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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...

London Overground’s five-car extension: ‘A three-year programme delivered in 18 months’

London Overground’s five-car extension: ‘A three-year programme delivered in 18 months’

16.01.14: Huw Edwards, head of programme delivery at London Overground, speaks to RTM about its ongoing capacity improvement programme (LOCIP), including the introduction of five-car services and associated upgrades to depots, sidings and signalling across...

Sleeper service

Sleeper service

16.01.14: Network Rail requires up to a million concrete sleepers a year, but after the closure of one of the country’s two production facilities, it decided to seek a new contractor. RTM reports from the opening of the new sleeper factory at Doncaste...

The next twenty years

The next twenty years

16.01.14: The DfT is part-funding Sheffield’s Supertram track replacement, Baroness Kramer has announced. David Young, deputy interim director general of SYPTE, speaks to RTM. Sheffield’s Supertram service is undergoing work to replace worn...

A whole-system approach

A whole-system approach

31.10.13: Phil Hufton, chief operating officer of London Underground, talks to RTM about efficiency and reliability. London Underground has been improving in reliability over a number of years, and its success is down to a multi-faceted approach, accordi...

Making stations more secure

Making stations more secure

31.10.13: The SecureStation project is looking at how to reduce the risks of general crime, fire, and terrorist attacks, and has been getting public views on the acceptability and intrusiveness of proposed security measures. RTM talked to Dr Emma Carter of...

Safety first

Safety first

31.10.13: A level crossing upgrade at Llanelli in south Wales at two crossings either side of the station grew in scope to encompass some first-of-their-kind innovations to improve safety. RTM talked to Amey’s rail project manager Mark Bushnell and si...

Tram-train: reaching a compromise

Tram-train: reaching a compromise

31.10.13: Dr Paul Allen, Assistant Director of the Institute of Rail Research at the University of Huddersfield and project manager for work on an optimal interface for the tram-train pilot in Sheffield, talks to RTM. Among the many engineering challenge...

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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 >