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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...

Fleet cascade

Fleet cascade

01.09.13: Gerry McFadden, fleet director at Southern, talks to RTM about an order for 116 new Electrostar carriages. Intermediate rolling stock to extend electric services across the country is well on its way. Southern has now confirmed an order with Bo...

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...

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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

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05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

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

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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 >