Interviews

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...

Listening to the passenger

Listening to the passenger

01.05.12: Centro’s Rail Partnerships Manager, Steven Fisher, explains more about the agreement that is adding value to West Midlands’ railways. An innovative partnership arrangement between Centro and operator London Midland is set to imp...

'Years ahead' on safety compliance

'Years ahead' on safety compliance

01.05.12: RTM talks to Heathrow Express managing director Keith Greenfield about the upgrade of its fleet and its decision to rebrand itself. Heathrow Express has unveiled the result of a £16m rebrand and rolling stock refurbishment, three year...

A smoother ride

A smoother ride

02.03.12: Northern Ireland is close to replacing the last of its jointed rail tracks with continuously welded rail, as part of a project that will see many other track safety improvements and eventually improved services on the Coleraine to Derry-Londonde...

Ready for take off

Ready for take off

02.03.12: Heathrow Express’s new managing director, Keith Greenfield, talks to RTM about attracting more foreign visitors to the UK onto the service, and how the operator benchmarks itself against airline business travel standards rather than other...

Cash flows

Cash flows

01.03.12: The way in which local rail and light rail schemes get funding could change comprehensively under Government plans. RTM gets a view from Jonathan Bray, director of the Support Unit at the Passenger Transport Executive Group (pteg). The DfT...

Cutting cable theft

Cutting cable theft

01.03.12: Lee Armson, London North Western route performance manager for Network Rail, has waged war on cable theft – and has managed to reverse the upward trend. The rise in cable theft has been matched by a plethora of options available both...

Freight ready

Freight ready

01.03.12: The GNGE route linking Peterborough and Doncaster via Spalding, Lincoln and Gainsborough is undergoing a largescale upgrade to make it suitable for modern freight containers and relieve pressure on the ECML. RTM found out more from senior sponso...

From 'average' to 'excellent'

From 'average' to 'excellent'

01.03.12: Ian Prosser, director of railway safety at the ORR, talks to RTM about advances in passenger safety and driving improvements for the future. Safety on the railways is improving year on year, but there is still much that needs to be done to...

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NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

16/02/2018NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

Progress on Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail has been branded “hugely disappointing”, by the National Infrastructure Commission... more >
RMT announces further 24-hour strike on Northern and Merseyrail

16/02/2018RMT announces further 24-hour strike on Northern and Merseyrail

Further strike action on Merseyrail and Northern has been confirmed by RMT, whose members will strike for 24 hours on 3 March as part of a long-run... more >
Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

15/02/2018Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

TfL has cautioned passengers on the Northern Line about upgrade works which mean Bank branch services will go for a 5-month period without stoppi... 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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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >

rail industry focus

  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro...
  • 09/11/2017Testing tomorrow's technology today

    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >