Interviews

Project Guardian

Project Guardian

01.09.13: RTM spoke to British Transport Police Chief Inspector Paul Garrett about a new drive to increase personal safety on London’s public transport. A recent survey by TfL showed that 9% of women had encountered some form of “unwelcome se...

Thameslink  – the next steps

Thameslink – the next steps

01.09.13: The recent confirmation of the official class number and livery for the new Thameslink fleet to be delivered by Siemens prompted us to check in on progress on the wider upgrade programme. First Capital Connect’s projects director Ian Duncan...

Selling off the family silver?

Selling off the family silver?

01.07.13: London Assembly member Gareth Bacon AM, author of ‘Untapped Resource: Bearing down on fares through sponsorship,’ talks to RTM about the potential for raising revenue through sponsorship of the Tube network.  Burberry by Bo...

Funding innovation

Funding innovation

01.07.13: The Radical Train innovation competition has just reached its next stage, with the 57 shortlisted entrants whittled down to eight. RTM talked to Enabling Innovation Team director David Clarke. The Enabling Innovation Team, hosted by the RSS...

Whatever the weather

Whatever the weather

01.07.13: Weather is going to have an increasing effect on the railways so is going to play a bigger and bigger role in infrastructure and operations planning, due to changes in the climate and the UK’s meteorological conditions. RTM spoke to Met Of...

Celebrating 150 years of the Underground

Celebrating 150 years of the Underground

01.07.13: David Waboso, director of LU’s capital programmes, gave RTM an update on successes in the 150th anniversary year. 150 years, and the London Underground has never run so many services, whilst implementing such huge upgrades. RTM spoke...

Easing the bottleneck

Easing the bottleneck

01.04.13: Mark Langman, Network Rail route managing director for Wales, spoke to RTM about the recent Loughor Viaduct replacement and track redoubling in south west Wales. Good timetabling can only take services up to a certain rate; eventually trac...

TRACK21: Railway track for the 21st century

TRACK21: Railway track for the 21st century

01.04.13: Professor William Powrie FREng, principal investigator of TRACK21 at the University of Southampton, describes the latest track research and its implications for the industry. TRACK21 is a collaborative research programme grant funded by the...

Improving railway performance for the passenger

Improving railway performance for the passenger

01.04.13: The Office of Rail Regulation’s (ORR’s) new director of railway performance, Alan Price, formerly the rail division infrastructure director at FirstGroup, speaks to RTM about how Network Rail and the operators handle severe weather...

Manchester's new man in charge

Manchester's new man in charge

01.04.13: Dr Jon Lamonte, the former head of Tube Lines, has recently taken over as chief executive of Transport for Greater Manchester, responsible for the city’s growing Metrolink light rail network and also dealing with train and bus operators al...

Standardising the sub-surface lines

Standardising the sub-surface lines

01.04.13: David Waboso, capital programmes director at London Underground, talks to RTM about inspiration from abroad on sub-surface signalling, and progress on cooling the Tube. London Underground (LU) runs one of the world’s most complex metr...

Simon Burns at the York railway development site

Simon Burns at the York railway development site

01.03.13: Adam Hewitt reports from the building site in York that will soon host the busiest of Network Rail’s 14 planned Rail Operating Centres and its new Workforce Development Centre, and hears from railway minister Simon Burns MP and route manag...

Forecasting the need for jobs and skills across the rail industry

Forecasting the need for jobs and skills across the rail industry

28.02.13: One of NSARE’s major projects over the past year has been producing a skills forecasting model for the entire industry. RTM discusses its findings with NSARE chief executive Gil Howarth. In March 2012, the ORR commissioned the Na...

Funding innovation

Funding innovation

28.02.13: RTM talks to Technology Strategy Board lead technologist for the rail sector, Richard Kemp-Harper, about its decision to launch a second innovation competition. From 2011-12, the Technology Strategy Board and RSSB ran the ‘Acceleratin...

Wave and pay

Wave and pay

28.02.13: Later this year, London will lead the world in contactless payment when it goes live with ‘wave-and-pay’ technology across the Tube, DLR and Overground. RTM spoke to Shashi Verma, TfL’s director of customer experience, who head...

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NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

16/02/2018NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

Progress on Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail has been branded “hugely disappointing”, by the National Infrastructure Commission... more >
RMT announces further 24-hour strike on Northern and Merseyrail

16/02/2018RMT announces further 24-hour strike on Northern and Merseyrail

Further strike action on Merseyrail and Northern has been confirmed by RMT, whose members will strike for 24 hours on 3 March as part of a long-run... more >
Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

15/02/2018Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

TfL has cautioned passengers on the Northern Line about upgrade works which mean Bank branch services will go for a 5-month period without stoppi... 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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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >

rail industry focus

  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro...
  • 09/11/2017Testing tomorrow's technology today

    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >