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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’...

Building a bridge

Building a bridge

01.07.12: Professor Simon Iwnicki and Anson Jack – co-chairs of the Rail Research United Kingdom Association (RRUKA) – spoke to RTM about bringing academia and industry together to provide solutions for the rail network. RRUKA has grown...

Faster, faster

Faster, faster

01.07.12: British Transport Police’s Chief Inspector Christopher Horton and London Underground’s Operations Director Nigel Holness speak to RTM about an innovative new scheme to improve emergency response on the Underground. A collab...

Leading the way

Leading the way

01.07.12: Terri Vogt, head of CSR at FirstGroup, explains how sustainability sets the company’s rail division apart from other operators. Arecent sustainability report produced by EIRIS has ranked FirstGroup as the top company for sustainabilit...

Skills gaps in the rail industry

Skills gaps in the rail industry

01.07.12: RTM speaks to Simon Tarr, chief operating officer at sector skills council People 1st, about employment and skills trends in the rail industry. Analysis of official labour force statistics suggests that rail has a workforce of around 133,00...

Training rail's transient workforce

Training rail's transient workforce

01.07.12: RTM speaks to NSARE chief executive Gil Howarth about its joint bid with Network Rail, TfL and Crossrail for Government funds to upskill the transient workforce – the so-called ‘weekend warriors’. The three biggest employe...

A booming supply chain

A booming supply chain

02.05.12: Jeremy Candfield, Director General of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), speaks to RTM about the economic situation for rail businesses. Recent surveys by major business groups have suggested that UK manufacturing is bouncing back afte...

As fast as we can

As fast as we can

02.05.12: Professor Andrew McNaughton, chief engineer of HS2 Ltd, addressed the iRail event and then talked to RTM about the importance of engaging younger people, and the future of high speed rail. The rail industry has a heck of a good future,&rdqu...

Feel the power

Feel the power

01.05.12: A £22m project that started in 2008 to fit more than 200 trains in the South West Trains fleet with regenerative braking is now complete. RTM spoke to the operator’s engineering director Christian Roth. Investing in regenerative...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

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The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

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New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

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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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

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

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

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

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

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 >