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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...

A united front

A united front

14.03.14: The RSSB has just published its Overview of Safety Performance for 2013. Colin Dennis, director of policy, research and risk, spoke to RTM. Safety on the railway continues to improve, with 2013 the sixth year running without any passenger or...

BIM and HS2

BIM and HS2

14.03.14: Building Information Modelling is going to be a vital part of getting HS2 delivered efficiently. RTM spoke to HS2 head of management systems, Jon Kerbey, to find out more. At the recent HS2 Supply Chain Conference in Birmingham, which attract...

Bringing contracts back in-house

Bringing contracts back in-house

14.03.14: The ‘Metro: all change’ programme in Tyne and Wear is entering its fourth year – with attention on the £389m scheme shifting from disruptive track works to behind-the-scenes improvements, while the rolling stock refurb hi...

Innovation in rail

Innovation in rail

14.03.14: Dr Paul Allen, assistant director of the Institute of Railway Research at the University of Huddersfield, talks to RTM about the newly-launched Centre for Innovation in Rail. A new centre at the University of Huddersfield is set to develop...

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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

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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Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

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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

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >