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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...

Blowing the whistle

Blowing the whistle

01.11.12: David Morris, chairman of CIRAS, considers the changing face of safety in the rail industry and the role of a whistleblowing body in relation to this. Safety is often cited as the ‘number one’ priority in the rail industry; but...

The power of the wind

The power of the wind

01.11.12: David Hytch, information systems director at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), speaks to RTM about a station powered by its own wind turbine. A new wind turbine has been installed at Horwich station, to provide 50% of its electricity...

The role of community rail

The role of community rail

01.11.12: Network Rail’s new ‘Alternative Solutions’ RUS, which is out for consultation, includes a major section on community rail. RTM discusses the current state of affairs – and ideas for the future – with Neil Buxton, ge...

The bigger picture

The bigger picture

01.09.12: Philippa Oldham, head of transport at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), spoke to RTM about the HLOS investment and what this will mean for the next generation of trainees. In July 16, the Government announced a package of in...

The legacy of Agility

The legacy of Agility

01.09.12: Hitachi Rail Europe’s managing director, Keith Jordan, talks to RTM about the IEP contract, which encompasses so much more than just buying trains.  The Intercity Express Programme (IEP) contract has now been officially awarded t...

'The most ever spent on the Welsh railway'

'The most ever spent on the Welsh railway'

01.09.12: RTM talks to Network Rail’s route managing director for Wales, Mark Langman, about the upcoming £220m resignalling project in the Cardiff area, which also involves station and track upgrades. Mark Langman, who runs Network Rail...

Understanding the third rail

Understanding the third rail

01.09.12: Simon Green, chief engineer for Southern’s TRIME project, explains how a new maintenance prototype has the potential to significantly reduce damage to the third rail. Damage to the third rail can lead to significant passenger disrupt...

Asking the engineers

Asking the engineers

01.07.12: Transportation director at Lloyd’s Register, John Stansfeld, talks to RTM about a new survey on engineering skills in the rail industry. A survey of members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) conducted by Lloyd’...

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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

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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 >