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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...

The newest additions to the Metrolink fleet

The newest additions to the Metrolink fleet

14.03.14: New style Metrolink trams have joined the M5000 fleet in Manchester. RTM spoke to Metrolink director Peter Cushing. The fleet of Metrolink trams is expanding to 104 of the new M5000 vehicles. The newest batch feature a revised seating lay...

The skills and ideas to deliver Crossrail successfully

The skills and ideas to deliver Crossrail successfully

14.03.14: RTM speaks to Crossrail’s new strategic projects director, John Pelton, about programme management, innovation, organisational change and skills for the future. The programme partner for Crossrail is the Transcend joint venture of CH2M...

Approaching the tipping point on fair payment

Approaching the tipping point on fair payment

16.01.14: The Fair Payment Charter is driving better practice across the supply chain. RTM spoke to Network Rail Infrastructure Project’s commercial projects director, Stephen Blakey, about the charter’s progress. Getting paid on time is one...

Confidence in contactless

Confidence in contactless

16.01.14: More operators and transport authorities are making big strides on simplifying and modernising payment options for rail and tram tickets – and some are getting rid of tickets altogether. Adam Hewitt reports. Transport for London is soon...

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

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Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

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Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >