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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...

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...

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Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

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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

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

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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 >