe and gives his opinion on the benefits of collaborative working. Construction of Crossrail has reached the h...

Great expectations

Great expectations

01.05.14: Network Rail’s £330m ORBIS programme to revolutionise asset information and data management is now in its third year. RTM spoke to the director of Network Rail’s Asset Information division, Patrick Bossert. At the heart of t...

Looking to the future with the YRP

Looking to the future with the YRP

01.05.14: The Young Rail Professionals organisation held its fifth annual dinner in March, including a keynote address from Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground. The event also provided a chance for new chairman Adam Stead to set out his visi...

The Anglian alliance

The Anglian alliance

01.05.14: Abellio Greater Anglia head of corporate affairs Jonathan Denby discusses the TOC’s long-term work with Network Rail, and the new joint performance plan to get performance back on track. Abellio Greater Anglia entered into an alliance w...

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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 >