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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...

A depot for Derby

A depot for Derby

01.01.13: Network Rail’s East Midlands route managing director Martin Frobisher explains the work behind a new rail maintenance depot planned at Derby. A new maintenance centre is being planned in Derby at Pride Park to support the electrifica...

Next steps at Central Rivers

Next steps at Central Rivers

01.01.13: Adam Newton, Bombardier’s general manager at Central Rivers Depot, speaks to RTM about effective, sustainable maintenance that stems from great working relationships. Sometimes good service is not down to the introduction of radical n...

Plain Line Pattern Recognition

Plain Line Pattern Recognition

01.01.13: RTM talks to Network Rail’s Tim Flower about a track fault-finding technique heralded as ‘the future of continuously welded track inspection’. Plain line pattern recognition (PLPR) brings track inspection into the 21st cen...

Putting human factors at the heart of rail safety

Putting human factors at the heart of rail safety

01.01.13: The RSSB’s Colin Dennis, director of policy research and risk, and Anne Mills, head of human factors, discuss the role of human factors in rail safety, and the success of the IRSC 2012 conference, which Dennis co-chaired. With the ri...

Towards a pan-European information system

Towards a pan-European information system

01.01.13: UITP (International Association of Public Transport) secretary general Alain Flausch spoke to RTM about the aspiration for a single, inter-operable ticketing and information system across European public transport. The International Associa...

Lifting up

Lifting up

31.12.12: Derrick Bailes, technical consultant at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), speaks to RTM about LiftEx 2012 and the latest developments in the industry. LiftEx2012, put on by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >